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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 2, 2009, Athens, Alabama Ash spill clouds Tennessee community’s vistas, future PAGE 4AThe News Courier Sening Athens and Limestone County: .4 Comimmity oL'l'nidition and Lot me 50 cents Visit us online Coming Sunday USA Weetend Magazine debuts in The News Courier Look inside Sunday for first issue of USA Weekend, which features stories on a variety of topics as well as extras such as the Stickdoku for sudoku puzzle fans. PLUS - Readers of American Profile magazine can continue to enjoy it... beginning today American Profile will be included in each Friday's edition of The News Courier. TWO GREAT MAGAZINES EVERY WEEK! Walk-ons live dream at bowl Tonight's Sugar Bowl presents Exhibit A for those who argue the science of football recruiting remains inexact - walk-ons Rashad Johnson of Alabama and Mike Wright of Utah. SPORTS, PAGE IB Subscribe Get the news with your morning coliec SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........6 A Lottery..........3A Mini Page  5A Obituaries.......2A Tony Reed Casteel Horace C. King D.B. Nolesjr. Dorothy Stone Religion.........8A Sports...........IB Valley...........4A Weather.........2A Friday, January Z, 2009 7    69847    00001 City vies for fed dollars Athens seeks share of infrastructure funds By Karf.n Miodi-f ion [email protected]\\s-c<nirk‘r.c()m The city of Athens is joining a list of some 427 cities nationwide vying for its share of as much as $700 billion in federal dollars. The money is expected to be offered as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s plan to jump-start the economy. If Congress approves the Obama administration’s plan, it would be the largest domestic infrastructure initiative since Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has identified 11,391 projects as “Ready to Go.” During the Dec. 22 meeting of the Athens City Council, Council President Ronnie Marks asked engineer Brent Meadows of thé Public Works Department and John Stockton, manager ot the Water/Wastewater Department, to make a list of infrastructure needs. Once compiled, the list will be presented to U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith. D-Alabama, and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama. Meadows said Wednesday the city’s three greatest resurfacing needs are on Brownsfer-ry Street. Pepper Road and Nuclear Plant Road. “Brownsferry and Nuclear Plant are at the top of the list,” Meadows said. Stockton could not be reached Wednesday but told Marks at the council meeting those projects could be ready to begin within 120 days and would stand the greatest chance of being approved. In the last round of special federal infra-stnicture funding, two road projects in Madison County won the grants. Stockton said. Celebrating a new year NEWS COURIER/EDO DAVIS Roslyn and Rachel Malone entertain the gathering Wednesday night at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church during a community-wide New Year's Eve celebration. The service also included a community choir, an interpretive dance team and pastor Antoyne Green from New Life Church. Census Bureau hiring workers for 2010 census By K,\ren Middleton kcircn(S'athi‘nsnc\vs-C(Hirier.coiu 'rhe Census Bureau is accepting applications for census takers. Those wishing to apply should complete an application and be pre-jjared to take a test, which will be offered in several locations around the county. To apply, bring two difi'erent pieces of identification to the site. One identification can either be a passport or Employment Autho rization document—both unexpired and with a photo. The second piece of identification can be one of the following: driver’s license with photo, school ID with photo, voter registration card, U.S. militaiy or dependent ID card or draft record, U.S. Coast (iuard ID, Native American tribal document, Social Security card: original or certified copy of your birth certificate; U.S. citizen ID card: resident citizen card; unexpired em ployment card Irom Homeland Security. On the day of testing, arrive 15 minutes early for the 3(Fminute timed test. 4'he test will consist of 28 multiple-choice questions involving clerical skills, reading, number skills and organizational skills. Ex-pec*t to spend about three hours at the testing site filling out forms and completing the test. Practice tests are available online at w' Click on dcxjuments and then click on Census Practice Test. Call 1-866-861-2010 to make a testing and application reservation. Applicants will be contacted as jobs become available and interviews will be conducted by telephone. Workers will be hired fixim February through May. Here is a list of testing Icxations, dates and times: See Census, page 3A MLK celebrations to include Fisk Singers By K.\rfn MiDDiJr:ix)N kanniflathviisiicws-i'ouricr.coni HUNTSVILLE - A celebration of Martin Luther King Day will include a performance by the world-renowmed Fisk Jubilee Singers llie University of Alabama in Huntsville Office of Multicultural Afeirs in conjunction with the Office of Student Afifc will sponsor the concert at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Univ^ersity Center Exhibit Hall. The event is open to the public. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are young men and women, vocal artists and students of Fisk University in Nashville who sing and travel worldwide. The original Jubilee Singers intrcxluced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unicjue American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. They broke racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad in the late 19th Centuiy and entertained the crowmed h^ds of Flurope. At the same time they raised money in support of their school. In 1999, The*Fisk Singers were featured in The American Experience, a PBS award-winning television documentary series. In July 2007 die Fisk Jubilee Singers went to Ghana at the invi tation of the U.S. Fjnbassy. Ihis was a histoiy-making event as the ensemble joined Ghanians in celebrating the nation’s 50th independence anniversary or Golden Jubilee. For infbnnation, call (256) 824-2332. Athens observance On Monday, Jan. 19, the Athens-Limestone MLK Jr. Holiday march and program will begin on the south side of the aiurt-house square at 9 a.m. and participants will march to the Alabama Veterans Museum and ArchivesSee MLK. page 3A Hospice Chili Challenge now accepting entrants Chili chefs are invited to bring their secret recipes to the table at the 21st annual Hospice Chili Challenge to win bragging rights and help a good cause. I'he Hospice Chili Challenge and Silent Auction, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, is the only fundraiser for Hospice of Limestone County. The ax)k-ofi, held in the gymnasium of Athens High School, showcases the favorite chili recipes of more than 30 area groups and individuals for the public to sample. While mingling among the decorated lxx)ths, guests will also have theSee Chili, page 3A ;