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Roundabout at Peters Street intersection opens

A major component of the Peters Street Improvement Project, a roundabout at the intersection of Peters Street and May Street, recently opened after several months of construction.

The City of Calhoun started the Peters Street Improvement Project in early 2016. The $4 million SPLOST funded project was proposed jointly by Gordon County and the City of Calhoun. The project is expected to transform a high-traffic area of the community and includes, in addition to the roundabout, resurfacing the roadway as well as the addition of gutters, curbs, streetlights and sidewalks along Peters Street from the intersection at South Wall Street at Prater Ford to the intersection of Peters Street and Curtis Parkway near Home Depot.

The roundabout will cause traffic to flow almost continuously in one direction around a central island; the intersection used to be the site of a two-way stop.

The City has dedicated time to watching the area during the opening of the roundabout.

"(The City has) spent a good amount of time watching traffic flow at the roundabout," said City Administrator Eddie Peterson. "The morning and afternoon drive time flows well. The larger school buses have no problem. I watched a residential trash truck and they were able to stay off the curb. Our largest fire truck did a test run with good results."

According to Peterson, the sidewalks, gutters and curbs from South Wall Street to the roundabout are expected to be completed in January 2018.


Sheriff's Office continues investigation into possible domestic dispute that resulted in shooting

Authorities with the Gordon County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday evening were staying tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation of a Tuesday night shooting, citing they were still piecing together the exact circumstances of what transpired during what appears to have been a domestic dispute.

According to Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston, around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, deputies responded to a private residence in the 200 block of Bud Hardy Road in the Sonoraville community in response to a shooting. Deputies were on scene in minutes, and found a male who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities indicated the man was removed from the scene by ground ambulance and flown by Life Force to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was alert and talking.

According to a report, a female suspect was taken at the scene and placed into custody. Authorities stressed that at no time was there an active search for the suspect, as was erroneously reported by other news agencies. The suspect was arrested on site immediately and without incident. She did receive medical treatment from undisclosed wounds.

The Sheriff's Office said detectives and crime scene investigators continue to interview witnesses on Wednesday afternoon and are continuing to collect evidence. The weapon used in the event was taken by investigators and no one else is being sought in connection to the incident.

Authorities hope to release additional information by the end of the week.