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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.

DeKalb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.4 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.

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County is calling on the community to help battle the abundance of illegal signs in certain neighborhoods.

The county's second annual Sick of Signs campaign aims to clean up the streets and sidewalks. Interim CEO Lee May and the county's commissioners will gather up the signs on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Illegal signs are a blight in the community and an eyesore, and potentially dangerous if they're too close to roadways," May said. "This effort aligns with DeKalb's priorities to develop and maintain sustainable neighborhoods, and enhance public safety."

Sick of Signs volunteers will meet at the Walmart at 5935 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.

Call 404-687-3947 to sign up.

Race this weekend: EAV Runfest

Race this weekend: EAV Runfest

ATLANTA -- The first annual EAV Runfest will be held in East Atlanta Village this weekend.

The event has 5K, 2-mile and 1-mile options. All races will be followed by a day of family-friendly activities.

EAV Runfest will be Saturday, Sept. 27. Packet pickup begins at 6:30 a.m. The 5K will be at 8 a.m., and the 2-mile race will start at 9:30 a.m.

There are two 1-mile options -- a competitive race, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and a fun run at 10:40 a.m.

All runners, except those participating in the fun run, will receive technical T-shirts.

Proceeds from the race will benefit East Atlanta Village's Burgess-Peterson Academy. Pricing is as follows:

5K
* $30 through Friday
* $40 on race day

2-Mile
* $25 through Friday
* $35 on race day

1-Mile (competitive)
* $25 through Friday
* $35 on race day

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.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

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.

I-20 reopens after tanker fire

I-20 reopens after tanker fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Eastbound Interstate 20 in DeKalb County has reopened after a tanker accident Thursday morning.

The tanker caught fire and spilled fuel all over the highway just past the Flat Shoals Road exit.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

For the latest traffic conditions in metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/Traffic.

2014 Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

2014 Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Atlanta's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Charles Drew Charter School
* Inman Middle School
* KIPP STRIVE Academy
* West Manor Elementary School

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* KIPP Vision Academy
* North Atlanta High School
* Perkerson Elementary School
* Scott Elementary School

DeKalb County offering free pet adoptions

DeKalb County offering free pet adoptions

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Throughout the month of September, DeKalb County Animal Services will offer free dog and cat adoptions.

Animal services director Susan Feingold said as many as 30 pets enter the shelter every day, creating an urgent need for public support.

"By waiving adoption fees, we hope to see a record number of people coming into the shelter and giving our wonderful animals a new life," Feingold said.

The "Fall in Love" adoption promotion allows DeKalb County residents to take home a dog or cat of any age. All animals are spayed and neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Visit dekalbanimalservices.com for more information.