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Police chief's wife: Shooting was an acccident

Police chief's wife: Shooting was an acccident

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – The wife of Peachtree City's police chief told investigators that she believes her husband accidentally shot her.

Authorities say Margaret McCollom was shot by her husband, Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom, in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

RELATED | 911 call: Police chief said he shot wife moving gun in bed

Police chief's wife now in fair condition


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The wife of Peachtree City Police Chief William E. McCollom has been upgraded from serious to fair condition after being shot by her husband Thursday morning.

Margaret McCollom's condition was upgraded Sunday afternoon. She is being treated at Atlanta Medical Center.

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Police responded to the couple's home in the 100 block of Autumn Leaf shortly after 4:15 a.m., where they found Margaret McCollom, 58. She was taken by helicopter to AMC.

911 call: Police chief said he shot wife moving gun in bed


ATLANTA (AP) - Peachtree City's police chief told a 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot his wife while moving a handgun that was in their bed.

Chief William McCollom called for help at 4:17 a.m. on New Year's Day and reported accidentally shooting his 58-year-old wife, Margaret. The GBI released the call on Friday.

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McCollom told the dispatcher the gun was in their bed. The chief said that when he moved the weapon, it fired, shooting his wife in the back.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Fayette County's November unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.