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Dream Job: Woman becomes a cake decorator for a day

Dream Job: Woman becomes a cake decorator for a day

(WXIA) -- Regina Poole loves to bake.

"To me, cakes and cupcakes and things like desserts are associated with happy times," she said.

She's always wanted to take her basic baking skills to a much higher level.

"My dream job is to be a cake decorator, to learn how to do the designs on the cake," she said.

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Gwinnett's Labor Day trash schedule

Gwinnett's Labor Day trash schedule

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Government offices in Gwinnett County will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday.

As Labor Day is not a trash and recycling holiday, collections of those items are scheduled as normal for unincorporated Gwinnett.

Residents of Gwinnett's cities should call their trash and recycling providers to see if next week's pickup schedules will change.

County operations will resume as normal on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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.

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

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Police Department will hire new officers during a job fair this weekend.

The department said it is looking for professional candidates who are interested in improving the quality of life in Gwinnett, and serving and protecting the county's 800,000 residents.

Gwinnett officers earn competitive salaries, tuition reimbursements, health and 401(k) benefits, and access to take-home cars.

The job fair will be Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county's Police Training Center, which is located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

Those who are interested in becoming police officers can pre-apply at gwinnettpolicejobs.com.

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.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 7.1 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.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Lightning blamed for 2 Gwinnett house fires

Lightning blamed for 2 Gwinnett house fires

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Lightning strikes started at least two house fires in Gwinnett County Saturday night.

The first blaze broke out at around 9:40 p.m. in the 2700 block of Spanish Oak Drive SW in Lilburn.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the fire started when lightning struck near the home; it traveled through an outside water line and into the two-story house's basement.

Although the fire did not spread beyond the basement, it caused extensive damage to that room, Rutledge said. It also sent smoke throughout the house.

Everyone inside the house managed to escape safely.

The second fire started about half an hour later in the 1600 block of Little Lisa Lane SW in Snellville.