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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Local high school basketball coverage PAGE IB ^  The News Courie  Sen ing Athens ¿uid Liinestone County: A Coniinunity of Inidition ¿nid huture  .50 /о  Saturday, January 10, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  TVA blames leaky pipe for ash spill  A retention pond at a TVA coal-burning plant in Stevenson leaked waste Into a creek Friday, putting more pressure on utility officials who already are trying to clean up a major coal ash spill In Tennessee.  PAGE 4A  Coming  Sunday  Pets losing homes, too  As more people lose homes or downsize, more pets are being dropped at the local animal shelter.  COMING SUNDAY  Subscribe  Get liie news with your morning eoliw'  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Index  Classifieds 4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........4A  Lottery..........ЗА  Obituaries.......2A  Margie Lillie Mae Cox Verta Marie Moran Hubert Mason Ruf  Sports...........IB  Weather   2A  7 '■ 69847*00001  Brother charged in burglaiy  Man accused of tossing sister's Christmas tree, throwing walker into bathtub  By JnvN Q)ir  it‘cUK^iitlu‘nsnc\\s-tx)uritr.a)m  An Athens man has been charged with buiglaiy for allegedly breaking into his sister’s home, throwing her Christmas tree outside and tossing a walker into the bathtub, an official said.  Rohn Everett Pruett, .54, of 10429 New Cut Road, remained in the limestone County Jail in lieu of posting $5,000 bond on a charge of second-degree buiglaiy.  records show.  He is accused of breaking into his sister’s home Thursday morning in the lOtXX) block of Buckskin Drive and wreaking havoc.  “Nothing was taken, but he did some damage,” said Limestone Q^unty SheiitTs Chief Investigator Staley McNatt.  Deputy Brent Burroughs investigated and arrested Pruett for breaking into an occupied dwelling, McNatt said.  Authorities w'ere not sure of the motive for the burglary.  “We have had numerous problems with him coming to the house uninvited imd he hiis numerous domestic violence offenses,” McNatt said. “This time we w'ere able to make a burglarv’ case against him.”  Pniett w'as charged with second-degree burglarv because his sister was home at the time, he said.  Rohn Everett Pruett  Small world: Mumbai meets Limestone  AP PHOTO  Workmen remove debris from the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers hotel in Mumbai, India, Dec. 22., a day after it was reopened following a 60-hour standoff between police and Muslim militants who seized the historic building. By the time the hostages were freed, 164 people and nine gunmen were dead, including dozens of guests and staff members from the hotel.  Local mans security firm aided in rescue of hostages in Mumbai  terms of technological and security services.  On Nov. 26, a group of well-organized gunmen targeted places in Mumbai — formerly Bombay — frequented by wealthy Indians and foreigners. T’hey attacked hiitels, restaurants, a hospital, the main train station and other key buildings, even shutting dowm the Bombay Stock Exchange — the world’s largest — for three days.  At least 120 people were killed, most of them Indians, and .3(X) were woundtnl. Among those in danger were 16 members of an international law firm who were staying at two hotels in Mumbai.  ByJh\nG:)I>: jcain^^ctthcnsncws-i-ourirr.aun ♦ A Huntsville small business that provides engineering support and security played a key role in the rescue of 16 members of an international law firm during the November terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.  The victory reminded company president and Limestone County native Chuck Vessels just how small the world is and that the Huntsville, Athens, Decatur and surrounding area has much to offer the world in  Chuck Vessels  See Hostages, page ЗА  Limestone courts, DA have clean state audit  By Kakkn MlDDl h ion  kinvn (t ¿ithrnsncws-courwr.coin  rhe office of Ronald Jones, chief examiner for the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, released a clean audit Friday for the Office of Circuit and District Courts.  In comments accompanying the audit, Jones stated, “The Circuit and District Court Clerk (Charles Page) complied, in all material respects, with applicable laws and regulations.”  The amounts collected are distributed to various state and local entities as ordered by the courts and in accordance with state and local laws and regulations.  The findings of the audit, which covered from May 1, 2(X)6, to June 30, 2008, included:  Civil Division  starting balance of $270,222.11; receipts, $6,787,425.42: total available for disbursement, $7,057,647.53; disbursements, $5,951,970.04; ending cash balance, $1,105,677.49.  The Civil Division had fiduciary funds on hand as of June 30, $843,264.46.  Criminal Division  Starting balance, $109,162.36; receipts, $4,967,950.41; total available for disbursement, $5,077,112.77; disbursements, $4,960,326.12; ending cash balance, $116,786.65.  Circuit Clerk's Fund  This is a summary of receipts, disbursements and balance of the Circuit Clerk's Fund from May 1, 2006, through June 30, 2008: Receipts  Restitution, recovery fees, $59,656.50; other receipts, $1,329.98; interest, $137.86. Disbursements Equipment and furniture,, $5,365.40; salaries, $16,304; office supplies, $7,558.03; conference expenses, $3,631.32; repairs, $325; miscellaneous, $3,439.85.  Excess of receipts over disbursements: $24,500.  Balance May 1, 2006, $19,093.70; balance, June 30, 2008, $43,593.70.  Athens business to be recognized by governor  ByJennihìr R. Huj.  jciuiiicrS’athensnv\vs-irHiritr.a)ni  In the four years since Mark and April White started their business Tortillas Blanco, established in October of 2005, it has grown by leaps and bounds. The entrepreneurship of the young couple, 29 and 24 respectively, developed a tortilla factory into a restaurant that now manufactures tortilla chips. The couple has been recognized by the community where the restaurant is based  on Market Street in downtown Athens, then distinguished across North Alabama and now is recognized by state government.  Gov. Bob Riley will lead a commendation signing for the couple and their handful of employees later this month in Montgomery to honor the entrepreneurship and success of a small business started from scratch.  “I appreciate Gov. Riley  See Business, page 2A  The Tortillas Blanco crew, from left, Is Jana Denton, Linda Speed, Emily Butler, Jennifer Weiger. and Mark and April White.   

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