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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Calhoun beats Cumberland 7-4 PAGE IB  The News Couri  Sen ing Athens and I nnestone County: A Coinnninity of Tradition and Tiilniv  Tuesday, March 10, 2009  50 cents  Visit us oi^ne   www.enewscourierxoin   Inside  Today  Firefighters  complete  training  Athens Fire Department complete driving course  VALLEY, PAGE 4A  Have you SCENE it?  The News Courier run amateur photos from readers each Sunday on the Scene page. Send yours to kelly@ athen-snews-courier.com. Also see them under the Photo Gallery heading at  enewscourier.com  Subscribe  (iel llu' news with your morning noHk'  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  69847  00001  Group readying quarry site  Despite efforts of residents and legislators, quarry work begins  Bx Jfan Coir  jciui^iithcnsne\\s-ix)iiri(r.a)iit  A Nashville cx)mpany has begun preliniinary work at the site ot its proposed limestone nxik quarry near Tanner.  Motorists driving past the proposed quarry site off U.S. 31 at Laugh-miUer Road have noticed a Rogers Group Inc. billboard maildng the site.  Preliminary work at the site began a few weeks ^o after the /Vlabama Department of Environmental Man  agement issued the company its final air and water permits.  The company has not started blasting.  “The ADEM permit allow^ed us to begin preparirg the land for the new quarry after March 1,” said Tom Ken-ley, communications specialist for Rogers Group. “We are currendy moving dirt to make way for the necessary roads and scale house. Tire  See Quarry, page 3A  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  A Nashville company has begun preliminary work at the site of its proposed limestone rock quarry near Tanner. A Rogers Group Inc. billboard marks the site off U.S. 31 at Laughmiller Road. The company has not started blasting. The county has commissioned a study to see if the quarry would affect the water.  Prettiest mayor in town  PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSAN MCGRADY  Local ladies participate ia Ugly Walk  Above, two of Athens’ most delicate, er, manly beauties strut across the stage during Saturday’s Ugly Walk to benefit the Jessica Elldns Memorial Scholarship. Behind the finery are Pierce McGrady, left, an Athens High School sophomore, and Athens Mayor Dan Williams. At right, Brian Terry is crowned “queen” of the uglies by real pageant winner Brianne Griffin. The main fundraiser of the day was a pageant. A pancake breakfost was held earlier in the day at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill. Jessica, the 15-уеагюИ daughter of Talbot and Michelle Elldns of Athens, died fixim bacterial meningitis in December 2007. The Jessica Elkins Live, Laugh, and Love Memorial Scholarship, established in January 2008, is awarded through the Limestone Area Community Foundation.  ,if wwwt>r>ewsrt)unwcow  Deputies search for inmate who walked off work release  Limestone County authorities continued theii- search Monday for a work-release prisoner who walked oil his job just before midnight Sunday and is still on the lam, an official O^fteakmgnews said.  Preston Lee “Bubba” Colwell.  21. left his job at Pilgrim’s Pride about 11:45 p.m.. said Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.  “We have been 1,»king (or him all    Preston L. Colwell  night,” McNatt siiid. “We started about 1:30 a.m. (Monday) after we got the phone call saying he was definitely missing and we did an investigation. We had one individual who saw a person run across a field about 11:45 p.m., and we think that is going to be our inmate. We used the dogs from the Limestone Correctional Facility and tracked him from Pilgrim’s Pride to the Jifly at Hobbs and 31.”  Sheriff Mike Blakely believes Colwell fied in a 2000 model white CMC pickup reported stolen Monday afternoon from Martin & Cobey Construction Co. at 711 F]. Hobbs St. Blakely said Colwell used a pay telephone behind Jifty at the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center and made a couple of calls about 10 or 15 minutes past midnight.  Colwell is a white man with brown hair and eyes who stands 5 feet, 11 inches and weighs 130 pounds. He has a pair of praying hands tattooed on his  See Search, page 2A  KALB asks for help with Great American Cleanup  B\ K.\RKN MlDl)inx)N  knn'ih'O ntlu ‘iisncwsc xKiricr.ami Our state is referred to as “Alabama the Beautiful,” but one look in the ditches and curbs along our roads says something else entirely.  Keep Athens-Limestone Beauti  ful Director Lynn Hart cited 2007 figures showing the Alabama Department of Transportation spent S6 million that year in litter cleanup.  “The state could have hired, trained and equipped — minus vehicles — 100 state trtx)pers for the 36  million they spent on litter cleanup,” said Hart. “And that did not include county and city cleanups. This is just vriiat the state spent cleaning up state routes.”  She said one mile of Alabamii highways contains approximately  16,0(X) pieces of litter, which costs the state <30 cents a piece to pick up.  April 4 is Cireat American Cleanup Day. KALB is gearing up for the event to get as many people out  See Cleanup, page ЗА  Index  Classified....................HV  Editorial......................4A  Ledger .......................6A  Letters .......................5A  Lifestyles ....................-IB  Obituaries ....................2A  Woodrow Carter Jeanette Vessels Kinney Sports ........................IB  Washington Street Diner  One Block East of Athens Square  1 OO^Washington St.  Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches  Served from 1 1 :OOom-2;OOpm  Open 6;CXDam til 2:OOpm Mon.-Fri. • ó:OOam til 12;OOpm Sd.  Take Out Orders - Coll 232-020S C/iecIc out our Doily Blue Piote Special  Online edition  Visit The News Courier's online marketplace at  enewscourierxom  SHOItJOCAL   

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