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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Prep Sneak Preview: Q&A willi Ardmoi i' ^ Bf uwn PAGE IB  The News Courie  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Coininunity of Tradition ¿ind Future  Visit us online  www^newscourier.com  Woodstock: Were you there?  On the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the most famous rock concert ever performed, The News Courier is looking for those who attended. If you were there, please write your recollections and send them to Managing Editor Kelly Kazek at kel-ly@athensnews-couri-er.com or 410 W. Green St., Athens, Ala., 35611.  Inside Today  Celebrating Power  Friends hold benefit for cancer patient Will Haney  PAGE 7A  Index  Obituaries 2A  Jennifer C. Jackson  Valley...........4A  Ledger..........7A  Sports...........IB  Comics..........3B  Classifieds.......4B  Tuesday, August 11, 2009  7    69847    00001    6  \K-  "We had a good opening - probably one of the best in a long time."  - ATHENS CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT OR. ORMAN BRIDGES  Ready to hit the books  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNOERS  Students at Athens Intermediate School read in the library on the first day of school. From left are, Tionna Moore, Christion Lucas, Riley Adams, Cade Bolen, Anna Duncan and Laven-dar Bailey. Athens Intermediate is hosting a 'Back to School Bash' Friday from 3-6 p.m. at the school. Admission is $5.  First day went ‘smoothly’ for city, county schools  liy Kt'llv Kii/.ck kcllw^^ ullu'usiicw s-courivr.com Athens City and Limestone County school systems opened Monday with no problems, superintendents said.  “We had a good opening — probably one of the best in a long time,” said Athens Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges. “All of our buses were on time. Everything ran pretty smoothly.”  Buses also ran smoothly at county schools, said Limestone Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll.  “Everybody seemed to know where they were going and what they were doing,” he said.  “There will be some adjustments we’ll have to make with schedules and  By the numbers  Final count of Athens City Schools students Monday was 3,054, up from 2,995 last year.  Limestone County Schools first-day tally was not complete Monday afternoon but officials expect to have more than last year's total of 8,735.  all that but we were ready.”  Bridges and Carroll said school staffs  See School, page 2A  Attorney General gives advice for being safe this school year  By Kelly Kazlk  kellyi^^it hetisnews-courier.com Athens City and Limestone County school systems opened Monday with no problems, superintendents said.  “We had a good opening — probably one of the best in a long time,” said Athens Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges. “All of our buses were on time. Everything ran pretty smoothly.”  Buses also ran smoothly at county schools, said Limestone Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll.  “Everybody seemed to know where they were going and what they were doing,” he said. “There will be some ad  justments we’ll have to make with schedules and all that but we were ready.”  Bridges and Carroll said school staffs spent time this summer trying to ensure students would not face sickness this fall, as well.  Staffs cleaned, disinfected and studied statewide guidelines to prepare for a potential outbreak of HlNl virus, or swine flu.  “We did a lot of cleaning, a lot of painting and maintenance with air conditioners and AC systems,” Carroll said.  See Attorney General, page 2A  City to use stimulus funds to replace clay sewers  By Karen Middi i’ion  kuivn iithensiK'w s-eourier.i‘om  Thirty-eight miles of clay sewer pipes, many of which have been in the ground since 1909, interlace subterranean Athens, designed for a time when they carried raw sewage to be emptied in the creek.  A hundred years after they were installed, 2009 stimulus funds will go toward replacing at least 10 miles of those pipes.  Water/Wastew'ater Manager John Stockton told the City Council Monday that the deteriorating crockery pipes, which are in some places totally collapsed, such as under the Hobbs Street railroad crossing, are letting in millions of gallons of rainwater, taxing the sewage treatment plant.  “In all. the city has 130 miles of sewer pipe and 38 miles of that is clay tiles,” said Stockton. “'I’hese date to no later than the 1950s. A lot of those that were installed never were intended to be watertight.  “On a typical day 4-to-5-million gallons go through the plant, but in heavy rains that capacity can jump to 18 million. Our capacity is chewed up by groundwater.”  Stockton said $40 million in stimulus money flowed into Alabama specifically for sewer building or rebuilding.  “We have been approved for $6.8  See City, page ЗА  Carroll finalist for job in Tenn.  By Jean Cole  JEANCfipAIHEN.SNEWS-COUHIEH.COM  The superintendent of Limestone County Schools is a finalist for the superintendent’s post in Tennessee.  Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll and two other men will be scheduled for daylong visits and final interviews    at  Williamson County Franklin, Tenn., on Aug. 18,19 and 20, said Communications Director Carol Birdsong.  Other finalists for the job are Michael Looney of Butler County, Ala., and Dennis Deardon of Arizona, she said.  Carroll, 51, and his wife, Teresa, See Carroll, page 3A  Or. Barry Carroll  Schools in  library has trouble meeting summer demand  By Kyre.n Middleton  kcireniS^athcnsnews-eourier.com Athens-Limestone Public Library Director Susan Todd said the facility has a two-fold task during summer: Providing materials for the annual in-house reading program for pre-school and elementary grades, and trying to provide enough copies on the  shelves of required reading for local schools’ reading Rsts.    ^  This becomes an especially tricky balancing act when the library’s book budget has steadily decreased from $78,522 in 1999 to $40,000 in 2009.  Todd said the library could better keep up with required reading selections for middle  school and high school students if the schools would loan their titles to the library for the summer months, such as Athens High School did this summer.  “We serve everyone in the county from birth to the elderly and part of that is in supporting the curriculums of our local schools,” said Todd. “We cany a  certain number of what could be termed the ‘classics’ in reading from Shakespeare to Mark Twain for regular book reports and terms papers and also what is assigned for summer reading.”  This summer, the library has checked out some 3,(XK) books to  See Library, page 3A  Vpgrude your aid Heat Pump to the new 14 Seer Heat Pump Tax Credit  CNr«o Inri«n«th>i» or RctrofitsY  Blackberry* Tour $199.99  Акт $70 т«йп пЫм daM amd S269 99 vaiu*-$7Q matf-r taoaia daM e•^dm$^9в 99. WMt naw 2yr achvabe«i  Call us today!  1-800-NEW-LINE   

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