Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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A couple shows their solidarity with the anti-tax and reckless spending protest of the Tea Party movement when it staged a rally in April in Athens. The local group is organizing for the Sept. 12 "March on Washington."
Locals in patriot group plan march on Washington, D.C.
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One of the oiganizers of the kxsil Tea Party tax protest said Monday she is encouraging her group and any other supporters to hop aboard the Tea Party' F]xpress and take the protest to Washington.
Deborah King said the Tea Party Express is a wave of tiix and “reckless government spending” protests that is sweeping across the nation and will culminate Sept. 12 in a march on Washington.
The local group held a Tea Party protest in Athens on April 18 and joined the Decatur group on July 4.
Supporters have already registered 14,000 nationwide and hope to attract at least 100,000 to their cause, according to the Web
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“When I saw this inlbrmation about the march throughout the United States I thought Alabama should be in those numbers,” said King. “Citizens who are tired of reckless government spending and bailouts should not sit
See Patriots, page ЗА
2 killed in 2-day span in focal wrecks
Two men have died in a two-day span in Limestone County wrecks.
A Decatur man was killed-at about 5:30 a.m. Monday wben his car overturned on U.S. 31, according to a police report.
Brett Christian Allen, 30, of 1701 Summeilane S.E. was pronounced dead at the scene by Limestone County Coroner Mike West after the one-vehicle accident near LaughmiDer Road.
Allen was traveling north on U.S. 31 in his 1999 Honda Civic when he left the roadway and overturned, said Marty Bruce.
Allen was partially ejected and was pinned underneath the vehicle, Bruce said. He was not wear
ing a seat belt.
In a separate incident, a Texas man was killed Saturday in a motorcycle accideht on Interstate 65 near mile maiker 359.
Howard Dou^erty, 43, was killed in the accident involving only the 2008 Hailey Davidson motorcycle on vdiich he was riding with another person, according to a state trooper report.
Tessa Dougherty, 41, of Saginaw, Texas, was aii^ lifted to Huntsville Hospital, where she was listed in feir condition Monday morning a hospital spokeswoman said
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limestone man shot in rift over reefer
By Jean Cole jeunirfiitlwnHnvw s-couriev.com A Limestone County man, who was shot in the chest Sunday during a fight over a marijuana cigarette, is in sta-3le condition today at Huntsville Hospital, an official said.
Mark Clutts, 49, of 18581 illman Mill Road called 911
about 8:18 p.m. to report that his next-door neighbor had shot him.
Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find that Terry Griffin, 47, had shot Clutts in the chest with a .45-caliber pistol, said Sheriff Mike Blakely. Griffin was arrested; charges are pending, the sheriff said.
“Clutts came over to Griffin’s residence and the two got into it over a joint of marijuana,” Blakely said. “Griffin got his pistol and ordered Clutts to leave. Clutts turned around and struck Griffin and Griffin shot him.”
Clutts was flown by Med-Flight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital, the sheriff said.
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Council president: ‘We were hit hard’
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Athens City G)uncil [Resident Ronnie Maiks said at Monday’s coimcil meeting that the city is going to have to go back and study all budgets and appropriations in light of the announced ck)sing of й1-grim’s I^de poultry processing plant.
“We were hit hard last week,” said Maiks. “We’re going to have to meet and discuss what were going to do with this budget.”
With the closure of Hlgrim’s Pride, the Electric Department is losing $1.2 million per yxîar or 1.3 percent of its budget.
Utilities CJeneraJ Manager Gaiy ScR)ggins said elxxlricity is minimal œm-pared to the loss of water and wastewater tees. “R we don’t sell electricity we don’t buy it,” he said.
Tbe Water De|mrtment will lose 12.3 percent of its budget, or a little more than half a million. Wastewater will lose $1 million in revenue and the Gas Department will lose $1.3 million for a total loss to the city of $4 million.
“We have asked department heads to have budgets prepared by Aug. 21,” said Maiks. “We will try to get most of the discussions over by Labor Day. The most critical things are the Water and Waste-
See Council, page 2A
McGuire sex crimes case goes to juiy
rhe rape, sodomy and sexual assault case against a former Clements High School teacher went to the juiy late Monday. Deliberations œntinue tcday.
After 31/2 days of testimony ftxxm witnesses, attorneys in the trial of Brian Keith McGuire, 49, of Jackson, gave their closing arguments Monday аЬетхюп in I.auderdale Cbunty Circuit Court.
Franklin Qiunty Circuit Court Judge Terry Dempsey, who was appointed to
See McGuire page ЗА
Man charged with shaking infant son
An Athens man has been charged with injuring his 4-month-old son by shaking him.
Patrick Oneal Colwell, 21, 804 N. Clinton St. was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated child abuse, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce.
Officer Daniel McNatt responded to a call at the baby’s neigh-
See Shaking, page 3A
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