Questions? Call (888) 845-2887 Hablamos Español

Share Page

Athens News Courier: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - Page 1

Get 1 more page view just for clicking

to like us on Facebook


   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Criiiison Tide’s Greg MeElroy has savvy PAGE IB  ^The News Courier  Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Coninninity of Tradition and Future  50 cviits  Wednesday, September 23, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscouricrxom   Inside  Today  SE floods kills  Washed-out roads and flooded highways around Atlanta added to the misery Tuesday after days of torrential rain  PAGE 9A  Colts stay upbeat  ’Clements Colts look to remainder of season '  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Committee works on overhaul  Senate Finance Committee starts work on sweeping health care bill  HEALTH, PAGE 8A  Index  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..... 3B  Ledger.........lOA  Lifestyles.....    .1C  Obituaries.......2A  John Jones Lisa Noble Sports...........IB  7    69847    00001    '    6  No memoiy of near-death shock  Man electrocuted at AHS recovering  JfanColf jcai at I u 'nsnvws-i'oi irit r. ann The electrician who sustained a 277-volt shock while working at Athens High School last week had a seizure after collapsing on the bleachers, his brother said Monday.  Justin Bryan Scott — the out-ot-state worker helping install energy-efficient light  ing at the school — is improving at Huntsville Hospital despite the “slight scare” he gave family members the first few days, said Justin’s brother. Jonathan.  “I was starting to get a little scared for a day or two because he wasn’t remembering  See Shock, page 2A  Justin Bryan Scott, the 23-year-old electrician who nearly died from an electrical shock at Athens High School Sept. 15, hugs his big red dog in better times. Scott remains in Huntsville Hospital but is walking  COURTESY PHOTO ^nd talking.  Firefighters practice rescues  NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE  Athens firefighters Chris Gillman and Jesse Knox prepare to enter a smoke-filled room Monday afternoon in the bottom of the old Limestone County Jail off Green Street. Clint Boyd stands near the door.  Old jail unsafe for occupation but makes good training ground  By Jean Cole  — vv* .. Jeau^iilhemnews-comitir.cow  After a crackle of static, Athens firefighters Jesse Knox and Chris Gillman and Jesse Knox hear a mayday call from a fellow firefighter over their radios on Monday afternoon.  He was trapped under fallen debris inside a smoke-filled room of the old Limestone County Jail.  Gillman and Knox, already dressed in their turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, were about to run in  after him when another firefighter stopped them.  They forgot something.  He stretched a piece of Glad Press’n Seal wrap over each man’s mask to further obstruct his vision, then sent them into the blackness on hands ^d knees.  The whole episode was a fake.  There was no fire.  The fog was theater smoke.  The firefighter in ^eril was made from a  See Firefighters, page 3A  Historic Society offers another chance to buy 2006 ornament  By Karen Middleton  kareni^a thcnsnews-cvurii r. com Athens Grammar School students can remember Christmases past when they attended the former Greene University through a tree ornament being offered once more by the Limestone Q)unty Historical Society.  The ornament was first offered for sale in 2006. There remains a supply on hand for those who might have missed purchasing one.  The 24-karat gold finish oma-  I  NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON  ment is available at Osborne’s Jewelers for $15. The numbered ornaments are part of a collectors’ series of historic local landmaiks the society has offered for sale over the past few years.  The Limestone County Historical Society has a supply of its 2006 commemorative Christmas ornament, which depicts the old Athens Grammar School, for sale at Osborne Jewelers.  While those students have long since grown after the school closed in 1960, many remember those days as fun and carefi-ee.  See Ornaments, page 2A  Lawyer: What is i  DOC !  hiding?  Agency may fight ruling demanding open records in Athens inmate's death  From st¿^^llmcl w ire reports  Alabama Department of Corrections officials say they are considering asking the Alabama Supreme Court to reconsider its decision ordering them to make public findings in inmate assaults and the death of an inmate convicted of killing two Athens police officers.  Department spokesman Brian Corbett said Tuesday the prison system’s legal division was studying the court ruling. He said corrections officials will also likely confer with officials from the Alabama Attorney General’s office and the District Attorney’s Association.  The court on Friday ordered the department to make public internal reports on inmate assaults at Donaldson Correctional Facility and from the probe of the death of inmate Farron Barksdale in 2007.  Barksdale died after being found comatose in his cell at Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery. He was convicted of killing two Athens police officers in 2004 and had been sent to Kilby to serve a life sentence three  See DOC, page 2A  Forecaster; Rainfall rises 20 inches above nonnal; more on way  By Karen ¡VIjddeeton  kareiHSatlieiisnew s-eourier.com  The area is still not through swimming in soggy weather, but severe flooding that has plagued Georgia, causing numerous deaths, is not expected in North Alabama, according to forecasters.  Chelly Amin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville, said chances of thunderstorms will exist every day this week with a stronger chance of storms when a front passes through the area Saturday.  “This is just not a normal set up for the year,” said Amin. “We have a low-pressure system stalled to the west of us that will bring in a line of thunderstorms on Saturday. We are still trying  See Rainfall, page 3A  vvithotif ci will?  Fower of Attorney • Personallnjury L ..  117 S. WijlBn St. Athens • 232-2310  itiyjptmifYn '№ e»ie dHtAr ((/Krvtce; la be pcrfarmeJ tt grealtr thin the quihty of tegil serviees performed by other lawyen.*  Do yodlcnoW  Wills f:u  fmmssmstm  A Tcnuyf dr (TlSS ' “'7'".   

From 1607 To The Present

Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Now you can search for people, places, and events without the hassle of sorting through mountains of papers!

Growing Every Second

Newspaper Archive is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 145+ million newspaper pages. Plus our database expands by one newspaper page per second for a total of around 2.5 million pages per month! The value of your membership grows along with it.

Genealogy Made Simple

Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Within our massive database, users can search ancestors' names for news stories and obituaries. We must understand our past to understand our future!

Choose the Membership Plan that is right for you!

Unlimited 6 Month

$99.95 (45% Savings!)

Unlimited page views for 6 months Learn More

Unlimited Monthly

$29.95

Unlimited page views for 1 month Learn More

Introductory

$9.95

10 page views for 1 month Learn More

Subscribe or Cancel Anytime by calling 888-845-2887

24 hours a day Monday-Saturday

Take advantage of our Introductory Membership offer and become a member for 1 month only for $9.95!

Your full introductory membership payment will be credited toward the cost of full membership any time you choose to upgrade!

Your Membership Includes:
  • 10 page views for 1 month
  • Access to Over 145+ million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a Monthly Membership only for $29.95
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 145+ million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a 6 Month Membership only for $99.95
Best Value! Save -45%
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 145+ million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!

What our Customers Say:

"It is amazing how easy and exciting it is to access all of this information! I found hundreds of articles about my relatives from Germany! Well worth the subscription!" - Michael S.

"I love this site. It's interesting to read articles about different family members. I've found articles as well as an obituary about an uncle who passed away before I was born, and another about a great aunt. It's great for helping with genealogy." - Patricia T.

"A great research tool. Allows me to view events and gives me incredible insight into the stories of the past." - Charles S.

Search Billions of Newspaper Articles 145 Million+ Pages and More Added Weekly!

Uncover 400+ Years
of Newspaper Archives
(1607 to today!)

Browse by Date

Research Newspaper Articles from 19 Countries
& all 50 U.S. States

Browse by Location

Explore 6,200+ Current &
Historical Newspaper Titles
and Counting!

Browse by Publication