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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