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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Lady Tigers repeat as Limestone County champs PAGE IB  The News Courier  Tuesday, April 21, 2009  More job cuts at GM  General Motors continued its efforts to slash costs and qualify for more government aid Monday by cutting 1,600 white-collar workers from its payroll.  PAGE 3A  Subscribe  Get thi' news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847    00001  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Cause of vet’s death unknown  Anderson pleads guilty, gets 15 years on charge of manslaughter  By Karen Middleton Karen  a  <i I hensnews-count'r.com  Casey Wayne Anderson, 30, has pled guilty to manslaughter in the 2007 kicking death of Benjamin Tinnon, according to Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails.  Anderson, of 24142 Slate Road, Elk-mont, had been transferred in February to Limestone County Jail from the Bibb County Correctional Facility in Brent after serv ing out a sentence on another charge. He was indicted for murder by a local grand jury in September 2007.  Anderson was to have gone on trial Wednesday for murder, but pled guilty to the lesser charge Thursday, Vails said.  “He will serve 15 years in the penitentiary,” said Vails.  Anderson was accused of kicking Tinnon, 33, of Piney Chapel in the head with his work boots and causing his death five days later in May 2007.  Tinnon was allegedly kicked in the head during a fight at his home at Country Lane Apartments. 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 charged with second-degree assault. Tinnon was transferred to Huntsville Hospital, where he died three days later. Authorities sought the murder charge after see-  See Guilty, page 3A  Teen succumbs to self-inflicted wound  By Kelly Kazek  kelly@athensnewii-courier.com   A Detroit teen, whom authorities said shot himself in the head late Saturday night while pulled over during a traffic stop, died at mid-afternoon Monday in the neurological intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital, according to Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson.  Michael Deandrea Love, 19, had been in critical condition since the shooting. The teen’s mother, Veronica Larisa Love of Athens, said her son was distraught over a girlfriend, who apparently lived in Detroit, Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said, e  Deandra was driving with his mother as a passenger in a Kia Rio and the two were discussing the situation when the car did not stop for  See Teen, page 3A  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   President Obama gathered his cabinet members around a White House table Monday and asked them to find $100M in cost cuts.  PAGE 2A  By Kelly Kazek  kelfy@Mthensnews-courier.com  Authorities say it may be days before forensic scientists can determine how local veterinarian Bruce Young died.  “We haven’t heard anything yet,” Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson said Monday. “I think we’ll have a pretty good idea this week.”  However, his family has planned his funeral for 2 p.m. Wednesday.  Young, 63, was found dead at about 7 p.m. Friday night on the floor inside his home at 311 N. Marion St.  His body was discovered on the floor partially in the bathroom and the hallway, Johnson said.  Police found no evidence of foul play and no immediate indication of the cause of death, said Capt. Marty Bruce.  Young, who had a veterinary practice in Athens for more than 30 years,  White seeks retirement buy-in for RSVP director  By Karen Middietton  karen@atbensnew s-t xmrit r. com  Will the third time be the charm?  Rep. Heniy White, D-Athens, is sponsoring House Bill 867 that would allow Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Betty Ruth to buy into the Retirement Systems of Alabama.  Ruth has never been a state employee; however, she formerly operated the RSVP office on the Athens State University campus  under a federal grant until the State Department of Public Examiners ruled the school could no longer maintain the program.  White said this is the second consecutive year he has sponsored the legislation “as a courtesy” to Ruth. White serves on the RSVP Board of Directors.  Retired District 5 representative Tommy Carter said he had also sponsored legislation to allow Ruth to buy into RSA.  Each time, the bill did not  make it out of the Education Policy Committee, according to both White and Carter.  White said it is possible for non-state employees to be allowed to buy in, “if they can get someone to sponsor it.”  “I think in the past some have gotten in that came from other areas,” said White.  White said “right offhand” he couldn’t recall which non-state  See RSVP, page 3A  Inside  Today  Obama's  Cabinet  meets  also had seen his share of trouble.  He had taken on officials over his right to keep his pigs Romeo and Julia inside city limits against regulations and had been imprisoned for counterfeiting, but Young kept many loyal customers at his veterinary practice.  Then in September 2008, he and friend Jason Heath Clem, 34, of Athens  See Young, page 3A  Dr. Bruce Young  Everyone on the field is a winner  Limestone County Special Olympics annual Track and Field Events were held at Rip Swanner Stadium at Tanner High School April 17. The athletes competed in many events: 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, wheelchair races, softball throw, standing long jump, and assisted walk. Each athlete was presented with a ribbon. Between races, athletes were entertained with craft tables sponsored by high school clubs. Athletes enjoyed getting their faces painted, tattoos, making visors, balloons, snow cones, painting a canopy, and many more fun activities. Above, Richard Hill, of Tanner, receives the Amy Alisha Mitchell Outstanding Special Olympian award from Tonia Wilburn, Special Olympics coordinator. At right, Nick Long, Birdie Thornton Center, gets ready to compete in an event. The athletes will compete in the State Special Olympics in Troy on May 15-17.  COURTESY PHOTOS  Index  Classified .....................4B  Comics .......................3B  Ledger .......................5A  Letters .......................5A  Obituaries ....................2A  Joseph John Giardina Donell Johnson Lewis Thomas Allan Scott Bruce Nelson Young Sports ........................IB  Breakfast Cooked to Great Plate Lunches  Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm  Open 6:OQcm till 2:OOpm Mon.-Fri. • 6:OOam til 12:00pm Sat.  Take Out Orders - Call 232-020S Chock out our Doily Blue Plote Special $4.63  Chevron  DEAL OF THE DAY  SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 4   

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