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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 30, 2009, Athens, Alabama Rivalry may determine Athens’ postseason fortunes PAGE IB The News Courier Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Wedntsday, September 30, 2009 Visit us onlbie www.MMWscouri«rxofn Inside Ibday Pregnant? Get flu shot It's hard for pregnant women to escape the message: You're at extra risk from swine flu. HEALTH, PAGE 8A Dairies promoted The Dairyman's Blog, launched more than two years ago, features commentary, photos and video that cover everything from the quirks of farm life to the health benefits of milk. PAGE 17A Index Classifieds .... , 4B Comics....... 3B Health....... 8A Ledger....... , 14A Lifestyles..... 1C Lottery....... 3A Obituaries .... ,2A Georgia Dollar Opinion...... 5A Sports........ IB Weather...... 2A Valley........ 4A 7    69847    00001 Naked man charged in theft Victim said suspect was covered in dirt, bloody cuts ByJeanCx3le it^an&'athensnew's-amiier.ann A neaiiy nude man accused of stealing a truck and driving it into a ditch in Ardmore was officially chained Monday after being released fixjm a Decatur psychiatric hospital following observation, an official said. Jason Scott Mobley, 35, of 725 Mount Lebanon Road in Toney was charged with indecent exposure, first-degree theft and third-degree criminal mischief, records show. He was released from the Limestone County Jail after posting a $6,750 bail bond. He was hospitalized Thursday after he jumped into the back of a pickup truck wearing nothing but one shoe and screamed, “Go, go, go — someboi^’s trying to loll me,” befoiv stealing the truck and driving into a ditch. Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said after the incident. “He appeared to be imder the influence of some type of narcotic,” McNatt said. See Theft, page 2A Jason Mobley Hope in shoe boxes NtWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON East Limestone High School Spanish Club students assembled shoebox-size containers Friday in the school library for shipment to the "Christmas Shoe Boxes to Honduras" program. From left are Morgan Schwuring, Jerrica Eaton, Reece Jernigan and Emma Grantham. East limestone students make Christmas merry in Honduras By Karen MiDDLtnuN kan‘iK^''atht‘nsnews-a)uritrxx»u The children of Honduras are close to East Limestone Hi^ School teacher Lisa King’s heart. She traveled to Honduras with her church last summer. “When I returned, I was able to share my e;q)eriences with my students, particularly regarding the desperately poor living conditions that many children must live in,” King said. For the second year, King’s Spanish classes at East Limestone are participating in the “Christmas Shoe Boxes to Honduras” program. “This is a way for the kids to send gifts to these children to give them a Christmas they otherwise would not have had,” she said. “They have responded witli incredible generosity. One of my students spent $117 of her own money to purchase items.” On Friday, between U:30 a.m. and 1 Children In Honduras exi it in desper“te7y p’ooV living conditions and welcome boxes of small See Hope, page 2A    school    supplies,    toys    and    grooming items. Officials say Tanner exit should open by next week By Ky\RtJ\ MiDOiKiXiN kitivin^ ¿itfit‘n^,nt‘\\s-ixniritr.(\)in The Interstate 65 interchange at Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road near Tanner is set to open early next week, according to Alabama Department of lYans-portation Division Engineer Johnny Harris. “We hope to have it ojxen by the first of next week,” Harris said. “A contractor is putting up tlie signs this week.” Harris said DOT’ signs are “advance notice” of exit number and the number of miles to the exit. He said signs that post available gasoline, lodging and food are paid for by the advertising companies and would be erected later. Harris said there was little, if any, cost overrun for the $5.8 million project, which will open the way for business and industrial development in the south part of Limestone County. “All roadway construction is completed,” he said. Harris said he knows of no official opening ceremony for the exit. “We’ll just have the orange drums moved out of the way,” Harris said. “I’m sure the locals are not concerned about the signs, but we couldn’t open the exit without appropriate signs in place.” Federal highway fimds will pay for 80 percent of the project with the state paying the rest. Electric customers to see Increase/decrease By KARt^N MiDDIKlON karcjtiBaUu^nsnews-xxniritrxxmi 'The bad news comes first and then the good news for Athens Electric customers. •Monday, Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins said the Tennessee Valley Authority Board has established an 8-percent increase in the base rate. “'That will stay on until the board changes it,” Scroggins said. “But, meanwhile, fuel costs have gone down calling for an 11-percent fuel cost offset.” ’fhis means local residential customers should see a 2.2-percent decrease on their October bills. ‘“nie foel-cost adjustment is a month-by-month thing,” Scroggins said. “For October, it’s 11 percent, but it could go up or it could go down in following months.” Discount ends Thursday for tickets to film festival premiere party By Diane Leiir For ihe News Courier Thursday is the last chance to get discounted tickets for The Southern Shorts Premiere Party to be held at The Club House downtown on Oct. 16. Preview the winning short films and eat Southern food while mingling with locals. The discounted price of $25 each ends after Thursday. Friday, tickets will be the regular price of $35 for one admission or $60 for two admissions. To purchase tidcets, visit the Web site at www.aots-athens or www.spiritofathens.com , or call (256) 444-8156. This Southern Shorts party and film festival are firsts for Athens. Independent filmmakers are submitting short films, up to 15 minutes in length, to compete for sever- al cash prizes and artistically created trophies. The Southern Shorts Film Festival will be Oct. 17 at Athens State University, McCandless Half Griffin Auditorium. Tickets will be on See Tickets, page 3A >it Ri' [llf AU I If IJI ^    n'-t    I    M    (*(. /S ( niRn'USINt VSä C -tn )ly 11 ( ,in 1 • 232 8SS3 WILLiam G« Attörney Do you know somoonewfii Jtod wiliwHif o wdl? Wills • Liviri|ji WiHs • Power of Attorney • Personal Injury 117 S. 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