Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 27, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Home sales rise in December
Sales of existing homes posted an unexpected increase last month, as sales of bargain-basement foreclosures in California and Florida boomed.
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By Kelly Kazek
kcllya atbensnews-coOrier.com Thirty American flags snapping in the cold January wind was the only sound Sunday afternoon as the casket carrying the body of Pfc. Ricky Turner of Athens was taken from a hearse to its burial site in Hazel Green.
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The flag is removed from Pfc. Ricky Turner's casket and folded to present to his mother, Susan Grimes of Hazel Green.
library asks for Kroger building; city council asks for binding plan
By Karen Middleton knrt'iia at lit ‘¡ism 'ws-couritr.com All three groups associated with the governing and support of the Athens-Lime-stone Public Library have asked the City Council to turn over 100 percent of the floor space of the old Kroger building to renovate for a new facility.
In May 2008 the city purchased the 38,420-square-foot Kroger former supermarket building at auction for $643,500 as a
possible new library and municipal building. Librarian Susan Todd read recommendations of study groups going back to 1997, which say the present 10,000-square-foot library built in 1970 is inadequate for the city and county population needs.
She quoted an architectural firm, which in 2007 concluded that the library needed a minimum of 37,000 feet, and she quoted
See Council, page 2A
Athens Police charge man in theft of 2 cars
A man accused of stealing two cars remained in the Limestone County Jail Monday on two counts of first-degree theft, records show.
Jerome Eugene Bailey, 18, whom police say had been staying at addresses in both Athens and Huntsville, was arrested Friday by Athens Police, said Capt. Marty Bruce.
Bailey is accused of stealing a 1995 BMW 318 from 1200 U.S. 72 West on Jan. 3, according to an in-
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Trial in Friday’s shooting begins
Jury selection underway in slayings of Athens men; testimony to begin Wednesday
By Karen Middleton
Testimony in the capital murder trial of Jamal Woods is not expected to begin before Wednesday afternoon, according to his attorney, Alan Mann of Huntsville.
Woods. 23, is accused in the Dec. 17. 2006, shooting at T.G.I. Friday’s
restaurant on University Drive in Huntsville that killed Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, and his cousin, Thurston Turner, 27.
Monday, potential jufors received lengthy questionnaires.
“All that’s going to happen today is that the jurors will get their questionnaires and fill them out, said Mann
Monday. “Then tomorrow' (Tuesday) we will question them. We don’t expect any testimony before Wednesday afternoon.”
Woods is being tried at the Madison County Courthouse because the shooting occurred at the TGI Friday’s in
See Trial, page 3A
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An Army unit carries the casket with the body of Pfc. Ricky Turner to the gravesite Sunday at Charity Lane Cemetery.
Pfc. Ricky Turner of Athens is laid to rest in Hazel Green
Editor's note: A story and photo gallery of Pfc. Ricky Turner's service in Hazel Green were posted in The News Courier's online edition at enewscourier.com Sunday evening.