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Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Clemency hearing scheduled for Warren Lee Hill

Clemency hearing scheduled for Warren Lee Hill

ATLANTA -- Attorneys for Warren Lee Hill will meet with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles next week to request clemency for the death row inmate.

The hearing will be Monday, Jan. 26. Hill is currently scheduled to die by lethal injection on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

He was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering his 18-year-old girlfriend in 1985. In August 1990, he beat fellow Lee Correctional Institute inmate Joseph Handspike to death with a board embedded with nails. A jury sentenced him to death for Handspike's murder.

A previous petition for clemency for Hill was denied in July 2012. A new execution order was issued last week by Lee County Superior Court. Attorneys have filed multiple past appeals for Hill, arguing he is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

Store owner complains about Ben Affleck ATL movie shoot

ATLANTA - As major movies and TV shows roll in to Atlanta, we usually hear about all the good it can bring from jobs to more revenue for business.

However, a downtown store owner contacted us after losing customers. She blames it on movie shoot after movie shoot along Mitchell Street.

Currently The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck is shooting in the area. Before that it was Fast and the Furious, and before that The Walking Dead.

Looking out the front door of her downtown hair store, Oh, My Nappy Hair Salon, Erica Blevins has a front row seat to a live film set. It's what isn't visible that has her upset.

"You can't see my business," she said.

Improvements in the works for MLK Drive

ATLANTA -- It's not what one would expect, and certainly not what one would wish for a namesake of the great civil rights leader.

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is one of the longest streets in the city. Much of the 7.2 miles of road stretches through Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin's district.

But the blight along the street has led Martin and many others to describe the corridor as simply "a mess."

"Right now, I'd say there's a lot of people that are ashamed of how this street looks. They're ashamed that as a city, we've allowed it to look like this," Martin said.

Mayor Kasim Reed agrees. One year ago, during the annual King Day Ecumenical Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Reed publicly promised to make vast improvements to the street.

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development served over 41,163 job seekers in 2014, with 4,564 participating in onsite recruitment orientations and job readiness workshops.

The workshops teach participants how to set career and education goals, conduct job searches, develop strategies for making the best impression during the first interview and succeeding in any subsequent interviews. Job seekers also learn how to dress for success.

Specific services available for dislocated workers range from financial support to help in finding a job or retraining for a new career. Citizens considered dislocated workers include those who may have lost jobs because of terminations.  Some unemployed workers may have faced layoffs or received “notices of termination or layoff." Additionally, they are unlikely to return to their previous jobs or industry because of:

King statue cost, family fees still unclear

ATLANTA -- At the Georgia State Capitol, a few blocks from the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., King's image is found only in an oil painting in a corner space. That will change when the state builds a statue of Dr. King on the lawn of the Capitol, overlooking the new Liberty Plaza.

The statue will be built on a side of the Capitol that doesn't overlook downtown Atlanta. It'll be on a plot of grass between a grand stairway and a towering magnolia tree near the lieutenant governor's office.

And it will share space with the oversized statues of 20th century segregationists Eugene Talmadge and Richard Russell -- which is fine with Dr. King's sister, Christine King Farris.

"It will balance it," Dr. Farris said Friday following a ceremony honoring her brother. "My brother wouldn't have any problem with it if people understand the relationship" in history, she said.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.