Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 18, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Legendary newsman dies at 92
Walter Cronkite, the premier TV news anchorman of the networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," died Friday.
Alabama jobless rate hits 10.1%
Alabama's jobless rate has jumped into double digits and is at its highest mark in 25 years. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations reported Friday the rate hit 10.1 percent.
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AG probes alleged ticket fix
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'I ism s-i xiurii r The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating whether an Athens Police supervisor attempted to have voided the ticket of a motorist whose blood alcohol measured twice the legal limit, sources said Friday.
Mayor Dan Williams confirmed that two investigators were at the Police Department two or three
weeks ago about the matter.
“There has been two investigators from the Attorney General’s office talked to one of our police supervisors,” WiUiams said.
He declined to name the supervisor.
“Tliere is an investigation and, depending on the outcome. I’m not sure what action will be required,” he said.
According to records, third-shift
Officer Jason Threet puUed over a Black Chrysler 300 driven by William Hyatt Jeffers, 43, of Killen about 2:26 a.m. June 7 on U.S. 72 near Seven Mile Post Road in Athens after seeing his vehicle swerve and leaye the road. The Decatur Daily reported that Jeffers’ blood-alcohol content was 0.17 -twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, ac*cording to rearnls.
He was released fiiom the lime
stone Q)unty Jail after posting a $1,(XK) Ixrnd, according to jffil records. His name and the DU I chaise were published in the June 9 edition of'I’he News Qrurier.
Strurces said strmeone tried to have the ticket voided bcftrre the complaint was sworn to before a magistrate and before the ticket number iuid corresponding charge
See Ticket, page 5A
Let the games begin
Dixie Youth state tourney is under way at Sportsplex
Singer Deborah Allen entertains the crowd at the Athens Sportsplex Friday afternoon singing The National Anthem to kick off the 7-8-year-old Dixie Youth State Tournament. At right, Athens Mayor Dan Williams throws out the first pitch. Twelve teams from throughout the state will compete for the 4»tte with the championship being played on Tuesday. Athens Nationals and American All-Stars are both competing in the tourna- , ment. For results of Friday night games, see Sports, page IB.
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Senator has vision for TVA future that inciudes more nuclear power
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander offered a vision of the future for the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday that includes more nuclear power generation and more enei^ conservation by consumers.
The chairman of the TVA congressional caucus said in a speech to a Tennessee municipal distributors group that nuclear should replace coal as TVA’s major source of electric generation over the next 20 years, calling atomic power TVA’s best option for “poUution-
fi-ee, carbon-free,” reliable generation.
The Senate’s third-ranking Republican also said TVA, the nation’s largest public utility, should do more to encourage energy conservation. Tennessee has the highest per capita use of electricity in the country.
Alexander offered his suggestions as the federal power agency begins a series of public hearings next week to develop a new Integrated Resource Plan to chart the agency’s goals for the next two decades. The last plan was done in 1995. A draft
for the new one is due next spring and a final version by eariy 2011.
TVA provides electricity to about 9 million consumers through 158 distributors in Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carohna and Virginia.
Public meetings are scheduled Monday in Nashville, Tuesday in Chattanooga and Thursday in Knoxville. Later sessions will be in Huntsville, Ala., on July 28; Hopkinsville,
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3 arrested for robbery of business in Ardmore
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Three men have been charged in connection with the robbery of the Dollar General store off Alabama 251 near Ardmore, an official said.
Shaquan Horton, 18, of Harvest; Corey Murray, 17, of Huntsville: and Keith Martin, 16, of Harvest have all been charged as adults with first-degree robbery in connection with the June 20 robbery of Dollar General at 16521 Alabama 251, said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
“Madison had some of their Dollar General stores robbed, so our investigator, Eric King, went over there and interview them and they admitted they also robbed the store here,” Blakely said. “They said they were riding around one day and saw that the store had opened and they noticed it was in kind of a remote location so they decided to rob it.”
The sheriff did not know how many counts of robbery the three are facing elsewhere.
The robbery occurred about 9:20
See Robbery, page 3A
Man and girlfriend charged with theft of mother's checks
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An Athens man and his girlfriend have been charged with forgery in connection with the theft of checks and a debit card from his mother, an official said.
Steven Carl Mackert, 29, of 23733 Pressnell Road was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of second-degree forgery and one count of second-degree theft of property. He is accused of stealing Konia Smith checks from his
mother and forging them, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. He is also accused of stealing his mother’s debit card, Bruce said.
Mackert was transferred to the
See Forgery, page 3A
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