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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama On the verge of launch Commander Eileen Collins: Shuttle launch date not important, but that “we do it right” 3AThe News-Couner Sm iikdan, .liiiA 23, 2005Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future ericwscou 50 Cents Doris Lynn of Athens Subscriber of the day mtff Hey, Sound Off: So Athens State cannot afford athletics? What money has been spent up there since they eliminated athletics? Let me see. When I drive by I see hundreds of shrubs, flowers and trees, l.see miles of new concrete and even a little squirting fountain. They are advertising that they have opened University Centers all over the state and from the want ads in The News-Courier they seem to be hiring people on a weekly basis. 1 was a member of the booster club for a long time and I remember Coach Murrell's team competing victoriously against UAH and UNA every year, even going to the national tournament twice and the softball team beat everyone. So the statement, “We have trouble competing with the four year schools” is another untruth. Should not the article have been titled, “Athens State’s president does not want athletics, not “We cannot afford athletics?” More Sound Off Sunday Gel the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified ... ,, 4-6A Comics..... 4B Golf ....... 5B Sports ..... 1-3B Weather ____ ......2A Daily Bible Moment ^11 Scripture is given hy inspi-ratio)i of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. II Timothy 3:16 cW [пШ(ч\е vM 322 H»\.31N- Alhfns 256-232-lMI Obli lint 256-771-0934 69847'QOOOI Electric bills going up TVA directors approve 7.5% rate increase KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday gave cost-conscious consumers another reason to tweak their thermostats — their electric bills are going up. As a heat wave swept across the region, TVA directors approved a 7.5 percent across-the-board electric rate hike that will generate about $524 million a year. The rate increase — TVA’s first since a 2003 rate jump specifically for clean-air improvements for coal- fired smokestacks — won’t go into effect until Oct. 1. But TVA Director Skila Harris worried that consumers will blame the country’s largest public utility when they get the next bill from their local power distributor. “As opposed to the August heat,’’ TVA Chairman Bill Baxter said. TVA offers a variety of energy-saving tips on its Web page. But marketing vice president Kenneth Breeden said the “best tool that any of us have in controlling the cost of our energy’’ is the home thermostat. “When the temperature is up like it is today, anybody that can stand it just a few degrees wanner in the house can have a significant impact,” he said. The higher rates will affect 62 industries served directly by TVA and about 8.5 million consumers in See Bills, Page 2A Terrorist suspect dlled in London LONDON (AP) — Plainclothes police chased a man in a thick coat through a subway station, wrestled him to the floor of a train car and shot him to death in front of stunned commuters Friday. Police said the shooting was “directly linked’’ to the investigations of the bomb attacks on London’s transit system. Police later announced two arrests, including one that was the first connected to Thursday’s attacks. A man was arrested in the south London neighborhood of Stockwell — the same area where the shooting occurred — and detectives were searching a premises there, a police statement said. In Birmingham, police arrested a man at rail station and seized at least two suitcases under Britain’s anti-terrorism laws. The Snow Hill rail station in Birmingham, 110 miles northwest of London, was evacuated and cordoned off, police spokesman Will Harpur. It was unclear whether the arrest was connected to Thursday’s attacks. Two men detained Thursday — one near the scene of one attack and another near Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Downing Street residence — were later released without charge. Appealing for help from the public to capture the suspects, police released photographs of four men suspected of launching Thursday’s second wave of terrorist attacks, saying they bore similarities to the July 7 bombings See Bombing, Page 2A Keeping cool News-Courier/Alissa Clark Lily Cain gets cooled off at the fountain at the Athens City Pool. The pool was full of children and parents trying to keep cool in the upper 90 degree weather. Rifle discharges during incident at Athens home BV SO.NNY TtRNER [email protected] A man and his girlfriend got into an argument Friday after he announced he wanted to see another woman and a shot was fired. The argument escalated into a fight with a gun in between the two. The rifle went off and the girlfriend fled and called police. “They were arguing over another female he apparently was wanting to see,’’ said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. “There was a gun involved, but no one was injured.’’ Investigators said the incident occurred at a home on Cain Drive in Athens at approximately I p.m. “He pulled the gun and they got to wrestling over it and it went oiT,’’ said Bruce. Police have made no arrests as the result of the incident. Bruce said investigators are not sure if the girlfriend intends to take out a warrant for her boyfriend’s arrest. “After the the gun went off she got into her car and drove otT. She drove to a nearby home and called police,” Bruce said. Lining it up Nevvs-Couner Kim Ryndors A golfers looks over a putt during the opening round of the Alabama Open golf tournament, Friday, at the Canebrake Golf Club. See Sports, Page 1B, for Friday’s results. City wants negotiation session on jaii contract Bn Kvrkn Middi kton ancnews^t Athens Mayor Dan Williams and City C'ouncil members are seeking a negotiation session with the Limestone County Commission on unresolved jail eontract questions. Williams said he would request a meeting with eounty commissioners at their regularly scheduled work session on Wedne.sday. Chief among the points of contention is a county demand of $35 per day to house city inmates in the Limestono C oiiniy Jail. Councilman Ronnie Marks recommended in a fnday cuLincil work session that the city counier-otfer a rate of $36 per day. but Williams said he didn't think that the eounty would accept that figure. “1 recommend that we sign the eontract,” said Williams. “1 don't think they will lower it to $30. I recommend that we approve it for three years and continue to maintain the jail we got.” Plans for a new police station on East Hobbs Street at Shaw Street include just two holding cells; howexer. Public Works Director James Rich said there is room on the property to build more jail cells if needed, The council has been discussing a jail contact with Limestone County since .April, sending it back for re\ isions to cit\ attorneys Shane Black and .Anne Burrow s. .Marks, howexer, said he isn't eonx ineed that the eounty requires $35 U' teed and house city inmates. “Back w hen these talks began our eonxersa-tions xxere at $35 to $28, then it xxas $30, and now it's $35.” said Marks. “They don't have any more basis for sax ing $35 as they did $25.” The city is noxx pax ing the county S4 a day to proxide meals to its inmates housed in the city jail. Only those arrested for misdemeanors are housed in the eity jail. When .Athens Police charge a suspect xvith a felonx thex automatically become inmates of the county. Police C hief Wayne Harper said that the city jail is noxx filled to its 1 1-bed capacity. Harper estimates that under the proposed contract, the countx xxould house 20 city inmates a day for a cost of $300,000 per year. If See Contract, Page 2A 2005 Ole Time Country Festival Event Schedule Today at Big Spring Park 7:45 a.m. Registration for Duck and Run 5k 8:00 a.m. Race Begins Festival Events 2:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies All Day Kid's Korner (games and inflatables) Hay Rides. Lucky Duck Wheel, Vendors,and Grafters. 2:15-3:00 p.m. Cheryl Llewellyn performs (Country) Silent Auction Opens 2:00-2:30 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament Registration Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby Heat #1 3:15 p.m. Antique Tractor Parade 3:15-4:00 p.m. Barry Kay Performs (Classic Rock) 4:00 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest 4:30 p.m. Wacky Quacky ducky Derby Heat #2 4:45-5:30 p.m. Clear Creek Bluegrass Band Performs 5:30 p.m. Pie Eating Contest 6:00 p.m. Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby Heat #3 6:15 p.m. Hog Calling Contest 6:30-7:15 p.m. Clear Title Performs (Gospel Quartet) 7:00 p.m. Silent Auction Closes 7:30 Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby Heat #4 7:45 p.m. Championship Race for $1,000 Prize ;