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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 25, 2005, Athens, Alabama East-Tanner tonight Two Limestone County powerhouses open the footbaii season at 7. IB SEC preview A iook at footbaii in the Southeastern Conference, begins Saturday The News-Couri Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Till RSDAY, Ai gus i 25, 2005 enewscourier.com 50 Cem s W.A. Hardiman of Athens Subscriber of the clay ffllKIfF Hey, Sound Off: My husband is handicapped and we have to use a wheelchair for him to get around in. It makes me very angry when i see people who appear to have no problems get out of a car in a handicap space and walk right in the store. 1 realize that you can not always see handicaps but please be considerate of others who really need it. I could park there when my husband is not with me because of the handicap tag, but 1 don’t. My son has difficulty walking and we do not park in handicap spaces unless my husband is with us. At one store, I was struggling to get the door open and push the wheelchair in when a lady walked right in the door in front of us and did not even say thank you. How rude. Please be considerate of other people especially those who are disabled. I know that we never planned this for our lives. More Sound Off VaUey, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The iSeu's-Courier 232-2720 Index Business — 11A Classified... 5-8B Comics..... 4B Headlines .. 6A Ledger ..... 14A Mini Page ... 16A Obituaries... 2A Vivian Marie Alexander Bert Ronald Murphree Opinion — 4A Sports..... 1-3B Valley ..... 5A Weather — 2A Daily Bible Moment himhle yoiir-seives in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. w -<W, James 4:10 mr ((fibel 322 Hwv. 31 N' Atbm 256-232-1051 Obit Um 256-771-0934 7    69    847    0 3001 Fire deemed suspicious Fire marsha investigating cause of biaze at body shop By Tashia Lovell tashia@athensnews-coiirier.com Some residents at Athens Convalescent Center were moved to the interior of the building late Tuesday night after fire broke out on Washington Street at the old Thomas Body Shop building. Sara Wallace, social services director at Athens Convalescent Center, said no one at the center was injured and patients were returned to their rooms by about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Approximately 75 people who occupy two wings were moved to the interior of the building due to smoke from the fire. An employee on her way to work at Athens Convalescent Center noticed the fire at approximately 10:30 Tuesday night. Authorities said the fire may have been intentionally set. Athens Fire Chief Cliff Christopher said when a fire is fast spreading, it’s an indication accelerants were used. Firefighters worked the scene overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. However, the fire was under control in approximately two hours. Christopher thinks that a lot of Thomas’s tools and equipment were in the building. While Don Thomas owns the building, the most recent tenants had, for the most part, moved out. Two employees with the state Fire Marshal’s, office assisted in the case and the blaze remained under investigation Wednesday. Christopher said four trucks responded to the See Fire, Page 2A News-Couner Tashia Lovell Above, Athens Fire Chief Ciiff Christopher and Captain John Abernathy walk in front of the old Thomas Body Shop building on Washington Street Wednesday morning. Firefighters worked the scene of the biaze overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The fire was reported at approximately 10:30 Tuesday night and it took firefighters a couple of hours to get it under control. At left, an employee of the Athens City Street Department works to move debris out of the way for investigation of the scene. Part of city’s past to come alive DOT grant to t    ^    t'    A.    i:- Co Э restore ege Inn By Karen Middi.eton ancnews@pclnet. net Chains of slick neon-bright gas stations in the cookie-cutter sameness of petroleum company formula architecture line the nation’s thoroughfares. Recent generations might believe motorists always swiped a plastic card in response to digital requests scrolling across the screen of an impersonal pump. A group of local historic preservationists want to change that perception. Retired Athens State University professor Milly Caudle’s two-year fight to save the old College Inn service station buildings is bearing fruit. The Athens City Council this week approved nearly $50,000 in matching money t^^obtain a state Department of *^rrl?ii't'portation Enhancement Project $185,000 grant to fund renovations. The Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style buildings were moved last year from their original location on Pryor at Clinton streets to donated property on East at Hobbs streets. The set of buildings is significant See Restore, Page 2A Ne\vs-( ouncr .-Missa С lark A $185,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation will help to restore Athens landmark the College Inn to its former glory. The service station once servecFas a hangout for Athens State students. Neglected horse dies in county By Karen Middle ion ancnew.s@pclnet. net Coco, a 4-year-old horse downed last week from starvation and dehydration, died over the weekend. Sheriff Mike Blakely, who called in a veterinarian. Dr. Jack Goodman, in a last-ditch effort to save the animal, said Wednesday that they were never able to get it to stand again. If horses lie down too long, tluids accumulate and pneumonia sets in. Blakely charged the horse’s owner, Frank Hedspith, of 408 Kingview Court, Nashville, with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. The horse was confined to a quarter-acre enclosure with another horse. Lucky, who was still standing, but was too thin and had resort ed to eating brambles and poke salet. Blakely advised Hedspith that horses must be maintained daily and need grain and fresh water along with hay. Once a horse goes down, Goodman said the prognosis is usually poor. Anyone who notices livestock in distress is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 232-0111. TVA reports a $15 million OSS for third Quarter of ’05 KNOXVILLE, Term. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority on Wednesday reported a S15 million loss in the third quarter, blaming rising fuel costs and the price of purchased power. The nation's largest public utility said operating expenses reaehed $1.5 billion for the three-month period ending June 30, a 6 percent increase o\er the same period the year before. The $15 million loss came on $1.8 billion in revenues, which were up $24 million over the same quarter a year ago that yielded a $ 105 million gain. The self-financing government corporation last month adopted a 7.5 percent electric rate increase the first since 2003 — speeifieally because of rising costs of natural gas and coal for its power plants. That rate increase, taking effect Oct. 1, will add $3.50 to $6.50 a month to the typical residential power bill. TVA provides electricity to about 8.5 million consumers in Tennessee, Kentucky, .Xlabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North C arolina and X'irginia. TVA is still operating in the black for the first nine months of 2005, show ing a profit of $51 million so far this year, compared with $201 million for the same period a year ago. The agency said re\enue for the first three quarters exceeded $5.5 billion, an increase of $41 million over the same period last year — reneetmg a 1.5 percent increase in power sales. ‘An increase m operating revenues coupled with a reduction of $42 million in net interest expense helped offset the higher operating expenses, which were primarily driven by the rising costs of coal, natural gas and purchased power,” T\A C hairman Bill Baxter said m a statement. "Our power system performed exceptionally well during this period, delivering a record amount of power to our customers during an early heat wave m June as the region’s growing economy continues to drive the need for electricity," he said.