Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 4, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Gator defender faces tall test
Joe Haden, a 5-foot-11 defensive back for Florida, faces his tallest test of the season Saturday when he faces off against Alabama's Julio Jones in the SEC championship game.
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Retail sales disappoint
Further evidence the economic recovery will be a slow and lumpy one emerged Thursday with reports that service sector and retail sales shrank in November.
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Noah home, walking; bum concerns parents
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Twenty-one-month-old Noah Crowe is home from Children’s Hospital and he’s walkinj^.
I'hat’s the good news in the Athens toddler’s recoveiy from surgery for a neai^iatal brain tutnor nearly two weeks ago that could have left him paralyzed on the right side.
But an unforeseen tximplication has his parents, John David imd Jessica Crowe, deeply concerned. Dur
ing an emergency MRI early Sunday Noah suffered a third-degree bum just below his right elbow that his parents have been told will require a skin graft to heal properly.
How was Noah burned?
4'hat’s a question the Crowes thought was imswered by a pediatric radiology specialist early in the week, but Crowe said lliursday a member of hospital administration has posed a different theoiy on how Noah was burned.
On his online blog, Crowe, min-
ister of music at Friendship United Methodist Church, wrote that Dr. Daniel Young, clinical professor, Pediatric Radiology Section at Children’s hospital, said a “space blanket” had been used to keep Noah warm during his MRI.
Space blankets are commercially available since NASA developed them in 1964. Jliey are made by vacuum depositing a precise cuuount of pure aluminum vapor onto a thin.
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Jessica Crowe holds her 21-month-old son Noah, who had surgery for a brain tumor. Noah’s arm is bandaged from a burn he suffered during an MRI scan.
And the winner is...
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The "Sears Roebuck Catalog" float by Brian C.T. Jones, attorney at iaw, and friends took the grand prize in the annual Reliance Bank Christmas Parade held Thursday night in Athens. Jones' win broke the winning streak of Friends of Ripley, but Friends' "Grandma's Kitchen" float still took first prize.
Brian C.T. Jones takes gi'and prize in Reliance Bank Christmas Parade
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Jt'iiitHcr^ atlicnsiirw s-coiiricr.coni Any toy, any game, anything a child could ask Santa for was along for the ride on the “Sears Roebuck Catalog” float by Brian C. T. Jones, attorney at law.
Scrabble letters danced in front of the enormous float as Wooly Willy and his friends followed. Mr. Potato Head and the group on the catalog-themed float took the $1,000 grand prize Thursday night in the Reliance Bank Christmas
Parade in Athens.
There were about 120 entries in the annual parade, said parade coordinator and Reliance Bank Branch Officer Cvndi Williams.
The $500 first place prize went to “Grandma’s Kitchen” by Friends of Ripley, sponsored by the community of Ripley. Second place, and $200 went to “Old Time Auction” by Fowlers Auction & Real Estate and third place, and $1(K)
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Dusting of snow possible tonight
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'Fhe 'lennessee Valley could get a dusting of snow overnight Friday but don’t get your hopes up for a chubby snowmim or a bniising snowball light.
But the chimce of a liglit dusting of snow may be enough for snow-starved North Alabamians.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville is predicting a 20- to 30-percent chance of snow' between midnight Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures are expected to dip to around 29 degrees after midnight Friday, but whether there will be enough moisture to muster snow fall is uncertain.
“I am fairly confident that any precipitation w'ould be in the form of snow but it looks like we have iui issue with lack of moisture over the area, so that w ill likely prevent a significant snowiall,” said Meteorologist Dimief Lamb. “I would be surprised if we had iuiything more thiui a dusting. And, even if there was minor accumulation, it w^ould melt quickly.”
Temperatures will 'reach freezing or below’ Friday through Sunday, with a hard freeze — defined as a freeze in the middle 20s — (x^cur-ring Saturday night and into Sunday morning, Irunb said.
“It will get to siround 25 degrees Satuixkiy night, milking it the first hard freeze we have seen this year,” Limb
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Local women compete in marathon to aid young cancer victim
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Ten women fixim Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Athens are about to run a marathon with one girl in mind — a 12-year-old redliead who loves computers, talking to friends and the color purple.
Kennedy Pepper is a fellow church member who is fighting a
rare fonn of cancer, called Ew’ing sarcoma, w’hich has attacked her femur.
The women — including Kennedy’s mother, Joan l^pper — will join 15,000 others Saturday in the annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
When The Pepper Steppers began training four months ago, some of the wnmen were avid runners, some were not. But they were all willing to join the tight against childhood ameer, so they put on their running shoes.
“We knew' we were running for a great cause,” said Christy Anderson, director of children at Lindsay Lane
and a marathon rminer. “Joim speiiks very highly of St. Jude, ¿md that helps wben you know’ someone wTio has benefited so gieatly.”
Tlie run is also a form of recipm-cation.
“This is my opportimity to give back to St. Jude,” said Joan, a substi-
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