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New Braves stadium named SunTrust Park

New Braves stadium named SunTrust Park

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Atlanta Braves released the name of the team's new Cobb County stadium Tuesday morning.

The Braves partnered with Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks to create the name SunTrust Park. The name was announced during the official groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

SunTrust signed a 25-year agreement that will give it marquee signage, as well as additional signage and promotional opportunities at the 41,000-seat stadium.. Financial terms of the agreement were not made public.

SunTrust Chairman and CEO William H. Rogers Jr. announced the bank will mark the occasion with a $100,000 donation from the SunTrust Foundation to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, in honor of the legendary Braves player.

Heavy construction has begun to turn the plot of land into a stadium and entertainment development by April 2017.

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2 killed in Smyrna murder-suicide after SWAT standoff

2 killed in Smyrna murder-suicide after SWAT standoff

SMYRNA, Ga. – Two people were found dead in a Smyrna home after a 14-hour SWAT standoff on Sunday.

Monday evening, police announced they believe the victims died in a murder-suicide.

Authorities were called to a home inside Oakdale Bluffs off Oakdale Road just after midnight. Police were responding to reports that a man was possibly holding a hostage inside a home on Sawtooth Oak court.

Some nearby homes were evacuated as police tried to establish contact with the man inside.

After hours of attempting to make contact with the man inside, officials entered the home and found a man and woman dead. The woman, 33-year-old Jessica Arrendale, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Investigators believe the man, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, killed Arrendale and then fatally shot himself in the head.

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.

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

ATLANTA -- The FBI said they are pooling information with three Atlanta area police agencies looking for a connection between at least six violent robberies, including a bank robbery in Smyrna Tuesday.

Three suspects wearing dark clothes and masks robbed the Regions Bank on Cumberland Parkway in a "take over" style robbery, according to Cobb County police. All three suspects were armed with handguns.

"Any time you take guns into a bank, it is a stressful situation for not only the tellers and customers, but also for the robbers," said FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett. "They are very jacked up and a tragedy is just a trigger pull away."

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Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Keep Cobb Beautiful will hold a free paper shredding event for county residents this weekend.

Household documents will be accepted Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. The event will only take paper products -- cardboard, plastic and other such items will not be accepted.

Attendees may also bring shoes to donate. Pairs of shoes should be bound or taped together.

Visit cobbcounty.org for more information about the event.

Piedmont Church is located at 570 Piedmont Road.

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Braves stadium operation to create 4,014 jobs

Braves stadium operation to create 4,014 jobs

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- An economic analysis performed by Atlanta-based Brailsford & Dunlavey says the Atlanta Braves' new Cobb County stadium operation will provide 4,014 new jobs, the Marietta Daily Journal reports.

The analysis also shows stadium employees will earn $60.8 million each year, with $15.1 million going to employees who live in Cobb, the paper says.

The stadium's operation is expected to generate $4 million in tax revenue for Cobb County each year.