Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Hammers in full swing as construction booms
By Karen Middeeton
The tap of hammers is beating out the sound of progress in Limestone County.
And it’s music to the ears of developers, contractors and city officials collecting revenue to fund infrastructure improvements.
Athens Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins said that for the fiscal year ending June 30 his department added 1,013 new customers. The Electric Department, which marks its fiscal year from July 1 to June 30 to comply with a TVA requirement, added 1,122 customers in 2003-2004. That number doubles the 546 new customers added in 2001-2002, a year of economic slowdown.
“The biggest hot spot is East Limestone anywhere north of U.S. 72,” said Scroggins. “Also, we've had a good many in town.”
Athens Electric added a new substation in the southeastern portion of the county two years ago and has upgraded lines in the East Limestone area to handle the added load. Developers
See Boomtown, Page 3A
City impact fees on new construction, such as this house in Canebrake Subdivision and upgrade sewer lines throughout the city.
, are helping extend
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Dr. Lori White, veterinarian at Town and Country Animal Hospital in Athens, checks Pugsley’s heartbeat Tuesday afternoon while pet nurse assistant Amy Gladden stands nearby.
Vet tells how to keep animals coo
By 1 ashia Lon eel
tashia%athensne\\'s-couner.com “He was just like a member of the family,” Pat Wilson said of her Chinese pug, TutTy.
But Tufty's life ended Monday from what Wilson was told was a heat stroke.
“He was fine all day until later,” she said. Wilson found the dog dead at 6:45 Monday night when she went to feed him.
However, Wilson said she had been taking precautions against the high temperatures, such as putting Tufiy in the shade and giving him plenty of water.
“He always stayed outside,” Wilson said.
TutTy was 7 years old and Wilson had the dog since he was five weeks old. The Wilsons have
See Cool, Page 2A
After deaths of 2 staffers, 911 board tries to move forward
By Kei.ly Kazek
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On Tuesday, for the second time in less than a month, employees of the .\then;>-Limestone County 911 center faced attending a funeral for one of their own.
Josephine “Jo” Tranter died Friday at the age of 56, the day after she went to the hospital e.xperiencmg flu-like symptoms and doctors discovered she had two brain tumors. Her service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home.
Harvey Craig, chairman of the 911 board, said he was relying on Tranter, who was hired from Madison County as operations manager less than four months ago. to help open a new 911 dispatching center in a building under construction on Elm Street.
Craig said her expertise was needed, particularly following the death of 91 1 director Richard Holt on June 25.
Holt, who had been director since 1991, died of a heart attack at the age of 59. He was instrumental in getting a dispatch center built, said Craig, who was appointed interim director following Holt's death.
Craig said Tranter's and Holt's deaths have been deeply felt by members of the 911 staff. In their absence, he is relying on the expertise of officials in surrounding communities to help the staff move forward with plans to complete the move to the S1.3 million center, which should be ready for occupation by the first of the year.
“We are presently advertising for a 911 director ,” Craig said. “We will be accepting applications until 3 p.m. Aug. 4 ”
The salary range for the director is S38,000-S50.()()0, depending on experience. Craig said experi-
See 911, Page 2A
Man jailed in Athens robbery
By Sonny IT rner
sonny%athensne\\'s-courier.coni Athens police were investigating two separate attempted robberies Tuesday, one involving an 80-year-old woman who was injured and taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital and treated for an arm injury.
Lt.-Detective Floyd Johnson said police arrested Michael Dotson, 40, of 23336 Fain Road, Athens, and charged him with second-degree burglary in connection with the attempted robbery at the home of the elderly woman. He said Dotson forced his way into the woman’s home and grabbed her arm before being scared away.
“A man knocked on her door
See Robbery, Page 2A
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday.
shuttle, crew lift off for first time since Columbia
CAPE CAN.WERAL, Fla. (AP) America's manned space program roared back to life Tuesday with the launch of Discoxery, and engineers immediately began analyzing \ ideo of debris falling from the shuttle, hoping to rule out a problem like the one that doomed the last flight 2 1 2 years ago.
National pride and the future of space exploration itself hung in the balance as Discon ery and its crew^ of seven rose from the launch pad at 10:39 a.m. into a hazy blue sky, skirted invo decks of clouds and headed out over the ocean in the most scrutinized launch in NAS.A history and the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster.
N.ASA Administrator Michael (iritfin urged everyone “to take note of \Nhat you saxN here today: the poNver and the majesty of the launch, of course, but also the competence and the professionalism, the sheer gall, the pluckiness, the gntiiness of this team that pulled this program out of the depths of despair 2 12 years ago and made it fly,"
Nevertheless, Grifl'in and other NAS.\ officials said they w ill not celebrate until Discovery comes home safe-
See Shuttle, Page 3A