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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama Back to school Recipes from last week’s Taste of Home Cooking School inside today Staying at home Elkmont out of baseball playoff picture following 15-3 loss to West Morgan    IB The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future THrRSD\\, \PRIL 21, 2005 enewscouner.€0in 50 Cents Cherylyn Clemons of Toney Subscriber of the day MWtfF Hey, Sound Off: The person writing to the Sound Off column in Wednesday’s paper criticized the people displaying “Support the Troops” signs. I assume from this letter that this person does not support the troops. Why doesn’t he “put his money where his mouth is” and display a sign saying, “I Don’t Support the Troops?” That should make him popular with those of us who have family members fighting in Iraq. Or better still, why not move to France where he can be with other people like him who hate the USA and think we are the bad guys and the terrorists are the good guys. I can understand someone not supporting the war or the president. I can’t understand taking it out on young men and women who are just doing their jobs. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Cou 232-2720 Index Business ... . 10A Classified .. , , . .3-5B Comics ..... 6B Headlines ......6A Ledger ..... ......9A Obituaries ... ......2A Albert Douglas Black Jerry Arnold Dement Ella Merle Usery Opinion .........4A Sports .. ;......1-2B Weather .........2A Daily Bible Moment ^^elight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 %habd 322 HH).3IN«AtlMu 25é-232-I05l OM Um 256-771-0934 69847'OODOI Body found at Lucy’s Branch Victim was Browns Ferry contract worker By Tashia Lovell tashia@athensnews-courier. com A fishing trip ended in tragedy for a Mississippi man this week. The body of Robert Keith Bryant, 48, was recovered Wednesday morning in the waters at Lucy’s Branch Park near the old campgrounds. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said it appeared the man was fishing from a parked barge when he fell. An autopsy was being performed Wednesday, which McNatt believes will show drowning was the cause of Bryant’s death. Barge workers discovered the body after they reported to work. “We don’t suspect any foul play at this time,” McNatt said. Bryant was staying at the campground at Bayhill Marina while working at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant as a welder for Stone & Webster, a company that provides contract workers at the facility. Craig Beasley, spokesman for Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, confirmed that Bryant was in town working on the restart of the Unit 1 reacton McNatt said that authorities believe the incident happened sometime after 6 p.m. Tuesday because Bryant had spoken with his wife at 6 and told her he was going to go fishing. McNatt said there was alcohol present on the barge. A toxicology test will determine if Bryant had a blood alcohol content. Limestone County Sheriff’s Department deputies and the Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad worked the scene. News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell Members of the Athens Limestone Rescue Squad work the scene where Robert Keith Bryant’s body was found Wednesday morning. Barge workers discovered Bryant’s body in water at Lucy’s Branch near the old campgrounds. Country as country can be Councilman: eliminate city ai, courts By Sonny Tlrner sonny(W,athemnew’s-coiirier.com Athens City Councilman Harold Wales said he would like for the City of Athens to do away with its jail and city court system and contract those services with Limestone County. However, the councilman said he doubts Athens can afford the $1 million it will cost the city to do that over a three-year span. ”1 think we need to get out of the jail business and go with the county, but 1 don’t know if we can afford to do that. I’m told we make hardly any money from our jail and court system.” The Limestone County Commission and Sheriff Mike Blakely have agreed to enter into an agreement with Athens to house the city’s prisoners. Limestone County See Eliminate, Page 2A Repairs to streets could cost $3M By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-couner.com Athens City Councilman Johnny Crutcher says it will cost the city between $2 million and $3 million to repair its streets. “There are some streets in this town that are all to pieces and the work has to be done,” said Crutcher. “It’s not a matter will it be done, it’s a matter that it must be done.” Crutcher said he will propose that the Athens City Council take $250,000 from its liquor tax revenue and another $125,000 from gas tax revenues (not already pledged) as first phase of funding to improve the See Repairs, Page 2A Mamie and Melvin Dugger pose in front of their home near the Elk River. News-Courier/Sonny Turner Duggers relive bygone (days in songs By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com At times it takes a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach their home that sits well off the road just north of the Elk River at Elkmont. Their driveway is a field road covered with mud and water. But that is the way Melvin and Mamie Dugger like it. They are not Amish nor Mennonites, but they believe in living as in years long gone by. “We used to live in the city and couldn’t wait to get out,” Dugger said. “I just felt like the city was getting smaller around us so we packed our bags and got out of We used to live in the city and couldn’t wait to get out.” — Melvin Dugger there. We ain’t been back since.” That was more than a decade ago and the Duggers both agree living in the city was a mistake and it won’t ever happen again. “It was like a fish out of water,” he said. “A half year was as long as we could take it.”. “Hear that rooster?” Mamie Dugger asked. “I had to go out and talk to him this morning. He was on my car crowing. That’s what 1 like.” Melvin Dugger, 55, sells iron for a living and he’s a songwriter at heart. Dugger has written more than 100 songs since he was in the third grade at the old Hays Mill School just north of Athens. He said he learned to “talk faster” as a child living in Pennsylvania. “In the third grade at Hays Mill, I wrote ‘Johnny Chased a Rabbit’ and the teacher put me in front of the class. 1 sang Elvis’ See Country, Page 2A News-Couner/Kim Rynders Frazier Street is targeted for repair.