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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 18, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 lop-ranked Trojans on quest to defend state title PAGE IB  Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Saturday, April 18, 2009  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847    00001  Athens Biodiesel facing foreclosure proceedings  By Karen Middleton  karen@athensnews-courier.com  Problem-plagued Athens Biodiesel is facing foreclosure on its local operation by a California lending institution.  The News Courier has run foreclosure notices on March 31, April 7 and Tuesday stating that the Temecula Valley Bank in Temecula, Calif., has instituted  foreclosure proceedings on a loan taken out July 13, 2007.  In early March The News Courier reported Athens Utilities had cut electrical service to the plant off East Airport Road on the site of the old Knight Lumber Co. for non-payment of bills. Melvin Kilgore, owner of Athens Biodiesel, also acknowledged that he was a pay cycle behind in his  payroll of about nine remaining employees.  Kilgore subsequently reached an agreement with the city for payment of the company’s utility bills.  Three companies — Key Engineering, Byrd maintenance and Integrity Electric — have filed suit in Limestone County Circuit Court, claiming “contract (lis-  putes.”  The company, which opened in September 2006, produced some 100,000 gallons of biodiesel, but fell victim to lower oil prices and a resulting lower demand for its product.    *  According to the legal notice published in The News Courier,  See Biodiesel, page 3A  <The News Courier  Assessment: Browns Ferry plant operated safely in 2008  From staff re[)orts  A special inspection of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant reveals that overall it operated safely, according to a letter from a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official.  That is what Browns Ferry and TVA officials expect to hear from the NRC officials at a public meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in Athens.  The NRC will discuss its assessment of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant’s safety performance during 2008. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be in the Browns Ferry Training Center Auditorium at the Browns Ferry site, 15900 Shaw Road in Athens.  In January, federal regulators met with TVA officials to discuss the results of a special inspection at the plant. The NRC cited “declining regulatory performance” as the reason for the inspection.  In late 2007, Browns Ferry Unit 1 had a moderately degraded or “yellow” performance indicator because of a high number of automatic shutdowns. Previous inspections evaluated the shutdowns causes and did not identify any significant safety issues.  In a March 4 letter, Leonard D. Wert Jr., director of division of reactor projects for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Region II, told Preston Swafford, chief nuclear officer and executive vice president for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, “Overall, Browns Ferry Units 1, 2, and 3 operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and met all cornerstone objectives.”  After a formal presentation at Thursday’s public meeting, NRC staff will be available to answer questions on the safety performance of the Browns Ferry plant, as well as the NRC role in ensuring safe plant operation.  “Throughout the year, we inspect and review the performance of the Browns Ferry plant and all commercial nuclear plants,” said NRC Region II Administrator Luis Reyes. “We issue several inspection reports during the year and an overall annual assessment. This meeting allows us to discuss that assessment with the company, local officials and people  See Assessment, page 2A  Veterinarian found dead  By Kelly Kazek kelly @a thensnew s-couricr. com Bruce Nelson Young has seen his share of headlines during his 63 years — some good, some bad. One thing is certain, many people in this small community knew the longtime veterinarian.  Young was found dead at about 7 p.m. Friday night on the floor in  side his home at 311 N. Marion St.  While police found no evidence of foul play, an investigation is ongoing to determine a cause of death, said Capt. Marty Bruce.  “We are having an autopsy done,” he said.  “There’s no obvious sign of the cause of death,” Bruce said.  Young was awaiting sentencing  for the latest of those headlines.  Over the past 30 years, whether he was taking on officials over his right to keep his pigs Romeo and Julia inside city limits or facing prison time for counterfeit charges. Young kept many loyal customers at his veterinary practice.  Then in September 2008, he and friend Jason Heath Clem, 34,  of Athens were charged with passing fake $20 bills at the Lincoln County Fair in Tennessee.  In February, Young pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit bills in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, Tenn.  According to a court clerk,  See Young, page 2A  Coverage of busy weekend in Athens  Kids Day in the Park,,, Taxpayer Tea Party and more planned downtown today. Kids events kick off at 9 a.m. on the square with the Do*Da Parade. The protest begins at noon off U.S. 72 behind Taco Bell.  Inside  Today  Captain  praises  rescuèrs  Back in his Vermont home, Richard Phillips hails Navy SEALs as "superheroes."  PAGE 5A  Travels with Flat Stanley  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Coming  Sunday  NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE  Nona Adams' second-grade class at Johnson Elementary School recently mailed paper cutouts of a boy named “Flat Stanley" to Washington, to Pittsburgh and even to Germany to learn more about the world's geography and its people. The response they received both surprised and tickled them. Class members are, from left to right, Brandon Bell, Kaitlyn Powers, Alexis Turner and Tyler Schrimsher; middle row, Garrett Newton, Noah Barnett, Chase Lay, Mia Thomas and Katie Pruden; back row, Hudson Stovall and Mary-Elizabeth McFarlen. Not pictured are Kole Birdsong, Nicholas Brackin, Santana Enciso, Thomas Clark and Magaly Loya.  Paper cutouts help students learn about world geography  The students clap, shriek and squirm in the seats with the news.  “They really get tickled when a Flat Stanley arrives,” Adams says.  Flat Stanley is a character in a book by ♦ Jeff Brown who was accidentally flat -tened when a bulletin board fell on him.  See Stanley, page 3A  By Jean Cole  jcan@athensnews-courier.com  Sixteen second-graders read along with teacher Nona Adams in her colorful classroom at Johnson Elementary School in northern Limestone County.  Suddenly, the front office intercom crackles and a voice says: “You have a Flat Stanley.”  Index  Classified.....................4B  Ledger .......................4A  Lottery.......................3A  Newsbeat.....................4A  Obituaries ....................2A  Jerry Lee    Chapman  Wynell Evans Keeton  Sports ........................IB  Weather......................2A  Liver Special - Tuesday  • $2.99  Sr. Citizen Day - Wednesday  25% Off  Athens Location Only Discount applies to individual meats only.  PM»!!!»!  DEAL OF THE DAY  m OUR AD OH PAM 5   

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