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Group readying quarry site
Despite efforts of residents and legislators, quarry work begins
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A Nashville cx)mpany has begun preliniinary work at the site ot its proposed limestone nxik quarry near Tanner.
Motorists driving past the proposed quarry site off U.S. 31 at Laugh-miUer Road have noticed a Rogers Group Inc. billboard maildng the site.
Preliminary work at the site began a few weeks ^o after the /Vlabama Department of Environmental Man
agement issued the company its final air and water permits.
The company has not started blasting.
“The ADEM permit allow^ed us to begin preparirg the land for the new quarry after March 1,” said Tom Ken-ley, communications specialist for Rogers Group. “We are currendy moving dirt to make way for the necessary roads and scale house. Tire
See Quarry, page 3A
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A Nashville company has begun preliminary work at the site of its proposed limestone rock quarry near Tanner. A Rogers Group Inc. billboard marks the site off U.S. 31 at Laughmiller Road. The company has not started blasting. The county has commissioned a study to see if the quarry would affect the water.
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Local ladies participate ia Ugly Walk
Above, two of Athens’ most delicate, er, manly beauties strut across the stage during Saturday’s Ugly Walk to benefit the Jessica Elldns Memorial Scholarship. Behind the finery are Pierce McGrady, left, an Athens High School sophomore, and Athens Mayor Dan Williams. At right, Brian Terry is crowned “queen” of the uglies by real pageant winner Brianne Griffin. The main fundraiser of the day was a pageant. A pancake breakfost was held earlier in the day at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill. Jessica, the 15-уеагюИ daughter of Talbot and Michelle Elldns of Athens, died fixim bacterial meningitis in December 2007. The Jessica Elkins Live, Laugh, and Love Memorial Scholarship, established in January 2008, is awarded through the Limestone Area Community Foundation.
Deputies search for inmate who walked off work release
Limestone County authorities continued theii- search Monday for a work-release prisoner who walked oil his job just before midnight Sunday and is still on the lam, an official O^fteakmgnews said.
Preston Lee “Bubba” Colwell.
21. left his job at Pilgrim’s Pride about 11:45 p.m.. said Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
“We have been 1,»king (or him all Preston L. Colwell
night,” McNatt siiid. “We started about 1:30 a.m. (Monday) after we got the phone call saying he was definitely missing and we did an investigation. We had one individual who saw a person run across a field about 11:45 p.m., and we think that is going to be our inmate. We used the dogs from the Limestone Correctional Facility and tracked him from Pilgrim’s Pride to the Jifly at Hobbs and 31.”
Sheriff Mike Blakely believes Colwell fied in a 2000 model white CMC pickup reported stolen Monday afternoon from Martin & Cobey Construction Co. at 711 F]. Hobbs St. Blakely said Colwell used a pay telephone behind Jifty at the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center and made a couple of calls about 10 or 15 minutes past midnight.
Colwell is a white man with brown hair and eyes who stands 5 feet, 11 inches and weighs 130 pounds. He has a pair of praying hands tattooed on his
See Search, page 2A
KALB asks for help with Great American Cleanup
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knn'ih'O ntlu ‘iisncwsc xKiricr.ami Our state is referred to as “Alabama the Beautiful,” but one look in the ditches and curbs along our roads says something else entirely.
Keep Athens-Limestone Beauti
ful Director Lynn Hart cited 2007 figures showing the Alabama Department of Transportation spent S6 million that year in litter cleanup.
“The state could have hired, trained and equipped — minus vehicles — 100 state trtx)pers for the 36
million they spent on litter cleanup,” said Hart. “And that did not include county and city cleanups. This is just vriiat the state spent cleaning up state routes.”
She said one mile of Alabamii highways contains approximately
16,0(X) pieces of litter, which costs the state <30 cents a piece to pick up.
April 4 is Cireat American Cleanup Day. KALB is gearing up for the event to get as many people out
See Cleanup, page ЗАIndex
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