Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 4, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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I’ve lived in Alabama all of my life, but lately I have noticed the interstate conditions, and am appalled and really embarrassed about the condition of Interstate 65 form the Tennessee line to Just below the rocket at the Ardmore exit. When you come from Tennessee into Alabama, it is like hitting a dirt road. Why are the roads from Cullman to the South Alabama line in so much better shape than they are up this way? Do we not pay road taxes just as South Alabama does?
From Piney C hapel to the Filkmont exit on 1-65. there are so many bad places and so many wrecks because of the interstate condition. There are too many trailer trucks Jack-knifing and bad wrecks. I can't count them on two hands. I believe if you live in North Alabama you would be glad to see the lottery here and not have to go to another state to help with paving their roads. I, for one, am for the lottery, if it will make our state more presentable to people coming from up north passing through.
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Interchange closer to reality
Engineering work begins on Tanner interchange
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Engineering work on the proposed Tanner interchange off Interstate 65 has started and plans call for the project to be bid out sometime in the near future.
That's the word this week from Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert who says the S5.5 million interchange is vital to Limestone County.
“We already have S4 million secured for this project and it looks like U.S. Congressman Bud Cramer will secure the remaining SI.5 million,” said Seibert.
The Limestone County project has already been included in the six-year federal surface transportation bill. Cramer also has secured a SI.5 million federal grant for the project at Huntsville-Brownsferry Road.
“This interchange is a key link in our infrastructure and will help in our recruitment of industry in North Alabama,” Seibert said.
The interchange at 1-65 and Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road, which is Just east of Tanner Crossroads, is a vital part of the area’s growth and “this fundinu will
help Ijmestone County meet its growing needs,” Cramer said last year in announcing he had secured much of the funding needed for the project.
The interchange is also a key project in the City of Athens' Comprehensive Master Plan that was adopted by the Athens City C ouncil last year.
In the plan, which has been opposed by many residents in the Tanner area. Athens is proposing to develop and expand all along the route that would bring traffic into Athens from the Tanner area.
Experts drawing up the comprehensive plan said the interchange could become a new “front door" for .Athens.
Coroner rules man drowned
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The reason Leondrey Mondez Freeman’s BMW left the roadway and plunged into the backwaters of the Tennessee River remains unknown.
However, authorities do know why he died.
“Cause of death is going to be drowning,” Limestone County Coroner Mike West said Thursday. “.Apparently the impact (of the crash) wasn't the cause."
Freeman was dead when divers pulled his body from the w'ater Wednesday morning Just past the “Y” at the Highway 20. U.S. 31 exchange.
According to West, Freeman did not have any marks, cuts or abrasions that would lead them to believe he died of injuries.
West said it looked like he had crawled out of the window to try to escape and then drowned.
I9ecatur Police Lt. Dennis Hughes said the temperature of the water was reported to be somewhere between 43 and 46 degrees. However, West said hypothermia could not be determined on someone who was already dead.
According to Wdst, an autopsy will not be done, but toxicology tests will be performed. It will take six months to get the results of those tests.
Athens may restore GM
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A proposal to reestablish the post of General Manager of Athens Utilities will soon come before the Athens City Council.
Councilman Ronnie Marks confirmed Thursday the council will likely be asked to reestablish the position within the next 60-90 days. That position was not filled in 2000 when longtime General Manager of Utilities
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Heater ignites house fire
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Athens Firefighters work to clear smoke after extinguishing a mid-afternoon blaze at a rental property Thursday on S. Marion Street. No one was injured in the fire. Two men who were asleep in the home escaped the blaze when they were awakened by the sound of shattering glass caused by flames, authorities said.
Two escape injury in afternoon blaze on South Marion Street
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Two young Hispanic men clad in jeans and cotton shirts stood shivering outside their burning Marion Street home Thursday afternoon.
But not for long.
The tw'o young men, stranded in the 40-degree weather as firefighters brought the blaze under control, were soon wrapped snuggly in warm blankets provided by the Limestone Chapter of the .American Red Cross.
Red Cross Director Kathy Harland and United Way Director Kay McF arland were both on the scene of the 3:30 p.m. fire instantly. In fact, it was McFarland who made the 911 phone call notifying authorities of the flaming home behind the United Way office at 419 S. Marion St.
“I pulled up (into the parking lot) and saw the flames and I said ‘1 can't believe what I'm seeing. I've got to call 911,'" McFarland said.
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dedicate new home
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News-Courier Reporter “1 am a professional volunteer now,” says Melissa Barton while standing in the home she and others helped build as a volunteer for Flabitat for Humanity.
Barton is also the Vice President of the local Habitat for Humanity board.
A family of three, who ehooses to remain anonymous, will be receiving a 1,200 square foot home in March in the Piney Chapel Community. They have been waiting for more than a year to call it home.
However, the formal dedication of
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Athens New.s-Courier/Tashia Lovell Daisy McCormack, Habitat For Humanity Board President, has been working with the organization since 1992. There will be a dedication of Habitat’s latest project in Piney Chapel Sunday.
Church plans Super Bowl Bash Sunday
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Hotdogs, colas, candy and a big screen, what more could you ask for in order to watch the big game Sunday? It's time again for the Super Bowl.
For the first time e\er. the men at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church are having a party - a Super Bow 1 Bash, that is.
Guys from first grade and up are in\ ited. An estimated 250 men are expected to show up.
“Do it sort of like a tailgate party," Men's Ministry Director, .lohnny .McCulley says.
There’s no charge to get in. Howe\er, the youth will be raising money at the snack bar for youth ministry trips. Popcorn and hotdogs are free for anyone attending.
Dennis Homan, a former Alabama football player and a former Dallas Cowboy, w ill be the guest speaker. McCulley says Homan w ill share
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