Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Schools: Speed up highway
of design and development,
County officials request state hasten the widening of U.S. 72
By Jean Cole
Limestone County School officials have asked the state to improve U.S. 72 near the site of a planned new elementary school rather than wait for a widening plan five or more years away.
Johnny Harris, division engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation, said Limestone
County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll asked him during a hearing Tuesday afternoon if the section of 72 at Hardy Road could be improved before the rest of 72.
Limestone County is building a $14 million school at U.S. 72 and Hardy Road that is expected to open in 2010. Blue Springs Elementary School will serve as a
kindergarten-through-fifth-grade feeder school for Clements High School that will eliminate portables at Clements.
The state is proposing to widen U.S. 72 from Athens to the Lauderdale County Line to five lanes and, where appropriate, add a dedicated left turn lane at each intersection. The state would also improve the shoulders to a standard 10-foot shoulder, 8 feet of which would be paved.
However, the construction phase of that project would not begin until 2015. The state is currently in the environmental phase
which means determining what environmental problems or changes would occur with the proposed project. That would be followed by a corridor study, final design, final alternative, obtaining money to buy right of way in 2013 and building the improvements in 2015.
State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, who also attended the meeting, said the idea of fast-tracking the road improvements in front of the school would be
See Widening, page 3A
Students back in Athens to build homes
Special section with stories featuring local women: Tina Swindell, Angela Maples, April Dawn Murphy, Dolores Thompson and Roxanne Kirby
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Students from Western Kentucky University are assisting Athens-Limestone County Habitat for Humanity this week in construction of a house. Above, Chris Leachman works on his third Habitat house here. At right, Kristin Wallace cuts a piece of wood while Natasha Walker assists. When asked if he thought President Barack Obama’s speech would help inspire more people to volunteer, Leachman said, “I would think that because the President has such a tremendous influence on the community, people would listen to what he says.”
Huntsville Hospital gets nod to operate facility for Madison
For now, it looks like Huntsville Hospital will be the facility getting the state nod to build a hospital in Madison.
Crestwood Hospital had tried to get a March state Certificate of Need Review vote favoring Huntsville Hospital overturned, saying that board members ignored the opinion of an administrative law judge that said the for-profit Crestwood would serve the city’s needs best.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. on Wednesday upheld the review board’s decision.
Athens-Limestone Hospital, which is now an affiliate of Huntsville Hospital, has been opposed to a private hospital such as Crestwood building in Madison. ALH is a community, not-for-profit hospital, which must accept patients regardless of ability to pay, which is the same type facility as Huntsville Hospital
“We are pleased with the outcome of the Madison Hospital ruling,” said ALH CEO Cary Payne. “Wfth Huntsville Hospital and Athens-Limestone Hospital being community
See Hospital, page 3A
Ministry saves soles
Every Monday, the Rev. Bob Book and his wife, Holly, transform the Church of the Common Ground into a spa for homeless, scrubbing the feet of Atlanta's forgotten as they mirror the act of Jesus washing his disciples' feet.
RELIGION, PAGE 7A
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Trial set for Monday in '06 slayings of Athens men at Huntsville eatery
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ktih }athensnew's-courkr. < wr/i Jury selection in the trial of a Huntsville man accused of killing two Athens men and injuring a third is set to begin Monday morning and testimony could begin Wednesday afternoon, an attorney said.
The trial will be in Madi-son County Courthouse in downtown Huntsville because the shooting occurred in that city
Alan Mann, attorney for the accused, Jamal
Woods, said the jury selection could take two to three days.
“The trial will probably take most of two weeks,” he said.
Woods, 23, is accused in the Dec. 17, 2006, shooting at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on University Drive in Huntsville that killed Tbnquenry Tknk” Beavers, 21, and his cousin, Tkunkn Hsner, 27.
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Hie body of an Athens soldier who was killed a week ago in Iraq should arrive today in Hazel Green for burial, according to his aunt.
Pfc. Ricky Lee Turner, 20, died when an improvised exploding device struck the convoy in which he was riding near Baghdad,
Army officials said.
No other casualties resulted from the in- p,c. Ricky Turner cident, said Major
Virginia McCabe with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Vickie T\imer, the soldier’s aunt, said the family had been notified Thursday night his body is scheduled to arrive at Huntsville International Airport at 12:30 p.m. today.
If Turner’s body arrives as expected, Grimes said a funeral would be held Sunday at Hazel Green Funeral Home. Visitation would be Saturday, he said. Times will be announced by the funeral home.
A separate memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Majestic Chapel on Hays Mill Road in Elkmont, said Turner’s aunt, Tammy Turner of Elkmont. ROTC students from Austin and Athens high schools will attend, as well as retired mil-
See Soldier, page 2A