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To the person who said they heard the song “We’re an American Band” blaring from the speakers at Soulstock, you need to get your facts slight. The band onstage j^as named ApologetiX, and they do Christian versions of many secular songs.
Their aim is to teach important Bible lessons through familiar tunes. Among the songs played at the concert included one called “The Devil Went Down to Jordan” based on, you guessed it, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band.
Do you really think that the Soulstock administrators would allow racy lyrics to be sung to a crowd of 15,000 people, many of whom are young children?
I sincerely doubt it. Come to Soulstock next year. You’ll find the music quite enjoyable — and yes, appropriate.
— Flustered ApologetiX Fan
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Carter steps down
Long-time congressman won’t seek re-election after 36 years in House
By Karen Middleton
News-Courier Reporter State Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, said Tuesday that when he first ran for the Legislature in 1970, voters traditionally gave their legislators just two terms to accomplish their agendas before replacing them with a new face.
Now the man with more seniority than anyone in either the House or Senate says it’s time to turn over the reigns to someone “young and eager.”
“After my current term ends I will have served in the Legislature for 36 years,” said Carter. “It’s time to step down and let someone
with new and fresh ideas take over.”
Carter, 70, first began his tenure of public service in 1964 when he was elected to the Limestone County Board of Education. He was elected to the Legislature in 1970.
Carter has served under six governors over the past 35 years. He expressed dismay over the need for a special session this summer to pass a General Fund budget. “There’s no excuse for not having a General Fund,” he said. “We (the House) did our job. The Senate just quit, so we’ll have to go back some time after July 4. We passed both budgets and got them up there in time. We passed the education budget at the last minute, but they filibustered the General Fund. I don’t know why. Maybe it will come out soon.” Carter said he doesn’t “mind the fight” once he gets down on the House floor, but the com-
See Carter, Page 6A
Tips from alert residents lead to arrest of repeat DUI offenders
By Kelly Kazek
Observant residents helped police off icers get two repeat drunk driving offenders off city streets Sunday, authorities said.
Two men charged with driving under the influence already had been charged three or more times with that offense, said Police Capt. Marty Bruce. They are now charged with felony counts of DUI.
See DUI offenders, Page 3A
That time of year
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It’s a busy time of year for those who have hay out in the field. Howard Martin was raking his hay that was cut earlier on a field just east of Athens Tuesday. Farmers throughout the county have been busy in the past three weeks taking advantage of the dry weather to cut and bail their hay.
1-565 wreck victims still unidentified
By Sonny Turner
Authorities Tuesday had still not identified the two people killed in an automobile accident Friday afternoon on 1-565 in south Limestone County, but were expected to talk to the only survivor of the crash who was improving at Huntsville Hospital.
Limestone County Coroner Mike West said Tuesday that authorities believe the two people killed are Hispanic males who apparently lived out of state. The burned vehicle in which the bodies were found contained a South Dakota license plate.
“The survivor of the wreck has improved and has been taken off' the critical list at Huntsville Hospital,” West said Tuesday. "Huntsville police investigators plan to talk to him late today (Tuesday) and hopefully he can tell us who was inside the car with him.”
The two were killed and the driver critically injured at approximately 4 p.m. Friday when a car went out of control on Interstate 565 in southeast Limestone County, flipped several times and burst into flames trapping the victims inside.
West said the two bodies trapped inside the vehicle were burned beyond recognition and at the time authorities did not know if they were male or female. The
See Wreck victims, Page 6A
Suspect still sought after police chase
By Sonny Turner
com Athens police were searching Tuesday for a man who fled from a city patrolman late Friday night and crashed into a home in eastern Limestone County.
Officer Wesley Jarrett attempted to pull a vehicle over on U.S. 72 East because the driver was suspected as driving drunk when the driver sped away toward Huntsville. Capt. Marty Bruce said Jarrett gave pursuit and the two reached speeds in excess of 110 m.p.h., when the driver of the Dodge Dakota pickup truck turned on Newby Road
into Cottonpatch Trailer Park.
“The driver jumped out of the moving vehicle and it ran into a mobile home in the trailer park,” Bruce said. “No one was injured, but a 10-year-old child was sleeping in a bedroom where the truck hit.”
Bruce said police have a suspect, but have not yet been able to locate him.
The owner of the trailer the truck smashed into, Shane Franks, told investigators that his 10-year-old son just barely escaped injury when the truck hit the west side of the mobile home.
Elkmont woman says cable porn bill not hers
By Tashia Lovell
Imagine getting your cable bill and seeing multiple charges for pornographic movies that you know you didn’t order but now you have to pay.
Elkmont resident Brenda Ivey said that’s what happened to her. Her recent cable bill with Charter
Communications had nearly $150 worth of charges for
“We do not watch porno,” Ivey said.
She and her 19-year-old daughter are the only ones who live in the home and Ivey said neither one of them ordered the movies. She said there were 12 pornographic movies charged to her on her monthly statement.
See Porn, Page 6A
Seven-year-old Savannah Rainey paints a picture at The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Limestone County. The summer program for the club kicked off Tuesday with many events and programs going on for the children.