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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Evacuee reflects  New Orleans man returns to Athens, recalls high school days    ic  Rolling Tide  Bama runs for massive yardage in win at USC  IB  The News-Cmrier  Serving Athens and Llmestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  SuNOAY, Skitembkr 18,2005  Elise Mitchell of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Around the home  Special section on improving your home, inside today  ii(ff  Hey, Sound Off:  I would just like to make a comment. This goes out to all the employees of Athens utilities for the wonderful job they did making sure everyone had power as quickly as they could during storms after Hurricane Katrina.  I don’t know about everyone else, but 1 sure appreciated it.  Hopefully, the whole city of Athens will applaud them, too.  Not just the city but the county, as well.  Think about it: They also put their lives in danger when they get called out in storms. Remember, water and electricity don’t mix.  - ,A Lester customer  Remember, Sound Of) items have a better chance of publication if they are typed correctly rather than in all capital or all lower case letters. Send items to kelly(cyathensnews-couriercom.  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  Get the news w ith  your morning coffee  Subscribe to  The \eivs-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified M6D  Crossword 18A  Ledger 18-19A  Church Bulletin .. .20A  Movie Listing  9A  Obituaries........2A  Marvin “Mutt” Adams Charles Grayson Bailey Sr. Thomas Howard Lee Evaline Mae Spencer Wilma Lucille Varnagatas Sports.........1-6C  Daily Bible Moment  e who refreshes others will himself he refreshed.  Proverbs 11:25  m H»v. 31 N • Alhtns „    256-232-1051  Obit line 256-771-0034  7    69847  00002  Rider in Traii of Tears kiiied  Bv Kri.i.v Kazek  kelly(a)athensnews-couriercom  A Tanner man was returning to Athens after completing the Trail of Tears Commemoration & Motorcycle Ride on Saturday afternoon when he was thrown fi-om his cycle and killed an Athens Police officer said.  Russell William Werman, 58, was traveling east on U.S. 72 on his way back from Waterloo when he drove between two motorcycles stopped at a red light at the Jefferson Street intersection, said officer Jason Sims.  Werman was thrown from his motorcycle when it went between the two others, Sims said. He is unsure why Werman was unable to stop.  Werman was unresponsive when Sims arnved at the scene. When medical technicians arrived less than five minutes later, they began CPR. Resuscitation attempts continued en route to Athens-Limestone Hospital, but Werman was pronounced dead upon arrival there, Sims said.  A witness at the scene told Sims Werman worked at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.  The Trail of Tears Commemoration & Motorcycle Ride is an annual event in which riders follow the path Indians walked when they were forced westward. The route begins in Chattanooga, Tenn., and ends in Waterloo.  Hundreds of riders travel through Athens along U.S. 72 each year, stalling trahic for about 1.5 hours.  Courtesy photo  Officials invesfigale the scene of a plane crash off Piney Chapel Road that killed Marvin “Mutt” Adams on Saturday morning.  Man dies in plane crash  Elkton Road man was  oiloting small aircraft  Bv Kf l.Ly Ka/.ek AND JENMKFR HiI.I.  kellv(a^athensnews-courier.com Rebecca Biggerstaff thought nothing of hearing an airplane Hy over her home on Pinvy Chapel Road at 7 Saturday morning. Several area residents tly small, ultralight aircraft, she said.  It wasn't until about 9:45 a.m. when her dog began barking ths she looked out her back window and  noticed the tail of a plane m the field behind her home. She went to investigate.  What she found was the w reckage of a plane piloted by Marvin “Mutt” Adams, 65, of Elkton Road.  She said she had not heard a crash. Biggerstaff called for help, but Adams was pronounced dead at the scene, said Assistant Coroner Andy Jackson. .Adams was the only person in the plane, Jackson said.  Sheriff Mike Blakely and investigators arnved at the field behinil Biggerstaff s home just east ot the Elkton road intersection within minutes of Biggerstart's call. Blakely notifich the f ederal Aviation Administration,  See Plane crash, Page 2A  Born to Ride  Ncws-Couricr .Alissa Clark  A rider In the Trail of Tears Commemoration & Motorcycle Ride takes the new route on Mooresvllle Road. Riders wait on Browns Ferry Road to join the hundreds ot other riders In the event.  Investigation  \J  continues in suspected shop arson  Athens police ha\e joined the investigation into the possible cause ot a tire that destroyed the old Thomas Bodv Shop building on West Washington Street the night ot .Aug. 23.  Lt.-Det. Floyd Johnson said Wednesday that police have been asked by the state fire marshal to assist in the investigation.  Authorities have said the tire was ot suspicious nature and may ha\ e been intentionally set. Firefighters said the tire spread quickly, an indication that accelerants may have been used.  The building was not occupied at the time of the late night fire although some equipment was still inside.  Some residents at the nearby .Athens Convalescent C enter had to be moved to the interior of the building the night of the fire because of smoke that had spread toward the center.  There were no injuries reported from the fire.  Firefighters worked the scene parts ot two days although the blaze was under control in two hours.  Sonnv Turner  Athens man to caddie for pro in Masters  B\ Sonnv Ti rner  .sonny^athensnews-courier.com Athens resident Chris Burgreen will get the opportunity of a lifetime next April by participating in the world's most famous golf tournament — The Masters in Augusta, Ga.  [Jurgreen, with Alta Insurance, will likely be the caddie in the tournament and he will be carrying the clubs of Las Vegas professional Kevin Marsh who qualified for the Masters Thursday by winning the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur in Chattanooga,  Tenn.  “1 think 1 will be there for at least one practice round. The actual tournament he may need someone in there with some local knowledge,” Burgreen said Friday.  Marsh said Friday he deti-nitely will invite his triend to caddie for him in the practiec rounds at the Masters. He said the two are the best of friends “and we have so much tun together. He just keeps everything relaxed.”  Burgreen first met Marsh eight years ago while Marsh  See Caddie, Page 2A  Ncvvs-Couriei Kim Rvndcrs  Kevin Marsh, left, , was the guest this weekend of Chris Burgreen In Athens. Marsh will be playing in The Masters at Augusta, Ga., next April and Burgreen may be his caddie. The two are good friends after meeting several years ago at the Hooters Golf Tournament In Decatur.   

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