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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama A new breed West Limestone Wildcats make a move on the soccer field jg Outstanding soldier Foster Knowles of Ardmore, home from Iraq, doesn’t plan to rest on past accomplishments 5A e News-Courier SERVING Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Fu i ure Wednesdw, APRIL 20, 2005 eneHScourier.com 50 Cents Beth Turner of Hai'vest Subscriber of the day A new Pope Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose the name Pope Benedict XVI for his new duties. 3A WffF Hey, Sound Off: I think everyone that so proudly displays their "suppori the troops" magnet should put their money where their mouth is and really support the troops — by becoming one of the troops! Obviously the military needs all the help they can get 50-plus grandmothers are signing up for duty. That’s right, take your magnet and go to your recruiting office or send your son or daughter since you believe it to be such a worthy cause. This war is a Bush-created mess. We’ve lost sight of 9/11 — we're fighting the “terrorists” who Bush wants to fight. And let’s not forget “mission accomplished” almost two years later. How many young people have died since the mission was accomplished? More Sound Off VaUey, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Neu's Courier T" 232-2'^20 Index Classified...... 4-7B Comics........ 3B Health......... 7A Ledger ........ 9A Movie Listing____ ЗА Obituaries...... 2A Edward Black Sports ........ .1-2B Daily Bible Moment "^hen he hhngs out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. -fW. CtnT John 10:4 322 Н»л. 31 N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-09.U 7    69847^00001 New police site passes finai round of tests Bv Sonny Turner sonny@athensne\vs-courier. a. m The final test on property that the City of Athens is seeking to build a new $3.2 million police headquarters on has cleared the site for construction. That’s what Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks said Tuesday about the proposed site on East Hobbs Street. “The final test shows that the water there is clean enough to drink out of,” Marks said. “It shows that site is absolutely clean.” A city building committee had concerns that the property between Thomas Street and Shaw Street might pose a danger due to possible seeping gas from an adjacent service station. But Marks said the final test resolved those concerns and it is likely the building committee will recommend that site to the Athens C’ity Council. Councilman Harold Wales. See Site, Page 2A Area evacuated for gas leak New s-Couricr kini Ryndors Several area buildings were evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a propane leak at Coast Gas on U.S. 31. Athens Assistant Fire Chief Danny Southard said employees at Coast Gas were loading a 250-gallon tank onto a truck when the tank shifted. A fitting on the tank was sheared and a leak occurred, releasing propane into the air. Southwind Christian Center and Lionheart Christian Academy, the Athens Street Department building on Armory Street, as well as a portion of T & C Stamping were evacuated. Athens fire and police were at the scene. Images of the future Ncws-Coiirier/ Kim Rynders News-Courier publisher Denny Koenders experiences the new Aquilion CT scanner in Athens-Limestone Hospital’s Imaging Department. The 32-slice scanner will supply images of the arteries and vessels of the heart that show heart health. The scanner can also be used on other organs, bones and tissue. Hosoital debuts million CT scan By Melanie Walker melanie@athensnews-couneKcom No more waiting interminable minutes inside a donutshaped CAT-scan tube for the picture to be taken. No more skinning down to just a hospital gown either. Athens-Limestone Hospital has made an investment in the future of Limestone County with the purchase of a $1.1 million dollar, state-of-the-art, 32-slice CT scanner. “Limestone County residents do not need to leave our community to have access to the best CT system available today,” said Athens-Limestone CEO Phil Dotson. “This technology can be lifesaving by providing better, more precise images of bones, organs and internal bleeding than older CT systems. Eor patients with blood clots, infections See CT scan. Page 2A Hospital signals change in strategy B\ MEI VME \\ VI Kl R nwlimie(a uilicnsiieww-ioiirii’rconi If you can't beat 'em join 'em. With the announcement iuesdav that (.'restwood 1 lospital has submitted a letter of intent to build a $65 million tiollar hospital in .Madison, Athens-Limestone 1 lospital may adopt that philosophy and join forces with one of several parties interested in creating a partnership to provide the East Limestone, Madison, .Monrovia, Harvest, loney and Iriana communities with a hospital. “f rom the beginning we have had overtures from people that wanted to develop a hospital in See Strategy, Page 2A News-C ourier Melanie W.iKer Phil Dotson Sewer tie-ons discussed at public meeting By Sonny Turner sorinyicyathensnews-couner.com Residents living in the Whitfield Colony and Winslow Subdivisions on Athens eastern side will meet with some members of the Athens City Council and other city officials Thursday night to discuss tying their homes on to the Athens Sewer System. City of Athens Wastewater Superintendent John Stockton and Athens City Council District 4 Councilman Harold Wales will host the community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Athens City Council chambers. “We have 78 homes on those two streets and 1 think many of the residents will be at the meeting,” said Wales. “Mr. Stockton will announce the plan at that the meeting.” Wales said residents living in those neighborhoods are on septic tanks and many have expressed a desire to go on city sewer. In the past, residents have had to pay the expenses involved to run the pipe needed to tie on to city sewer. But they were given a plan that allowed them up to 10 years to repay the fees. “People in those areas have been having major problems with water standing in their yards,” said Wales. “We set up the meeting to discuss the costs involved. They should know the plan by end of this community meeting.” Officers from around the world gather at Browns Ferry for firearms instruction News-Couner Phil Willis Law enforcement officers paired off as teams during an NRA Police Patrol Rifle Instructor class Tuesday afternoon on the firing range at TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. Bv Pmi Wii 1 IS phil(a athensnew s-cou) icr com The learning curve for law enforcement personnel swept rapidly upward with the events of Sept. 1 1, 2001. The threat of terrorism has altered the every-day routine of those agencies charged with protecting the citizenry. Police officers are spending more time in the classroom and on the firing range than ever before. A group of law enforcement’s elite has gathered this week at I VA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. Guests of the Limestone County Sheriff's Department, these officers are here to take part in Police Patrol Ritle Instructor classes conducted by instructors from the National Riffe Association. “This is not your ordinary firearms instruction.” Sheriff Mike Blakely explained, “fhis is experts from the NRA helping firearms instructors learn to teach the proper procedure for the use of long guns. These are the instructors who will, m See Firearms, Page 2A