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Arts Festival, Music Midtown dueling over Piedmont Park

Arts Festival, Music Midtown dueling over Piedmont Park

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Two popular Atlanta festivals are dueling over space in Piedmont Park.

11Alive News has learned that both – the Atlanta Arts Festival and Music Midtown – want to use the park on the same September weekend.

The arts festival is quiet and artsy and has been a Piedmont Park fixture for decades. Music Midtown is loud and raucous and began rocking Piedmont Park in 2011. Now both festivals have asked the city for permits to use the park on the same weekend in September.

"I don't see how we could possibly do that," said city councilwoman Mary Norwood.

Norwood says the city will have to choose a winner from the competing permit applications.

The Atlanta Arts Festival is already marketing its 2015 festival for the weekend of September 19. The arts festival filed its permit application with the city last Novemberr.

Fulton County, dd’s Discounts to host recruitment event

Fulton County, dd’s Discounts to host recruitment event

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The North Fulton Career Center will host an onsite recruitment in partnership with “dd’s Discounts.” Interviews of qualified candidates will be conducted Feb. 2 - 6 and 9 – 13. The retailer needs to fill positions for retail associates, store protection specialists and area supervisors.

Applications must be completed online at jobs.rossstores.com and recruiters must contact qualified individual applicants before they can report to the North Fulton Career Center for an interview. The North Fulton Career Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Citizens without access to a computer can use Fulton County Career Center Resource Rooms to file an application.

Career Center locations include:

North Fulton Career Center
North Fulton Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, Suite 205
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
404-613-4480

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Fulton County's December unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

23-year-old man wounded in Midtown Atlanta shooting


ATLANTA -- A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being shot in Midtown Atlanta on Wednesday.

According to Ralph Woolfolk of the Atlanta Police Department, the man was alert, conscious and breathing after being shot in the back on 8th Street near Juniper Street. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Neighbors said that the incident was a bit unnerving, as that type of violence has not been seen in that area in a long time.

Police said it appeared the victim knew the suspect, but said the victim was not being cooperative with officers. Police said they are looking for at least two people in a light-colored sedan, who they said were involved in the shooting.

No other injuries were reported.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, Jan. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The meeting will be held  at the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. 

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where job seeker and employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of one-stop centers statewide.

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.