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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department will graduate Class #237 Tuesday evening.

The class of brand new officers consists of 21 men and three women. All 24 graduates concluded 22 weeks of training at the Atlanta Police Academy -- including arrest techniques, physical fitness and classroom courses -- and 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers.

They will officially become members of the Atlanta Police Department during a ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium. Robin Loudermilk Jr., CEO of the Loudermilk Companies, will be the keynote speaker.

Three of the graduates have military backgrounds, while nine have college degrees, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Fort McPherson-Tyler Perry deal back in business with help from his friends


ATLANTA -- Tyler Perry's plans to build a movie studio complex at Fort McPherson is proceeding after all.

In a dramatic on-again, off-again, on-again week that had all the elements of a staged performance, the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution and a map of the boundaries of the 330 acres that would be owned and controlled by Tyler Perry Studios and the 145 acres that would be owned by MILRA.

Police seek to ID possible witness to fatal shooting


ATLANTA -- Police are seeking to identify a man who may have information in a fatal shooting in southwest Atlanta.

Nicholas Green, 21, was a passenger in a car driven by his brother when a silver Hyundai Sonata pulled alongside them on McDaniel Street and opened fire on Nov. 15.

Police released video of three people at a convenience store they hoped to identify. The public helped them identify two of the three. Authorities are now focusing on the third man. He was inside a convenience store at the same time the victim was there.

The two men identified were interviewed and didn't know anything about the shooting. Police are hoping the unidentified third person may know more.

Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta CrimeStoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

Greenbriar Mall evacuated as suspicious package investigated


ATLANTA – Police briefly evacuated Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta as they investigated a suspicious package on Friday.

Authorities said the package was found outside the food court, near the front entrance.

The all-clear was given just before 5 p.m., according to Atlanta Police.


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