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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama \VEl)N ESDA Y. JAMAR\ 5, 2005 50 CentsTVA looks at strategy    Auburn pleads caseGiant utility may give distributors price    Tigers prepared to grovel for their fare share break to keep them in the fold    5A    of national championship    IBThe News-CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Fighting fat Obese teen twins undergo controversial surgery in effort to loose weight. Health, 7A Essay contest C ity of Athens, Limestone County, NAACP sponsor essay contest, “Why it's Important to Celebrate Dr. King’s Holiday,” as part of Martin Luther King Holiday observance here moif Hey, Sound Off: W hen the Water Authority gave out a $500 Christmas bonus to 46 employees and a $15,000 bonus to its manager. Bobby Chandler, people in Limestone were upset and rightfully so. Employees in the private sector are lucky if they get a gift certificate for a turkey. But what really added insult to injury is when Mr. Chandler called it “a drop in the bucket." Such arrogance. Ask anyone struggling to pay their child’s college tuition and fees for the upcoming semester, that could cover the entire four years. More Sound Off Coping with the loss of a home Limestone family is hit hard by fire By Nancy Glasscock nancy@ A smoke alarm continued to sound off Nick Davis Road Tuesday morning where Caroline and John Kimbrough lived until a New Year’s Day fire gutted their home. Though fire and smoke caused extensive damage to the interior, the outer structure remains standing and the family says they want to rebuild. “We grew up in this house,” said John’s daughter. Renee Kimbrough. “This is our home. We want to save it.” Inside, most of the couple's belongings were destroyed by the t ire, including John’s fishing rods and bass fishing trophies. Renee said the rods were “lucky” because they were the first her father ever had. When the Kimbroughs returned home from a New Year’s Day family gathering they had no idea why there were several cars and fire trucks parked in their driv eway and on the side of the road. “We thought somebody got killed," John said. But shortly after they saw the damage, they also learned their dogs, “Booboo and Teetee" died inside the home. “We grew up so they got some new children." Renee said referring to her parents’ pets. She See Fire, Page 2A incws-c ourier Kim Kynuers Caroline and John Kimbrough are in tears as they look through the remains of the interior of their home that was destroyed by a New Year’s Day fire. They now live across the road in a mobile home. Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified 4-7B Comics..........8B Headlines ........4A Health...........7A Ledger ..........9A Obituaries........2A Betty Carol Dunaway Larry Dale Hamm Harold W. Kuntz Sr. Donal Lee Peek Sports .........1-3B Daily Bible Moment 3)f anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17 (fsl ^Uimotvne %l(j)d 322 Hw\. 31 N • Athens rW    256-232-1051 -ov.    ()bj|    |ine    256-771-0034 ‘69847 00001 U.S. 72 scene of 2 more wrecks Three teens are injured, hospitalized Three teenagers were taken to Huntsville Hospital after two separate one-vehicle accidents on Limestone County roads Monday night. Daniel Bullington, 17. of Florence, remained in critical condition Tuesday after a 10:47 p.m. wreck on U.S. 72 at Sledge Road while a passenger. Mary Schiesz. 15. of Florence was in good condition according to a Huntsville Hospital spokesperson. Bullington was the driver of a 2005 Nissan. Mitchell Jay Caldwell, 18, of Athens, was treated and released at Huntsville Hospital following a wreck at 9:12 p.m. at the intersection of Menefee and Copeland Roads. State troopers said Caldwell was the driver of a 1994 Jeep. Gov. Bob Riley recently announced plans to immediately begin improvements on the 15-mile stretch of U.S. 72 from Rogersville to Athens where five fatal crashes in the last six months have occurred. Nancy Glasscock Grand jury to hear evidence in man’s death By Sonny Turner sonny@ athensnews-courier. com It will be left up to a Limestone unty grand jury to decide if charges 11 be placed against a 41-year-old hens woman in connection with a in’s death last week in Athens. Athens police detectives met Monday th Limestone County District Attorney isti Vails and they agreed to present idence in the case, to the grand jury iich convenes sometime in March. Preliminary results of an autopsy 3w the man, John Henry Brumitt of Country Corner Road, died from a heart attack. Brumitt, 64, died at 8:54 Thursday morning after being found in a ditch Acorn Hill said Athens Capt. Marty___ Bruce said Mitchell police were called to the scene because someone reported a fight at about 8:12 a.m. between Brummit and Jacklin beside Circle, Police Bruce. Mitchell, 41, of 1711 West Elm St., Athens. When officers arrived. Mitchell was running from the scene and Officer Michael Cash gave chase. When Sgt. Frank Murphy arrived as backup, he found Brummit kneeling in the ditch. “He asked the man if he needed to go to the hospital and he said no," Bruce said. “Then he just collapsed right there." Brumitt was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, where he died in the emergency room. Police Lt. Floyd Johnson said Mitchell told investigators that Brumitt picked her up on the street and “wanted oral sex for money.” Bruce said investigators w'ere told the two got into a fight when Brummit refused to pay her. Mitchell has been charged with two counts of illegal possession of a forged instrument, which has no connection with the Thursday morning incident. Bruce said Mitchell cashed forged checks at Hometown Grocery. Mitchell, who was on probation from previous charges, also had that probation revoked. Bruce said. wmmrnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ‘A flawless performance’ The Athens Police Department Honor Guard at the memorial service Sunday for slain officers Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims. From left are: Officers Wesley Little, Daniel McNatt, Dustin Lansford, Jay Looney, Charles Clem, Mitch Coffman, Tom O Hara, Johnny Morrell, Jason White, Perry Gooch, Paul Tucker and Sgt. Trevor Harris. Police form honor guard By Sonny Turner [email protected] They are now 12 strong and in times such as Sunday's memorial of two slain Athens police officers at Roselawn Cemetery, they really stand out. It was the debut of the Athens Police Department’s full honor guard, which was formed after the Jan. 2, 2004 shooting that resulted in the deaths of Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims. The honor guard, the idea ot Athens policeman Jason White and started by Sgt. Trevor Harris who is now the commander of the unit, works funerals tor retired officers, officers killed in the line of duty and funeral details. “We formed this to take care of our own,” said Captain Tracy Harrison. “We'll do any funeral detail or any memorial service of police officers anywhere if manpower allows it. We’re committed to all we're asked to do in Limestone County." Six of the seven members of the honor guard’s firing detail work on second shift and all members of the unit are volunteers. “Jason came up with the idea in January after Larry and Tony were killed and Trevor took over as commander earlier in the year." said Harrison. See Guard, Page 2A ;