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Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

ATLANTA –- More than 90 of Atlanta’s most notable and on-the-rise restaurants have signed on to participate in this year’s Taste of Atlanta, which will take place October 24-26 in Midtown at Tech Square.

With eateries featured from both inside and outside the Perimeter, festival-goers will be able to savor truly authentic flavors that represent every corner of the city.

New this year, to help attendees pinpoint their local favorites or discover new dining treasures during Taste of Atlanta, the festival will take food lovers on a culinary tour through the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.

J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

(WXIA) -- Sunday, Aug. 24 is National Waffle Day, and all J. Christopher's locations will throw a weeklong celebration to recognize the holiday.

From Aug. 25-29, J. Christopher's customers can order their choice of Red White & Blue, Belgian, Cinnamon Pecan, Bacon or Strawberry waffles for only $5.

Visit jchristophers.com to find your nearest location.

DeKalb court under fire for false arrests, imprisonment


DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) – The DeKalb County Recorder's Court is under fire for problems tied to the arrest of several innocent people – and they may be responsible for placing an unknown number of other people at risk.

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A lawsuit was scheduled to be filed in DeKalb County on Friday. Among the allegations – innocent people arrested, innocent lives shattered, constitutional rights violated.

For TeReon Kelsey, the act of getting behind the wheel of a car takes an act of personal courage. Driving is what led to one of the worst days in her life.

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.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

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

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

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.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 8.3 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.

Weavers rebuild their lives, one creation at a time


(WXIA) -- "Magic happens in here," Lisa Wise said from inside a low-slung building at the back of a gravel drive on the outskirts of Decatur.

Wise is executive director at Initiative for Affordable Housing. The magic she is talking about involves a rhythm made by pedals, pushing, pulling and patience.

"Weaving has been around since the beginning of time," Wise said. "It's an old, old craft. It's very tactile."

Discarded and landfill-bound fabrics line the shelves inside this little shop. Plastic bags from Target, Kroger and Publix get permanent second lives as they are made into rugs and even purses.

Faye Rutledge puts something else into everything she makes -- herself.

"Every product I did was a therapy session," she said. "You bang as hard as you want, and you just bang it all out."

Antionette Tuff reflects on 1 year since McNair Shooting


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ATLANTA -- It's been one year since Antoinette Tuff talked down a gunman in the lobby of the McNair Learning Academy. Today, Tuff is still working at the DeKalb County school and running her non-profit.

On August 20, 2013, Michael Brandon Hill walked into McNair Learning Academy with an assault rifle. Once inside, he held school employees hostage and fired at responding officers. They fired back and he eventually dropped his weapon.

One of those employees was Antoinette Tuff, the school bookkeeper.