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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 7, 2005, Athens, Alabama Thirsday, Aprii 7*2(105 ent h vcouner.com 50 Ci ms Index Classified ____ .. .3-5B Comics....... ... .6B Ledger ....... .12-13A Movie Listing .. ... .3A Mini Page..... .. .16A Obituaries..... ... .2A Fredrick Eckstein James Robert Greenup James Floyd Maxwell Orella Steele Earline Hamilton Williamson Sports ...... 1-2B Former Athens resident next Oprah? Lynette Brown hopes to tell her story on talk show By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com As a young, single mother of three who has fought obesity and poverty, former Athens resident Lynette Brown tells it loud and clear — she wants to become the next Oprah Winfrey. “Do I want to be the next Oprah?” she asked. “Absolutely, because I was listening to Oprah’s life and started my own talk show. I’m just like her. I do everything. I’m the one-man band.” Brown, 33, is seeking to tell her story on Oprah’s national television show and she says if she gets the chance to do so she believes it will spur her career. She was reading Oprah’s magazine one day and asked herself “Are you listening to your life? Something said you need your own talk show.” See Brown, Page 3A News-Courier/Kim Rynders Former Athens resident Lynette Brown hopes to tell her story on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. Brown, who now lives in Somerville, Is a single mother who overcame poverty and obesity to start her own talk show. Grand jury ‘no-bills’ sex abuse case A Limestone County grand jury has dismissed a first-degree sexual abuse charge from last September against a 37-year-old Athens man. The case against Kenneth Ray Allred of 203 Whitfield Street, Athens, was “no-billed” by the grand jury which was in session two weeks ago and heard evidence in the case against Allred. Allred was arrested in September of last year during an investigation by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department following a report of abuse to the Limestone County Department of Human Resources, authorities said. At the time of his arrest, Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Allred was accused of fondling a 5-year-old. Records in the Limestone County Circuit Court Clerk’s office Wednesday confirmed that the case against Allred had been dismissed on order from the grand jury even though Allred was due back in court Wednesday on a violation of a protection order. Allred is represented by Athens attorney Dan Totten. — Sonny Turner Volunteers honored RSVP hosts annual event to recognize volunteer work By Tashia Lovell tashia@athensnews-courier. com The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program held its 32nd annual recognition luncheon Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church Beasley Center. It was an opportunity to recognize local volunteers for their service to the program as well as others in the community that aide in RSVP’s efforts. RSVP is an organization whose purpose is to provide meaningful volunteer programs for persons 55 years of age and older. The Golden Age Band entertained the attendees. See RSVP, Page 3A News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell News-Courier Publisher Denny Koenders, left, receives an award at a luncheon Wednesday from RSVP Executive Director Betty Ruth, right, for continued support to RSVP and publicity of the Volunteer Income Tax Program. Mary Key, above, was recognized as the oldest RSVP volunteer in attendance. She is 96 years old. 1 week ’til Cooking School Tickets for the Taste of Home Cooking School on April 14 are almost gone! Call 232-2720 for information Gridiron legend Wally Bullington to be inducted into Limestone’s Sports Hall of Fame IB The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Daily Bible Moment jf aithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Proverbs 27:6 w ‘rw, â*m” Qimttuie {(¿habel 322 Hwv. 31 N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit tin« 256-771-0934 69847 00001 Gorfdb' rrvO l h/ iei $ J Kenneth Bradfield of Toney Subscriber of the day Help fight cancer Get ready for this year’s Relay for Life in May. SSUDOFF Hey, Sound Off: To the person talking about smoke from fireplaces being second-hand smoke: Some folks want their cake and eat it, too. They must have a house -not a home - where no one goes to visit because they’re afraid of them talking critical of anything that doesn’t suit them. If this ol’ world keeps getting worse — people losing jobs, gas prices rising, food so high — people may have to go back to burning wood to heat their homes. None of us need to get above our raising. On another subject — is Alabama the only state where people who own their homes lose them if they have a stroke and have to pay to go to a rest home? I’d sure like answers on this subject. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Woman questioned in murder By Sonny Turner sonny @athensnews-courier. com FLORENCE — An Athens woman who was picked up by Lauderdale County authorities on a warrant for five bad checks, was being questioned Wednesday about the murder of a 55-year-old Zip City man. Mary Sandra Call Tucker, 35, of Ripley Road, Athens, was taken into custody by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department at Athens-Limestcne Hospital Tuesday after she suffered minor injuries in an accident near the Limestone-Lauderdale County line just off U.S. 72 West. Lauderdale County authorities say Tucker is a “person of interest” in the Friday murder. Investigators said the body of Roger Dale “Todd” Eddy was found Sunday evening in the living room of his home at 10257 Alabama 17, which is just south of the Zip City Community Center in Lauderdale County. Investigators said a friend of Eddy’s found the body just before 4:30 p.m. The murder weapon, a .380-caliber pistol, was recovered at a residence in north Florence. Although they would not elaborate on the exact location, authorities said the owner of the home was not involved. Authorities said Tucker was wanted for questioning because they believe she may have some information that See Murder, Page 3A Man charged with striking woman with baseball bat - if. V By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com A 46-year-old Athens woman who stepped into the middle of a fight between her son and her boyfriend Wednesday, was struck in the head with a baseball " bat and knocked unconscious. “Her boyfriend and son got into an argument over a cell phone and her boyfriend had picked up an aluminum baseball bat and was threatening the son with it,” said Capt. Marty Bruce of the David Coleman Athens Police Department. “She stepped in between the two of them and got hit in the See Baseball bat, Page 3A Teen threatens Tanner students with BB gun By Phil Willis phil@athensnews-courier. com A Tanner student accused of having a BB gun at school Tuesday is an “average” student who has never before been a major disciplinary problem, according to Principal Billy Owens. “He never gave any indication of any problems, not at all,” Owens said. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said a fellow student told the school resource officer at Tanner of threatening comments he had seen written in the 17-year-old boy’s notebook. The officer then searched the boy’s See BB gun, Page 2A Get the news with your morning coff Subscribe to The Neu s-Courier 232-2720