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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama Tiger Woods named Athlete of the Decade PAGE IB The News Couriei Serving Athens ¿nnl Limestone County: A Community oiTivdition and Futun Visit us online Inside Today Jeffreys to play in Spain Elkmont High School's Tisha Jeffreys chosen to play softball in Spain next summer SPORTS, PAGE IB Tacky, wacky celebrity moments listed Writer lists Kanye West's hijacking of Taylor Swift's speech, the Gosselin's breakup and the Tiger Woods scandal among year's tacky celebrity moments PAGE 8A Subscribe (rc*t (he news w ith your iMomiii)» coIUh' SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Business ........5A Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........7 A Obituaries.......2A Patricia Stanford Brenda Wellden Robert Williams Sports...........IB Thursday, December 17, 2009 69847Ю0001Husband stabbed over whiskeyBottle of' Heaven Hill at heart of dispute that lands man in hospital ByJI AN CoLH Ji'un ttnthciisiicw s-c()iiri(' An Elkmont man was in critical condition Wednesday night in Huntsville Hospital after his common-law w'ife stabbed him in a church parking lot following a fight over a half-gallon of whiskey, an official said. Anthony “Cilen” Browm, 45, of 18767 McWilliams St. at is undergoing treatment in the hospital’s surgical in-tensive-care unit for two stab wounds to the back, said a hospital spokeswoman and Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. Witnesses said Brown’s wife — 37-year-old Frances Vernell Thompson — stabbed Brown Tuesday night after the two fought about her letting others drink his half-gallon bottle of Heaven Hill bourbon whiskey, McNatt said. Thompson has been charged with attempted murder and remains in the Limestone County Jail in lieu of posting a $20,()()() bond, records show. Law-enforcement officials received a call about a possible stabbing on McWilliams Street about 8:30 p.m., and arrived to find Brown lying in the See Stabbed, page ЗА Frances Vemell Thompson Handy chainnan NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert demonstrates how he bent a piece of oak molding to fit the curve of a first-floor staircase during courthouse renovations. Courthouse renovations featuring Seibert s woodwork nearly ready By Karkn MiDui.K'iON utlit'itsix'w s-('t)iiri(‘r.C(>m When limestone County showcases its courthouse renovations in mid-January, visitors should note County Commission Chairman David Seibert’s woodworking. Seibert used in-house and inmate labor to save the county as much as $6 million for renovations that were estimated to cost $8 million. But woodworking is a hobby of Seibert’s as well as a cost-saving measure. Sometimes achieving a desired effect takes a bit of country ingenuity, such as bending a piece of Ocik to fit a curve. “We needed the molding to bend with the curve,’’ said Seibert, pointing out the bottom of a first-floor staircase. The staircase slightly flares out as it reaches the bottom. To fashion a replacement piece of bottom molding would have required piecing, and Seibert didn’t like the looks of that. See Renovations, page 3A County commission approves financing for energy saving plan By Kari n Middi.kton knrvn ciithcnstK'w The Limestone County Commission suspended rules of procedure in a Wednesday work session to authorize general obligation warrants to implement energy saving measures approved earlier this year. The commission entered a contract to pay Chevron Energy Solutions Co. $1,981,455 over 20 years to lower energy consumption and reduce operation and maintenance costs in county buildings. County Commission Chairman David Seibert said the county would use funding to install new lighting, commodes, and air-conditioning units in all county facilities to help cut an annual $480,000 the’county now spends on utilities. “We will save an estimated $94,000 per year,” said Seibert. “We will pay the bond debt with the savings.” The commission also suspended rules to accept a $1,000 North Alabama Highway Safety Oflicer grant, which will go to the Sheriff’s Department to pay for holiday overtime. In other business, the commission suspended rules to hire Donna Mattox as title clerk in the License Commissioner’s Office and Robert Whitt Johnson as a county corrections officer. See Commission, page ЗА City to tweet notices via Twitter to residents By Karkn Miom i roN kiin ii o¿itlit‘iisi)i‘\\ s-c<)iiri('r.c(>ni It’s now possible to get city announcements almost as soon as they are official. According to Mac W. Martin, Jr., a planner in Engineering Services and Community Development, the city of Athens is now using the online messaging service Twitter to convey information to the public. One recently issued “tweet” concerns the holiday schedule for garbage and leaf pickup for the weeks of Dec. 21-25 and Dec. 28-Jan. 1. A complete schedule can also be found on the city's Web site; “Twitter gives the city the ability to pass information quickly by posting announcements on a message board,” said Martin. “Other Twitter users connected to the city's profile can receive updates on their message boards and cell phones.” The city also offers news and information through its Web site and e-announcements service, Martin said. Get city tweets • Point your Web browser to • Sign up for a Twitter account, if you don’t already have one. • Click on the green “Sign Up Now” button. • Set up your cell phone on your twitter account (under the “Settings,” See Twitter, page 3A Court date set for Ardmore woman accused of stealing baby A Jan. 12 court date has been set for an Ardmore woman accused of kidnapping a Tennessee newborn in September. I’ammy Renee Silas, who has been in federal custody since her arrest, is charged in the Sept. 29 abduction of 4-day-old Yair Anthony Carillo-Gurrolla. The child was tiiken from his Nashville home after his mother was stabbed. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the baby unharmed three days later on Oct. 2 with Silas. The FBI focused on Silas after examining surv'eillance tapes from the Walmart parking lot that allegedly show a Kia Spectra that Silas had rented following Gurrolla’s car out of the lot. Silas claims she paid $25,000 for the baby. However, the baby was reunited with his parents after Nashville Police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation detennined the claim was unfounded. — Jean Cole ;