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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 15, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Training time  Tanner Rattlers gear up for fall football season    jg  Still-wild West  A reporter takes a tour of Yellowstone National Park ic  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wehnesdw, Ji m 15, 2005  eiieMScoiirier.com  50 Cents  0Cr(yJ/ h/iiv  Arnold Hon of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Zoning for liquor  The Athens Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to discuss revisions to zoning ordinances to comply with changes in the policy for the sale of alcohol. The hearing is at City Hall.  Hey, Sound Off:  Justice served? Once again, a famous, rich man has escaped punishment under a failing judicial system in the United States of America. Not to find Michael Jackson guilty on at least one of the 10 counts against him suggests that our judicial system fails us when famous people face a jury trial — Simpson,  Blake, and now, Jackson.  Evidence clearly showed that Jackson was guilty of giv ing alcoholic beverages to the victim. I guess it’s OK to do this if you are a celebrity. 1 suggest to you that if it was a regular Joe facing these charges, he would be found guilty and be in jail tonight. How could a jury ignore the fact that Jackson boasted about having young boys sleeping with him in his bed? Two jurors stated they didn't like the mother's actions toward them.  Justice served?  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Index  Classified 4-8B  Comics..........3B  Ledger .......12-13A  Health...........8A  Movie Listing 3A  Obituaries 2A  Gladys Batch Drummond Bessie Mae Helms Leroy Bryant Thompson Edith Jeanette George Sports .........1-2B  Dailv Bible Moment  e  nter into His gates with thanksgiving.. Be thankful to Him, and bless His  name.  Psalm 100:4  ШшМапе fofufxl  322 Hwv. 31 N • Athens  РЖ Яг    256-232-1051  m t’ira  0b j, | ine  256-771-0934  69847 00001  More package stores on way?  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensne\\ s-courier. com  Small package stores may soon be sponging up in Athens, but they won’t be located in the downtown or school areas of the city.  “If they locate and we suspect a few will, they will have to be out on the main highway,” said Councilman Ronnie Marks. “We had to amend the ordinance or run the risk of getting sued.”  The beer and liquor ordinance is being changed to allow package stores in Athens with lesser annual business license fees and gross receipts tax.  When the original liquor ordinance w-as set up. Athens  set a $5,000 license fee and a 25 percent gross receipts tax. The Athens City Council has changed that from $2.000 annually and 15 percent.  The council made the change because council members were told it could be facing a lengthy court battle unless the fees were lowered as compared to neighboring cities.  The council decided to lower the tax rate after some members were told the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the popular Windmill Beverages Store in this area were considering challenging Athens in court  See Package stores, Page 2A  News-( ourier/Alissa Clark  ASU honors Old Glory on Flag Day  Athens State University hosted Flag Day events Tuesday in the Student Center Ballroom.  Guests had lunch, listened to speakers and heard patriotic tunes.  Limestone District Judge Jerry Batts was guest speaker. Bill Duncan and Derrill Robertson posted the flag.  At right, Calvin Drake leads a crowd in singing “God Bless America.”  Above, Deb Kohlhase of the Alumni Band performs patriotic music during the ceremony.  Piney Chapel woman pleads guilty to theft  By Tashia Lovell  tashia(q athensnews-couricr.com A Limestone County woman indicted by a grand jury in September of 2004 and accused of taking money from the Piney Chapel Youth Association appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to the crime.  Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails said Tuesday that Thomas was suspended for one year, received two years probation and must pay $10,000 in restitution.  Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said that Thomas was arrested in May of 2004 and in her initial interview admitted to taking between $3,000 and $4,0000 and stated that she had been taking money for more than a year.  Thomas served as treasurer for the association.  Athens hits snag in new police site  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  The Athens City Council may have to condemn 3.5 acres off East Hobbs Street before it can purchase the property for $200,000 to build a new police headquarters building.  At least that is the opinion of Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks who Tuesday said the council found out Monday night that restrictive covenants may forbid the building of a business in that area.  “The mayor got to looking into it and he found where the old Shaw Subdivision had restrictions for that neighborhood that call for residential only,” Marks said. “But now there are all sorts of businesses in that neighborhood.  “But we’re thinking if we condemned it, that would take away all the restrictive covenants and make everything clear to build there,” the coun-  See Snag, Page 2A  Man jailed for stabbing 18-year-old  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  A 32-year-old Athens man was arrested Monday and charged with stabbing an 18-year-old three times in the back during a fight earlier this month at Charlie’s Truck Stop oft" Interstate 65 near Ardmore.  Johnny Clayton Crawford, of 17328 Fairway Drive, Athens, has posted $10,000 bail and released from the Limestone County Jail.  Limestone Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Tuesday that Crawford was arrested for stabbing Lance Adams, of Ardmore on June 5. McNatt said Investigator Justin Camp made the arrest.  McNatt said Adams got into a fight with another man in the parking lot at Staples offU.S. 72 East in Athens and the two left there and  See Stabbing, Page 2A  Attorney says Jackson won’t share his bedroom with children again  By Linda Deutsch  AP Special Correspondent SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson’s lawyer said Tuesday that the pop star is going to be more careftil from now on and not let children into his bed anymore because “it makes him vulnerable to false charges.”  In an interview with The Associated Press the morning  after Jackson’s _______  acquittal on all M. Jackson counts, Thomas  Mesereau Jr. said he is convinced  that the pop star “has never molested any child." But he said Jackson will continue to be “a convenient target for people who want to extract money or build careers at his expense.”  Mesereau’s remarks came as at least three of the jurors in Jackson’s case said that they suspect the 46-year-old pop star has molested boys, but not necessarily the one who accused him in court.  Jackson himself remained out of sight after being found not guilty on charges he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch. But his Web site  See Jackson, Page 3A  Nickname spurs comments  The New s-Courier staff was surprised Tuesday morning when three people telephoned to say they were shocked by the use of the name “Jacko” in that day’s headline about Michael Jackson’s not guilty verdict.  Another staff member was questioned about the headline while out in public. The four readers said they found the term and our use of it offensive. One woman wanted to report us to Jackson’s attorneys so they would put us in our places.  We w'ere dumbfounded.  What did these people think the name meant.’  After all, news media around the world hav e been referring to Jackson as “Jacko” and often "Wacko Jacko” — for years.  So we asked one person who was so upset to clue us in. She said it was a derogatory term with sexual connotations.  We did not intend the nickname as offen  sive and wanted to be sure our usage of the nickname was acceptable.  A quick search of the Internet showed 864,000 sites listing “Jacko.” A check of the first 300 showed that most referred to Michael Jackson (except for the genealogy site called ancestry.com which mentioned the surname Jacko and a site for a company called Jacko that manufactures ski poles).  Here are a few of the companies referring to Michael Jackson as “Jacko:” CBS News, Time Magazine, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington 1 imes, Cox News Service, MTV, ESPN, E! Entertainment Television, a slew of tabloids such as The National Enquirer, and many more. Also, eBay sells T-shirts that read: “Jacko is innocent.”  Still, we take our readers' input seriously and we do not plan to use the nickname tn the future.  «чш'и » w wi"   

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