Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
Obama: U.S. will survive ‘day of reckoning’ PAGE 2A
The News Couriei
Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future
Visit us online
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tanner title dreams die
R.C. Hatch, the 3-time defending champ in Class 2A, sent Tanner home from the state tournament Tuesday with an 83-76 defeat.
SPORTS, PAGE B1
Students draw ads
Local kids helped businesses design ads for The News Courier. See their designs in the special Design-an-Ad section
Mattie A. Lovell Eli Erskine Nelson Betty J. Putman Sports...........IB
Tve had DUI and beat it’
Trooper: Suspect declined to take blood“alcohoi test
An Alabama state trooper told a Limestone County jury Tuesday that the man on trial for reckless murder claimed he had beaten a drunk driving charge before and he would do it again.
Trxxrper Ron Harper was the fourth prosecution witness in the opening day of testimony in the trial of Jerry Allen Joines, 47, of Elkmont. He is accused of
being intoxicated and causing a wreck that killed Randall Giy Barksdale, 49, of 20991 Edgewood Road on Aug. 2, 2006.
Joines’ Dodge Ram pickup collided with Barksdale’s Hariey-Davidson motorcycle about 5:50 p.m. on Easter Ferry Road.
After the wreck. Harper said Joines declined to give the trooper blood for an alcohol test, which prompted the troop
er to tell Joines he would get a search warrant to obtain a sample. To that. Harper said Joines replied, ‘“You do what you gotta do,’ and Tve had a DUI before and beaten it and I will do it again.”’
Defense attorney Bmce Gardner oi Huntsville admitted in his opening statement that his client drank alcohol
See DUI, page 6A
Home, ‘green’ home
NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK
Workers put the finishing touches on the front walkway of a house on Strange Street. The home, which is being built by Habitat for Humanity, is environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
‘Green home built here by Habitat for Humanity may be first in state
By CHARixxrrE Fulton For Ihe News Churier
Once the Habitat for Humanity home presently under construction on Strange Street in Athens gets final approval as having met standards as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design home, it could be the first home in the state of Alabama to earn that designation.
Debra Miller, a board member of the Athens Affiliate of HFH and a member of its construction committee, says that by meeting LEED standards, the home also better meets HFH’s rede
fined mission, which is not just to provide homes, but to build homes that are energy efficient, provide a healthy errvironment, and have the durability to last the normal lifespan of a home.
“If the home environment creates health problems and generates medical bills for the femily,” says Miller, “it isn’t affordable. If it isn’t energy efficient, it isn’t affordable. If it has excessivemain-tenance issues, it isn’t affordable. If a home feiils in any of these three areas, it is not an affordable
See Green, page 3A
Judge lets Delphi halt payments for benefits
NEW’ YORK (AP) - A bankruptcy judge on ’Tuesday tentatively approved Delphi (’orp.’s request to stop paying for its salaried retirees’ health and life insurance, hut he left the dixrr open for some former employees to be excluded from the move.
U.S. Bankniptcy Judge Robert Drain in Manhattan niled that the auto parts supplier has a light to change the retirees’ benefits under bankruptcy law ;md that the cuts are justified given the company’s dire finances, its troubles finding financing and the
See Delphi, page 6A
Georgia man indicted for enticing chiid
By K,\Ri n MiDDi I :ix)N
knn ‘ih^iitlieiisiiews-(\n iii( r.d nil
A Georgia miui has been indicted for enticing a child. Perry Lynn (fold Jr., 27, of 5783 Stone Ridge Drive, Cfolumbus, (»a., had been arrested in Octolxjr in ( Georgia by Limestone Q)unty authorities on a warrant charging him with second-degree sexual abuse and enticing a child.
Sheriffs investigator Stanley McNatt said at the time of (fold’s arrest that he had come here from (fooigia and befriended an underage female, whom he asked to meet him in a woods, at which time he fondled her. McNatt said
See indictments, page 5A
Local woman recalls deadly 1974 outbreak of tornadoes
NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON
Retired Athens-Llmestone Hospital operating room supervisor Evelyn Johnson, 85, stands near the window she looked out the night of April 3,1974, as two major tornadoes bore down on the community. She said she was soon called in to the hospital to attend to dozens of injured residents.
By Karlin MiDDiLTfXJN
’The evening of April 3, 1974, Athens-Umestone Hospital operating room supervisor Evelyn Johnson stood at the den window watching threatenii^ skies outside her Sandra Lane home.
“It was blowing real hard, then it just stopped,” recalled Johnson, 85, Tuesday. “I mean there wasn’t even a leaf moving. ’iJien it started blowing real hard again and then the hospital called me.”
Johnson said hospital officials
When to watch
An episode of The Weather Channel show "When Weather Changed History" featuring interviews with local people about the tornadoes will air at 8 and 11 p.m. tonight and later this week.
called in all off-duty personnel to handle the influx of people injured when two storms — an F4 and an T’5 on the Fujita scale — struck near Tanner and
See Tornadoes, page 5AWashington Street Diner
One Block East of Athens Square
1 OO Washington St.BreAkfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches
Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm
Open6<X>3mtf 2<XDpmMon.-Fri. *6<X>amia 12XX^Sc4.Take Out Orders - Call Check out ovr Daily Blum Plate Sp^ialHOMmmiN tRMM0'®'wttW ® \\\№#BOB .Siluth .iKilfit'siin Stt'KBt • flthKns Shòppmq BcnlKr