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Braves buy property for parking in Cobb


COBB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- It may be the least compelling piece of property in the Braves new project in Cobb County -- but it addresses important concerns by fans and neighbors about parking. At least, it's a start.

The property is now the corporate headquarters of Genuine Parts, which is a company that retails automobile parts. The nine and a half acre site will likely be razed and reshaped into parking for its high-profile neighbor four-tenths of a mile away -- the new Atlanta Braves stadium. It's part of an ongoing effort by the ballclub to reach their goal of providing ten thousand parking spaces on site.

"People arrive by car. So we need to have a very effective parking plan. We know that," said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves VP.

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Carol's Daughter Hair Affair

Carol's Daughter Hair Affair

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Carol’s Daughter held a Holiday Hair Affair hosted by TV personality Rashan Ali, along with hair blogger and Carol’s Daughter ambassador Alexis Felder.

Over 75 guests gathered at Keep It Natural Salon in Smyrna to learn tips from celeb stylist Rikya Taylor (Kelly Rowland, Lala Anthony, the Braxtons). Taylor and her team dished on how to keep your hair hydrated during the winter months, pressing and waving techniques, fighting frizz and shedding, and which products from the featured Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare line will help you achieve the latest looks.

Guests enjoyed music by DJ Uno, small bites from Zaxby’s and the refreshing fruit flavors of MYX Fusions Moscato.

Photos: Joi Pearson, Onyana Whittaker

Attorney Rebecca Crumrine Rieder named to Legal Elite

Attorney Rebecca Crumrine Rieder named to Legal Elite

ATLANTA -- Rebecca Crumrine Rieder, founding partner of Hedgepeth, Heredia, Crumrine & Morrison in Atlanta, has been named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 2014 Legal Elite. In this prestigious professional recognition, the Legal Elite are nominated and voted in by their fellow members of the State Bar of Georgia.

Crumrine Rieder practices in all areas of family law, including divorce and separation. Additional past honors, recognitions and community service include:

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

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Atlanta Braves release traffic plan for new stadium


The Atlanta Braves have released a graphic that shows preliminary plans for parking and traffic management around the team's $672 million stadium being built in Cobb County.

The graphic shows preliminary plans for:

- 17 access points to the stadium and adjoining development

- Highway and street widening

- Intersections to be improved

- New sidewalks

- Potential parking areas

- Managed lanes

- Cobb County Transit/MARTA routes

- A transit hub at U.S. 41 and Cumberland Boulevard

Smyrna family celebrates the holiday season with 25,000 lights


SMYRNA, Ga. -- The Orr family in Smyrna, on Gregory Manor Drive, has been putting up lights since October.

And they just finished.

Lisa Orr tells 11Alive they had to add a couple more breakers just for all the lights and now they are officially maxed out.

She says her favorite new feature is the archway and the flying pig.

They have 25 thousand lights, and they welcome visitors to view their handiwork this holiday season.

Man charged after driving off Cobb overpass

Man charged after driving off Cobb overpass

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A man has been charged with reckless driving after causing a multi-car accident in Smyrna Monday morning.

David Wayne Ballard, 46, is being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

The wreck happened at around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Atlanta and Windy Hill roads.

Smyrna police said Ballard was driving west on Windy Hill Road when he lost control of his Mazda RX8. The car left the road, went airborne and landed on top of three other vehicles waiting at a red light.

Four people were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital after the wreck. Police said one of the patients is still in critical condition.

The accident is under investigation.