Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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The News Courier wants to interview local people who plan to witness this historic event.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Coverage of Tuesday's historic inauguration will appear in a special edition of The News Courier Wednesday, Jan. 21. Reserve additional copies today.
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Ardmore Telephone in talks with Madison firm
By Karen Middleton
karenJJn t hensnews-courier. com After 50 years under the ownership of three West Tennessee families, Ardmore Telephone Company is being sold, according to General Manager Terry Wales.
“Ardmore Telephone Company, Inc. and Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. have signed a letter of intent relating to TDS’ acquisition of Ardmore,” said Wales. “The parties are work
ing on a definitive agreement and there will be further information available at a later date.”
Wales said there have been no discussions about current staff being terminated with the acquisition.
TDS, headquartered in Madison, Wis., is a diversified telecommunications company that provides wireless, telephone and broadband services to more than 7.4 million customers in 36 states through its business units U.S. Cellu-
lar and TDS Telecom.
According to an online history, Fount Merrill in August 1955 officially incorporated Ardmore Telephone Company and became one of the first Tennessee companies to apply for a loan from the Rural Electrification Administration.
Merrill installed 90 miles of new copper cable and finally replaced the aged magneto switchboard with a modern dial office in a new commercial building.
See Phone, page 3A
TV production moves here
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Monya Clabom's production company, Cornerstone Entertainment, will move into the former Sassy’s Fraz building on West Market Street by the end of the month. Claborn produces the syndicated show "Give a Living Rose" and a new show, "XO: Life from the Trailer," both starring singer and songwriter Kelly Lang.
‘Give a Living Rose finds new home downtown
By Karen Middleton
Monya Claborn of Athens launched her syndicated “Give a Living Rose” show last summer, which is shot in locations all over the United States.
But she decided Nashville was too far to commute to her office. She is moving her production company, Cornerstone Entertainment, to downtown Athens. She will occupy the old Sassy’s Fraz and move three employees from Nashville by the end of the month.
See TV, page 2A
NEWS COURIER FILE PHOTO BY KIM RYNDERS
Producer Monya Claborn, right, plans the first episode of her show "Give a Living Rose" with host Kelly Lang and her husband TG Sheppard.
to get health facility
By Karen Middleton
'the Limestone County Commission will vote to deed over ownership of the old health department building on Elm Street to the county school board when it meets Monday.
“This is with the understanding that the Limestone County Board of Education will pay $150,(XX) at the time of renovation or new construction,” said Commission Chairman David Seibert in a Wednesday work session. “That amount is half of the appraised value. They have plans to make an alternative school out of it.”
School Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll was in an all-day principal’s meeting and did not return a phone message.
The health department relocated in December to a new building off Clyde Mabry Drive in the South Athens Industrial Park.
Also on Monday’s County Commission agenda will
• Annual medical reimbursement for employees
• Lease agreement whth the Sheriffs Department for a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado
• Reappointment of William Ellis, Wendell Powers and June Maples-den to the Department of Human Resources Board for six-year terms.
• Family medical leaves for Anna Owens and Jason Shawley.
• Employment of Christopher West and David Malone as assistant
See Health, page 3A
Area events planned to honor memory of MLK Jr.
Many organizations and individuals will pause Monday to honor the life and works of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Several events will be held locally to commemorate the day including:
• Fisk Jubilee Singers at UAH - Today. The Fisk Jubilee Singers will be in concert at The University of Alabama in Huntsville in recognition of the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
The concert begins at 4 p.m. today in
the University Center Exhibit Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The UAHuntsville Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors the performance. Tickets are not required for this event.
Fisk University opened in Nashville in 1866 as the first American university to offer a liberal arts education to young men and women regardless of colon FWe years later, student singan, some former slaves, arranged music and began touring
Sat MU, paft 3 AWhat would you say to President Obama?
In five days, Americans will witness the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president.
The News Courier would like to know the hopes of local people as this historic event approaches.
Write to The News Courier and, in 100 words or fewer, tell how you think Obama can best help our nation as we move into the future.
We will publish chosen responses in the Jan. 18 edition.
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Send submissions to reporter Jean Cole at jeanifeathensnews-courier.com no later than 5 p.m. Friday or bring to 410 W. Green St., Athens, Ala., 35611.