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Opponents join forces against I-85 Express Lanes

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Three groups fighting the Express Lanes on Interstate 85 have joined forces.

Victor Ramkissoon, who began the Facebook page Against the Peach Pass, Howard Rodgers, who began an online petition at stopthehotlane.com, and Chris Haley, who began a blog at stoppeachpass.org, have announced the creation of StolenLanes.org, a group that solidifies the opposition in the community, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

In a press release, Rodgers said the three groups combined represent 10,000 people.

The groups are expected to gather at a town hall meeting Rogers had already planned for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Freeze warning issued for much of Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- With temperatures expected to dip down to the high 20s overnight, a freeze warning has been issued for large portions of Metro Atlanta.

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The freeze warning affects Barrow, Butts, Clayton, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Putnam, Rockdale, Spalding, Upson and Walton counties.

It will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday.

Residents are reminded to bring their outdoor pets and plants inside and to wrap their pipes.

Fire Chief Myers wants Gwinnett to cook safely this holiday

Fire Chief Myers wants Gwinnett to cook safely this holiday


As we get ready for another busy holiday season, let's not forget to follow safe cooking practices. The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the National Fire Protection Association are calling on all cooks to include fire safety in their recipes:

LAWRENCEVILLE: Suspicious package shuts down Sugarloaf at 29

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett Police have closed Sugarloaf Parkway at Highway 29 in Lawrenceville because of a suspicious package.

The package was found near the fuel pumps at the Shell Station at 1555 Lawrenceville Highway.

A bomb squad is on the scene to examine the package.

No other details were immediately available.

LAWRENCEVILLE: I-85 N reopens after fuel spill

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- For the first time in hours, traffic is flowing again on northbound Interstate 85 near Highway 316.

All lanes were shut down after a tractor trailor wrecked and spilled more than 50 gallons of diesel fuel across the roadway. The truck's saddle tank was busted in the accident and a freestanding road sign and power box were knocked out.

One person was hurt, but there were no details on the extent of injuries.

HAZMAT crews spent about three hours clearing the scene. In the meantime, drivers were detoured to Exit 105 for State Route 120.  

Archer High School Makes Football Playoff Debut

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Even though their playoff assignment is against one of the top teams in the state, Archer High School players, coaches and administrators are ecstatic about making the playoffs.  The first time is always the best and this is the first time for Archer.

The school is only in the third year of its existence, and is just now starting to gain its identity.  "You don't see Grayson, or Dacula colors in the halls now, it's all Tigers" says Athletic Director Tim Watkins.  Coach Andy Dyer played his prep football at Brookwood for legendary coach Dave Hunter.

"I've been fortunate to play in and coach in these kinds of games before" says Dyer.  But this will be his first time as the Archer head coach.  He's especially happy for his seniors, who can now add football to the list of other sports in which Archer has achieved this level of success in a very short time.

89 Ga. cities vote Tuesday on Sunday sales

ATLANTA -- A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds that 89 cities throughout Georgia are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during this year's November general election.

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The group said the votes represent about 2.5 million Georgians.

Food industry association president Kathy Kuzava commended city and county leaders for giving residents the option to vote on the issue.

The new law passed earlier this year allows local leaders to ask voters to decide whether to permit grocery and convenience stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

Georgia is currently one of only three states that prohibit Sunday retail alcohol sales.

The nearly 60 Metro Atlanta cities and counties holding Sunday sales referendums on Nov. 8 include:

* City of Atlanta