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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Jerry says goodbye^  NFL’s greatest receiver retires  rather than ride bench  IB  The New  Bayou photos  Local reporter’s images of Katrina damage in Bayou La Batre  Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Commumta of Tradition and Future  f i ESDAV, Sepl EMBFR 6, 2005  enewscourier.com  50 Cents  Margaret Hayes of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Fiddlers coming  A preview of this year’s Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention  Wednesday  Hey, Sound Off:  To those criticizing the government about Hurricane Katrina relief: If I make a call to the sheritT that someone is in the house down the street selling drugs, does he go busting in and arrest them? No, he organizes and investigates then does a drug bust.  People could not go into New Orleans until they organized, got money arranged, equipment, people, supplies, etc. If everyone had run in there with no directions, there would have been more confusion that there is.  Why could their mayor not have been like Rudy in New York — now he took control of the situation and led his people. Come on people, let's join together like we did after 911. This is America  More Sound Off Wednesday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seivs-Courier »  2.-i2-2''20    ^  Index  Classified.......3*5B  Comics..........6B  Headlines........4A  Ledger ..........8A  Lifestyles ........5A  Obituaries........2A  Laura    Dell Gill  Dorothy    Tucker  Henry Reyer  Sports.........1-2B  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible .Moment  7 Cliiy tncin offeiici not in word the same is a f)er/ect man, aiicl able also to hriclle the whole body.  James 3:2  imri'Jcne '(À(<  .122Hwv31 N'Aiheiis 256-2.12-1051 Obil linf 256-771-OO.U  7    6984700001    6  Tt was a fight for survival’  State’s bayou area hit hard  By KFI.iy Kazfk  keUy(ciathensnens-coiirier.coni  BAYOU LA BATRF, Ala. He sat in a makeshift swing in the yard  - a contraption that looked like it came from a shrimping boat. It's one of Phillip Morris’ few possessions to survive Hurricane Katrina's wrath.  Photos, 6-7A; Stories, 2-3 A  With his navy cap and white beard, you might expect him to light up a pipe and give orders from the deck of a shrimp boat.  He looks exactly the type who might be able to wrestle a hurricane and win.  That’s what he says he did eight days ago w'hen Katrina struck his home on the bayou, forcing him to swim from a second floor window of the 1914 house as it broke apart around him.  "That old house was crying.  {■very sound ever made in that house, 1 was hearing," he recalled as he spent Sunday afternoon clearing debris from his land as his wife, .lanice, looked for treasured family photos.  Morris’ wife went to stay with relatives when meteorologists warned of Katrina’s arrival, but he said he stayed behind because he couldn't take his three dogs with him to a shelter. Besiiles. he'd weathered plenty of other hurricanes in that old house.  The dogs - all strays melude a large mutt, a beagle and a small dog called Little Red that walked w ith a limp after being striiek by a ear. Morns had been doctoring Little Red for the past month as she healed.  "1 probably wouldn’t have stayed if 1 could’ve taken the dogs." he said. "I didn't think that crippled one would make it."  Morris said he realized Katrina may cause him more trouble than expected ilist before dawn Monday, Aug. 29.  "As the tide was rising, 1 was trying to move stuff, save as much  See Bayou, Page 3A  Bavou man lost lanjos, dobro — can you help?  By Kklia Kazfk  kellyiii athcfisnews-courier.com  Phillip Morris, the man who describes his experience with Hurricane Katrina at left, is a blue-grass musician.  He and friends held bluegrass sessions each Friday in the home that IS iu)w lost to the seas. According to Morris' friend, Joyce Barber, he lost two banjos, two guitars, a violin and a dobro.  I told Barber about .Athens and its community of bluegrass musicians. 1 also invited the Morrises to attend the Tennessee Valley Old Time fiddlers Convention at Athens State Lniversity next month.  Barber wondered if any of our readers could help Morris replace his beloved instruments.  If you would like to help, call the Morrises at a family friend’s home at (251) 865-0333.  Rice visits relief site  in Bayou  BA'iOl 1 A B ATRl . Ala ( AlH-Hurricane Katrina V letims in Ba\ oil La Batre lined up for relief supplies and a visit Sundav after-iioi-.n from Seere-tarv of Stale t ondolee/za Riee, a native of Birmingham .  Al’ photo Katrina's storm Condoleezza Rice at a surue Hooded most relief center Sunday,    fishing    vil  lage on the .Mobile C ountv coast, tossing large shrimping vessels into heaps along the narrow waterwav leading to the Mississippi Sound,  See Rice, Page 2A  New Limestone water manaaer to be named  By SONNA I t RNKR  sonm(liathcnsnc\\'s-couricr.com The Limestone County Water Authority is expected to announce today the hiring of a south Alabama native as the new genvral manager of the l.imestone County water system.  Tony Sneed, an engineer with the Mobile Water and Sewer System, will replace Bobby Chandler who retired earlier this year. Since that time, Cireg Holland has been serv ing as the acting general manager.  Water Authority officials said this past weekend that the announcement of the hiring of Sneed would be made today by Holland.  Chandler retired after the Wai. Xuilu'iitv became involved m eontrovei % th the L.imestone County Commission afu r the water board approved a $15,000 bonus at ( hrisimas time to Chandler at at time wlum the Water Authority was eonsulermg merea ang waKr teas to customers.  Commissioners called for the resignation oi all water board members, but they retused saying they did nothing wrong.  Since the controversy, two new members have been appointed to the Watei Aiithoritv bv eommissioners.  Sneed IS expected to start work on Oct. 1.  Alabama 99 project delayed 12 months  It w ill cost the ( itv of Athens SOO.OOO to relocate two water hiias at Round Island Creek on Alabama 99 just west c-t Athens so tliat a bridge there can be replaced bv the state.  1 hat's a SI()().()()() projeel and it's going to cost S6().()(K) to relocate those two lines." said Athens Wastewater Superintendent John Stockton. "] hose two lines will be moved as soon as possible.”  I he stale wants to vv iden the bridge and to df that the two water lines, one 24-ineh line and another S-inch line, must be reloeaied Stockton said  The State Highway Department blamed 77?t \- w s-i ouncr last year for delaying the project when the project was not properly advertised for bids. Since that lime, though, iiearlv 12 months have elapsed.  "I’d say It is still weeks away," Stockton said. "But we'll have those water lines moved as soon we can gel to them ”  .Si-umv Turner   

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