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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

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Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As residents string up the lights and ignite the candles, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind.

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), fires involving Christmas trees caused more than $16 million in property damage per year between 2004 and 2008. Holiday lights and other decorative lighting caused more than $8 million dollars in property damage per year over that same time period.

Police seek driver after fatal Roswell crash


ROSWELL, Ga. – Street racing may be the cause of a crash that killed an innocent 87-year-old Alpharetta man Sunday afternoon. Authorities in Roswell are searching for the driver of one of two cars witnesses said was involved in the racing. That car left the scene of the accident.

According to the Roswell Police Department, the accident took place Sunday afternoon on Highway 9 in front of North Fulton Hospital. Richard Rosen, 87, of Alpharetta, was killed while he was trying to make a left hand turn into the hospital, according to police.

Police say a white Ford Mustang GT was possibly racing a black BMW northbound on Alpharetta Highway from Holcomb Bridge Road between 12:30 p.m. and 12:40 p.m.

Sgt. Noah Caplan said the BMW broadsided the Ford Taurus the victim was driving. "The person in the BMW did receive treatment at the hospital for minor injuries," he said.

Man charged with arson in Roswell church fire


ROSWELL, Ga. -- Authorities have charged a man with arson in a suspicious church fire in Roswell.

The fire did major damage to part of the Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church on Old Alabama Road early Sunday.

While en route to the scene, a police officer spotted 24-year-old Juan Carlos Ramirez allegedly running down the street naked.

Ramirez was arrested on disorderly conduct charges. Once in custody, police said he confessed to starting the fire at the church, as well as three other blazes in the surrounding woods. No motive was given for the fires, police said.

Church members spent Sunday cleaning up the debris and salvaging what they could. A wall of the sanctuary is gone, and a number of things were damaged in the altar area. The pew cushions and carpet were saturated with soot and water.

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North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some North Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail for State House District 50.

To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request for an absentee ballot. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Jan. 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, Jan. 6. Requests for absentee ballots may be submitted now.

Absentee VOTE BY MAIL

Eligible voters (meaning registered voters) desiring to vote by mail may do so without providing a reason or identification if they mail in their application for a ballot. However, this does not apply to voters who registered for the first time in Georgia by mail and did not provide ID with their registration application.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries

(WXIA) -- Poinsettias, often known as The Christmas Flower, are holiday staples. These classic flowering plants add a dazzling, festive flair to any space. Whether they are used on mantels as beautiful displays or on dining tables as stunning centerpieces, florist-quality poinsettias add the perfect holiday touch to home décor.

In honor of National Poinsettia Day on Friday, Dec. 12, the garden experts at Pike Nurseries reveal fun facts and fresh care tips that will keep poinsettias beautiful all season-long!

Poinsettias have become a symbol of the Christmas season. Pike Nurseries offers fast facts to educate and debunk the myths associated with poinsettias.

History Lesson: This Christmas classic is native to Mexico and was first introduced in the United States in 1825.