Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 18, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Athens, Clements girls, Tanner Boys playing in regional tournaments to earn spot in state championship playoffs.
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President Barack Obama Tuesday signed a massive $787-billion package to revive the U.S. economy, saying the measure represented the "essential work of keeping the American dream alive in our time."
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Federal Mogul to add 110 jobs
By ICyren Middleton
Once again, the misfortunes of another community bring more jobs to Athens.
Federal-Mogul Sealing Systems Plant Manager Tom Scott asked for and was granted a onetime sales tax abatement and property tax abatements for 10 years to bring a product line here
and with it, 110 jobs.
Scott said he couldn’t reveal the location of the plant from which the jobs are being relocated.
“We haven’t fully disclosed the sites,” said Scott. “This is just the first step in the process.”
Local industrial recruiter Tom Hill said the relocation of the product line was in response to
slow automobile sales.
“As you are aware, the automotive industry as a whole had a tough year ending in 2008 and is forecasting reduced number of new cars again for 2009,” said Hill. “This has caused automotive parts companies to reevaluate their manufacturing capabilities. In Federal-Mogul’s case, consolidation is a strategy that hopefully
will yi^ld long-term positive results.”
Federal-Mogul is investing $21.7 million in bringing the product line—engine sealing products—here. Scott said the relocation would not require an expansion of the Athens plant.
“It’s an existing process, but
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Man arrested after home bums
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As this home at 14081 Lucas Ferry Road burned Monday afternoon, a deputy with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department discovered what is believed to be a recent methamphetamine lab. The home's occupant was arrested and charged. The lab did not start the fire, which destroyed the kitchen and living room, a sheriff's official said.
Charges of manufacturing meth unrelated to fire, authorities say
14081 Lucas Ferry, Sheriffs Lt. Lance Royals responded to the scene, looked behind the home and found signs of a recent methamphetamine laboratory.
“We don’t believe it caused the fire, but around back we found a plastic container with muriatic acid, lithium batteries, funnels, tubing, a bunch of plastic Baggies and scales,” Royals said. The cause of the fire, which was reported at 1:55 p.m. and took about two hours to extinguish, has not been determined.
Also found were a breathing apparatus (for safety) and a day-of-the-week pillbox containing several capsules — two filled
By Jean Cole
When Limestone County Sheriff’s Deputy Donnie Johns responded to a house fire Monday afternoon on Lucas Feny Road, he found a blaze that eventually destroyed the kitchen and living room.
But he also found something suspicious and called in a drug expert.
While firefighters from Tanner, Clements and Athens battled the blaze at
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Man with no address charged with failing to register as a sex offender, authorities say
A Cook Springs man has been charged with violating the federal Community Notification Act for failing to give authorities a workable address before being released from prison, an official said.
Michael Todd Lutley, 35, of 15 Rock Ridge Road, Cook Springs, was about to be released from the Limestone Correctional Facility after serving his sentence but was arrested by Limestone County Sheriffs De-
partment because he could not provide a workable address where he would be living, according to Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
Lutley will be held without bond in the Limestone County Jail until he can provide a workable address.
Under the federal law, a convicted sex offender must notify law-enforcement officials of any change of address or job change. The address must be a certain distance from schools and day-care centers.
Sex offenders are also required to report their addresses periodically.
Reactor is shut down at Browns Ferry plant
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - A problem with a cooling system forced operators to temporarily shut down a reactor at TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in north Alabama, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday.
A report filed with the NRC said operators had to manually shut down the Unit 2 reactor at Browns Ferry early Monday because of a problem with ctx)ling water in an electric turbine.
The shutdown wasn’t considered an emergency, and it did not affect the other two reactors at Browns Ferry, which continued to operate normally.
Engineers are trying to determine what caused the problem.
NRC spokesman Joey Ledford said workers are performing maintenance on the unit while it is out of operation, and there was no estimate on when the reactor would resume generating power.
Located on the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama, Browns Ferry is one of three TVA nuclear plants that generate about 30 percent of all the power the agency supplies in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.
Moffatt, Farrar named to seats on water board
By Karen Midditton
Athens attorney James Moffatt, who in April was fired as legal counsel for the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority board, was appointed Tuesday to serve as a member of that panel.
The Limestone County Commission voted unanimously in regular session to appoint Moffatt and John Farrar, a Delphi retiree, to serve six-year terms on the water board, ending Feb. 28, 2015. The two appointees will replace Alton Robinson and George Bin-ford on the water board.
Moffatt was “rotated off’ as legal counsel to “diffuse” friction between water board Chairman Mark Yarbrough and him. Moffatt had expressed concerns about Yarbrough serving on the board because he is a construction contractor. Moffatt was replaced by former water board legal counsel Mike Cole.
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