Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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To the person vvlio thinks U.S. 72 isn't dangerous and that drivers make it daiigcous:
I will agree that the drivers along this road have a lot to do w ith the problem. However, I have to travel this road every single day to go home, to work, and to take my children to school and I assure you it is the road also. Water stands on this road in the middle and along the sides. And if you have to turn ol'f tlie highway where there isn't a turn lane, you better hope you don't meet oneoming traffic' so you can turn quickly.
1 have had to go down the road and turn around and come back to go home even though 1 turned on my turn signal at least a half a mile before my road, fhe traffic is so heavy from Shaw .Road to the I.aiidcrdale 'County line from the TVA traffic and school it is extremely dangerous to turn off the highway. The road is the majority of the problem.
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Accused policeman resigns
Lt. Lee Kennemer says leaving job is ‘best’ for department, his family
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soiuiy(antlwn.snc\\s-c()iiricr.coni Lt. Lee Kcnnenicr, one of three Athens policemen under investigation for sexual misconduct, resigned Tuesday, effective immediately.
“He’s no longer an employee so there w ill be no personnel action taken,” said Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper. The chief said the investigation of the two other officers continues. 1 le added “we want to get to the bottom of things.” Kennemer, who last week declared his innocence and said he is wrongly accused still maintains his innocence after resigning.
“1 decided to go ahead and resign and get on with my life.” Kennemer said. “All the publicity has my wife and family upset. I have a lot of friends in this town and they know me. Tve helped a lot of people out and 1 don't think they will
He felt he was causing problems for the department and he could no longer effectively perform his duties."
C hiet Wayne Harper on the resignation of veteran ojjfieer I.ee Kennemer shown at right
But Kennemer issued an apology for the controversy.
“I want to apologize to the citizens of Athens, my wife, my church and my fellow officers,” he said.
Harper said Kennemer walked into his otfice and
“He came in today (Tuesday) and tendered his resignation.” Harper said of Kennemer, 61, a 35-year veteran with the police force. “He mentioned that he felt he was causing problems for the department and he could no longer eflfec-tively perform his duties. He said (the resignation) w'as the best thing for his family and for the department.”
Kennemer told The Mews-Courier Thursday that he is innocent of all charges and that the allegations against him were nothing more than retaliation.
“1 have nothing to hide and 1 want the people to know that,” Kennemer said in announcing why he decided to go public with his stoty last week. “Tm innocent and 1 think the people need to know that.”
See Kennemer, Page 2A
Local man voices his support of water board
Businessman asks county to keep politics from board
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s()nny(u athensnews-courier.com An Athens businessman came before the l imestone County Commission on Tuesday to voice support of the controversial l imestone Count) W'atcr Authority.
“I have been m business in Athens for over 25 years both real estate and the retail business.” said Billy Amos Christopher. "I have come today to show my support of the county water board. I do not personally know a single member of the board but 1 have seen the results of the work they have helped accomplish. I believe the aggressiveness that they have displayed in the running of water and now sewage has played a large role in the growth of Limestone County.”
Commissioners are contemplating asking for legislation to bring the water board under its arm, a move that local legislators said they are not against.
“We're going to look at it real close,” said Rep. Tommy Carter. “We'll have to sit down with commissioners and decide what we're going to do real soon.”
Christopher said the water authority is opptisite from the city in that it has expanded services.
"I believe these services are vital in keeping developers from requesting annexation into surrounding cities," he said. “I believe the water board needs to keep the county commission better informed but the board itself does not need to become politicalized,” Christopher said. “The board has served this county well over the years. Removing all board members would leave a vacuum of lost knowledge and future plans. I and many others in the business community have not lost trust in our board.”
See Water board, Page 3A
Baker takes oath
New circuit judge prepares for office
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phil((i athcusncw's-couner Bob Baker, newly-elected Limestone County Circuit Court .ludge for Place 2, looked out over the audience gathered for his swearing-in ceremony Tuesday afternoon and found the turnout “just overwhelming.”
“1 wouldn't be here w ithout you,” Baker told the crowd which filled his courtroom to overnovving. "This election was the hardest thing 1 have ever been through. But every time I wondered how 1 was going to gel the word out to everyone, good friends like you showed up and wrote letters support-
See Baker, Page 2A
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Top photo. Bob Baker is sworn in as Circuit Court judge, Place 2, during ceremonies Tuesday afternoon at the Limestone County Courthouse. Circuit Court Judge, Place 1, Jimmy Woodroof administers the oath of office as Baker’s wife, Lisa, and three children, Katherine, Wynn and Will, look on. Following the ceremony, the standing-room-only crowd enjoyed drinks and refreshments, bottom photo.
City, county fathers meet
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melanic(a üthensnews-couricKcom fhe Limestone County Commission and the Athens City Council met in a joint session in the county commission chambers on Tuesday morning to discuss items of business of concern to both entities.
City Attorney Shane Black addressed the session regarding the possibility of appointing a joint body to handle the acquisition and transfer of TVA land to enhance recreation and tourism opportunities 111 the area.
“There is a legal vehicle to set up an authority where both the county and the city can have the land." Black said.
“I think we should go into it,
See City-County, Page 3A
Mayor Dan Williams and County Commission Chairman David Seibert discuss the acquisition of TVA land for recreation and campgrounds at a joint quarterly meeting of the Athens City Council and the Limestone County Commission Tuesday.
Commission votes down obbyist fee
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. sumn (a athensnews-courier.com The Limestone County Commission retained the employment of Count)' Attorney Mike Cole on Tuesday, but did away with his S4,000 per month “lobbyist" fee.
District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws motioned and called for a vote to change attorneys, but his motion died for the lack of a second. .A motion by District 1 Commissioner Tommy Raby to do away with the fee, though, was approved by a 4-0 vote.
“It was a chance for us to change attorneys and save some money," said Daws. “You don't know what you cun save until you try.”
Athens attorneys Chad Wise, E3yrd Latham and Jim Moffatt came before the commission last month offer-
See Lobbyist fee. Page 2A