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City carving up the pie
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
s~c mirier, com The Athens City Council began a Tuesday work session with $1 million in department capital requests and pared the number down to $346,600 on what it will spend on equipment purchases.
What’s left over from an available $500,000 will go to resurfacing
downtown parking lots and street paving. Tire council is also squeezing out $25,000 to hire four temporary workers for the summer months to help with cleaning, repainting and watering chores.
Tbesday was the second leg of mid-year budget review meetings. Last Thursday’s meeting found belt-tightening efforts by department
heads are paying off. City financial manager Evan Thornton said that midway in the fiscal year, the city’s $10.7 million expense budget is under by $655,000.
Of the $655,000, the dty had committed $175,000 to finish work on Roy Long Road widening and $125,000 for paving of Clyde Mabry Commercial Park.
Council President Ronnie Marks recommended rolling $250,000 of the city’s savings into the capital budget, bringing it up to $500,000. He said Fire Department capital requests were rolled into the department’s operations budget.
Thursday’s budget review was of
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Living with paralysis
Roughly one in 50 Americans has some degree of paralysis, and five times more people than doctors thought are living with a spinal cord injury -nearly 1.3 million -according to a study released Tuesday.
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How drier I am
The flow of water in the world's largest rivers has declined over the past half-century.
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karen&athenmews-courier.com Local businessman Steve Bauer is planning to build duplexes tailored to the elderly on previously condemned property at Hine and Brownsferry streets.
Bauer asked the Athens Planning Commission for a recommendation to rezone 3.25 acres of the southwest quadrant of the intersection from R-l-2 Medium Density Single Family Residential to R-2-1 Duplex Residential District.
Last year, the city dted property owners to clean up the overgrown lots both on the south side and the north side of the intersection after repeated complaints from local residents that
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Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future
Plan maps direction of
Duplexes planned for elderly residents
By Karen Middleton
In 46-year career, ‘Doe’ Oliver wore many hats
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By Guy McClure Guest Writer In Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” there is a conversation between Alice and the Cheshire Cat that is often paraphrased as “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Athens State President Bob Glenn agrees. Grinning like the famous cat, he says, “The
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Dr. Wanda Hutchinson addresses the VISION 2020 Committee at its first meeting in Sandridge Student Center at Athens State University.
Ardmore Police Chief William "Doc" Oliver
Who’s up for chiefs seat?
By Karen Middleton
Five people have applied for the position of Ardmore assistant police chief, one of whom will replace retiring William “Doc” Oliver at the end of the year as police chief.
Among those applicants is District 25 Rep. Mack McCutcheon, R-Capshaw.
All five will be interviewed April 28 at a special joint session of the Ardmore, Tenn., and Ardmore, Ala., town councils, according to Ardmore, Ala., Mayor Ricky Mitchell.
Mitchell acknowledged that Mc-Cutcheon’s application came in after the announced deadline, but the representative was in Montgomery and didn’t return until the Monday after the application deadline.
“We knew he had shown interest in the job,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell said members of both councils want the best person for the job and he doesn’t see a problem with McCutcheon being out of town for much of the time
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Ardmore Police Chief William “Doc” Oliver will serve as grand marshal for this year’s Limestone County Sheriffs Rodeo parade.
The parade is May 9 at the Limestone County Sheriff s Rodeo Arena on May 9. Lineup begins at 1 p.m.
The well-known law enforcement official will retire after a 46-year-career in police work that began in Giles County, Tenn., after he graduated from high school in 1956.
He served as a jailer, dispatcher, police officer, and two-term elected sheriff in Giles County before accepting the chiefs job in Ardmore, Alabama and Tennessee.
When first elected at age 31, he was the youngest sheriff ever elected in Giles County.
He came by his chosen profession naturally. His father was a constable for 25 years, his older brother was a career state trooper, and his younger brother was a police officer. But when he took of fice as sheriff, the realities of life would soon strike close to home. He was informed his salaiy would be $11,000 a year, but he also had to feed the inmates and buy their blankets and mattresses and provide their upkeep out of that amount. He was told he could have as many deputies as he wanted, but he also had to pay their salaiy out of that same amount.
And oh, by the way, he and his deputies would have to provide their
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