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Paralyzed football coach sues after foam pit accident

Paralyzed football coach sues after foam pit accident

UNION CITY, Ga. -- A popular football coach paralyzed in a foam pit accident filed a lawsuit against the entertainment park where it happened.

Union City coach Jonathan Magwood was celebrating with his 10-and-under team at Rockbridge Adventures in Peachtree City in November. He jumped into a foam pit, landed on his neck, and broke two vertebrae.

DIG DEEPER | Read the lawsuit filed in Fayette County

A player on the team is credited with saving his coach's life by jumping into the foam pit and preventing Magwood from choking on his own blood.

Flying Biscuit offering red velvet pancakes

Flying Biscuit offering red velvet pancakes

(WXIA) -- February is National Pancake Month, and the Flying Biscuit has found the perfect way to celebrate.

The Atlanta-based café chain is offering red velvet pancakes at participating locations all month long.

Flying Biscuit brand leader Brent Fuller said red velvet pancakes are only served for a limited time each year, "and it felt fitting to offer them during National Pancake Month this year."

All Flying Biscuit locations also offer buttermilk pancakes and organic pancakes year-round.

Visit flyingbiscuit.com for more information.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Fayette County's December unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Golf cart decals: Rules for riding on Peachtree City's trails

Golf cart decals: Rules for riding on Peachtree City's trails

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The city of Peachtree City would like to remind all Fayette County residents that their golf carts must have Peachtree City decals before they are allowed on the network of paths.

Current decals are a reflective silver-white. They are valid through 2016.

The rules for driving carts on the trails vary for different parts of the county.

Peachtree City residents
Anyone who lives within city limits and pays Peachtree City property taxes simply needs to feature the decal on their golf carts.

Note: Some areas along Sumner Road, Redwine Road and Highway 74 south of Redwine are not within Peachtree City corporate limits.

Tyrone residents
Those who live within the city limits of Tyrone can use their Tyrone decals to ride on the trails in Tyrone, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and unincorporated Fayette County.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.