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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 16, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Federal Reserve survey finds signs of recovery PAGE 5S  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of I rad it ion and hut ure  50 cents  Thursday, April 16, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Protest held in Capitol  Index  Business......................5A  Classified.....................4B  Comics ......................3B  Ledger .......................8A  Lotteiy.......................3A  Obituaries ....................2A  Sam Ellis Kelley Haley Nicole Wilson  Sports ...................  •    •    •    -IB  Weather ......................2A  Fast  learner  NASCAR rookie Joey Logano hopes Nationwide Series win at Nashville last week gives a boost to his • Sprint Cup career.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Get the dread out  President Obama declares on tax-filing day that he aims to ease the dread of deadline day with "a simpler tax code that rewards work and the pursuit of the American dream."  PAGE 11A  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847    00001    6  Liver Special - Tuesday  $2.99  Sr. Citizen Day - Wednesday  25% Off  Athens Location Only Discount applies to individual meals only.  Farmers launching safe roads campaign  Bv Karen Middleton  karen  a  a(hensneus-courier.com  “People are crazy out there,” said local farmer Jimmy McMeans.  McMeans, who grows cotton, corn and soybeans on his Quinn Road farm, must frequently drive farm implements on local roads. As annoying as it is for some drivers who must slow down when they are in a hurry for these implements, it’s more than a matter of annoyance for farmers who must operate slow-moving vehicles as a part of their livelihood.  The Alabama Department of Public Safety, the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Farmers Federation have launched a public awareness campaign urging motorists to be cautious when either approaching or following slow-moving farm vehicles.  According to ALFA spokesman Darryal Ray in Montgomery, there were six fatalities and 120 wrecks involving farm machinery on Alabama roads reported in 2007. In 2006, there were two fatalities and 104 wrecks reported and three deaths and 106 wrecks in 2005.  “People don’t understand the history of our local roads.” said McMeans. “They were established as farm-to-market roads. It sure would be nice if they could be more  See Farmers, page 2A  Census takers work in Limestone County  Some census workers are in Limestone County surveying residents for the 2010 census, according t© the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department.  With thefts and burglaries on the rise in the county, some residents have been calling the sheriff’s department to report unknown callers to their homes.  The census-takers work for the U.S. Census Bureau under the Department of Commerce. Residents can request to see identification before speaking to census takers or decline to answer questions.  Many Athens residents thought local Taxpayer Tea Party held Wednesday  Ä brave and simple man ...’  Alabama Veterans' Museum hires director  The board of directors of the Alabama Veterans’ Museum has hired the facility’s first director.  Sandra “Sandy” Thompson’s name was submitted to the board for approval Tuesday. Thompson is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of service. The new director has a bachelor’s degree in management/human resources and a master’s degree in human services.  “Mrs. Thompson was selected from a pool of 35 applicants,” said Jerry Crabtree, board president. “The selection committee interviewed eight applicants and called back four of the initial eight for a second interview. After careful evaluation of the four applicants, the selection committee chose Mrs. Thompson as the person to  See Museum, page 3A  From staff, wire reports Organizers of a Taxpayer Tea Party in Athens and The News Courier office received several calls Wednesday asking if a protest was being held that day.  While protests were held nationwide Wednesday because it was the deadline for filing state and federal income taxes, the local event has been scheduled for noon Saturday in the parking lot of the former ChuChu’s Restaurant off U.S. 72 be-  DEAL CNF  SEE OUR AD  DAY PAGE 8  Protest is Saturday  The local Taxpayer Tea Party is at noon Saturday in the parking lot of the former ChuChu's Restaurant off U.S. 72.  See page 11A for stories on the national protests  Charles Kilpatrick, left, and Donny Stanford check the elevation and level on grave stones as they reinstall them in the Hobbs family plot in Athens City Cemetery.  Sons of Confederate Veterans memorialize historical figure  hind Taco Bell.  The motto of the local event is  See Protest, page 2A  Marion Wilson wears a Revolutionary War costume during the Montgomery Tea Party Wednesday in front of the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery.  By Karen Middleton   karen@athensnews-courier.com  Anyone who has ever read “The Journals of Thomas Hubbard Hobbs,” edited and annotated by the late local historian Faye Axford, comes away feeling they know personally this son oi mid-19th Century Athens.  Although Hobbs rests in Spring Hill Cemetery, overlooking the James River, in Virginia, a casualty of the Battle of Richmond, his influence on his native Athens lives on in his descendants and in the local street that bears his name, which  See Hobbs, page 3A  Thomas Hobbs   

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