Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Athens Bible School pitcher Jesse Gibson returns to the mound after recovering from rotator cuff surgery.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
Watch out for farm traffic
Alabama Farmers Federation teaming up with Alabama Departments of Public Safety and Agriculture to increase awareness of slow-moving farm vehicles on public roads.
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Meet your new neighbors
BRAC moves on increase in N. Alabama
By KUUrlN MiDDlJ-TON
Seventeen North Alabama communities are getting new residents transferring from Northern Virginia with BRAC, but no one has a tally of how many have moved to each community, according to BRAC Committee member Lakin Cbllins.
“There have been 1,936 positions that have moved [to Redstone Arsenal] and 1,600 jobs have been filled by either
See BRAC, page 2A
Planned PotlHont to Move
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SOURCE: GREATER LIMESTONE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GEORGE LINDSEY UNA FILM FESTIVAL
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Ranсe Howard, left, takes the stage Friday night with Lee Majors at the Shoals Theater during the George Lindsey University of North Alabama Film Festival. Howard, a veteran actor who Is best known as father of actor/director Ron and actor Clint, and Majors, best known as "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Fall Guy," regaled the audience with tales of their careers.
Lee Majors, Ranсe Howard regale crowd with tales of varied careers
FLORENCE — A strapping football player fix)m a Kentucky university is not likely to back down fix)m a dare. Lee Majors was no exception.
It was about 48 years ago when Majors was sitting out the season with an injuiy that his teammates dared him to try out for a part in the drama department production of “The Crucible.”
“I got the part and then realized I had to do the
See Film, page 7A
NEWS COURIER/JENNIFER R. HILL
Tonya Holly, director of, "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde," speaks at the George Lindsey UNA film festival.
Work on Elk River bridge to résume in summer
By Kfit y Kazek
Drivers wondering when Maples Bridge on Alabama 127 will be completed have at least another four months to wait.
while the bridge that crosses the Elk River has been open for travel, it has been in a state of partial completion for more than a year. The bridge is between Elkmont and the Tennessee state line.
The Alabama Department of Transportation is about to let bids in the project, said Johnny Harris, chief engineer of the ALDOT Northern Division office in Guntersville.
“We hope to get it contracted and begin by some time in June,” he said. “WeTe shooting for that as our target date.”
Once work starts, both lanes of the bridge will be closed for an undetermined amount of time but at least for “several weeks,” Harris said.
“We won’t be able to work on the bridge and have any traffic on it at all,” he said.
Local drivers will have a short detour around the area, while trucks and other southbound traffic most likely will be diverted before they reach the Ala-bama-Tennessee line, he said.
The bridge currently has an overlay of asphalt meant to protect it until warmer weather allows work to begin,
See Bridge, page 3A
First KALB neighborhood meeting to be in Elkmont
By KaRF?^ MlDDl.Fn)N kafvniflathi 'nsnews-txnuii r. ami Residents in the Elkmont Rural Village and in and around Elkmont who are concerned about an ongoing litter problem are invited to attend a community meeting at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Elkmont Rural YiUage Community Building.
Leading the meeting will be Lynne Hart, executive director of Keep Athens-Limestone Beauti-ftil.
“I am so excited about this,” said Hart. “This will be our first ever nei^boihood meeting. We have wanted to begin a series of informational meetii^ in neighboihoods throughout the coun
Randall Hammock, the new director of the Alabama Elk River Development Association, which maintains the Rural \Tllage, has pledged his suf^rt for a clean-up effort on AERDA prop*Ste KALB, page 3A
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