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Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Fulton County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Gunmen try to rob two women on Tech campus

ATLANTA -- For the third time in a month gunmen tried to rob somebody on the Georgia Tech campus. Georgia Tech Police said the suspects in the latest crime got scared off and fled before carrying out the robbery.

According to a police incident report the attempted robbery happened on the boundary of the campus at around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Two women, aged 23 and 21, who were not students, were walking east on 10th Street. As they approached the intersection at Center Street, a car pulled in front of them and stopped. The report said two men with guns got out of the car and pointed the guns at the women.

Fulton schedules meeting on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

Fulton schedules meeting on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Fulton County has added an additional public meeting in conjunction with Johns Creek to allow more public input into the process of planning and preparing its 5-year Consolidated Planning Document to determine the needs of the community in developing viable urban communities.  The plan provides decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities principally for low and moderate- income persons.

The public meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Shakerag Fire Station located at 10925 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek.

Neighbors concerned about future of Music Midtown

ATLANTA, Ga. -- As soon as the crowd at Music Midtown dispersed late Saturday night the tear down crews got to work.

Pretty much everyone agrees, this year's Music Midtown was a success. But the most vocal critics of the concert, who live in the neighborhood surrounding Piedmont Park, argue the city and the concert promoters are taking a huge risk every year.

"It's too big for the area, the park or the streets. So if something were to happen you wouldn't be able to address it," said Kathleen Dumitrescu with the Midtown Neighbors Association.

"Most people want to have stuff going on in their neighborhood. However, a festival that big, that's fenced in is a gamble."

A gamble that paid off this year, but we only need to rewind to last year to understand what Dumitrescu is talking about.

Music Midtown is a mixed bag for local residents

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With countless festivals year round, the neighborhoods surrounding Piedmont Park are accustomed to re-routed traffic and big crowds.

"It's just something you have to deal with," said area resident Luke Olliff.

He said he is delighted to be a short walk from this year's Music Midtown festival.

"It's just something that comes with the territory," he said.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices: