Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 1, 2005, Athens, Alabama
Friday, Ji ly 1,2005
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Ashlee Freemon knows how to quench this goat’s thirst. Bosca, a South African Boer Goat loves Gatorade. Ashlee says that he really isn’t that picky about his flavors. Read more about the Freemons and the ABC Farm on Horse and Farm, page 8A.Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future
Athens girl says teen raped her
An 18-year-old girl told Athens police investigators Wednesday night that she was raped by a 17-year-old male friend inside an Athens home.
Capt. Marty Bruce said no arrests have been made, but police were continuing to investigate the case Thursday. He said an arrest may be forthcoming.
“We’re trying to determine if it was forceable and not consensual,” Bruce said. "The girl claims that the boy, who was a friend, forced his self on her while they were inside his home.”
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Hey, Sound Off:
I have very high regards for our veterans and am very grateful for what they have done for our country. I know it must be hard to raise money for groups these days. I talked with one man who plays bingo regularly and he told me the veterans were trying to pay for their building. Is this the purpose of the group? Why should they disguise the bingo playing as “charity?”
Hey, Sound Off:
I am not a veteran, only a civilian who sees the good done by veterans. Monday night from 6:30-9:30, I have a chance to relax and socialize knowing the good my “bingo bucks” are doing.
Not mentioned in the articles in The News-Courier were the families who are helped — those in need of food, shelter, clothing, electricity, water and furniture, just to name a few.
Yes, they have operating expenses. Who doesn’t? Organizations have to pay the bills.
I know where my “bingo bucks” are going and will continue to go.
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Hospital may use land for parking
By Kelly Kazek
A building behind Athens-Limestone Hospital that once housed a senior health center soon will be moved from the site, leaving space that could be used for additional parking, a hospital official said.
Members of the hospital Board of Directors voted Monday to sell the Sanders Street building to Dr. Wayne Jones for $10,000, said Phil Dotson, chief executive officer of the hospital.
The hospital moved its staff from the building in August, 2001, after structural engineers found problems
with the foundation and determined it was unfit for occupancy, Dotson said.
“Estimates ranged anywhere from $60,000 and up to rectify the situation with the foundation,” he said.
A new center, the John R. Waddell Senior Health Center, is located on Washington Street.
Hospital officials have tried previously to have the old building moved.
“We tried to give it away in the past and couldn't,” Dotson said. “We offered it to the Sheriff’s Department at
See Hospital, Page 2A
posted by police after fireworks
By Sonny Turner
Athens police are expecting thousands to attend the 4th of July fireworks show at dusk Monday night at Athens High School and are setting up routes motorists will be requested to follow once the show is over.
Anyone parking in the area around the Athens Recreation Center will have to exit on to Alabama 251 to Lindsay Lane. There will be no southbound traffic on Alabama 251 at that time.
Those parking in the high school stadium parking lot will be directed on to U.S. 31 up to Elm Street and anyone parking on the west side of U.S. 31 will be directed South on U.S. 31.
“We’re trying to keep the traffic flowing” said Capt. Tracy Harrison. “This will cause a little inconvenience, but it is the safest way and quickest way for people to get out of the parking areas.
“A lot of people come to see this fireworks show and we don't want it to be like last year where we had bottlenecks and jam ups,” Harrison said. “The designated routes are the best way for this to work.
“Our suggestion is if you live west of U.S.
See Exit routes, Page 2A
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Cotton’s first bloom
News-C'ourier/ Alissa Clark
George Frank and his son Jonathan sit in a cotton field near Batts Road in Limestone County. Frank works for Jesse Dee Farms and recently spotted a few cotton blooms. Mark Hall, local agricultural expert, said cotton blooming is a little behind this year.
NRC to issue new license for BF Plant
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued its final environmental impact statement on the proposed renewal of the operating licenses for the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, Units I. 2 and 3.
The report contains the NRC's finding that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude license renewal for an additional 20 years of operation.
The current operating licenses for Browns Ferry expire on Dec. 20, 2013, for Unit l; June 28, 2014. for Unit 2; and July 2, 2016. for Unit 3. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the licensee.
submitted an application for renewal of the licenses on Jan. 6, 2004.
Browns Ferry Unit 1 has been shut down since 1985, and TVA is readying the facility for restart. TVA anticipates resuming Unit 1 operations in May, 2007.
As part of its emironmen-tal review of the application, the NRC held public meetings in Athens to discuss the scope of the review and the draft version of the environmental impact statement.
Comments Were received from members of the public, local officials and representatives of the state and federal agencies.
4th of July holiday closings
• Limestone County and Athens City garbage routes will run on regular schedules next week.
• Athens City offices will be closed Monday.
• Limestone County
offices will be closed Monday.
• All state offices will be closed Monday.
• The News-Courier office will be closed Monday.