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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 The News Courier  Serving Athens nnd Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  30 cents  Friday, Decamber 25, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Baby's 1st Christmas  See who is featured on The News Courier's annual Baby's 1st Christmas page  PAGE 8A  Home for holidays?  Doctors say Texas Agqfles' Derrick Roland could be home for Christmas after having his leg surgically repaired  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Subscribe  (k‘( the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  69847 00001  Knology promises top service here  By KaRKN MlDDLFTON kiircn&atbcnsm‘\ys-c(>uritr.a)ni A representative of Knology Inc., which purchased the locally-owned Private Cable Inc., promised this week that the West Point, Ga., based company will provide the same level of service customers have come to expect of PCL.  Athens City Councilman Harold Wales asked Knology funeral Manager Jerry Strasser of  Huntsville if the Athens market would have available the same number of channels as Huntsville customers.  “This is a great opportunity to expand our footprint,” said Strasser. “We are now serving Huntsville, Madison County, the city of Madison and East Limestone. We expect to reinforce our fiber lines so you will get the same number of channels here.”  Strasser said the expanded number of channels is scheduled to become available in the first quarter of 2010.  “There are eight channels here that we have to determine il we will continue to carry,” said Strasser.  Strasser said the company would soon convert PCL’s customers to the Knology billing service .  Councilwoman Milly Caudle commended the prompt service she gets as a PCL customer and asked Strasser if Knology would be as respiinsive.  “We hope to gain more visibility so we can provide and maintain the same level of customer service,” said Strasser.  The City Council approved  See Knology, page 2A  Home from Iraq  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Robbie Irvin, right, a member of the 203rd Military Police Battalion based in Athens, got the best gift he could get for Christmas -a brief trip home to his wife, Wendy, left, and their family. The couple was enjoying their holiday tree at their home in Hartselle a few days before Christmas.  Member of Athens’ 203rd Battalion gets to spend Christmas at home  By Jkan Colk  J<‘Hii(P athensiwws-courior.coin  Across the front porch of Robbie and Wendy Irvin’s home in Hartselle, a red, white and blue welcome-home banner waves.  In their living room, a pine tree twinkles with lights and colored balls.  On their coffee table, a calico cat named Goldie remains brazenly unmoved.  Robbie, a National Guard soldier, and his wife are enjoying the best  Christmas present they could possible get — each other.  A member of the Athens-based 203rd Military Police Battalion now serving in Iraq, Robbie got a 15-day pass home for Christmas.  It is a break in the battle.  “It’s nothing like World War II or Vietnam or anything like that over there, but it is still great to be home,” said the 23-year-old soldier who is a detention deputy at the Morgan County Jail when not deployed.  He is one of 80 members of the 203rd stationed in Basra to train Iraqi police for their eventual takeover in the country.  The battalion shipped out this summer on a tearful Father’s Day and headed to Fort Bliss, Texas, for extensive training. From there, they traveled by plane for about a week, Robbie said, to Kuwait and then on to Iraq.  His fear about the place was quick-  See 203rd, page 3A  NRC settles with TVA's Browns Ferry after mediation  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reached a settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority in two cases involving apparent violations of the NRC’s employee protection rule at Browns Flerry Nuclear Plant.  In the first case, a former contractor hired to woilc in Browns Ferry’s Nuclear Assurance organization was apparently terminated in  June 2005, at least in part, because he raised a safety concern to management. He had accused his manager of being “too close to the line organization” to effectively and in-dependendy perform his duties.  In the second case, a TVA foreman was demoted to maintenance mechanic in 2008, apparendy for raising a safety concern regarding the utility’s compliance with its Fit  ness for Duty program.  The employee had quesdoned lYA management regarding their foilure to peribrm for-cause testing of two individuals who had been involved in an altercadon in November 2007. As a result, the worker was required to complete a developmental training program and was subsequendy prevented ifom ser\^-ing as a foreman.  A Confirmatory Order issued luesday outlines the settlement agreement, which was reached through the NRC’s idternathe dispute resolution process. ITA agreed to a number of actions at the iircility, including the implementii-tion of a process to review' proposed adverse employment acdons before  See Browns Ferry, page 2A  Index     Classified......    ...............4B      Comics........    ...............3B      Ledger ........    ...............5A      Obituaries .....    ...............2A          No obituaries      Religion .......    ..............lOA      Sports .........    ...............IB      Valley .........    ...............4A     its  Merry Christmas from enewscourier.com  riam.*L ia»-X*7-iSST  wwm.¥4HhtMakÊpklÊÉi»  no coupon iNMOTa •    »    ■?*».   

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