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Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – A Newton County teacher is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student.

According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Victoria Tatum, 24, was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, sexual assault and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Newton County School System spokesperson Sheri Davis-Viniard said that Tatum was a math teacher at Newton High School. A background check came back negative for charges when Tatum was hired in July.

Tatum has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation of the sheriff's office and the school system, Davis-Viniard said.

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Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Newton County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.8 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Woman arrested for leaving child in daycare van

Woman arrested for leaving child in daycare van

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Conyers daycare worker is charged with felony child cruelty after leaving a 6-year-old boy unattended in a van.

Catherine Brown, 51, of Covington turned herself in to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office. She was charged with felony second-degree cruelty to children, felony deprivation of a minor and misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Police said that on Sept. 9, Brown picked up the boy at school to drive him to Eye on Your Child Learning Center on Irwin Bridge Road. The child fell asleep in the back of the van during the drive.

When Brown arrived at the daycare center, she didn't get the boy out of the van, according to police. The child was left unattended in the vehicle for 20 to 40 minutes until his mother arrived to pick him up.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

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2014 Reward Schools: Newton County

2014 Reward Schools: Newton County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Newton County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Mansfield Elementary School

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Rocky Plains Elementary School

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Alcovy High School lockdown lifted


COVINGTON, Ga. -- Authorities have confirmed the soft lockdown at Alcovy High School has been lifted.

The Covington high school was placed under just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning due to a hoax.

According to the Newton Sheriff's Department, a male student came home from school on Monday and told his mother he had heard there would be a bomb threat on Thursday, September 9.

After investigating the situation, the Sheriff's Department found no evidence of a threat or danger to the students.