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Mother upset after deputy's gun discharged in doorway


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – A Floyd County mother is furious after a deputy's gun accidentally went off as she was standing in the doorway of her home with her three small children nearby.

The sheriff's department has opened an internal investigation into the incident. In a written statement, the department stressed that nobody was injured in the incident.

Tiffany McClure said that a deputy arrived at her home to serve a warrant for a former roommate, a friend who moved out three months ago. The two stood in the doorway, McClure's 4-year-old son Qordarius was beside her. Her other two children were watching from the window.

"I heard a loud boom," McClure said. "I thought one of my kids threw something, and then the officer said, 'Oh no!' He was grabbing his leg and had a big old hole in his pants."

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Berry to hold expanded farmers market

Berry to hold expanded farmers market

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College will host a student-run farmers market this weekend.

A number of local items will be sold, including Angus beef, canned jellies, flowers, herbs, fine art and Viking Furniture products.

Berry students Alex Willoughby and Eric Eaton will provide musical entertainment. There will also be a children's play area, concessions and tours of Berry's dairy.

The market will take place Saturday, July 19 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clara Bowl, near the Ford buildings.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Local author's novel published posthumously

Local author's novel published posthumously

ROME, Ga. -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau will honor a local author whose novel was published after his death.

Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone is the first novel in a planned adventure series. Its author, Jason Fordham, died of cancer last September at age 39.

Rome's Last Stop Gift Shop will hold a book debut event for Lords of the North Kingdom on Thursday, July 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jim Curry published the book in Fordham's memory.

"Jason was an avid reader, actor, director, producer, game designer and writer, to mention only a few of his creative and intellectual endeavors," Curry said. "While most of his life's work was devoted to community theater, Jason was just as passionate about his other pursuits."

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

(WXIA) -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating summer with a "hot" new menu. The Up in Smoke offerings are inspired by the spicy flavors of chipotle and poblano peppers.

The pizza chain's restaurants will serve Up in Smoke items through Sunday, July 27.

The menu includes a vegetarian tortilla soup, the Holy Mole Hoagie (a sandwich featuring chicken, poblano peppers and Mexican mole sauce), a shrimp calzone and salad, and Mel's Fattie, which is a giant flour tortilla filled with chicken, cheese and caramelized onions.

Mellow Mushroom's Up in Smoke featured pizza is the Fully Blazed Chicken Mole Pie, which has a mole sauce base and is topped with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, the chain's signature mushroom trio, and mozzarella and feta cheeses.

There is also a dessert offering -- the Psychadelic Cookie Sundae, which is a giant cookie served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.