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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 7, 2009, Athens, Alabama Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Indians gain sweet revenge over Elkmont PAGE IB The News Courie Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community    and    future Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today NRC: TVA corrective procedures satisfactory’ Bv Kari n Middleton karcnSnthensnews-couricr.com The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that “minor violations oi the corrective action procedure" and an “unhealthy safety culture” played parts in the five unplanned shutdowns—scrams—oi Browns Ferrv Unit 1 reactor in the latter half of 2007. The NRC met with Tennessee Valley Authority officials Tuesday to discuss the results of a special NRC inspection conducted at Browns Ferry Dec. 1 through Dec. 5. After the five unplanned shutdowns of Unit 1—three automatic and two manual—the NRC assigned the reactor a moderately degraded or “yellow” performance indicator. The NRC uses color-coded performance indicators and inspection findings to evaluate performance at till nuclear power plants. The colors start with “green” and then increase to “white,” “yellow” or “red,” commensurate with the safety significance of the issues involved. Unit 1 was one of just eight reactors of a total 104 in the U.S. to receive the yellow performance indicator NRC spokesman said Tuesday they are satisfied with corrective action Browns Feny has taken in the past year and a half. Gene Guthrie, branch chief for TVA sites in NRC Region 2, said inspectors be- See NRC, page 3A Alleged burglars caught 6 minutes after police called By J fan Coil /< wMatht */ \si tew s-courierxxnn Six minutes after a burglary was reported at Athens Pharmacy Tuesday morning, Athens Police had already captured two suspects and recovered 3,500 stolen pain pills. Police received a call about a burglary in progress at Athens Pharmacy at 705 W. Market St. at 5:39 a.m. Tuesday, after a witness saw a person run from the front of the store and flee in a dark sport-utility vehicle driven by a white person, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. Officers arrived to find the glass front door shattered and approximately $3,500 worth of hydrocodone pills missing — including about 1,(XX) 10-milligram Lortab, 1,(XX) 10-milligram Lorcet, 500 5-milligram Lortab, 500 7.5-milligram Lortab and 500 Lorcet Plus, according to the police report. In a radio broadcast, police told officers to be on the lookout for the SUV. At See Burglary, page 3A Law: Drunk mom let kid drive Heavy rains flood Valley By Jean Cole jean@athensnews-courier.com An Elkmont mother has been charged with child endangerment and public intoxication after allegedly telling her 12-year-old son to drive her home from a store, an official said. Alabama State Trooper Mike Kessler was off duty Monday evening when he noticed a small child driving away from a store about 6 p.m. and flagged down Limestone County Sheriffs Deputy Shannon Thrasher on Upper Fort Hampton Road, said Limestone Sheriffs Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. Thrasher located the car, stopped it and asked the boy why he was driving. “He said, ‘My mom told me to,’” McNatt said. “The mother exited the car and was intoxicated. Deputy Thrasher arrested her for public intoxication, endangering the welfare of a child and allowing a minor to drive.” The mother, Lois Elaine Dempsey, 50, of 25929 Veto Road, was released from the Limestone County Jail after posting $2,000 bond Tuesday morning, McNatt said. He did not know the name of the store the mother and son had visited. Lois Elaine Dempsey NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Athens Utilities employee Phillip McElyea pumps water from a meter Tuesday at Lou C's Boutique, located behind Athens-Limestone Hospital. Heavy rains pounded the area, leaving McElyea with no choice but to drain the water to read the meter. Weather Service says soggy weather will end by tonight By Karen Middleton karen@a thensnew s-courier. com It’s water, water everywhere in Limestone County as the area received another 2 inches of rain late Tuesday and early today. By Tuesday morning the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville had recorded between 1 and 2 inches of rain with another 2 inches forecast for the remainder of the day. Limestone was not officially listed as being under a flash-flood warning Tuesday just before noon, but by late afternoon weather maps showed most of the county in a flash-flood area. Water stood in fields and ditches overflowed their banks, with water seeping across roads. “The worst of the flooding was southeast of Limestone County,” said NWS forecaster Kurt Weber at midday Tuesday. “Limestone could possibly have some thunderstorms, but nothing severe. The worst flooding is in Morgan, Cullman, Marshall and DeKalb counties.” Rita White of the Limestone County Emergency Management Agency said that all four commission districts reported that roads were passable. Today was to be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Temperatures were to remain pretty much steady throughout the day in the mid-40s. There is still a 50-percent chance of rain today, so don’t leave the house without an umbrella. Elkmont man charged with sexual abuse An Elkmont man has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse involving a 22-year-old woman who is mentally incapacitated, an official said. Limestone County Sheriff’s Investigator Leslie Ramsey investigated and obtained an arrest warrant for Herman Curtis Haygood Jr., 49, of 23554 Fain Road, Lot 5, after the woman told a family member about the alleged abuse, said Limestone Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. “The abuse is alleged to have gone on for some time,” McNatt said Tuesday. “The 22-year-old finally told a family member and the family member reported it to the sheriff s office.” — Jean Cole Will you ever pay full price again? Shoppers are growing accustomed to those 75-percent off sale signs, and that's bad news for merchants who worry they will have to quickly slash prices on spring goods to attract customers. PAGE 2A Pacemaker for brain offers hope Parkinson's sufferers who had electrodes implanted in their brains improved substantially more than those who took only medicine, according to the biggest test yet of deep brain stimulation. 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