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Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

(WXIA) -- Travel experts predict a new post-recession high for Memorial Day Weekend.

Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA pointed to the long winter as one reason: "A long and unusually harsh winter game many Americans the travel bug." He says the rising temperatures and an improving economy mean a projected 36.1 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles Memorial Day Weekend.

The Memorial Day travel period is measured from Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26th. More than 8 in 10 will drive to their destinations. But the biggest increases came in other modes. Cruise, trains, and buses will see an increase of 6.5%.

Even though the numbers are up, more than half of people in the Southeast (57%) haven't made plans yet. "Hotel and car rental reservations are filling up fast for Memorial Day," AAA spokesman Jessica Brady said. She said making plans now will ensure you find a good price.

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment date declined again.

April's rate was 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March and 7.7 percent in April 2013.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created 18,000 new jobs last month. Over the past five years, metro Atlanta has gained an average of 13,000 jobs from March to April.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent, in April 2014. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month.

Training and job search assistance in Fulton County

Training and job search assistance in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Young people in Fulton County in need of that first summer job or training to help them prepare for the workplace can find assistance through the Fulton County Office of Workforce Development, where teens and young adults between 16 and 21 years old can receive employment assistance and leadership training.

The Office of Workforce Development wants young people to apply for participation in the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program. YES is a year-round comprehensive youth training and employment program that can lead to gainful employment and enriching work experiences.

The program increases work opportunities for youth, encourages leadership and independent thinking that help young people to stay focused and find alternatives to activities that could cloud or damage their futures.  YES also assists Fulton County youth with evaluating and accomplishing their educational and career goals as well as fulfilling their personal potential.

Raise Your Voice: Obscured pedestrian signal


ATLANTA -- It was landscape work Lora Martin simply had to see for herself: a diseased hardwood on Monroe Drive in Midtown Atlanta being taken down.

She had to see it because of all she couldn't see, as long as the tree was around.

"That's going to make all the difference in the world," she said as she watched tree branches fall. "I'm really impressed."

She's impressed that someone listened when she raised her voice about the safety of pedestrians crossing Monroe Drive. Before she spoke up, the tree was doing a wonderful job of obscuring safety.

The city of Atlanta placed an impressive crosswalk signal at the brand new pedestrian entrance to Piedmont Park. It came with signs and flashing lights to stop traffic, but drivers didn't seem to be paying much attention.

That tree was a big part of the problem. The lights and signs were hidden behind a branch.

Fulton County residents reminded to vote on Election Day

Fulton County residents reminded to vote on Election Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday, May 20, registered voters in Fulton County are reminded to cast their ballots at their designated precinct.

Due to county redistricting, residents were mailed new voter registration cards indicating precinct number and poll location. The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections encourages all registered voters to call 404-612-7020 if they have questions regarding the new cards.

“Registered voters need to remember that their voting precinct and poll might have changed based on the new redistricting map,” states Richard Barron, Director of Fulton county Registration and Elections. “They should check their cards to make sure they know where to vote on May 20. We want everyone to show up at the right location.”

Enter Your Kids In The Peachtree Junior, And They'll Train With Olympians


ATLANTA -- While you prepare for the AJC Peachtree Road Race, your children can experience all the excitement of the iconic race with their own 3K!

The Atlanta Track Club's Peachtree Junior takes place May 17 at 9 a.m. in Piedmont Park.

The non-competitive event is 1.86-mile run for children ages 7- 12. There's also a Lil' Peach dash for children 6 and younger, but it's already sold out. There are still entries available for the Peachtree Jr. The deadline to sign up has passed, but race day registration is available. Runners and their parents who want to sign up on the day of the event are asked to arrive at Piedmont Park early to sign a waiver.

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.