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LOGANVILLE: Traffic, water woes continue after main break

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Traffic remains a problem on Highway 78, more than 24 hours after a water main broke, causing a large sink hole.

People who live in the area spent Thursday afternoon and night, scrambling to find bottled water to drink, as many residents were without clean water.

Crews worked throughout the night Thursday and into the early morning hours Friday morning to repair the water main, and the damage road.

By Friday morning, at least some of the lanes were passable, but motorists were encourage to find alternate routes.

Gwinnett County Fire and emergency crews responded to the break just before 2 a.m. Thursday. The break occurred in a 48-inch pipe that runs underneath the highway near Langley Road. 

Crews with the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources were able to stem the flow of water to the area at about 6:15 a.m., but water service is expected to be interrupted throughout the day.

SNELLVILLE: Live WWII shell found at surplus store

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- It started as a cursiousity -- a  World War II-era shell found in someone's attic -- but it turned out to be much more. 

Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said the person who found the 72-year-old shell gave it to the Army Navy Outfitters on Highway 78, near Scenic Highway.

Workers were checking it out and looking it up online Thursday, when they began to wonder if the shell was still live. They called police.

Gwinnett County bomb technicians determined the 1939 shell was in fact still live after all these years. They're turning it over to the U.S. military. 

Weekend Countdown! Several big events headed to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- We're still a few days away from the weekend, but with several major events descending upon the city, you may need a head start to get in on the fun.

On Saturday, Music Midtown will return after a six-year hiatus. The event will be scaled down from years past, but is still packed with ten artists on two stages, headlines by Coldplay and The Black Keys.

General admission tickets are $55 and can be purchased at the gate or online.

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Try It Review: Instant Defrosting Tray

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- We've all forgotten to take dinner out of the freezer to defrost it until it's too late. Stephanie Metzgar knows that panicked feeling after coming home from work.

"I get home around three or four and my husband wants to eat at five," she said. "So if I have forgotten to put something out in the refrigerator the night before, I need to hurry up and defrost it."

Health officials recommend that you defrost raw meats in the refridgerator to reduce the chance of food poisoning.  But most of us have our own tricks for quickly defrosting meats in a cruch.

The Instant Defrosting Tray by Handy Gourmet claims it quickly and safely defrosts food with no electricity, chemicals or microwave.

"Sounds really good," Stephanie said.

It's easy to use - just pour hot water into the plastic catch tray.
Then Stephanie put a frozen chicken breast and a steak on the non-stick aluminum tray.

LAWRENCEVILLE: Football and test time

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- As the Mountain View Bears prepare for this week's showdown with Peachtree Ridge, seniors and juniors are gearing up for the SAT. It's a balancing act that high school students around the metro area are faced with at this time each year.

Mountain View is coming off the biggest win in the school's young history. Last Friday night, the Bears beat Mill Creek 9-7, and the school has been buzzing all week. But the celebration has been a short one for the players who are having to focus on the next opponent, Peachtree Ridge.

While getting set for the Lions this Friday night, many of the players are also getting in preparations for the SAT on Oct. 1. 

"(The) SAT is very important for a bright future," said junior William Tuider.

Metro unemployment exceeds Gwinnett rate in August

Metro unemployment exceeds Gwinnett rate in August

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate increased to 10.4 percent in August, State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday.

The unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in July. Butler said it increased because there were more layoffs in construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services.

The lowest area rates, at 7.8 percent unemployment, were recorded in Athens and Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.7 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region near Dublin.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in August.

Statewide, the unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, up from 10.1 percent in July.

LAWRENCEVILLE: Woman's body found in apartment fire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Firefighters responding to a fire in Lawrenceville Tuesday night found the body of a woman inside the burnt apartment.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the woman, who was in her 50's, was found in a chair in the living room. She was the only one in the unit on Longleaf Drive.

A neighbor attempted to use a fire extinguisher to douse the flames just inside the apartment's front door, Rutledge said.

The Gwinnett County Medical Center has possession of the victim's body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The woman's name has not yet been released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.