Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 7, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate.
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Pedal to the metal, Congress sent President Obama legislation Thursday night with an additional $2 billion for "cash for clunkers."
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A MedFlight helicopter, above, lifts off from the scene of an accident on interstate 65 Thursday afternoon. Below, rescue personnel remove accident victim Taylor Martin of Greenbrier, Tenn., from her vehicle
Victim airlifted from scene of rollover wreck on Interstate 65
A Greenbrier, Tenn., woman was ejected from her 2001 Ford during a one-vehicle rollover accident at 1:25 p.m. Thursday a mile north of Athens on Interstate 65, a state trooper said.
Taylor Martin, 18, was not wearing a seat belt and was injured, the trooper said. Witness Lauren Bishop said she was following the Martin vehicle when it
crossed two lanes in front of her and hit the grassy shoulder and started “whipping around.”
A MedFlight helicopter airlifted Bishop from the scene. She was listed in stable condition Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in the Emergency Room, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
— Karen Middleton
Wildlife Refuge ranger hopes to teach people about reptiles
By Karen Middleton
The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is offering its popular Reptiles and Amphibians program Saturday for anyone interested in learning about snakes, frogs, lizards and other cold-blooded inhabitants of the refuge.
“There will be nothing venomous,” said Ranger Daphne Moland, who will lead the program.
Moland has been gathering a collection of non-poisonous snakes, turtles, lizards and salamanders for this third annual reptile program at the Visitor Center on Alabama 67.
“People don’t have to touch them unless they really want to,” said Moland. “But most people do. It’s amazing when they find out that snakes aren’t slimy.”
Moland said the program has been extremely popular for the past couple of years, so much so, they are moving into a larger room.
The presentation lasts about 60 to 90 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.
“Our classroom holds 64 and last year that was
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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge ranger Daphne Moland interacts with a snake she's named Andy. Wheeler will host its Reptiles and Amphibians program Saturday.
Report: Steelcase worker had gun at plant
Athens Police were investigating rhursdiy morning a report that an em-pk)yee iurived at Steelcase wielding a gun on liiesday.
Capt. Marty Bnice said police went to the ollice-fumiture manufac’turer but no one was found with a gun on the premises I’hursdav.
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“I’here was a report that someone bnjught a gun to work last luesday and threatened a supervisor,” Bruce said.
No arrests have been made.
A manager at Steelcase sidd polic*e were at the plant ’rhursday but said she could not C4)inment further.
Laura Muyskens, a spokeswomiin at Steelcase headquarters in (irand Bapids, Mich., did not cxmfinn reports of a gun.
“There’s nothing we, can say alx)ut an ongoing investigation,” she said. “We’re working with local authorities to make sure the work environment is a safe place.”
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Carroll: Recruited for superintendent post In Tennessee
By Jean C ’oi i
The superintendent of Limestone County Schools said he was recruited to apply for the Williamson Qiunty, Tenn., superintendent’s post.
“I was recruited by Ray and Asstxiates Inc. to apply after Williamson County did not hire a superintendent in their first search,” Superintendent Barry Carroll said Thursday. “After much research, thought and prayer, my family and I decided that I should consider it.” ^
Carroll, 51, interviewed with school officials at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Franklin, Tenn.
He said he previously interviewed for the superintendent’s post in Brevard County, Fla.
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Judge wants to study deceptive dog-killing lawsuit before ruling
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Limestone District Judge Jerry Batts may mle Monday on a lawsuit between a Helena animal-rescue group and Lassie’s Friends Animal Sanctuary in Athens.
Debbie Ohm, a volunteer for Two By Two Rescue of Birmingham, is suing Karen Morrow Johnson, owner of Lassie’s Friends, alleging she deceptively took $500 to socialize three dogs and had them euthanized instead.
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