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Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

DFCS releases new documents related to deadly Decatur fire


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Division of Family and Children Services released dozens of new documents in the case of a DeKalb County mother charged in the deaths of three of her children.

Authorities say Rockell Coleman left her five children alone the night a fire broke out at their Decatur home. Three of the children died in the fire.

Coleman, 28, is charged with three counts of felony murder and five counts of cruelty.

The DFCS case file paints a picture of a family in distress in the months before state investigators closed their case.

The case summary describes Coleman as "overwhelmed" by the strain and "financial stress" of trying to raise five young children without a job.

Suit filed in Jacksonville against Jimmy John's, alleging unfair labor practices

Suit filed in Jacksonville against Jimmy John's, alleging unfair labor practices

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A federal class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla., against Jimmy John's, alleging that the sandwich chain illegally underpaid assistant store managers throughout the country.

According to the complaint, "Regardless of the number of hours worked, Jimmy John's fails to pay [assistant store managers] any overtime compensation."

The chain has 24 metro Atlanta stores.

The company requires assistant store managers to perform food preparation and provide customer service as their primary duty, but classifies them as "executives" exempt from the overtime pay provisions, the lawsuit alleges.

Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

ATLANTA -- Georgia State University is poised to become the state of Georgia's largest university.

At the Jan. 6 meeting of the state Board of Regents, Chancellor Hank Huckaby recommended that the board merge Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College, a move that would create the largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

Georgia State had a fall enrollment of 32,556 and Georgia Perimeter 21,371, for a combined 53,927. That would make the combined school far larger than The University of Georgia, which had a fall enrollment of 35,197.

"The consolidation would greatly improve opportunities for students and expand Georgia State's reach and impact across the metro-Atlanta area and the state," said Georgia State President Mark Becker in a message broadcast to the campus.

The consolidation would leave the University System with 29 institutions.

DeKalb home invasion suspect shot by homeowner


DECATUR, GA (WXIA) – A man accused of breaking into a Decatur home was arrested after being shot by the homeowner on Monday.

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Police say the suspect, who has not yet been identified, used a crowbar to get into the front door of the home. Investigators said they believe the burglar thought he was alone, looking for something to steal. Instead, he found the homeowner inside, ready with a loaded shotgun.

That's when the homeowner says the would-be thief ran back outside to his car.

Race this weekend: Run with the Dogs

Race this weekend: Run with the Dogs

DECATUR, Ga. -- Two- and four-legged runners alike are invited to participate in a 5K this weekend.

This year's Run with the Dogs - Frostbite 5K will be Saturday, Jan. 10 at Decatur High School. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m., and the run/walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Runners are welcome to bring their dogs.

Registration is $30 and includes a cotton T-shirt. For City of Decatur students and teachers, the price drops to $20. Proceeds will benefit the Decatur Bulldogs Boosters, a group that funds athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Decatur High School is located at 310 North McDonough Avenue. The race will begin and end in front of the school gym.