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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 29, 2009, Athens, Alabama Lo Wh Local 4-H holds competitive events PAGES 20-21A e News Courier Sen ing Athens ¿ind Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future One dollar Sunday, March 29, 2009 Visit us online www^newscourierxom Inside Today Q.. Keeping our water clean Annual Limestone County Water Festival helps teach students to keep local water supply clean. PAGE 24A Keeping Limestone beautiful Donated artwork made from recycled materials will be auctioned at Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful open house to raise funds for local organization. PAGE 25A Subscribe (k*t the news wjth your itïorning cofliee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720 7    698470 002    5 Trial set in beating death By Jean Cole ft 'ana^tUbcnsnew's-courier. ctmi An Elkmont man will likely be tried for murder April 21 in the 2007 fatal beating of a Piney Chapel man, according to Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails. A separate capital murder case against Derrick Green, 43, will be tried in October, she said. In the first case, Casey Wayne Anderson, Casey Anderson 30, of 24142 Slate Road was indicted for murder in September 2007. He was arrested on the charge in February. He is accused of kicking Benjamin Tinnon, 33, in the head with his work boots during a fight at his home at Country Lane Apartments and causing his death five days later in May 2007. Two days after the fight, Tinnon was found unresponsive and taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital with severe head wounds. Anderson was arrested by Limestone County authorities and initially charged with second-degree assault. Tinnon was transferred to Huntsville Hospital, where he died three days later. Authorities sought the murder charge after seeing autopsy results. After the fight, witnesses told investigators it did not appear Tinnon’s injuries were severe. They also told investigators Anderson “just snapped” and started beating Tinnon. Investigators said there was drinking going on but they had not determined what might have caused the fight. Anderson’s case is on the April 20 docket in See Trial, page 3A ■nr Bible warrior NEWS COURtER/KIH RYNDERS Chris Stevenson, above, came to the Birdie Thornton Center a year ago as a training specialist. Since his arrival he has taught clients karate katas and promoted physical fitness. Preferring to focus on abilities rather than disabilities, Stevenson has also taught his students to play chess and he has helped them form the Birdie Thornton Singers, a group who performed for a recent United Way annual luncheon. Below, Stevenson demonstrates his prowess. Trainer taps real source of strength By Karen Middleton kiirt‘n\!^atlH‘usm'ws-couricr.coni Powerful and quick, at 55 Chris Stevenson looks and moves like a man half his age. But he is quick to remind new acquaintances that his strength does not come from a lifetime as a physical education instructor or his proficiency in both Japanese and Korean styles of martial arts. He says all real strength comes from God. Stevenson has been a training specialist at the Birdie Thornton Center for developmentally challenged adults in Athens for one year. It’s been a long road from his birth in Nashville’s Riverside Hospital to bringing new life to a group of people who have been more defined by their disabilities than their abilities. Stevenson readily admits it took getting criticaUy wounded in a teenage gang shooting to propel him toward a spiritually-centered life. See Warrior, page 7A Water Department doing landscaping, spraying in front of old Kroger building By Karen Middi i-ton karen(^a thcnsnews -t ouricr.coiu Motorists traveling on South Jefferson Street might have noticed in recent weeks a lot of ground work being done between Town Creek and the street in fi-ont of the old Kroger building. The City Council recently turned over the building to the Athens-Limestone Public Library for renovation into a new library, but the landscaping work out front has nothing to do with that effort, according to Water/Wastewater Department Manager John Stockton. “We have water and sewer lines under there and the accepted practice is usually to spray Round Up for the weeds and keep it mowed every few weeks, but we wanted to help beautify the area,” said Stockton. He said Water Department employees are also responsible for landscaping and flower plantings near the city’s water tanks. “With that spot in front of the Kroger building we wanted to do it similar to the triangle at Brownsferry and Green streets,” said Stockton. Aiding in the project is the use of discarded railroad ties. See Kroger, page 3A Uglits at a)urthouse mark beginning of Child Abuse Awareness Month By Karen Middleton karviiiS alliciisnews-courur.coni Residents driving by the Limestone County Courthouse Wednesday might wonder why there are dozens of bright blue pinwheels spiking up from the lawn. The Family Resource Center is leading the local Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, which is a nationwide public awareness program created by Prevent Child Abuse America and its state chapters. “This campaign is to help change the way people think,” said Kelly Haas,^Par- Ste Abuse, page 3A Index Classified .... .................1C Editorial..... .................4A Ledger ...... ................13A Letters ...... .................5A Lifestyles---- .................9A Obituaries ... .................2A Linda Faye Griffin Opinion ..... .................4A Sports ....... ................. .IB Weather..... .................2A Online edition Find the day's oddest stories at enewscourler.com Weird News under the Local and State/Nation headings onlin iv<n«mr«ranva{XMUt№(xm