As the weekend approaches and the holiday season in full swing, Atlanta gears up for a packed weekend with sporting events and parades. The events, estimated to draw a crowd of 170000.
Saturday commences with the Children’s Christmas Parade benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which is to be held Midtown this year. The parade will march down from the 6th to 16th Peachtree Street starts at 10:30a.m. Saturday also hosts the SEC Championship football game at 4:00 pm., the Jingle bell jog/walk at Turner Field at 7:30 am and the Atlanta Beltline eastside 10k at 10:00 am on Krog Street.
Other events to be hosted over the weekend include the Hawks-Cavaliers basketball game to be held at the Philips Arena on Friday night.
After the dense fog advisory issued in the city, there is some relief for the citizens for the day.
The weather is expected to turn warmer, with the dense fog lifting and making way for a little sunshine. However, the mildly warm weather is expected to turn around over the weekend to rain, with about 50 percent chances on Thursday and 70 percent on Friday. Despite the rainy weather, no heavy downpours are expected.
The temperatures in the state will remain warm. Thursday will see lows in the lower 70 degrees with Friday temperatures increasing a little to mid-70.
As of Thursday, 5:00 am, those headed towards the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport need to be extra cautious due the debut of the detour on the roads to the domestic terminal for inbound roadway construction project.
Vehicles need to observe a 25 mph speed limit and follow the signs of the detour. Reaching the terminal and the parking lot could take a few extra minutes.
The new routing is expected to continue well into the latter part of 2014. The project is designed to reduce traffic. It is also said to be able to increase sight distance and allow for drivers to make quicker decisions.
Two families in Gwinnett County had to be displaced due to fires in their homes on Thanksgiving Day. Both the fires were accidental.
The first happened on early Thursday morning in Lawrenceville. The fire escaped the firebox and burnt up the chimney chase and attic of a single-storey wood-brick house causing moderate damage.
The second, in Snellville on Thursday afternoon, rose from the fireplace of a split-level wood frame house and spread to the attic causing extensive damage to the property.
The displaced families are receiving aid from the American Red Cross and there both families escaped unhurt.
Tuesday morning greeted the state with a cold rain and temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark. The rainy conditions are expected all day.
A change from rain to snow is expected early Wednesday onwards towards the North region of the state. The snow-accumulations are expected to be about half an inch or lesser. The Atlanta metro is under a wind advisory on Wednesday with winds reaching 40 mph.
Thanksgiving Day is predicted to have a very cold beginning with lower temperatures touching 24 degrees.
Friday and Saturday are expected to be warmer and sunny with the higher temperatures touching 50 degrees.
The Georgia state Department of Education shows that about 94% of 11th Graders who sat for the high school writing test have passed in one go.
The pass percentage has fallen from the 94.9% in 2012. The school districts in Cherokee County, Buford City, Forsyth County and Fayette County have recorded the highest pass rates. At the same time, DeKalb County has recorded the lowest in Metro Atlanta, whereas Baker County has the lowest rate in the state with on 80 % pass rate.
The Webster and Taliaferro counties have shown enormous success with a 100% pass rate and are the only counties with all the first-time-takers clearing the test.
Portion of Highway 17 in Effingham County will remain closed until Monday after been affected by a deadly tanker truck crash, reported by the authorities.
One of the vehicles involved in the accident was a tanker which was loaded with thousands of gallons of fuel. It exploded at Thursday afternoon in the accident.
According to the authorities, two people traveling in the pickup which crashed with the truck lost their lives. Luckily the truck driver remains unharmed. The identity of the two dying men has not been released yet. Investigations are being carried by Georgia State Patrol.
Following the accident, the fire damaged the highway structure. Between Blue Jay and Midland roads, barricades will be put in place until road is repaired.
It was reported earlier by the police that a dead body of a man was found at a gas station parking lot near Atlanta from under a semi. The police believed that the man was run over by a vehicle, but was waiting for the medical examinations to complete to declare the exact cause of the death.
Now after the autopsy is completed, police have stated that the man was first shot before being run over by the vehicle.
The man is identified as 37 year old Jarvis Hester. He was shot at least once before being run over. The man didn’t work at the station and no further news relating the case has been released.
Police have found a dead body of a man near Atlanta. The body was found from a gas station parking lot, it was recovered from under a semitrailer.
According to the authorities in the area, the body was found at the Shell station on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Patton Drive around 1 a.m. on Monday.
No exact cause of the death has been reveled yet. Police are waiting for the medical examiners to find the cause. Detective Melissa Parker said that it looks like the man was run over by the semi or some other vehicle.
Police are finding whether the man was the truck driver, but it is confirmed that he doesn’t work at the gas station.
University of Georgia is set to bid farewell to seven Capuchin monkeys who for the past 17 years have helped scientists at the university explore human and primate behavior. Their association with the UGA for the past 17 years enabled a detailed study of the similarities between humans and primates.
Psychology professor Dorothy Fragaszy who has studied and produced more than a 100 papers on capuchins, made the decision to retire the monkeys. She studies the adaptive behaviors and motor skills of humans in relation to the primates. She plans to continue her focus on Capuchin studies with other capuchins in Brazil.
The monkeys are set to retire in spring and will be taken to the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida.