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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Explosion tickets  Tickets for the annual Musical Explosion on sale Feb. 11 at Railroad Bazaar and ABS  New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles — special section inside  The News-Courier  Serving Athens anü Limestone Coi nty: A Commlnity of Tradition and Fin re  Sunday, February 6, 2005  enewscourier.coin  One Dollar  Polish mission  • ■■  mi  Local teachers travel to Poland to teach English.  1C  WOfF  Mev, Sound Olí:  Some folks in Limestone County are writing to the paper complaining about the conditions of the roads and the Interstate 65 being in poor condition. This I don't doubt, but if you w ant to see a road in bad reed of repair. Just di ive down Nuclear Plant Road.  This road is nil lu pieces and IS becoming an e.xtreme hazard to drive on. The large trucks and increased traffic to the nuclear plant have totally destroyed the road. I am not complaining about the folks that work at the plant being on the road, but am complaining about no one wants to take responsibility to fix it.  The county says it belongs to the city and the city says it belongs to the county, fell me where are the taxes and revenues from the nuclear plant going, the county or the city or both'.’ -\lso a large number of people that live in I.imestone county work at the plant and shop in this county, so I know they are paying taxes. As I said Nuclear Plant Road needs some serious attention, and soon.  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  (Jet the news with your morning coffee  Siibscribt* to Tlie Seu's-Coiirier  232-2720     Index          Classified.....    1-14D      Crossword____    ... .16A      Courthouse Beat    ... .18A      Ledger .......    16-17A      Movie Listing ..    9A      YesterYear____    11A      Obituaries____    2A      Jefferson Allen Ray      William F. “Bmb” Hamilton Jr.      Sports .......    1-4B           Daily Bible Moment  lee also youthful lusts; hut pursue righteous} less, faith, lore, peace ivith those irho call on the l.oixl out of  a pLUV heai t.  2 Timothy 2:22  íliimlone  .122 H«\. 31 S'Athens „    256-2.32-III5I  •'H'. L»« Obit line 256-771-W4  XnOA ■? nnnn-î  Corridor closer to reality  Major funding comes through for engineering study on Memphis-to-Atlanta project  T'li'*, '* r"  jr  B\ Pnii, \Vn I ts  phitiaathefisnew's-couricr.com Construction of a proposed Atlanta-to-Memphis corridor through North Alabama would place Limestone Countv' in an enviable position for industrial recruiting, according to Limestone County Director of Economic Development Tom Hill.  'Abu just can't get any better than the crossroads of major north-south and cast-west arteries,” Hill explained. “Access to  transportation is critical for industry. We already have access to a major north-south artery covered with Interstate 65. But east-west traffic on U.S. 72 gets awfully congested sometimes, which slows truck traffic. And time is money in business. A new lim-ited-access highway between Memphis and Atlanta would take care of that problem.” Realization of that industrial recruiter's  See Corridor, Page 2A  Map showing route of proposed Memphis-to-Atlanta highway through Limestone County  Meeting may finally decide fate of Madison hospital  Bv Melanik W alker  metanieiyi athensnews-cowier The Madison hospital will move one step closer to reality with an up or down vote by the State Health Coordinating Council during a special meeting called by Chairman .ludge John Rochester for 10 a.m. Thursday in Montgomery.  On the agenda will be City of Madison Plan .Adjustment filed by Commissioner Dale Strong on behalf of the citizens of Madison, Triana, and western Madison county asking for a 6i)-bcd acute care hospital to be located within the city limits of the city of Madison.  However, the State Health Plan has already over-allocated hospital beds for Idmestone and Madison counties by an average of 64 percent, which puts occupancy at only 41 -55 percent for area hospitals, according to data from the State Health Plan's Health Priorities.  Strong's request for another 60-bed acute  See Hospital, Page 2A  February Frolic portrays Fabulous 40s  News-Courier Kim Rynders  Athens Bible School held its February Frolic Friday night at the school with a dinner, three 1940’s style floorshows and a play titled “The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter.” At left: ABS staff member Nancy Croomes hands tea to a diner while dressed in 1940’s attire. At right, Barbara Jo Webb belts out “Friendship” to the amusement of the crowd. She was accompanied by Catherine Chumbley, not pictured.  Cheering the Eagles on  News-Courier Kim Rynders  Athens High School Varsity Cheerleaders Lauren Garrett, Brittany Padgett and Audra Ernest cheer their team on during a recent game. The Golden Eagles and Eaglettes ended their regular season Friday night at Bob Jones High School. Area tournaments start this week countywide.  County asks for FBI help with escaoee  BV SONNV IT RNER  soniiyui Ütlicnsiicws~courier.com l imestone County authorities have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to join in the hunt for a man who escaped from the county jail annex more than a month ago.  "We've asked the FBI to obtain federal unlawful night warrants against him,” Limestone Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said this weekend. “They already have his name and photo posted on wanted posters nationw ide ”  The escapee. 46-year-old Herbert Cleatus Latham, ol Reform, escaped from the county jail annex on F'ast Elm Street in December. He was last , spotted in the western I inited States.  A 1493 Chevrolet pickup truck that authorities believe he stole in Columbus, Miss., on Dec. 30 was recovered in San Juan. New Mexico, said McNatt.  Latham was awaiting trial on a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance. He was discovered missing when jail personnel did a “head count.” Latham stole an 18-wheeler with a 30-foot lo-boy trailer after escaping. That truck was found abandoned on Dec. 30 in Columbus, the same day the 1993 pickup was reported stolen.  The tractor-trailer truck is owned by Tunstill's Custom Dozer Work. It was being used at the construction site of the new 9! 1 building on Elm Street w hen It was stolen.  Latham is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds. He was wearing an orange jacket and gray and white sweat pants when he escaped.   

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