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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 4, 2009, Athens, Alabama UNA hiring of Bowden has fans, team wondering PAGE IB The News Courh Son iiig Atlwrn and ¡.imestonc County: /1 Connminity oi'Tnulition mid Future ^ Swrtd«v, J«r»u«rv 4, 2009 VisK us online www.enewscourier.com # Inside Today Personality shapes Bush legacy President George W. Bush will be judged on what he did. He also will be remembered for what he's like; a fast-moving, phrase-mangling Texan who stays upbeat even though his country is not. PAGE 6A ... Teen has the urge to go fast Thad Stovall, a 15-year-old Elkmont High School student, recently won in his class at the Tupelo Karting Classic, one of the biggest and best indoor kart races in the nation. PAGE 12A Subscribe (h'I Ur- iR-ws with your iiioriiinji coliee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Classifieds .1C Crossword 13 A Ledger.........13    A Lifestyles........9A Obituaries.......2A Nellie Jean Emmons Mamie Graul Johnson Otha L. Lynn Tula Lavonia Ramsey Sports...........IB 7    69’847    00002    3 LCWSA looks to better year Bv Karen MinDi.FTON kiirvti ^ nlhcDsiiOws-coiiricr.coni If the board of the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority has a collective New Year’s resolution it would undoubtedly be to operate leaner to be able to pass a 2009 bond test. The authority failed both parts of an annual bond test in 2008. Auditors perform bond tests annually to determine a utility’s eligibility for construction bonds and de termine the rates the utility must charge customers to repay the bonds. The authority is paying debt service on some $70 million in bonds. Interim General Manager Tammy Smith says the authority had cut some $600,000 from operating expenses. Smith said it is up to Regions Trust to determine 'if the cost-cutting measures, which included the permanent layoff of eight workers, are sufficient not to have to raise rates. The 2008 audit showed net operating income was down by nearly $600,000 -or 20 percent —and non-operating income was down by $800,000 for a total loss of income for the year of $1,394,051. Auditor Cecil Armstrong Jr.. of the ac-, counting firm of Christopher, Durham, Pepper and Armstrong said that impact and connection fees for new construction See LCWSA, page 3A ALABAMA MÜ.SIC HALL OF FAME The Flashbacks COURTESY PHOTO Current members of The Flashbacks include, back row from left, Mike Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Russ Griffin, Gordon Franklin; front row, Tom McCown, Taylor Cheatwood, and Rudy Mockabee.    , Charter, new members of local group to be honored at induction ceremony By Jennifer R. Hill iciiiiH(‘riS'iillicnsne\\s-c()urier.('i)ni Though the music, the fans and the band evolved quite a bit over the three-decade span The Flashbacks have entertained the southeast region of the United States, one thing’s for sure, the group still has a strong following, Gordon Franklin said. In fact. The Flashbacks revolution that began in 1975 is still going so strongly that the group will be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame later this month. Carlos Hall, Tim Lambert, Stan Leopard, Andy Coffield and Franklin, all of Athens and considered the original Flashbacks, will be honored with the Musical Achievement Award. To be associated at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame with . the likes of the Commodores, Eddie Floyd, Lionel Richie, the Temptations and others who influenced the See Flashbacks, page 3A COURTESY PHOTO Original Flashback Gordon Franklin sings to one of his fans during a recent performance. NRC to meet with TVA over Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Federal regulators will meet with Tennessee Valley Authority officials Tuesday to discuss the results of a special inspection at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited “declining regulatory performance” as the reason for the inspection and 1 p.m. public meeting in the Training Center Auditorium at the plant site near Athens. The NRC will use inspection results to determine what caused the declining performance and whether the agency need to take additional action. In late 2007, Browns Ferry Unit 1 had a moderately degraded or “yellow” performance indicator because of a high number of automatic shutdowns. Previous inspections evaluated the shutdowns causes and did not identify any significant safety issues. Hospital Gala set for Feb. 14 at Bridge Strt'et Town Center Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation is changing venues this year for its ninth annual fundraising Gala. Tickets are on sale for the Valentine’s Day event to be held at The Westin Huntsville in Bridge Street Town Center. The Westin hotel, which also includes luxury penthouse residences and anchors the upscale village-style shopping area, was completed earlier this year. The event will be from 7 p.m. until midnight. Dress for this year’s Gala is formal. To get ticket prices and purchase tickets, call the Foundation office at (256) 233-9236. Proceeds go toward Foundation projects, which include the renovation and expansion of the hospital’s emergency department.