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Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Ebola survivor Writebol speaks publicly for first time

(WXIA) -- Two weeks after being released from Emory University Hospital, Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol spoke publicly for the first time about her ordeal.

Writebol, who was diagnosed while volunteering for aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse in Liberia, thanked everyone who took care of her and prayed for her. At her side the entire time was her husband, David.

"It was God's calling for me to be in Liberia," she said about her volunteer work. "It was a joy to be there."


Ex-DeKalb Commissioner pleads guilty to criminal charges

Ex-DeKalb Commissioner pleads guilty to criminal charges

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former DeKalb County Commissioner pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud on Wednesday.

Elaine Boyer, who had to pay the county back for thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges on her county-issued credit card, resigned in August.

As 11Alive reported in March, a review of Elaine Boyer's spending found charges for airline tickets, car rentals and other items unrelated to any official county business.

In newly-released court documents, prosecutors allege that Boyer took part in a scheme to defraud DeKalb County and obtain money under false pretenses.(READ THE DOCUMENTS HERE)

CDC Foundation gets $1M grant to fight Ebola

CDC Foundation gets $1M grant to fight Ebola

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received a $1M grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fight the West African Ebola outbreak, the foundations announced jointly Aug. 25.

The grant will go toward contributing essential materials and assistance to advance the CDC's response, including personal protective equipment, thermal scanners, infection control training and laptop computers for communication and disease tracking.

More isolation beds and Ebola treatment centers are also needed.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Both Ebola patients released from Emory

Both Ebola patients released from Emory

ATLANTA -- Both Ebola patients being treated at Emory Hospital have been released. Both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were cleared of the virus.

Nancy Writebol was released Tuesday. Dr. Kent Brantly was released today.

"God saved my life," said Brantly, looking gaunt, at a press conference Thursday, at which the room applauded his appearance. He thanked his medical team and the millions of people around the world praying for his recovery. "Please do not stop praying for the people of West Africa."

Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit, said Brantly will go to an undisclosed location with his wife and children after the conference.

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.