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   Fort Payne Times Journal (Newspaper) - October 23, 2007, Fort Payne, Alabama                                TODAY: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High, 73; Low, 57. Details 2 DEKALB COUNTY'S October 23, 2007 i ON IJNE: WWW.TIMES-JOURNAL.COM OLDEST NEWSPAPER cents TUESDAY BREAK BREAD TRYAFALLTWISTONASTAPLE TODAY'S HEADLINES Against Parole State Attorney General Troy King advocates an end to parole, even though his old boss, Gov. Bob Riley, sped up paroles to ease overcrowding in Alabama's prisons and keep Alabama out of trouble with the courts. � Page 10 t> YOUR RIGHT TO KNOT Councils � The Rainsville City Council will meet Nov^-5. at.5:30,.p.m. at City Hall. � The Fort Payne City Council will meet Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. � The Hammondville Town Council will meet Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. � The Mentone Town Council will meet Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Commission � The DeKalb County Commission will meet today at 10 a.m. at the Activities Building. .  School Boards � The Fort Payne City Board of Education will meet today at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the Central Office. Other � The Ider Park Board will meet Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. � The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors will meet Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the USDA Service Center in Rainsville. Paul Finebaum Why should Tommy Tuberville consider Texas A&M or any other school that , comes calling over the next month or so? Two words: Nick Saban. Let me offer Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, as evidence. � Page 2 MARKET The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 45 points Monday. � Page 2 INSIDE Calendar..................5 Classified.................9 Comics.................8 Dear Abby.....'...........2 Obituaries.................3 Opinion...................4 Sports____..................6 Stock Report ,.............2 TV Guide.................2 Vol. 129, No. 210 To subscribe, call {256) 845- 2550 or 1-8Q0-34TIMES COMING   WEDNESDAY IRON BOWL COMES EARLY REGROUPING* AUBURN HOPES TO REBOUND INSIDE   SPORTS Hit and inns leave police scrambling ^5 Times-Journal photo by Dusty Plunkett Macayne Thompson (left) and Jacob Henderson show support for their teams during 'Stay in the Game, Be Drug Free' day sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug Free DeKalb to kick off Red Ribbon Week at Wills Valley Elementary School. � Three unrelated incidents result in as many arrests By Jared Felkins jfelkins@times-journal.com Three unrelated hit-and-run incidents Saturday had Fort Payne officers scrambling and resulted in three suspects arrested. "They all happened near the same time, which caused a lot of confusion for officers," said Fort Payne Police Chief David Walker. The first happened about 12:50 p.m. on Greenhill Boulevard N W . between Smith Gap Road and Tate Road. Walker said Tomas Francisco, 22. of Fort Payne, was arrested for public intoxication after he allegedly hit a 1995 Toyota pickup, driven by James Ernest Benson, 45 of Pisgah, in the rear. Benson was injured and taken to DeKalb Regional Medical Center by ambulance. A hospital spokesperson said Benson was treated and released. Walker said Francisco would likely be charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident. He was driving a Ford Explorer. "He apparently hit two vehicles at Smith Gap," Walker said. "Officers found Hilario Miguel Pascual Cruz-Miguel Tomas Francisco i See Hit-And-Runs, 3 Apartment party nets 6 arrests � Eight other underage patrons were allowed to leave without being charged By Greg Purvis gpurvis@times-journal.com A noise complaint led police to a party at a Fort Payne apartment complex Friday night, where police made six arrests, including two men for having an illegal open house party and one man who was allegedly in possession of marijuana. Fort Payne Police Chief David Walker said the six arrests were made after police found 14 people at apart- ment 506 in the Mountain Trace complex on Briarwood Avenue SW. Walker said officers saw several people who appeared to be underage and were either in possession of or consuming alcohol. Police allowed eight underage people to leave after it was determined they had not consumed any of the alcohol present. Eight partially consumed liquor � See Party, 5 Man dies in wreck � Three are injured in Powell accident, authorities said By Jared Felkins jfelkins@times-jounuil.com A Dutton man was killed and three people were taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle accident in Powell Sunday morning. DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson said William Thrasher, 68, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck that happened about 10:40 on Broad Street. State troopers said Thrasher was driving a 1991 Ford Crown Victoria when it collided with a 2004 Chevy Tahoe. Troopers said Ralph G. Gulledge, 49 of Rainsville, and Lori Michelle Gulledge, 45 of Dutton, were in the Tahoe. Both were taken to DeKalb Regional Medical Center by ambulance and were treated and released, according to a hospital spokesperson. A 12-year-old girl, of Dutton, was also riding in the Tahoe. She was taken to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. A hospital spokesperson said Monday she was in the pediatric intensive care unit. Her condition was not released. ildinq Fast Facts The new Health Education and Workforce Development Building has: � 10 miles of wiring. � 600 Internet/network connection ports. �two buildings connected by a concourse. _    . � a tiered lecture hall that seats 160 people. � classrooms with smart boards, projectors and Internet connections. Northeast to dedicate new facility � College welcomes visitors to Health Education and Workforce Development Center By Greg Purvis munity-at-large." gpurvis@times-journal.com The facility includes a health education build- ing, as well as a workforce development center, After more than a year and a half of construction, Northeast Alabama Community College will open the doors today on its Health Education and Workforce Development Center. "We're very excited about this project," said NACC President David Campbell. "This is a state-of-the-art facility, and we believe it's going to help not only our students, but also the com- with both wings connected by a concourse. The total space is 55,000 square feet, and includes classrooms, technology centers, labs and study space for groups and individual students. Campbell said there is a.n increasing need for i See Building, 5 David Campbell   

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