Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Hey, Sound Off:
I am writing in response to a Sound Off in March about the “other secondhand smoke” from fireplaces. It is unbelievable to me that someone would make these comments about smoke coming from chimneys. I don’t use wood heat, but I can assure you if I had no other way to heat my home, I would.
And furthermore, as long as it kept my family warm, I would not care what it “cost my neighbor.” You would not let your family go cold for my benefit; do not expect me to do it for you.
I also suffer from extremely bad allergies and it never occurred to me to want a law that takes away someone’s way of heating their home. If given a choice, the person would probably not choose wood heat; unfortunately, thousands of people are on fixed incomes that do not allow for anything else. Keep that in mind next time you see smoke coming from someone’s chimney.
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Man says he should have been notified of nearby sex offender
By Kelly Kazek
Tony Hargrove’s 12-year-old son frequently rides his bicycle to a friend’s house on Nick Davis Road.
Hargrove never worried about his son on the short trip — until a neighbor came to visit and asked if Hargrove had heard the rumor that a convicted sex offender lived among them.
“We were just sitting around shooting the
breeze when he told me one of the ladies on the same road had told him about it,” Hargrove said.
The rumor proved to be true.
Hargrove said he understands sex offenders must live somewhere and he is not trying to get the man removed from his neighborhood. But Hargrove took issue with the fact that he wasn’t told the man lived nearby so he could warn his sons, ages 12 and 6.
The man, who lives on Menefee Road
about 300 yards from Haigrove, served time for “subjecting a male under the age of 12 to sexual contact,” according to the Web site for the Department of Public Safety.
Under Alabama law, residents within a 2,000-foot radius must be notified when a sex offender moves into the area. Sending the letters is the responsibility of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, but determining which residents live within the radius falls to the Athens Post Office, said Limestone
Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
“If someone was overlooked, it was not intentional,” McNatt said.
When a sex offender leaves prison with the intention of moving to Athens or Limestone County, the prison is supposed to notify the Sheriff’s or Police Department 30 days before release so that letters can be sent.
“Sometimes the prison won’t notify us,”
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By Kelly Kazek
Work crews returned to work Wednesday morning on the Tennessee River bridge on Interstate 65, where a problem merging in traffic caused a wreck Tuesday in which a van went over the edge of the bridge.
The couple in the van survived the 58-foot drop to the marshy ground below the bridge, but a worker with the Alabama Department of Transportation said it’s this type of accident workers are mindful of when working on a bridge.
The driver of the van, Rex Mitchell of Indiana, reportedly could not stop when traffic began merging into the left lane of the northbound span, w itnesses said.
His van went up onto the ramp of an auto transport rig — which had slowed for merging traffic —then went over the side of the bridge.
The right lane was blocked with orange traffic cones because a work crew was repairing bridge caps, the tops of the columns or piers that support the structure, said bridge engineer Sean Butler.
Butler said the distance of the lane closure is set by Uniform Traffic Control standards and the cones are placed by workers from the district office before the state crew arrives.
He said working on bridges in heavy traffic can be difficult.
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New book features soldiers’ requests for UDC Southern Crosses of Honor
By Tashia Lovell
The book “Southern Crosses of Honor” is now on sale by members of the Joseph E. Johnston chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
It consists of first-hand accounts of never before published letters received in the early 1900s from veterans living in Limestone County who requested a Southern Cross of Honor from the ladies of the Johnston chapter.
The crosses were medals created and presented to veterans of the confederate service of the Civil War by the UDC. They were given for loyal, honorable service to the south in the Civil War.
Joseph E. Johnston chapter members Imogean McDonald, Christine Smith, Linda Watson, and Sarah Whitt, worked on the book, which came out this month.
At this time there is no anticipation of a second book but the limited edition can be purchased for $45, if you pick it up, or $50 if you have if mailed to you. If you are interested, contact Linda Watson by phone at (256) 232-8209
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By Tashia Lovell
The recipe for disaster sometimes referred to as “redneck cocaine” is made from ingredients that you can buy at your local grocery or discount store.
Anyone can pick them Up off the shelf and obtain essential ingredients in a dangerous drug.
But that may soon change. Legislation was approved by the Alabama House of Representatives that would require pharma-
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News-Courier/Tashia Lovell Phillip 0. Presley, a pharmacist at Athens Pharmacy, said Sudafed is now offered without the methamphetamine ingredient pseu-doephedrine. Sudafed PE, which contains phenylephrine instead of pseudoephedrine, is offered at Athens Pharmacy.
Linda Watson, left, and Martha Tuck, right, hold a framed picture of Tuck’s ancestor, Civil War Confederate Veteran Neil Marks, who was given a Southern Cross of Honor by the Joseph E. Johnston Chapter 198 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Marks died in 1930 and is buried in the Athens City Cemetery. According to a list of memorials given to the Joseph E. Johnston Chapter 198, Marks’ name was included in a list of Confederate Soldiers who had received a Southern Cross of Honor from the chapter.