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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama On the road today Jennifer Leone leads Clements Into Class 2A substate action at Colbert Heights jg Gas war? Prices get a bit more than competitive in Rogersville 9A ouner Ti -f.sday, M \v 10, 2005 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future enewscourier.com News-Courier/Alissa Clark Athens City workers Mick Sorrentino and Dale Cooley clear trees from the ditch on Jefferson Street and 7th Street. Larry Terry, not pictured, with the City of Athens, said the the area has not been cleared In years and has grown up filling the ditch. Going up in Athens Working on new 911 facility News-Courier/Alissa Clark Aaron Willis and Master Mason Wade Phillips of Ambroz Masonry Inc. of Hunstville, brick a wall at the new Athens-Limestone 911 Emergency Facility that is under construction on Elm Street in Athens. The new facility is still several weeks ago from opening. Slain officers to be honored Candlelight vigil, ceremony this weekend in Washington D.C. By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com Two slain Athens policemen will be among nine state law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 2004 to be honored at a Washington D.C. ceremony this coming weekend. A candlelight vigil and ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday with a memorial in honor of the fallen officers slated for Sunday at noon at the U.S. Capitol. Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper is leaving Thursday to attend the event, while Ron Ultz, the brother-in-law of Sgt. Larry Russell, one of the slain Athens officers, will be representing the Athens-Limestone Fraternal Order of Police. Members of thee officers’ families are also planning to attend. Sgt. Russell and Officer Tony Mims were ambushed and killed on Jan. 2, 2004 as they answered a call to a home just north of Athens-Limestone Hospital. The suspect, Farron Barksdale, has been charged with capi tal murder and is awaiting trial. The ceremony this weekend will take place at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which commemorates the service and sacrifices of the more than 17,000 officers who have been killed w'hile protecting public safety since the earliest known death in 1792. Some 20,000 people are expected to attend the 17th annual candlelight vigil at the Memorial. The event will feature a vocal per formance by former New York Officer Daniel Rodriguez. There will also be a reading of the 415 new' names carved on the Memorial — which includes the names of those killed in 2004. as well as names of 262 officers throughout history who have been forgotten, until now. Dedicated in 1991 by President George H.S. Bush, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is visited annually by more than 150,000 people. Alcohol fees lowered due to a possible threat of suit By Karen Middleton ancnews@pclnet. net The Athens City Council voted unanimously to lower the off-premise consumption fee for businesses that sell liquor after a threatened suit by Athens Beverage Co. Such businesses will now pay $2,000 instead of the $5,000 fee in the original ordinance. Councilmen cited an exception to the state’s open meeting law that allows them to claim limited attomey-client privilege when they went into closed session with City Attorney Shane Black to discuss the pending litigation. However, the council in a May 2 work session already discussed that amendment to the ordinance and it was published the following day in two newspapers. The ordinance change would also lower the monthly license tax on gross receipts from 25 percent to 15 percent. “This brings the fees for off-premises sales to be in line with communities around See Alcohol, Page 2A City votes to join in leasing Cowford By Karen Middleton >     ancnews@pclnet.net Athens has now leased a prime piece of property on the Tennessee River, but one city councilman says the city is spreading itself too thin when it should consider needs at home. Athens and Limestone County will each allocate $12,500 to enter into the joint contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority to lease the campground and boat launch. The property is adjacent to Black’s Landing, which See Shot, Page 2A Pat Johnston of Madison ^Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: My heart breaks for those students who won’t get to “walk” at this year’s graduation. When will the school officials realize that not all students are test takers? Jus,, because one can’t pass a written test with loss of hypothetical situations does not mean they aren’t capable of passing in other ways. Maybe they could do a verbal interview or write a paper or complete a project. Why must we expect all seniors to do the exact same thing the same way when they all have different levels of intelligence? Hey, Sound Off: After reading the story about the Clements students who can’t walk at graduation, I would like to offer this advice to teachers, administrators and support personnel at each local school. Please help “all” kids feel confident and secure while they are in your reach. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified 3-6B Comics .........8B Ledger..........8A Obituaries 2A George D. Bridgeforth Wynell G. Crittenden Jewell C. Gillespie Margaret Wilkes Jones Rachel Mae Malone Cinderella D.P. Reynolds Mary H. Thompson Sports ........1-2B Daily Bible Moment &// scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable. o '<W, (W II Timothy 3:16 322Hwy. 31N ‘Atkcts 256-232-1051 Obit Um 256-771-0934 See Cowford, Page 3A City officer injured trying to arrest man By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com An Athens policeman was injured Sunday by a man who used his head to butt the officer in the nose while the officer was attempting to arrest the suspect. Officer Wesley Little was treated and released in the emergency room at Athens-Limestone Hospital. The suspect, Kenneth Russell Stinnettt, 39, of 209 Southwind Drive, Athens, was arrested and jailed on charges of second-degree assault and resisting arrest. Capt. Marty Bruce said Officer Little got out of his patrol car Sunday to check a vehicle when the suspect ran from him. He said the officer caught up with the suspect on Lucas Street and was running a check on the suspect and before he could get the information back, the man ran from him again. The officer chased the man down and was injured when the man used his head to butt the officer in the nose. He Man shot in knee, 1 arrested By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com A 33-year-old Athens man was arrested Sunday night after he pulled a pistol from his pocket and shot a man in the knee during an altercation, Limestone County authorities said. Charlie Franklin McClusky, of 17672 Coffman Road, Athens, got into a fuss with his wife and her 18-year-old friend at McClusky’s home, said Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. McClusky was arrested for shooting the 18-year-old who was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital where he was treated in the hospital emergency room and released. McNatt said McClusky and his wife, Belinda, are separated. He said McClusky apparently got upset when Mrs. McClusky showed up at his doorstep with her friend, Chad Powers, of 14835 Zehner Road, and the three got into a fight. “They were there to pick up two of Mrs. McClusky’s children and he didn’t See Injured, Page 2A * Get the news with your morning Subscribe to The Neus-Courier 232-2720