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Antionette Tuff reflects on 1 year since McNair Shooting


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.

On the 911 tape, she's heard talking Hill down: "We're not going to hate you. It's a good thing you're giving up, we're not going to hate you."

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.

Making voices heard from Decatur to Ferguson and beyond


DECATUR, GA -- It was a moment of silence that was anything but. Speaker after speaker voicing their outrage over the death of another unarmed black man by the police.

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Michael Brown was killed some 570 miles away from Decatur. But the fact that a simple Facebook post could draw hundreds to this event speaks to just how much his death is resonating across America.

The family barber shop: Just how strong traditions can be


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AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. (WXIA) – The biggest family tradition in Avondale Estates is an old-time barbershop.

"The old-time barber shop was more than just a place to trim hair," said Trina Burkowsky of The Brass Chair Barber Shop. "'Twas a jolly club to learn the news and meet your friends and cronies there."

The Brass Chair Barber Shop feels like history – featuring a museum's worth of artifacts.

"People say, like this guy said, it's like the old Mayberry," said Trina's sister Lisa Whiddon. "The cash register was made in 1930."

Woman shot in stomach at DeKalb motel

Woman shot in stomach at DeKalb motel

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police believe a woman shot herself in the stomach inside a room at a Flat Shoals Road motel Wednesday morning.

It happened at around 12:30 a.m. at the Gulf American Inns, just north of I-285

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen; police said the bullet passed all the way through her body. She told police an unknown man shot her, but an officer on the scene said investigators believe the injury was self-inflicted.

The woman also told police she is a few weeks pregnant. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The shooting is under investigation.

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

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* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.