Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Fog turns deadly
News-Courier/ Kim Rynders
This is the scene of the deadly wreck Wednesday morning on Alabama that killed one and injured two others.
1 killed, 1 critical in Ala. 20 collision
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With visibility at near zero in certain portions of Limestone County early Wednesday morning due to fog. some believe that was the cause of a wreck on Alabama 20 just west of Interstate 65 that killed one and critically injured another.
Motorists travelling Interstate 65 in south Limestone County near the Huntsville-Decatur exit said the fog was so thick that it caused traffic to back up in the southbound lanes.
Decatur police were working two wrecks in the area near the interstate at the same time, one near the Raceway station and another just west of that at Apple Lane Farms that killed one man and left another clinging to life at Huntsville Hospital.
That portion of the county is in the Decatur city limits.
Limestone County Coroner Mike West said Spencer Thompson Jr., 52, of Huntsville, was pronounced dead at the scene. West said Thompson was employed at the Department of Transportation in Limestone County.
Tennessee resident Richard Meeks witnessed the accident. He said for the past 17 years he been driving a tractor-trailer rig and the sight he witnessed Wednesday morning on Alabama 20 is one he hopes to never see again.
Meeks said he was traveling westbound on Alabama 20 when he saw another tractor-trailer rig in the roadway ahead of him. He said he heard a crash about the time he veered on to Bibb-Garrett Road to miss the big rig. He later discovered that a car had apparently hit the truck and landed in a nearby ditch.
He said that after he got out of hts truck he saw a Jeep hit the truck as well.
“Everything happened so fast.” Meeks said.
Meeks said the Jeep was a straight impact to the tractor-trailer rig.
After seeing the Jeep drive underneath the truck, Meeks said he was amazed to see the pas-
See Wrecks, Page 2A
Athens store among those to be closed
By Tanjie Nash
The Winn-Dixie store in Athens is among more than 30 in Alabama set to close later this year as part of a sweeping reorganization that will reduce the supermarket chain’s holdings from 913 stores to 587.
Winn-Dixie, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., operates 901 stores in nine states and 12 in the Bahamas.
The Athens store is part of the chain’s Huntsville market area, which includes 10 stores, all of which will either be sold or closed within a few months, said Joanne Gage, vice president of advertising and marketing for Winn-Dixie.
The 10 stores in that district are Athens, Decatur, Killen, Florence, Madison, Meridianville and four in Huntsville.
“We’re thinking we’ll know by mid-July which stores we will have buyers for and which stores
See Winn-Dixie, Page 3A
The Athens Winn-Dixie store off East Hobbs Street is among the stores the company announced Wednesday that will close later this year in a reorganizational plan nationwide.
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Mayor, council told owners will pay fees at new police site
By Sonny Turner
sonny fa athensnews-courier com The Athens family offering to sell the 3.5 acres on East Hobbs Street to the City of Athens for a new police headquarters building says it will pay for the legal expenses involved to remove restrictive covenants that were placed on that property years ago.
Bill Ming, the broker representing the Beasley family of Athens, informed Athens Mayor Dan Williams and members of the
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Second suspect is arrested in American Legion shooting
By Sonny Turner
Another Athens man has been arrested in connection with a Sunday morning disturbance and shooting that led to an Athens detective being shot in the chest.
Terrias Donta Cain, 21, of 1306 Montreat Dr., Athens, was in the Limestone County Jail Wednesday charged with reckless endanger-ment, resisting arrest and first-degree illegal possession of marijuana.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Cain is accused of firing a .22 caliber pistol in the air during the disturbance at the American Legion Building off Cloverleaf Drive and hiding the pistol in some baked beans.
“He was one of the folks down there causing problems and we were told he hid the gun in the baked beans. But, we didn’t find it,” the
See Shooting, Page 3A