Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 13, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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The local Daughters of the American Revolution honor students as Ciood Citizens, coming
Hey. Sound Off:
In response to the letter in Sound Off regarding President Bush:
John Kerry could have given his remarks in front of the troops as well if he had wanted to. Well, maybe not.
He cannot possibly be in support of our troops; he doesn't know how.
He was unable to support them even when he was one himself.
Why was he chosen to come out and make remarks about how the Democrats support the troops?
I wonder what his response would have been if he had made his comments with a military backdrop.
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Roundabout in plans for Lindsay Lane-Nick Davis
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ienniferia athensncws-courier.com The .Athens City Council discussed Monday nighi a iratTic study that calls for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Lindsay Lane and Nick Davis Road.
.Athens is looking into constructing the roundabout at the southeast quadrant of the intersection in hopes to alle-\ iate ongoing trafl'ic problems in the area.
City Public Works Director James Rich said that the roundabout would
minimize conflict points and would save money compared to putting in a traffic signal. The estimated cost would he SI25.000 to SI50.000. he said.
Rich said the traffic stud\ made references to how well a roimdahout was working in HuntsMlle at Indian Creek Parkway and Capshaw Road.
Roundabouts are typicall\ designed for speeds from 20 to 25 mph.
.A roundabout is a circular arrangement placed at the intcrseciiiin of two or more roads in order to faciliate the
passage of \ chicles from one road to another.
Rich also discussed updating soft-wareand hardw are that is just not meeting needs aiw niore.
Athens I lectric Department Manager Ciaiy Scroggins prc^poseii a reorganization of tlie L lectric Department.
lie said grade changes proposed would cost So.530.20. 1 hese changes
See City, Page 3A
12-15 state inmates to transfer out this week, sheriff says
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Despite a 2003 court order aimed at mo\ ing state inmates out of jampacked county jails, many of the county lockups are again busting at the seams w ith com icts who are supposed to be sitting in a state prison.
This month, county jails held 1.299 inmates considered ready for transfer to prisons, including more than 800 who had been there more than 30 da\s — the leg il limit the state can lca\e them with a coiintv.
Limc.stone C ounty SheritT Mike Blakely said Monday that the new Limestone Detention С enter, though, is not overcrow ded at this time.
“We re not packed as we ha\e been in the past," Blakely said. “We've got up to 23 state inmates housed here longer than they are supposed to be. but last week we sent seven to the state and this week we're taking another 12 to 1 5 to the slate."
Before the court order, the number of state inmates in county jails beyond the 30-day grace period hit 2.800. After the order, with stepped-up paroles and inmate transfers to private prisons, the number dropped to zero.
But now the prison system is at more than double capacity, with 27.000 inmates, and the backlog III jails is growing again. Counties get reimbursed only SI.75 a day from the state for the average S30 it costs them to hold each inmate, and many counties are frustrated with the state. But there is little they can do.
“We could hold another 60 to 70 inmates before we get in a bind." said Blakely. “The state has been good to take an inmate from us if we find one is costing us such as high medical bills. They have been good in helping us
See Sheriff, Page 2A
End of the Carter era
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Athens-Limestone Council on Aging Director Helen Carter accepts The American flag from Ralph Lovell who brought it to the Athens Senior Center Monday from the Woodman of the World Lodge 514. Emily Haney, above, will take over for the retiring Carter on Jan. 1.
Carter retiring after 30 years with seniors
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One might say Helen Carter, director of the .Athens-Limestone Council on Aging, has had a long run.
She has been with the COA for more than 30 years.
She began working there in 1975. starting out as the secretary, and later becoming the assistant director and now for appro.ximately 29 years. C'arter has been the director.
She got her start with the help of a friend. Buford fhompson. who worked in Social Security
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Elkmont lights up at Christmas time
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The red bow, above right, is just one of the decorations outside Jimmy and Sandra Wright’s home on Pettusville Road" in the Elkmont community. Thousands of lights can be seen lit up on and around their home from about 4:30 to to 10:30 p.m.
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There are probably 10,000-
15,000 lights on and around the home of Limestone County residents Jimmy and Sandra W'right
See Elkmont, Page 3A