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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 22, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Gridiron Guide football preview magazine Coming Sunday  The News Gouri  Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Saturday, August 22, 2009  Visit us online  wwwumewscourierxom  Inside Today  Tide tries to improve pass rush  Most opposing offenses struggled to run through Alabama's wall of All-Americans last season. Now, the Crimson Tide longs to give quarterbacks similar treatment.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Coming  Sunday  Artist profi  The works of Daniel Tribble will be featured at Art on the Square In September  COMING SUNDAY  Index  Classifieds 4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........3A  Lottery  1C3A  Obituaries 2A  Janice Bottom Donald Deckrow George Morgan  Sports...........IB  Weather.........2A  7    69847    00001  Williams to run for House?  Mayor Dan considers run for state Legislature  By Kelly Kazek koHyi^^atht'nsiunys-c'oiiricr.com Athens Mayor Dan Williams says if he’s ever going to run for state Legislature, 2010 is the time to do it.  “I have been considering doing this,” Williams said. “I’ve always had a desire to serve in the state Legislature but never had the opportunity for it.  When elections come up, they’re always in the middle of my term, but if I’m ever going to do it I’ve just got to take the opportunity to do it. This is the best opportunity I’ll have.”  Williams, who is in his 17th year as mayor and who served as a city councilman for eight years, said if he does decide to run, it will be as a Republi  can. He would be running in the Fifth District for a seat in the House of Representatives.  He would be facing former Athens City Councilman Heniy White, who is currently serving his first term in the State House of Representatives.  See Mayor, page 2A  Dan Williams  Christmas in August?  COURTESY PHOTO  This wintry scene of the Athens State University Library could give inspiration for a Christmas card design. Locals are invited to enter the university's design contest.  Athens State sponsors contest to design university s Christmas card  The Athens State University Art Department announces a contest to design the official university Christmas card for 2009.  “The contest was conceived to celebrate the umque historical beauty and cultural richness of the Athens State campus,” said ASU spokesman Gity McClure. It is open to anyone from the community as well as university students and employees.  Artists are invited to submit up to three original works of art in any 2-D medium for consideration.  The winning entty wiU be selected by University President Dr. riobert Glenn, with assistance from his staff. If selected, the winner will receive credit for the creation and the Avinning artwork  How to enter  Entries are due to Gail Bergeron at Athens State by Nov. 1. Hand deliver or mail entries to Bergeron at 300 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611. For more information call (256) 233-8149.  will become the sole property of Athens State University to use as the institution sees fit for holiday and other greeting card occasions.  Entries are due to Gail Bergeron at Athens State by Nov. 1. Hand deliver or mail entries to Bergeron at 300 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611.  For questions or more information, caU (256) 233-8149.  Center to open in spring  By KARtJN MiDDIKIXW hin ‘i)(E ¿ttlionsiH'ws-aHirier.i'om  Stimulus funds are being put to good use in Tanner.  Senior citizens who now meet in a building of Tanner Homes will have a new meeting place come late spring when the new Tanner Senior Center opens.  The Limestone County Commission recently approved $51,000 in matching funds for a $250,000 grant to build the center.  The commission announced the grant in October 2(X)8. OfBcials said at the time they were hoping to repeat the success of the Owens Senior Onter in the Tanner center.  Ifte grant will be administered through the Alabama Department of Economic and Cbmmunity Aflfeirs.  Sen. Tom Butler (D-Madison), Rep. Heniy White (D-Athens), and Rep. Micl^^ Hammon (R-Decatur) were instrumental in securing the grant as were county grant writer Sonya Anthony and Revenue Enforcement Officer Rodney Jackson.  Jackson said the Top of Alabama Regional Cbundl of Governments was also instrumental in helping the county get the grant.  “We’re preparing the bid packets now,” he said. “Tlie bids should go out in 30 days and then two weeks to opening and then 90 days out fix)m there to begin groundwork. I’d like to say the center would be complete in six to seven months later.”  Jackson said the Owens Senior Onter experienced “tremendous growth” in use after opening two years ago. He said the Tanner Center would be a similar design.  Hie fecility will be on the site of the Tanner Boys & Girls Club, \riiich is in the former Tanner Elementary School on Lucas Ferry Road.  7 qualify to run in Ardmore, Tenn., municipal election  By Karen Middleton karen&athensnews-courier.coni Seven candidates have qualified for the Ardmore, Term., November city election, according to the Giles County Election Cbmmit-tee.  (Qualifiers on the Tennessee side of the divided town must collect the signatures of 50 registered voters to qualify. The last day to  qualify was Thursday.  Aldermen Tim McCbrmeU and Garon Hargrove filed qualifying papers for mayor. Current Mayor Bob Hasting is not seeking re-election.  Five candidates are nmning for three open aldermen seats. Those who qualified are Ken Crowson, Janice Reece, Laurene Schrimsher, Wayne Harvell and Gary Graviet,  The features you love. The brand you trust.  ! 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