Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 5, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Serving Atliens ciiid Limestone County: A Coinniunity ot'Tnuiilion and Future
Saturday, December 5, 2009
A potentially explosive news conference with an alleged mistress was cancelled and more details leaked out about the car accident that started all the trouble for Tiger Woods.
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Jobless rate drop raises hope
A surprising drop in the unemployment rate and far fewer job losses last month raised hopes Friday for a sustained economic recovery.
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Huntsvffle options VW site
By Karen MiDUEfcrroN
karcn^atlwasncws-courier.coni Huntsville has optioned a large piece of Limestone County land as a future industrial site.
Trent Willis, a spokesman in the office of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle confirmed that the Huntsville City Council approved
Battle’s recommendation for a one-year option on 1,500 acres owned by The Sewell Family Partnership of Greenbrier.
The land had drawn heavy interest in 20t)8, as* it was considered by Volkswagen for its first U.S. manufacturing plant.
Limestone lost out to Chattanooga for the $1 billion mega-project that would have em
ployed some 2,000 people and thousands more workers in support industries.
The option agreement will be through Huntsville’s Industrial Development Board, which would use $300,000 from the city’s capital budget to hold the land or a year or possibly two. The selling price of the land is reportedly $30 million.
Athens in Athens
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Above, Athens Middle School eighth-grader Marie McElyea works on a replica of an ancient Greece Trojan horse. The horse, along with model jewelry, vases and other recreated artifacts like the ones below, will be presented during "Athens in Athens: Ancient Greece in Modern Times" by TAG eighth-grade students Thursday night at AMS.
It s all Greek to eighth-graders participating in project at AMS
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Ji 'uuik *n^ lidu 'iisiu ■\\s-c<Hiri( r.aan T’he uUented and gifted class eighth-graders at Athens Middle School have been busy all semester on their project to bring Athens, Greece to Athens, Alabama. I’hey will share their enormous “Ancient Greece in Mcxlem ’Times’’ project with the community next week.
’The project is part of a program. Making Middle Grades Wod<, which deems hands-on projects to be most effective in students retaining information.
Their project will be presented at 5:30 p.m. iTurs-day, Dec. 10 in the small auditorium at AMS. ТЪе public is invited. T’he exhibit will be open after the presentation for viewing.
The school has been involved with the Making
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Green pleads guilty in fatal beating
By Jean Coi.e
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One of three people accused in the 2006 fatal beating of a 74-year-old Ardmore man has pleaded guilty to capital murder three days before his trial was set to begin.
Derrick Green, 44, entered a guilty plea Friday in Limestone County Circuit Court in
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sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Green and wife Jeannie Green, both of Ardmore, and Randall “Bingo” Clem of Ardmore, Tenn., are accused of beating Art Champion to death with a hickory stick at his mobile home Nov. 10 and stealing a jug containing money in order to buy crack cocaine.
Champion’s body was discovered Nov. 11 by his hearing-impaired son, who lives in Madison County, Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said at the time. The son found his father lying in a pool of blood on his bedroom floor, the sheriff said. The son went to Ardmore Po-
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Injured child's wound to be treated free
By KarIuN Midi)LE1X)N karcn^atlu ‘usiu '\\s-<‘(Htncr.a>iu John David Crowe, father of 21-month-old Noah Crowe, whom ’The News Courier reported Friday had sustained a third-degree bum during an MRI scan in Children’s Hospital, said Friday he has received assurance that all costs of treating the wound would be borne by the hospital.
Crowe said he was told originally by a Children’s Hospital clinical prof essor of pediatric radiology that Noah received the wound while he was covered by an aluminum-backed warming blanket, generically referred to as a “space blanket,” while having an emergency MRI Sunday.
Crowe said the doctor told him the bum could have occurred with the powerhil mag
netic field produced by the MRI “excited” the electrons in the aluminum, ciiusing im electrical arc. Tlie bum, located just below the toddler’s right elbow will require a skin graft to close.
Noah had been hospitalized for a week alter surgeons removed a tumor the size of a man’s fist from his brain. The surgery, which required massive tiunsfusions of blood, could have left Noah paralyzed on his right side.
The Crowes brought Noah home to Athens Wednesday with just a verbal agreement fixrm medical staff to treat the wound for free. Crowe said the hospital’s administration offered an alternate explanation for the bum, saying it could have occurred by contact 0
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Don’t forget holiday tour of historic Mooresville Sunday
By Jean Cole
See the Christmas décor of the 1880s by taking a tour Sunday of historic Mooresville.
The North Alabama town has its hranes and buildings dressed in traditional holiday wreaths, garlands, ftuit and ribbons for the holidays.
The tour, fk>m 1 to 4 p.m., is free but donations will be appreciated and used to restore public buildings.
’Visitors can take a guided tour around the one-square-müe town, which was the first town incorporated in 1818 by the Alabama Territorial Legislature — even before Alabama was a state. Or, they can
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View a slide show of Thursday night's Reliance Bank Christmas Parade on the Web site at www.enewscourier.com.