Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 14, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Legendary musician Les Paui dies at 94
Les Paul, who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock 'n' roll greats, died Thursday . of pneumonia.
Retail sales dip, jobless claims rise
July retail sales disappointed and the number of newly laid-off workers filing for jobless benefits rose, reinforcing concerns about economic recovery.
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Bill Davis, owner of Hickory Barn BBO on U.S. 72 West, advertised ribeye sanawicnes тог 5o cents off Thursday on a “drive-thru" special after a car plowed through the women's restroom the night before.
Owner makes most of crash that created a ‘drive-thru ladies room’
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Fortunately, it was after hours and the Hickory Bam BBQ lady’s powder room was unoccupied.
That was soon to change when a Ford truck left U.S. 72 West and plowed through the restroom.
Thursday, owner Bill Davis advertised a “drive-thru ladies restroom” on his magnetic roadside sign. Inside, he posted a “unisex” sign on the men’s restroom.
“Possum and cheese!" Davis called out at Thursday lunchtime, waving a fiied bologna
and cheese sandwich in the air. “Y’ull come back, now,” he called to imother departing customer. “Don’t be scared, just sit in the middle next time.”
Davis said he received a call about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday from troopers, telling him of the damage to his restaurant.
“A lady ran oft' the road, pulled back on, got a little bit sideways and slid backwards into the parking lot,” said Davis. “She hit the budding sideways. I guess she wanted to be the first in line for one of my barbecue sandwiches. It’s not
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Davis said he "takes souvenirs from time to time" as he sits next to the grill of a Ford truck that struck his restaurant late Wednesday.
Beating with wire flyswatter marks boy
Athens man charged witli abusing child, 11
Alter Limestone County authorities received a call reporting a student at a local school had severe bruising, a sheriff’s investigator and Department of Human Resources w'orker went to interview the child.
Investigator Jay Looney determined the boy had been abused and arrested Anthony Glenn Norris. 49. of 19755 Alabama 127, according to Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
“He struck an 11-year-old male wdth the wire end of a tly swattef across the stomach area,” McNatt said. “It left nasty bruising: in fact,, it left a raised bruise with an imprint of the wire, d’hat led to the arrest of Mr. Norris.”
Norris was charged with child abuse and taken to Limestone County Jail on $5,()0() bond.
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Mayor: License fee for musicians could be changed
By K.\hi:n Middi.fion A</re/i (t idlu'inivws-nmrur.coin Mayor Dan Williams says he’s all for making beautiful music in the city of .Athens.
The mayor responded to a I’hursday News Courier story about a little known city ordinance that charges a business license fee for performers making a profit.
One business owner quoted in Thursday’s story that bore the headline: “City says: Pay to Play,” was Tommy Smith, owner of Limestone Tavern on Washington Street. Smith said he thinks the business license fees unfairly target performers in establishments that serve alcohol.
Williams said that the ordinance las nothing to do with alcohol being served and, in fact, the fee might go away to attract more musicians to downtown Athens.
“d’his ordinance has been on the woks for a long time,” said Williams. “It was all about selling business licenses to fairs and cami-
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Tanner interchange nearing completion; 1-65 traffic slowed
By Karen Middlehxyn kawniTPathcmncws-nnirirr.ann The long-awaited Tanner interchange scheduled for a mid-summer opening will probably open for traflBc in mid-September, according to an unnamed Alabama Department of Transportation oflBcial.
Paving of the right northbound lane and the southbound left lane was underway Thursday. Once paving is complete, ALDOT woiionen will apply striping and erect signage.
Johnity Harris, ALDOT division engineer, was on personal leave Thursday and not available for
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Paving work continued for the second consecutive day Thursday on the approach to the Tanner interchange. An official said the interchange should open by mid-September.
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