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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 24, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Rattlers roll  Complete coverage of Friday night’s local high school football action, 1B  ■Courier  Serving Athens and Limes  MMUNiTY OF Tradition and Flture  Saturday, September 24,2005  eiiewscoiirier.com  50 Cents  ^CrCrci>  Karen Sims of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Fall harvest  Special section on agriculture in Limestone County  Inside  Sunday  Hey, Sound Off:  No existing roads or streets in the city or county should be renamed.  Among the reasons are the effect on emergency 911 addresses, the cost to the city to make and erect new street signs, mail and address changes and the favorite Baptist reason: “It’s always been that way.”  Rather, consideration should be given to naming the next new ly constructed street in honor of Rev. King.  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribt' U)  The Seu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-8A  Comics..........5B  Obituaries........2A  Carrie Orr O’Bar Peggy Phillips Thelma Allene Rose Newman B. Terry Jr.  SEC Preview 7B  Sports.........1-7B  Weather.........2A  Dailv Bible Moment  s a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, so is the man that deceiveth h is neighbour, and saith, Am not I in spoti?  Proverbs 26:18-19  322 Hhn. 31 N* Athens 256-232-KI5I Obit line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  Residents protest marina  Site on Elk River refuge for bale eagles, some say  B\ Karf.n Middleton  ancnms(aj,pdnet. net Lauderdale County residents opposed to a 50-slip marina complex proposed for construction on TVA property 1.5 miles from the mouth of the Elk RiAcr took their fight to city hall Thursday.  A rally at Rogersville Town Hall drew more than 30 people demonstrating against the project, which they say will be bad for the en\ ironment, river safety, wetlands, and endangered species, including bald eagles that reportedly feed there winter and summer.  Gilbert “Bubba” Doss of Bubbas Marine Construction LLC, has applied to TVA for a 30-year easement to build the marina on a 92-acre tract. He refused to divulge the estimated cost of the project.  See Marina, Page 3A  Courtesy photos  Lauderdale County resident John DelVillan, left, put out an S.O.S. signal Thursday. He was one of 30 people, above, who showed up at Rogersville City Hall to protest the proposed construction of a 50-boat slip, RV park and tourist complex near the mouth of the Elk River. DelVillan’s S.O.S. stands for “Save Our Shores.”  Raging Rita roars in  Hurricane brings death, destruction as it aims toward Texas, Louisiana  BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) —Hurricane Rita steamed toward refinery towns along the Texas-Louisiana coast with 125 mph winds Friday, creating havoc even before it arrived: l.evee breaks caused new flooding in New Orleans, and as many as 24 people were killed when a bus carrying nursing-home evacuees caught fire in a traffic jam.  Rita weakened during the day into a Category 3 hurricane after raging as a Category 5, 175-mph monster earlier in the week. But it was still a highly dangerous storm.  The hurricane was expected to come ashore early Saturday on a course that could spare Houston and Galveston but slam the oil refining towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, La., w ith a 20-foot storm surge, towering waves and up to 25 inches of rain.  “We’re going to get through this,’’ Texas Gov. Rick Perry said. “Be calm, be strong, say a prayer for Texas.”  Rita threatened dozens of refineries and chemical plants along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast that represent a quarter of the nation’s oil refining capacity. Environmentalists warned of the risk of a  See Rita, Page 3A  ,\P Photo Houston Chronicle  A woman who wished not to be identified stands on the western seawall as the waves crash into it Friday as Galveston, Texas, hunkers down for Hurricane Rita.  New Orleans floods anew  Parts of city wet again as storm makes approach  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Rita’s wind-dnven storm surge topped one of New' Orleans’ battered levees and pt^ed holes in another Fnday, sending water gushing into already-devastated neighborhcxxls just days after they had been pumped dry.  An initial surge of water cascaded over a patched levee protecting the impoverished Ninth Ward tlotxling the abandoned neighborhood w ith at least 6 feet of water.  “Our worst fears came tme,” said Maj.  Barr>' Guidry, a National Ciuardsman on duty at the broken levee.  Leaks beneath another levee that was repaired with rock mid gravel alter 1 lurrieane Katrina Ikxxled homes with at least a halt-foot of water. Meanwhile, wind-whipped waves pushed water from Liike Pontchartrdin over a seawall and rain runoff with no outlet ---  pooled in cit>- streets^    Industrial    Canal    pours    over    temporary    repairs    to    a    flood  Evacuees from the misery-stnclan city    Ward    in    New    Orleans    on    Friday.    The    neigh-  ieamed ol the new tkxidmg with de pair. bprhood had just been pumped dry from flood waters of Hurricane Katrina See New Orleans Page 2A    Rita    cause    the    temporary    repairs    to    fail.  Bus crash  s 24  evacuees  W ILMER. Texas (AP) - A bus ferrying nursing home residents away from Hurricane Rita caught tire and exploded Friday while stuck on a grid-loeked highway south of Dallas, killing as many as 24 people.  [htrly indications were that mechanical problems, possibly with the vehicle's brakes, sparked the fire, which w as then fed by explosions of passengers' oxygen tanks, Dallas County sheritf’s spokesman Don Peritz said.  Authorities believed 24 people were killed, but that number could change, Peritz said. The medical examiner’s ofTice was still working to determine the number of fatalities.  The bus was carrying 38 residents and SIX employees of the Brighton Ciardens nursing home in Houston, according to Sunrise Senior Living, the \’irginia company that owns the center.  Sheriff's deputies and the bus dnver  See Bus, Page 2A   

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