Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 15, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Zoning for liquor
The Athens Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to discuss revisions to zoning ordinances to comply with changes in the policy for the sale of alcohol. The hearing is at City Hall.
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Justice served? Once again, a famous, rich man has escaped punishment under a failing judicial system in the United States of America. Not to find Michael Jackson guilty on at least one of the 10 counts against him suggests that our judicial system fails us when famous people face a jury trial — Simpson,
Blake, and now, Jackson.
Evidence clearly showed that Jackson was guilty of giv ing alcoholic beverages to the victim. I guess it’s OK to do this if you are a celebrity. 1 suggest to you that if it was a regular Joe facing these charges, he would be found guilty and be in jail tonight. How could a jury ignore the fact that Jackson boasted about having young boys sleeping with him in his bed? Two jurors stated they didn't like the mother's actions toward them.
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More package stores on way?
By Sonny Turner
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Small package stores may soon be sponging up in Athens, but they won’t be located in the downtown or school areas of the city.
“If they locate and we suspect a few will, they will have to be out on the main highway,” said Councilman Ronnie Marks. “We had to amend the ordinance or run the risk of getting sued.”
The beer and liquor ordinance is being changed to allow package stores in Athens with lesser annual business license fees and gross receipts tax.
When the original liquor ordinance w-as set up. Athens
set a $5,000 license fee and a 25 percent gross receipts tax. The Athens City Council has changed that from $2.000 annually and 15 percent.
The council made the change because council members were told it could be facing a lengthy court battle unless the fees were lowered as compared to neighboring cities.
The council decided to lower the tax rate after some members were told the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the popular Windmill Beverages Store in this area were considering challenging Athens in court
See Package stores, Page 2A
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ASU honors Old Glory on Flag Day
Athens State University hosted Flag Day events Tuesday in the Student Center Ballroom.
Guests had lunch, listened to speakers and heard patriotic tunes.
Limestone District Judge Jerry Batts was guest speaker. Bill Duncan and Derrill Robertson posted the flag.
At right, Calvin Drake leads a crowd in singing “God Bless America.”
Above, Deb Kohlhase of the Alumni Band performs patriotic music during the ceremony.
Piney Chapel woman pleads guilty to theft
By Tashia Lovell
tashia(q athensnews-couricr.com A Limestone County woman indicted by a grand jury in September of 2004 and accused of taking money from the Piney Chapel Youth Association appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to the crime.
Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails said Tuesday that Thomas was suspended for one year, received two years probation and must pay $10,000 in restitution.
Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said that Thomas was arrested in May of 2004 and in her initial interview admitted to taking between $3,000 and $4,0000 and stated that she had been taking money for more than a year.
Thomas served as treasurer for the association.
Athens hits snag in new police site
By Sonny Turner
The Athens City Council may have to condemn 3.5 acres off East Hobbs Street before it can purchase the property for $200,000 to build a new police headquarters building.
At least that is the opinion of Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks who Tuesday said the council found out Monday night that restrictive covenants may forbid the building of a business in that area.
“The mayor got to looking into it and he found where the old Shaw Subdivision had restrictions for that neighborhood that call for residential only,” Marks said. “But now there are all sorts of businesses in that neighborhood.
“But we’re thinking if we condemned it, that would take away all the restrictive covenants and make everything clear to build there,” the coun-
See Snag, Page 2A
Man jailed for stabbing 18-year-old
By Sonny Turner
A 32-year-old Athens man was arrested Monday and charged with stabbing an 18-year-old three times in the back during a fight earlier this month at Charlie’s Truck Stop oft" Interstate 65 near Ardmore.
Johnny Clayton Crawford, of 17328 Fairway Drive, Athens, has posted $10,000 bail and released from the Limestone County Jail.
Limestone Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Tuesday that Crawford was arrested for stabbing Lance Adams, of Ardmore on June 5. McNatt said Investigator Justin Camp made the arrest.
McNatt said Adams got into a fight with another man in the parking lot at Staples offU.S. 72 East in Athens and the two left there and
See Stabbing, Page 2A
Attorney says Jackson won’t share his bedroom with children again
By Linda Deutsch
AP Special Correspondent SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson’s lawyer said Tuesday that the pop star is going to be more careftil from now on and not let children into his bed anymore because “it makes him vulnerable to false charges.”
In an interview with The Associated Press the morning
after Jackson’s _______
acquittal on all M. Jackson counts, Thomas
Mesereau Jr. said he is convinced
that the pop star “has never molested any child." But he said Jackson will continue to be “a convenient target for people who want to extract money or build careers at his expense.”
Mesereau’s remarks came as at least three of the jurors in Jackson’s case said that they suspect the 46-year-old pop star has molested boys, but not necessarily the one who accused him in court.
Jackson himself remained out of sight after being found not guilty on charges he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch. But his Web siteSee Jackson, Page 3A
Nickname spurs comments
The New s-Courier staff was surprised Tuesday morning when three people telephoned to say they were shocked by the use of the name “Jacko” in that day’s headline about Michael Jackson’s not guilty verdict.
Another staff member was questioned about the headline while out in public. The four readers said they found the term and our use of it offensive. One woman wanted to report us to Jackson’s attorneys so they would put us in our places.
We w'ere dumbfounded.
What did these people think the name meant.’
After all, news media around the world hav e been referring to Jackson as “Jacko” and often "Wacko Jacko” — for years.
So we asked one person who was so upset to clue us in. She said it was a derogatory term with sexual connotations.
We did not intend the nickname as offen
sive and wanted to be sure our usage of the nickname was acceptable.
A quick search of the Internet showed 864,000 sites listing “Jacko.” A check of the first 300 showed that most referred to Michael Jackson (except for the genealogy site called ancestry.com which mentioned the surname Jacko and a site for a company called Jacko that manufactures ski poles).
Here are a few of the companies referring to Michael Jackson as “Jacko:” CBS News, Time Magazine, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington 1 imes, Cox News Service, MTV, ESPN, E! Entertainment Television, a slew of tabloids such as The National Enquirer, and many more. Also, eBay sells T-shirts that read: “Jacko is innocent.”
Still, we take our readers' input seriously and we do not plan to use the nickname tn the future.
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