Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 20, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Growing your own
Driven by ever-rising tobacco prices, a growing number of smokers have turned to their green thumbs to cultivate tobacco plans to blend their own cigarettes, cigars and chew.
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A sign for Pleasers Spa, above and below, on U.S. 72 East, advertises the business to passersby. Three women were charged with promoting prostitution at the spa, while the owner of Eastern Western Spa was arrested on a charge of third-degree promoting prostitution.
Women at Pleasers Spa arrested for prostitution
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JccUK^hlhcnsnvws-ttHiricr.ixun Four women accused of offering sexual iavors to undercover officers in exchange for pay have been arrested and charged with promoting prostitution, an official said.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely warned the four women a couple of weeks ago about reports of prostitution at their places of businesses off U.S. 72. Blakely said he paid three t)flhe women a visit at Pleasers off U.S. 72 East, located between the flea market and a car lot, and asked owner Chida Rosita Tbomas of 311 Forest Park Court in Huntswille, if she had a massage license.
“She told me they were only giving ‘Ьоф rubs,’” said Blakely. “I told her if it walks like a duck and quacks Шее a duck, it’s probably a duck.
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Officers with ink: Should tattoo be covered?
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During a recent trip to the supermarket, Decatur Police Chief Ken Collier held open the door for a little old lady. As she passed by, he noticed she had tattoos on both legs.
“I thought it was funny as she shuffled along, and I wonder how long she had worn them,” he said.
Qrllier isn’t oppt)sed to tattoos; some of his best officers wear them. However, as head of the department, he has watched tattooing become increasingly popular, particularly among young people. He enacted a tattooing policy in March because he was worried the wearable art might get out of hand.
Ink does seem to be everywhere — sometimes places it should not.
Along with grandma in the supermarket, you see it on Hollywood actresses such as Virginia Madsen, Christina Ricci, Charlize Theron and Wlioopi Goldberg as well as on Grammy award wirmers Mary J. Blige, Amy Winehouse and Rihanna.
Even the Army has redefined its notion of acceptable ink. In 2(X)6, the Army revised its tattooing policy to allow tattoos on the hands and back of the neck as long as they were not extremist, indecent, sexist or racist. According to military.com, this change was made solely because of recruitment problems.
Athens Police Department does not have a tattooing policy, but Chief Wayne Harper is thinking about drafting one,
“I wish we had a policy,” Harper said. “It is something I’ve thought about doing. ‘ We don’t really have a problem with officers having a lot of tattoos like you see out West, where they have officers with a lot of tattoos and they have had lawsuits over it.”
Decatur’s new policy grandfathers in those officers who alrtjady have tattoos visible in an authorized uniform, which can include a short-sleeved uniform. Grandfathered officers do not have to cover their tats with long sleeves but officers hired after the policy was enacted have to cover their ink. No officer can get any new tattcxrs that might be visible in an author^
See Tattoos, page 3A
Weekend events to include Ardmore auto show, kickball tournament, gospel singing
This weekend offers plenty of opportunities for fomily fun in Limestone County, said Tourism Director Jeanette Dunnavant.
As children get accustomed to a new schcxrl year and teams gear up for another season of fcxrt-ball, fomilies can share some time at one of five activities.
• Singing on the Square
Friday’s Singing on the Square features Dixie Bluegrass and Mike Cole. The singing begins at 6 p.m. on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouses in downtown Athens. Bring a lawn chair to enj<éy this free event. For information, call (256) 232-5411 or e-mail
• MTUPower Tournament of Champions This event is a fundraiser for cancer patient
Will Haney. For a fee, teams can sign up to play in
• Singing on the Square 6 p.m.
• Crape Myrtle Fest Pageant 9 a.m.
• WillPower Tournament of Champions 10 a.m.
• Ardmore OB Club Car Show 9 a.m.
• Raise the Praise concert (see story at right)
Summer Sounds concert 4 p.m.
the IdckbaU tournament, comhole tournament and volleyball tournament. Play begins at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Athens State University softball field on Elkton Road. Registration will be taken
See Weekend, page 3A
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Raise the Praise will fill air with Christian music
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jvniiifcn^uthcusncws-aniricr.com It’s amazing what a smaller church can get done when its members put their faith in play, said Robby Newport.
The Lebanon Community Church, made up of little more than 120 people for the Sunday morning congregation, has gone above and beyond, for the second year, to support his vision for an outside youth music event. Raise the Praise, said Newport, the youth director for Lebanon Community Church.
Raise the Praise will feature five major Christian rock bands, along with lo-
See Praise, page 2A