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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 2, 2009, Athens, Alabama Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Friday, October 2, 2009 Player of the Week PAGE IB The News Courier Board: Need to amend state reg By Karen Middleton karen&a thensnews -courir 'r. com Alabama Board of Architecture Executive Director Cynthia McKim acknowledged Thursday the Athens City Council’s choice of architectural firms does not meet state requirements. “We, as a board, are attempting to change our law,” McKim said. Attorney John Plunk recently brought the violation to the council’s attention. He said the managing partners of the Decatur architectural firm of Godwin Barnett—John Godwin and Sam Barnett—are not registered building trades architects. Godwin acknowledged Thursday that both he and Barnett are registered landscape architects. The Architects Handbook of the ABOA states under Section 34-2-37 that: “It shall be lawful for a [firm] to practice architecture in this state provided that all officers and voting stockholders are architects or professional engineers registered under the laws of Alabama. ” The same section also See Board, page 6A Ham radio club to participate in RR disaster drill By Jennifer lb Hill ./< nmiterifl athenstu *u s-courit r.i run The Limestone Amateur Radio Emergency Service club will take part in a statewide railroad disaster exercise Saturday in Athens. Operation Highball, the Alabama Section Simulated Emergency Test, will be held from 10 a.m. until about 1 p.m. The exercise will replicate a tractor-trailer truck lodging under the For- See Disaster, page 2A Visit us online www.enewscourierxom Inside Today Convention has Fire damages Trinity By Jean Cole jean@athensnews-courier.com The band room at old Trinity High School sustained fire, smoke and water damage Thursday morning but Athens Councilman Jimmy Gill said it will not impede plans to preserve the historic building. Athens firefighters were called to the blaze off Brownsferry Street at 8:22 a.m. and attacked the fire along one wall and in the roof. “Somebody was staying in the school structure and it appears someone lit a warming fire and it went up the wall and got into the roof line,” said Fire Chief Danny Southard. “It got into the fiber and tar roof and we had to wet it down good.” The heat and flames turned gray part of the band room’s blue metal roof and damaged one comer of the room, firefighters said. Gill said the damage won’t prevent See Trinity, page 2A NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE Athens firefighters begin to pack up Thursday morning after extinguishing a fire in the band room at old Trinity High School off Brownsferry Street in Athens. Jackson autopsy shocker Not just fiddlm around Michael Jackson's arms were covered with punctures, his face and neck were scarred and he had tattooed eyebrows and lips, but he wasn't the sickly skeleton of a man portrayed by tabloids, according to his autopsy report. PAGE10A Auto sales take tumble U.S. auto sales fell sharply in September, enduring a tough hangover from the summer's Cash for Clunkers buying spree. PAGE18A Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847    00001 NEWS COURIER/ JENNIFER R. HILL Attendees of the 43rd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention were already gathering Thursday next to their recreational vehicles under shade trees for some pickin' and grinnin' jam sessions. a huge economic impact on Athens Jammers in RVs from across the country were already settled in Thursday on the campus of Athens State University in anticipation of the 43rd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, which begins today. The convention is expected to bring more than 15,000 visitors to the Limestone County area this weekend, said Tourism Director Jeanette Dunna-vant. See Fiddlers, page 2A Downtown Rescue Mission offers food donors discounts By Jennifer R Hin jeniiifer@athensnt '\\ scourir r. am The Downtown Rescue Mission in Athens needs food donations for the growing number of needy individuals and families in Limestone County. The mission, which opened in April 2008 in the old Athens bowling alley building off U.S. 31, has been giving out five to eight boxes of food a week, depending on the size of families and the supply of food, said Assistant Manager Berta Luna. “We have to turn away some people,” she said. To prepare for the holiday season and to prevent sending people to other organizations, the rescue mission is trying to increase the size and quality of its pantiy, she said. Most needed are tightly sealed or quick and easy “pop-top” items, such as canned vegetables, soups, meats and fruits. See Mission, page 6A NEWS COURIER/JENNIFER R. HILL Berta Luna, the assistant manager of the Downtown Rescue Mission in Athens, looks over the small amount of food available for those in need. 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