Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 12, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Paisley leads ACM nominations
Singer nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Vocalist awards, as well as record, song and video of the year.
Farrar, Moffatt up for positions on water board
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After voting 3-2 against naming Alton Robinson for a third term on the Limestone Water and Sewer Authority board, Limestone County Commissioners said Wednesday they are considering appointing John Farrar and James D. Moffatt to two open board seats.
Commission Chairman David Seibert said at a work session that commissioners would vote at a meeting Tuesday at the Clinton Street courthouse annex on the appointments.
The regular commission meeting was moved from Monday because of the President’s Day holiday.
The other water board member whose term is expiring is George Ben-ford.
Moffatt, a local attorney who has served on many local boards including those of Athens-Limestone Hospital and CASA, acted as the water board’s attorney through April, when he was replaced as counsel by Mike Cole. The
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Elkmont basketball teammates Bailee Robinson and Ashley Roberson to share a special moment as each is recognized as a regional winner of the Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Award at an April 13 banquet in Birmingham.
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Rep. Artur Davis to speak at ASU event
Congressman Artur Davis will be the keynote speaker for Athens State’s observance of Black History Month.
Davis will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in McCandless Hall. A reception will follow in the parlor of Founders Hall.
Davis was re-elected in 2008 to serve his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He represents a 12-county area that spans from Birmingham and Tuscaloosa to the Black Belt.
Davis serves as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees economic policy. Davis is only the 10th Alabamian in 190 years to serve on this committee, which is the only congressional committee described in the Constitution.
Black Histoiy Month at ASU follows the national theme derived by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.
The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas will be the topic for the month-long series of events sponsored by ASU.
For more information, call Athens State at (256) 233-8126.
described as wolf in sports car
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Psychologist gives details about Woods' personality
HUNTSVILLE - A prosecutor on Wednesday compared an Athens attorney, who’s on trial for the kidnapping and sexual abuse of two underage girls, to a wolf in a silver sports car.
A defense attorney said the accusers were deceiving the jury every time their lips moved.
The 12-member jury will try to decide the case against John Hamilton McLain V, 50, when they resume deliberations at 9 a.m. today at the Madison County Courthouse.
McLain is charged with one count of enticing a child, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of second- John McLain
degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.
He is accused of picking up the runaway Madison girls — ages 12 and 13 — from the side of U.S. 72 on July 3, driving them around Huntsville in his sports car, which had a tag that read “ZOOOMM,” up to Monte Sano Mountain, and then to his home in Athens, where he allegedly touched the breast of one of the girls, appeared nude before both of them and masturbated.
Tina Coker, one of three attorneys with the state Attorney General’s office prosecuting the case, said during her closing argument that McLain is a sexual predator.
“If you ever wondered what the free of a sexual predator looks like, here sits one,” she said, stepping over and pointing to McLain as he sat at the defense table.
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By Karen Middl eton
kareiKfJathensnews-courier.com Dr. Joseph Ackerson, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Neuropsychology Department, testi- .
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witness Wednesday, the final day of testimony in the capital murder trial of accused murderer Jamal Woods.
After administering a daylong battery of psycho-
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Jamal Woods, above, takes the stand in his capital murder trial Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court. The defense rested its case Wednesday, with closing arguments set to begin today.
Trinity tumbling down
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A worker surveys the site off Browns Ferry Street of the former Trinity High School, part of which was demolished Friday. A local group is seeking funding to preserve several of the buildings at the site because of their historic significance.
Part of historic black school to be
Members of the Athens-Limestone Community Association Inc. are meeting at 6 tonight at the Round Island Creek Mission Building on Lucas Ferry Road to enlist help with the preservation of a historic black school in Athens.
Part of a 1950s-era building at the school’s site was demolished Friday but members of the group hope to preserve the facility's library, band room and agriculture building as a museum. The school was established in 1865 and operated until 1970.
The school is located on the site of w hat once was Fort Henderson, an earthwork structure that was occupied by Union troops. The group plans to recreate the fort at the site.
The project is set for completion in 2015.
For more information, call (256) 278-1262 or e-mail [email protected]
preserved; remainder demolished
For most of its 105-year history. Trinity was the only school in limestone County that offered a high school education to black