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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Weather woes  Hurricane approaches Florida while Northeast, California are flooded  Thirst for knowledge  Dave and Eva Reese share a love of learning. Meet the Neighbors  The News-Courier  Ser\ iNG Athens and Limestone County: A Comml.mt^ of Tradition and Fi it re  I bSESDAV, 0( Tf»BER 19,2005  e iitnv SCO u ner.co ni  Frances Dalv  J  of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Festival of Trees  It’s time to register to decorate a Christmas tree for this years Festival of Trees at the Donnell House.  intffif  Hey, Sound Off:  I am really glad the local discount store has those checkout-by-your-self stations because they will keep so many more people employed than the normal checkout stations.  I had three items and used the self serve checkout and it took three employees to get it done.  It took one employee to reset the bar code reader to get it to work, then it took another employee to add receipt paper to the machine, then it took another employee to turn the paper around so the receipt would print properly, then back to the first employee to print the receipt for me. Three people for me but only one at the regular stations.  An employment booster if ever there was one!  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to .  Jlje Sews-Courier ^  232-2^20  Index     Classifjed.....    . 4-8B      Comics.......    . 3B      Headlines    4A      Health .......    .. 8A      Ledger .......    6A      Obituaries.....    ., 2A      Michael Calvin Carter      Ricky Coleman      Sports........    1-2B      Valley........    . 5A      Weather......    2A     Daily Bible Moment  also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.  Colossians 1:29  ••WtCmr  322 Hm. 31 V • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit liM 256-771-0934  ■ 69847*00001  Barksdale hearing today  Judge Baker expected to rule on change of venue  BV SONNA TlRNER  sonny(^athensne\\s-courier. com The man who shot and killed two Athens policemen early last year will be back in court today seeking to have his upcoming capital murder trial moved away from Limestone County.  Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker will hear Farron Barksdale's change of venue motion beginning at 9 a.m. Baker last year refused to excuse himself from the bench because he attended the funerals of the two fallen officers.  Barksdale is charged with ambushing Athens police Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims on Jan. 2.    2004.  Investigators said the otTicers were lured to Barksdale's home where he shot and killed both.  Barksdale's attorney, of Huntsville, filed a eh,  Barksdale  Jake Watson inge of \enue  motion several months ago asking Baker to mo\e the trial awa>- from Limestone County because of all the pretnal piiblicit).  Barksdale. 29. remains m a cell by him.self in Limestone County Jail. He IS charged w ith six counts of capital murder. The charges include one count for killing each police officer; one count each for shooting into an occupied \ehicle and one count each for killing more than one person at a time.  Athens native inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame  NASHVILLE, Term. Hit songwriter and independent publisher Roger .Murrah. a native of Athens, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Other songwriters inducted this past weekend were Gary Burr and Mike Reid, and in the Songwriter/Artist category, Vince Gill and Jerrv' Reed. They were inducted during the 2005 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony.    __  Murrah recently célébrât- Murrah ed his 33rd year in Nashville and the 15th anniversary of his publishing company, Murrah Music Corp.  Among his lengthy list of hit songs are A1 Jarreau’s “We're in This Love Together." the Oak Ridge Boys' “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” “It Takes .A Little Rain To Make Love Grow" and “Crazy Love;" Steve W'ariner’s “Life's Highway," Alan Jackson's “Don't Rock the Jukebox,” Alabama's “High Cotton," “I’m In a Hurry (And Don’t Know W hy) " and “Southern Star;" as well as “W here Corn Don’t Grow," recorded by Travis Tritt, W’aylon Jennings and 1 he Grascals; and “(ioodbye Time," recorded by Conway Twitty and Blake Shelton.  Murrah is also a BMI Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Decade (1990s) and has been honored with a Bronze Star induction into the Walk of Fame at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame,  Murrah began his songw'riting career with a stint as staff writer at Rick Hall’s Fame Music Publishing in 1968. He moved to Nashville in 1972 to sign with Bobby Bare's Return Music and had his first nationally charted .song, “It’s Raining in Seattle," recorded by Wynn Stewart in 1973. By 1978 he was signed to Bill Rice’s ■Magic Castle Music. It was there that he wrote “Life’s Highway,” “Ozark Mountain Jubilee," Conway Twitty's “A Bridge That Just Won’t Bum,” as well as his first “Number 1 song — Mel Tillis’ “Southern Rains.”  “We’re in This Love Together” was released in 1981 and became an international hit and a BMI Multi-Million-Air Award winner.  See Murrah, Page 3A  Uewi Co urie* Hhwteitioiii'K.im Btyncten* End Kalb’  Auburn prof tells Athens State audience separation necessaiy  Bv Karen Middleton  ancnew'siapclnet. net Auburn University Professor Emeritus of History W'ayne Flynt challenged the evangelicals of the state such as ousted Supreme Court chief justice Roy  Moore to try to    ___  explain Alabama Flynt public policies when they get to heaven.  Moore is a candidate for the Republican nomination for gov ernor, challenging incumbent Republican Bob Riley.  Flynt told an Athens State University audience this week that the state’s tax code “uncon.scionable and unchristian” and said if voters insist on electing politicians whose ethics don’t match their stated spiritual beliefs it would “lead us down a path that has great damage.”  There’s a lot that Flynt, editor-in-chief of the new Online Encyclopedia of Alabama  <http://cla.auburn.edu history/encyclopedia encyc lopedia_of_a laba-ma.htm> and a leading authority on Alabama history and Baptist history in Alabama, says that makes listeners fidget in their seats and a few gasp. But he holds firm conv ictions.  Delivering a popular message is obv iously not one of them.  Flynt, who spoke on the separation of church and state, said he sympathizes w ith the oppression that the religious right feels from the offens-  See Separation, Page 3A  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  At left. Bill Swindell, a special education teacher for Athens City Schools, sings “This Little Light of Mine,” along with students at a memorial for the late Karen Coggin who taught at Athens Middle School. At right, Susan McGrady, has released black and gold balloons with thoughts and memories, etc. attached.  AMS teacher memorializec Tuesday at special service  Bv Ta.shia Lov ell tashia(p^thensnews-couher.com The late Karen Coggin, who w'as a special education teacher at Athens Middle School, loved animals, loved to read and loved sports.  Those are just a few things that were said about Coggin during a ceremony in Coggin her memory Tuesday afternoon at the football field at Athens Middle School.  “Everybody was the same to her,” said Coggin’s oldest daughter Jennifer Herren after the memorial.  She said her mother gave uncondi-  Sm Memorial, Page 3A   

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