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City proposing 30-acre 'ATL Energy Park' at airport


ATLANTA -- Atlanta is proposing one of its largest sustainability efforts yet.

The city wants to build a 30-acre "Green Acres ATL Energy Park" at the Atlanta airport which would repurpose, reprocess or recycle waste from the airport and the city Department of Public Works.

The city's goal is for the facility to begin accepting materials by March 1, 2017, and to be recycling at least 90 percent of the waste delivered to it that would normally be sent to a landfill by January 2020.

The project still has to be approved by the city and the Federal Aviation Administration. The proposed site for the ATL Energy Park is south of the 5th Runway on an undeveloped tract near the intersection of Forest Parkway and Derrick Jones Road in Clayton County.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Congressional committee looks into airport security


WASHINGTON (WXIA) -- The head of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport appeared before a Congressional committee on Tuesday promising to do a better job screening employees.

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In December, the FBI arrested Delta baggage handler Eugene Harvey. He's accused of using his security clearance to sneak guns into the airport. Once inside, investigators say he would hand them off to Mark Henry, a former employee who would book trips to New York to sell them.

Fulton County to host ResCare recruitment

Fulton County to host ResCare recruitment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The South Fulton Career Center of the Fulton County Office of Workforce Development will host a ResCare Workforce Service Recruitment on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ResCare will be conducting interviews for the positions of in-home certified nursing assistant (CNA) and in-home personal care assistant (PCA).

The PCA and CNA positions require various levels of personal care and self-help, which include hygiene and personal grooming, monitoring the condition of clients as well as the ability to administer CPR. Both positions will require moderate travel. 

While performing the duties of the positions, employees are required to sit, stand and walk; to reach with hands and arms; and to talk and listen. Successful candidates will be required to have the skills to type on a computer keyboard. Training will be required after new employees are hired.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Fulton County's December unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

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