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Backhoe falls into trench, operator injured

Backhoe falls into trench, operator injured

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A backhoe operator suffered minor injuries after the piece of equipment fell into a hole at a Gwinnett County construction site.

It happened at around 11:15 a.m. Monday near the Walmart in the 4000 block of Lawrenceville Highway.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the backhoe tumbled into the eight-foot trench. Its operator was alert and conscious after the accident, and was able to climb out of the backhoe on his own.

The operator was taken to a nearby hospital. Rutledge said his injuries do not appear to be severe.

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.

Gwinnett County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.2 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.

Property taxes due Oct. 1

Property taxes due Oct. 1

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- It's that time of year again for Gwinnett County homeowners.

Property taxes are due Wednesday, Oct. 1. Residents have four ways of paying the tax -- online, through the mail, by drop box or in person.

Those who choose to pay online can do so at gwinnetttaxcommissioner.com. It is free to pay by check. There is a flat fee of $3.95 to pay by debit card, while credit cards have a 2.29 percent service fee.

Mailed-in payments can be sent to the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner, P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, 30046.

All tax commissioner offices have drop boxes where property tax payments can be left. Tax commissioner officers will also accept in-person payments.

For more information, call Gwinnett County at 770-822-8800.

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.

PROBE College Fair coming to Gwinnett

PROBE College Fair coming to Gwinnett

DULUTH, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in north Gwinnett County this week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Flash flood warning issued for DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

Flash flood warning issued for DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

(WXIA) -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flash flood warning for several metro Atlanta counties.

The warning includes northern DeKalb County, east central Fulton County and all of Gwinnett County.

It is in effect until 2 p.m. Friday.

The NWS said a thunderstorm that passed through the area caused creeks and streams to rise. Two bodies of water greatly affected by the flooding include Sweetwater Creek in Lilburn and Stone Mountain Creek in Stone Mountain.

Other locations included in the warning are Berkeley Lake, Dacula, Duluth, Dunwoody and Lawrenceville.

Residents are reminded not to drive their vehicles through areas where the water covers the road, as it may be too deep to allow cars to pass safely.