Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 7, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Siegeiman conviction is upheid
A federal appeals court In Atlanta Friday upheld most of the bribery and corruption charges against former Alabama governor Don Siegeiman and all the charges against former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.
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Supreme Court gets inmate case
A local mother has filed a brief asking the court to open records in the death of her son
By Kr i.i v K.\zfk
Mary Baricsdale, mother of an Athens man wiio .died in a state prison in August 2007, filed a brief Friday to have her request for her son’s prison records heard before the Alabama Supreme Court. <
Richard Allen, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections, has refused to turn over incident reports relating to the death of Farron Barksdale, despite a Montgomery Circuit Court judge’s order in
Barksdale, who was 32, died 10 days after» being found comatose in an isolation cell at Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery. He had been sentenced to life in prison for murdering two Athens Police officers on Jan. 2, 2004.
His mother, an Athens resident, has demanded the records — through Huntsville attorney Jake Watson and the Southern Cen-
See Barksdale, page 3A
Farron Barksdale during a 2007 court appearance in Limestone County.
TIMELINE OF FARRON BARKSDALE CASE
January 2004: Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims of the Athens Police Department are shot to death.
July 2007: Farron Barksdale, who has been in Limestone County Jail since the day of the shootings, pleads guilty to their murders.
August 2007: After a brief trial reguired by law, Barksdale is sentenced to life in prison.
Aug. 8,2007: Barksdale is transferred to Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery by Limestone County deputies.
Aug. b, 2007: Barksdale is found comatose in his
Aug. 20,2007: Barksdale dies while being treated at a Montgomery hospital.
September 2007: The inmate's mother, Mary Barksdale, files suit seeking to open incident reports surrounding the death of her son June 2008: Mary Barksdale files a civil suit against the prison system and doctors at the prison, claiming negligence in her son's care.
Oct 6,2008: Montgomery County Circuit Judge Eugene Reese orders Allen to make incident reports in Barksdale's death open to the public.
Oct 24,2008: Inmate J.D. Bennett said in a letter to Reese that four guards inflicted Barksdale's injuries in a severe beating.
November 2008: The Southern Center for Human Rights asks Reese to enforce his order after Allen does not comply.
DecenKier 2008: DOC officials say they will reopen an investigation into Barksdale's death after Bennett's letter is reported by the media.
March 2009: Mary Barksdale reguests the Alabama Supreme Court to hear her case seeking access to her son's records.
Smart about hearts
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Stacey Givens sits in her five-month-old daughter's room. Givens' daughter. Ally, and son. Brooks, 2, were almost an impossibility as she battles heart disease.
Go Red for Women brings awareness of heart disease
By Jknnifkr R. Hill
In 2000, Stacey Givens of Athens, then 26, looked healthy. Tall and lean — she, nor anyone who knew her then, would have guessed that nearly a year later she would be fighting for her life and her dreams to have a family.
Givens will speak about her experience with heart disease at the Go Red for Women Lunch and Learn sponsored by Athens-Limestone Hospital and the American Heart Association. The Lunch and Leam will be from noon until 1 p.m.
Go and do:
Athens-Limestone Hospital and the American Heart Association wHI partner to hold the Go Red for Women Lunch and Learn from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday, March12 at the Waddell Center Family Medicine Classroom at 902 West Washington St., in Athens.
Thursday, March 12 at the Waddell Center Family Medicine Classroom at 902 West Washington St., in Athens.
See Go Red, page 2A
Lauderdale men appointed to AERDA board
By Karen Middleton
Two Lauderdale County men were recently appointed to the Alabama Elk River Development Association board, according to new Director Randall Hammock.
Larry Siniard, a teacher at Lauderdale County High School, and Richard Herston, mayor of Rogersville, are the
new members, replacing former Rogersville mayor James Hagood, and Lexington Mayor Herman Jagger.
Hammock came on as the new director Feb. 23, replacing 30-year director Ed Sandlin, who retired.
The board is made up of six community leaders — three from Limestone County and three from Lauderdale Coun
ty. Each member is nominated by the County Commission and then appointed by the governor for six-year terms.
Jerry Bradford of Elkmont resigned from the board in this winter. Hammock said.
“At the present time, there is one vacancy on the board,’’ said Hammock. “This posi-
See AERDA. page 2A
Biodiesel firm unable to pay bills, employees
By K\hfn Middit:ix)N . kuiviiiS'iilhi■nsiK'ws-ixniriir.ami
Athens Biodiesel, which announced establishment of a plant in North Athens in 2006, has feUen a victim to lower oil prices that have lowered demand for its product, according to owner Melvin Kilgore.
“We have prtxluced 100,000 gallons of biodiesel, but we haven’t found buyers,” said Kilgore on Friday. “Wholesale prices for biodiesel have dropped to $1.24 to $1.31 a gallon. Oil prices being what they are, it costs more to produce biodiesel than you get for wholesale prices.”
Affiens Utilities discontinued service to the plant on East Airport Road at 10 a.m. Friday for non-payment of its monthly bill.
“Tbey were one month in arrears,” said Mayor Dan Williams. “The meter had been read and if they had not paid by 10 a.m. this morning (Friday) they were to be shut ofli. They have got to pay. 'fhe city can’t continue to cany them.”
See Biodiesel, page ЗА
News Courier to host blood drive
The News Courier will host a Life-South Community blood drive from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, March 9.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is a community blood supplier for local hospitals in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. LifeSouth is committed to meeting the bkxDd supply needs and pmviding the highest quality blotxl components and services for those hospitals.
Each year, neariy five million Americans. need a blood transfiision. To meet their responsibility, LifeSouth needs to collect 266,000 blood donations a year. Tbat works out to 728 donors a day. TTie blood supply collected fix)m donors directly serves ffie needs of patients at over 120 medical facUities served by LifeSouth.
llie blood donated at Tbe News Courier will stay in the community for kxal patient transfusions. Only if our local supply is met will LifeSouth share our blood resources with other communities.
Donors must be 17 or older, (16-yeai^ olds may donate with written parental oOTisent) weigh 110 pound or more and show I.D.
All donors receive a recognition item and a cholesterol screening.
For more information call (888) 795-2708 or visit www.lifesouth.oi^.
— Jennifer R. Hill