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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 9, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Playground dedication  Equipment is dedicated at a special playground in memory of two Tanner students  neNe  All SEC released  Tide’s Winston leads all five starters onto conference all-star squads    jg  Courier  V\ EDNE.SIJ W,‘M \RC1I 9. 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone Col'nty: A Community of Tradition and Future  enew scoiiner.com  ' .-I  mm  In the ‘Field’  Local cast takes stage in Theatre Huntsville's “Lilies of the Field.’  WHT  Hey, Sound Off:  1 applaud Dr. Bridges and the Athens City School Board for taking a stand against this “insanity” to close Brookhill. 1 do not want my child plucked from his/her beloved Brookhill to go to another location, based on some parents' unsubstantiated complaints.  1 think we should wait to take any action to move the students until all the test results from the school are in. These parents should consider putting their homes through the same battery of tests that Brookhill is going through. Since children spend more time inside their homes than they do at the school, maybe their problems are coming from there.  Hey, Sound Off:  Regarding moving Brookhill students to First Baptist Church; Obviously the people pushing for this move weren't involved in 2000 when Brookhill had to move because of the mold problems. It was a tremendous burden for the staff, faculty, students and parents to make this move.  It was greatly appreciated that the church was able to accommodate us. However, let's not put everyone through that “hassle” again unless there is justifiable cause.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Index     Classified ...    4-7B      Comics......    . . . 8B      Ledger ......    . 8-9A      Health.......    10A      Movie Listing ..    3A      Obituaries ...    .. .none      Sports ......    1-3B     Dailv Bible Moment  W  hoever.. .sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?  1 John 3:17  V«.  immtone  m Hw\. 31 N-Athens' r3¿-23M051 Obit line 256-771-09.34  ‘Emotions running high’ at Brookhiii  Bridges: No plans to move <ids to church  Bv Kelly Kazfk   kelly@athensnews-courier.com   Dr. Orman Bridges said he doesn’t want to send all 218 of Brookhill Elementary School's students to class in a nearby church because of the complaints of a few' parents, adding that none of those parents have made a request to transfer their children from the school due to illness.  Bridges, superintendent of Athens City Schools, said he wants to see what tests reveal about the cause of illnesses at the school, which may or may not be occurring at higher rates than other city schools. He said although parents told members of Athens City Council at a Monday night meeting that they were told transfers were not possible, they have not asked him.  “To this point, I have not had the first parent ask for their child to be moved — except for the parent group asking for the whole school to be moved,” he said.  School Board President Ernest Campbell said he agrees with Bridges that students should not be moved to First Baptist Church.  “At this particular time, 1 think it would be a premature move, not having all of the facts  See Brookhill, Page 2A  Courtesy photo  A look at clinic reports from two city schools  Reports from four days at clinics at Brookhill and Julian Newman elementaiy schools show similar incidences of illnesses. Because reports were available from only 10 days since January from Brookhill, random days were chosen to compare with Julian Newman. Reports have not been edited but include all ailments reported from those days at both schools.  Nevvs-( ouner Ktm Rynders  Top photo, a parent took this picture of his child to show an example of one of the rashes occurring at Brookhill Elementary School, shown above.  Mayor: Filters could help  B\ Sonny Ti rner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Athens Mayor Dan Williams and City Council President Jimmy Gill have an idea that may solve the Brookhill Elementary health problem.  The two visited the Limestone County Clinton Street Courthouse Annex Tuesday to talk to annex employees on the use of filters in that facility to purify the air.  See Filters, Page 2A  Brookhill  Jan. 12  Pink eye  Closed fingers in door Chest hurting Feeling bad Fever sore throat Feb. 4 Vomiting  Head and stomachache  Vomiting  Stomachache  Same child as above  returned with head and  stomachache  Feb. 24  Nosebleed  Rash-like spots on wrist  Head stuffy, chest hurts Red putf>’ eyes March 2 Rash under arm Rash on face, arms Headache, dark circles under eyes  Julian Newman  March 2  Fingernail torn Earache Bumpy red rash  Eye burning Vomiting Bumped head  Jan. 12  Sore mouth Fell in bathroom Small cut Shoulder hurts Headache Nose bleed Feb. 4 Coughing  Teeth hurting -  Stuffy, coughing, feels bad Hit in PE  Doesn't feel well, fever  Headache  Stomachache  Stomachache  Doesn’t feel well  Feb. 24  Headache  Chapped lips  Nose bleed  Headache, stomachache, fever Headache, stomachache, fever Shoulder hurts Skinned elbow  Road to be named for Lanny Rose  Athens Mayor Dan Williams said the drive behind the Liberty service station adjacent to the Athens Post Office will likely be named in honor of a man who was killed there in 1965 while doing work for the community.  The mayor said he will seek approval from the county to post signs on the drive naming it “Lanny Rose Lane” in honor of the late Robert Lanny Grigsby who fell from a pole and was killed while doing work for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  “That property is owned by the county and we would have to get their approval to post those signs naming this drive, but we will seek to do that.” the mayor said. “It is the drive between Hine and Market streets.  Grigsby was the father of Tony Grigsby, the lead singer for the local Lanny Rose Band. The mayor said Grigsby asked that the drive be named after his father since he was doing charity work at the time of his death.  Tony Grigsby was seven years old at the time of this father’s death.  — Sonnv Turner  Businesses complying with city’s smoking ordinance  News-Courier/Kim Rynders Ralph Friend and Kevin Benoit enjoy a cigarette on the back deck at Lake Ida Pub and Grill Tuesday. While Lake Ida is non-smoking restaurant, the smoking ordinance does not cover outdoor facilities like the deck at the restaurant, where smoking is allowed.  Bn Phil Willis   phil@athensnew.s-courier.com  All Athens businesses that fall under the restrictions of a new' non-smoking ordinance that went into effect at the first of the year are in compliance and no customer complaints have been filed, according to Mayor Dan Williams.  “We’ve not had a bit of a problem w ith the new ordinance,” Williams said. “It took a while to get some of the businesses to come into compliance, but it all seems to have gone pretty smoothly.”  City Clerk John Hamilton, whose office has been responsible for registration of businesses that fall under the auspices of the ordinance, said initial response was good, but there were some stragglers. In fact, he said, some businesses were granted a grace period if their delay in compliance could be explained, such as awaiting a decision from a home office.  “We eventually nailed it down to about 25 businesses that hadn’t replied and just called until they responded,” Hamilton said. “It w'as tedious w'ork. but we tried to  See Smoking, Page 6A  Limestone gets $4.7 million from TVA in lieu of taxes  Sign ordinance to change  Limestone County received $4.7 million from Tennessee Valley in tax equivalent payments for 2004.  “Athens Utilities’ partnership with TVA has been ¡eneficial to the people of Athens and Limestone )unty by helping to provide a source of reliable, fordable power,” said Athens Utilities Manager iry Scroggins. “TVA has also proven to be an fellent corporate citizen by investing in Limestone iunty over the years, and this payment is a result of It investment.”  'The state of Alabama received a record $80.9 mil-  fin 2004 TVA payments made in lieu of taxes. ‘The record amount of payments of TVA benefits people in local communities across Alabama and  throughout the Tennessee Valley by helping fund schools and many other needed programs and services,” TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough said on behalf of the TVA Board. “The tax equivalent payments along with reliable, affordable power help enhance economic growth for the people we serve through local distiibutors of TVA power.”  TVA makes tax equivalent payments to Alabama and seven other states and to counties within those states. The tax equivalent payments are ba,sed on TVA power sales revenue in 2003 and TVA-owned power property in each state. During the fiscal year.  See TVA, Page 2A  Limestone    County  Planning    Commission  Chairman Rod Huffman said the number and placement of area business signs has prompted a revision of the sign ordinance.  “We’ve had some concern over some businesses in regard to their ability to put up as many signs wherever they wanted them,” he said. “I guess the City Council maybe had a complaint or two about the sign ordinance.”  The Limestone County Planning Commission will  present its review' of the sign ordinance at its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Huffman said the City of Athens requested a year ago the Planning Commission review the ordinance because of vague regulations.  “Definitions were not as clear as they could be,” he said. “We did find that it could be a more clear document. We looked at the sign regulations of other communities, also, parts of Florence and Decatur.”  — Nancv Glasscock   

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