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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Rattlers turn it around after rocky start PAGE IB  The News Courier  ft  Sen iug Athens and Limestone County: A Connniinity of Tradition and Future  50 cenls  Thursday, Jartuary 8, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourierxom   Inside  Ibday  Rains bring flooding to South  Torrential downpours cause flooding, school and road closures, power outages and a landslide that destroyed a home in North Carolina.  PAGE 6A  Couple to appear on reality TV  Todd and Jo Willis of Athens chosen as subjects of one of the Do It Yourself network's "Renovation Realties" shows, set to air Saturday.  VALLEY, PAGE 4A  Subscribe  Ciot the news with your morning eoliee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEVfS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Index  Business ........5A  Classifieds.......4B  Comics   3B  Ledger..........6A  Obituaries 2A  Margarqt E. Irvin Sports...........IB  7    69847    00001  Goody's in Athens Towne Center is having a storewide clearance sale but signs give no indication that the store will close.  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Economy’s impact felt here  no to lose jobs when Clayton Homes closes  Clayton Homes, a home manufacturer in Ardmore, Tenn., will cease operations, according to a press release from CMH Manufacturing Inc.  The release does not say when the company will close but two employees said they were told Monday manufacturing would stop on March 6.  A call to CMH Manufacturing’s media contact was not returned Wednesday.  The employees also said an unknown number of staff members were laid off before Christ-  mas.  Those remaining wull have two months to See Clayton, page 2A  Reports: Goody’s stores to liquidate  Kahkn M 11)1)1 kix)n  k:in 'II ¿itIII 'list It 'w s-a Hiiit 'V.coiii  I^’al piitrons of (kx)dy’s Fiunily Clothing store might have to кюк elsewhere for fashion needs.  Various news reports in the past two days have stated the 287-store chain would be closing its stores in its 20-stiite service area by March. I’he chain will begin liquidating its stores Friday.  Ck)ody’s No. 194 in Athens Manager Angela Hall referred all adls to Gix)dy’s corporate office in Knoxville.  “Unfortunately. I’m not at liberty to comment,” said Ckx)dy’s Chief Mimketing Officer Gary Yiatchos from his Knoxville office. “We will res|X)nd to wire service reports in the next day or two.”  As early as Dec. 12, the international publication “Women’s Weiir Daily” reported that (kxxJy’s, which filed for bankmptcy court protection in June, had run out of cash, credit and  See Goody's, page 2A  Hello, Mr. Roboto?  PHOTO BY BRIAN TERRY  Adam Mason, right, Kendall Bailey and 33 other members of the Limestone County Career Technical Center Robotics Team are gung-ho about designing, building, and competing in this year’s robotics competitions. Adam and Kendall were both thinking about becoming engineers someday. Robotics competitions solidified it for them.  Local students collaborating to construct robot for contest  By jFiANQ)iJi  jeiUi^atlH'iisiK'ws-iDiiricr.coni  Adam Mason is not one to lie around and wait for life to happen; he likes to dive right in.  Those qualities make the 17-year-old ripe for making rolxXs.  His teammate, Kendall Bailey, 16, always thou^t he wanted to be an engineer, after  making robcXs for two years, now he is certain of it.  Adam and Kendall are members of Team 34-The Rockets robotics team - a group of 35 students from Limestone County Schools, Athens City Schools and Athens Bible Sdhool who attend the tech center.  See Robotics, page 2A  Mom: Bus could have overturned on bad road  By Jkan Coi.k  ¡(‘iinifl ¿illiciis-in'wsciniriir.coni  A Limestone County mom says a tree was all that stopped a school bus carrying eight teenagers from sliding off a muddy, unpaved road into a ravine Wednesday afternoon in western Limestone County.  Through angry tears, Kimberly Wot)d said she wants the county to improve the gravel-based Monarch Way before someone is seriously injured.  “One of those kids could have been hurt badly today,” Wood said Wednesday evening from her home on Adrrural Way. “We could have had a Huntsville on our hands,” she said, referring to a 2(KJ6 bus accident in Huntsville that killed four Lee High School students and injured dozens of others.  Limestone County bus driver Mike Green was bringing students home from Best Academy between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the accident oc‘-curred^)n a hill on Monarch Way.  See Bus, page 2A  Water manager says she erred with figures  By Kakln Middi.kion  ktirrii ¿dlK'tisiii'ws-rmiriir.coiii  Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority Interim Manager Tammy Smith acknowledged Wednesday that six-year vendor fees she supplied at the request of The News Courier were in error in the category of legal expenses.  Smith supplied figures showing that over the past six years, the authority had paid a combined total ol $643,571.54 to two separate law firms: Wilmer & Lee; and Latham, Moffatt & Wise.  The News Courier published yearly totals of legal fees from 2003 through 2008 in a Sunday story.  These were the fees provided to The News Courier: 2003, Wilmer & Lee,  See Figures, page 3A   

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