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The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Atlanta Snow Preps Already Underway

ATLANTA -- With the latest snow headed our way, the consensus in Metro Atlanta is that we won't be fooled again.

Last time, weather projections were off by several hours and caught just about everybody off guard. To prevent a repeat of that chaos, many governments are already announcing their plans.

Old Tickets from Christmases Past Haunt Georgians

Old Tickets from Christmases Past Haunt Georgians

If you've ever gotten a traffic ticket in Dekalb County you could be in for quite a surprise. People who paid their traffic tickets years ago are getting notices in the mail that they'd better come in again and pay them again. 

"I have the proof I have the legal documentation and yet I was arrested for it," LaToya Salley told the Center for Investigative Action about an old ticket for not wearing a seat belt. She was arrested while on an unrelated traffic stop for failing to appear on that ticket.

She is not alone.  Dozens of people inside the DeKalb County Recorders Court were there fighting old tickets that they'd already paid. They'd come in because they'd received notices stating that they failed to appear and if they didn't pay up, they'd lose their license.

"We're already paid how can you prove it after so many years," Bella Fishman said about an old speeding ticket her husband received in 2003.  

DeKalb Government Furniture Flip Costs Taxpayers Thousands

DeKalb Government Furniture Flip Costs Taxpayers Thousands

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- State representative Stan Watson will become a DeKalb County commissioner in a couple of weeks. He'll replace Connie Stokes. When Stokes leaves, county officials say she'll take her county office furniture with her. And Watson will get new, nearly-identical taxpayer-funded furniture.

The money is the eye-opener.  Stokes is paying DeKalb county $1,300 for her four-year old furniture.

The county is spending $12,000 to replace it for Watson.

Morris Williams, the Board chief of staff, says the incoming and outgoing furniture are virtually identical, "except one is four years older than the other.

Big Project Will Cost DeKalb Ratepayers Big Bucks

Big Project Will Cost DeKalb Ratepayers Big Bucks

DECATUR-- DeKalb County has a water treatment plant pushing 50 years old.  It has regular water main breaks that tie up work crews for days at a time.  With that in mind, DeKalb County's board of commissioners approved a $1.4 billion water and sewage fix Tuesday. 

It will hike water rates 11% per year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. That's in addition to a rate hike already scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011.

"In these economic times, a $1.2 billion capital improvement project was way too ambitious," said Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who argued unsuccessfully against the project and rate hikes.   "I get constant calls in my office about the water and sewer bills. And all of these calls say they can't afford a water and sewer rate increase."

The argument became more urgent after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered DeKalb to upgrade its treatment system or face daily fines.

DeKalb Agrees to Millions in Sewer Upgrades

DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County has agreed to make sweeping improvements to its sewer system to curb overflows of untreated sewage.

The county estimates that the improvements could cost $700 million.

In addition, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that DeKalb will pay a civil penalty
of $453,000 to be split between the U.S. and the state of Georgia. The county also agreed to launch a $600,000 environmental program
that will provide additional environmental benefits.

The agreement resolves a joint federal and state complaint alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act.

Stan Meiburg of the EPA's regional office says the agreement will "benefit the local community and improve water quality in the
Upper Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee watersheds."

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.