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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Вата wins $32М bet on Saban  The N  Visit us onlbie  www^iMwscourlerxom  Bridae  age  )(ff(  closea Tor repairs  Repairs will begin today to the Elk River Mills Road bridge at Sportsman's Park, according to Limestone County Emergency Management Association. The bridge will be down to one-lane traffic during working hours for about six weeks. Motorists should use caution when approaching bridge.  Inside  Today  Obama seeks jobs support  Despite Republican opposition on Capitol Hill, President Obama hopes for bipartisan support for his efforts to use financial bailout money to help small business and ease double-digit unemployment.  BUSINESS, PAGE 5A  New health plan costly  As with the Medicare prescription benefit, consumers will face a dizzying lineup of health plan choices.  PAGE 8A  Subscribe  (i('t the news with your iiioriiing cod’ee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Index  Business ........5A  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........7A  Lottery..........3A  Obituaries.......2A  Luther Andrew Daniel Hanley Thadine Roberts Nancy Rudder Elsie Steelman   IB   4A   2A  Sports  Valley  Weatn  er  Seniiig Athens and Limeston  mnuni  Thursday, December 10, 2009  \ PAGE IB  Criurier  adition and Future  7    69847    00001    6  Heavy rains flood roads  County gets 4 inches of rain; Wooley Springs closed througli Friday  By Kkixy Kazek kelly®athcnsnvws-c()uricr.a)m Only the tops of Christmas trees could be seen Wednesday morning at George s TVee Farm at U.S. 72 and Line Road.  The bottom halves of the trees were under water, as was a portion of Line Road, preventing cars horn passing.  But Jo George said water had receded to the bottoms of the trees before noon Wednesday and the tree iarm was open for business.  “It’s just a matter of wading out there,” she said.  She expected water to recede completely by this morning. The water wiU not damage the trees, she said.  “We usually get this much once or twice a year,” George said. “The trees do fine.”  Heavy rains, more than 4 inch-  See Flooding, page 3A  NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK  Line Road, which runs next to George's Christmas Tree Farm off U.S. 72, was closed to traffic Wednesday morning, as were dozens of roads countywide. The tree farm also was flooded but remained open.  Music wffl fin the air Monday  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Bill Beasley will play the double bass at Monday's Alumni Christmas Concert at Athens State University. The $5 tickets are still on sale for the 7:30 p.m. Monday concert at McCandless Hall, but they are in short supply. The Sunday concert is sold out.  Tickets nearly sold out for Athens State alumni concert  By Jean Cole jeain^alheimwws-courier.com  If you want a respite from the holiday rush, consider buying a ticket for Monday’s annual Alumni Christmas Concert at Athens State» University.  The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature a wide-range of hofiday music performed at McCandless Hall by the ASU Community Band and Community Chorus.  Better buy a ticket quickly; only 30 are left.  Tickets are $5 and available by caUing (256) 216-3319.  Although the 3 p.m. Sunday concert is already sold put, the Alumni Association  How to go  The Athens State University Alumni Christmas concert featuring the Community Band and Community Chorus will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at McCandless Hall by the ASU Community Band and Community Chorus. Tickets are $5 and available by calling (256) 216-3319.  is sponsoring a reception after the Sunday concert in the parlor of Founders Hall.  The Alumni Association and the Livingston Concert Lecture Series sponsor the yearly concerts.  Amy Carter vows to reach corporate heads with CF campaign  By Karen Middleton karen@a thensnews-courier. cow “Maybe you can get the heads of big corporations to listen to me,” said Amy Carter from her Limestone Health Facility room. “They keep hanging up on me because they say I’m drunk.” The 32-yeai^old daughter of Steve and Carol Carter of Athens has slurred speech because she was bom with cerebral palsy and also suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, an aiito-  nomic nervous system dysfunction, which causes burning and severe pain.  But that doesn’t deter Amy who is vowing to raise even more for cystic fibrosis than the $1,000 she raised last year. Amy, who moves around in a motorized wheelchair, will once more participate in the CF 2010 Great Strides Walk, May 2, in the Bridge Street Town Centre.  See Campaign, page ЗА  2nd suspect enters guilty plea in death of neighbor  By Jean CJi)ij ;  Jciiinf at lu 'usiu n vs-( 'oiiivr. ( -от  Mirroring her husband, a Tennessee woman pleaded guilty Tuesdiiy in the Ltal beating of a 74-year-old Ardmore niim.  Jeimnie Carol Green, 38, of 29882  you saw it  0«3lle!lÎÎ Г  -j news  at wv4'w.enA>wbcourier.com  Jeannie Green  Jones Road, Lot 4,  Ardmore, Term., entered her plea Tuesday in the murder of her neighbor. Art Champion, at his home Nov. 10, 2(X)6.  She and her husband, 44-year-old Derrick Green, and Randall “Bingo”  Clem, 42, of 26425 Hamlett St., Apt. A-1, Ardmore, were charged with capital murder, robbery and burglary. They are accused of causing Champion’s death and of stealing $1(X) in change fixrm him to buy crack coaiine.  Derrick Green alread>' pleaded guilty in exchange for a lile sentence.  Clem’s trial is set for March 1, unless he enter-s a guilty plea in the meantime.  Jeannie Green’s plea Tuesday saved her life.  “I amended her charge from capital murder to felony murder, which carries a  See Guilty, page 2A  Few more angels remain to adopt before Christmas  By Jean CXmt:  /('iui'fi at In 'iisiu 'ws-i'ouht r.cow Wrth only a few days left in its Angel Tree Program, the Salvation Anny is looking for a few more Athens or Limestone (Tounty residents to make Christmas better for needy children,  “We had more angels this yeiu*. and we got ofi' to a slow start,” said Major David Craddock of the Salv^ation Army in Decatur. “Thiit seems to be turning around in the last week, but we still have a few angels on the trees in Athens.”  To help a child in need, all you have to do is go to Cracker Barrel or Walmart in Athens, take one or more paper angels oft the Christmas trees erected there and biiy presents for the children. Each piiper angel lists the child’s first name, age, sex and suggestions for gifts, along with their clothing or shoe size.  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