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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 1, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 AP Source: Jackson’s will puts assets in trust PAGE 3A  ae News Courier  ierving Athens nnd Limestone County: /A Comnninity of Triuhtion ¿nuf Future  Visit us online  www^newscourierxom  Inside  Today  Getting  involved  Philip Rivers returns home next week to host inaugural offensive skills camp for young football players.  SPORTSp PAGE IB  Fireworks get axed  Fireworks shows are being canceled or scaled back as municipal tax revenues dry up with the slowing economy.  PAGE 9A  Index  Classifieds 4B  Comics..........3B  Health     .8A  Ledger..........6 A  Lifestyles........1C  Lottery..........3A  Obituaries 2 A  John H. Bryan Allie Marie Cook Mary Huntley Tommy Don Mankins  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4A  Weatner.........2A  69847 00001  Wednesday, July 1, 2009  NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON  Renovated ASU science building gets topped off  A newly constructed cupola was lifted and attached to the roof of Waters Hall on the campus of Athens State University on Tuesday. The building’s renovation is expected to he completed by Martin & Cobey Construction in early 2010. Waters Hall, named for former Athens College trustee Newman Waters, is the university’s only laboratory and instructional space. It was built in 1955 and has served as a science training ground without a major renovation until this time. The former three-story, 25,(KX)-square-foot structure will be transformed into an approximately 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art sciences center consisting of 12 laboratories, eight classrtx)m and lecture areas, and 16 foc-ulty offices that will comply with current Americans with Disabilities Acts requirements.  ¥m ÄRDMO  50 ceiils  Mac to bow out if chief job is a conflict  Hv K\HI„N MiDDI FION  l\Uri'llft;ill,ciislU'\\S-C()Uhtr.lfUII  Ctm an elected state representative legiilly serv e as iununicipal |x*lice ehielV  Several attorney general rulings siiy not.  It’s a question District 5 Rep. Mac Mc-Cutcheon, R-Cap-shaw, ;ind the city of Ardmore must answer before considering him for the .suc‘-cessor to long-time Police Chief Williiim “lAx:” Oliver.  i’he joint councils of Ardmore, Ala., and Ardmore, lenn., will meet on the lennessee side at 7 p.m. July 6 and c1kx)sc Ixitween the two finalists for the job — McCutcheon imd Athens Police Officer David Whitt.  This is not the first time a cjuestion about McGutcheon’s candidacy for the job has arisen.  Early in the search, the joint Ardmore ^.uncils discussed in April that Me Ciiteheon’s application had come in after the deadline. Ardmore, Ala., Mayor Ricky Mitchell said McAmtcheon was late submitting his application Ixicause he was in a legislative session in Montgomery.  Mitchell also s<iid that pt'ople he had  See Conflict, page 5A  Mac McCutcheon  Fire chief cautions: Have safe celebration  By Jfan Colf.  jeuiiifihithensitcns-courwr. com The founding fathers intended the Fourth of July to be a day of celebration.  John Adams, Massachusetts delegate to the second Continental Congress, had this to say about whooping it up on the anniversary of our declaration of independence from the British in 1776:  “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more,” Adams said.  These days, the celebration often includes fireworks — sparklers, bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers. Too often, it also includes fires, injuries and deaths because of individuals using fireworks.  “The statistics are staggering,” said Athens Fire See Celebration, page 5A  Woman on handicap scooter struck by car  NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE  Mary Kimball, 74, dressed in pink, tells Athens Police officer Daniel McNatt how a hit-and-run driver struck her scooter at the Hometown Grocery parking lot Tuesday. Kimball was helping her daughter load groceries into her truck when the driver of a blue and gray two-door car backed into the scooter, pushed it into the back of the truck, then left without stopping, Capt. Floyd Johnson said. Athens Fire Department and the ambulance service responded to the scene, but Kimball said she was not injured.  Cash for clunkers program starts today  Don’t ditch your gas-guzzling clunker by the roadside.  Instead, swap it for a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle and you can get some help from the federal government.  The so-called “cash-for-clunkers law,” signed June 24 by President Barack Obama, is a means of jump-starting  new vehicle sales and encouraging consumers to purchase clean, fuel-efficient vehicles.  Though the law takes effect today, it may take a few more weeks before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopts the final regulations and local new car dealerships make assistance  available.  Under the program, eligible clunkers include passenger cars and light trucks that are model year 1984 and newer that get no more than 18 miles per gallon city and highway combined. For cars, the  See Clunkers, page 5A  Holiday closings  All Athens city and Limestone County government offices will be closed Friday for the Fourth of July holiday. However, there will be no interruption in garbage pickup for either the city or county.  There will also be no U.S. Mail delivery Saturday.  The News Courier front office will be closed Friday to allow our employees a chance to celebrate the long holiday weekend.  IMHETOWIIIGROIM  608 South Jefferson Street • Athens Shopping Center  " Store Hours Sun. thru Thu 7 am until 10 pm • Fri and Sat. 7 am until 11 pm   

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