Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 14, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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McLain sentenced to 6 years
Attorney will then serve 14 years probation in sex abuse case
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A Madison County judge told a former Athens attorney Friday he was “wired differently than other people” sexually. Then he ordered him to serve six years in jail and 14 years on probation for enticing, sexually abusing and unlawfully imprisoning two Madison girls.
John Hamilton McLain V, 50, handcuffed and dressed in a cardinal red jail uniform cried, apologized to the girls’ femilies and pleaded with
Circuit Judge James Smith to give him probation.
“It is not in my nature to hurt anybody,” he said. “I have lost everything. I am broke. I have lost my law license. All I have is a little bookkeepers business left. My daughters are in school. My wile is getting home to an empty house. I want to come home and take care of my babies. I’m sorry for wbat I’ve done. Please gK'e me probation.”
McLain lost his composure and cried briefly, triggering tears from his fomily members during the 10:30 a.m.
sentencing in Madison County Circuit Court.
In asking for leniency for McLain, defense attorney Marc Sandlin told the judge McLain has no criminal history, significant ties to the Athens community, including family and friends, and that he had lost his law license and was going to lose his license to practice accounting.
“He has been humiliated and embarrassed, and he is a convicted felon
See McLain, page 3A
A kidney for her kin
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Alabama fan Stanley Barnett feels a special bond with Mary Kelly, despite her being an Auburn fan. She recently donated one of her kidneys to the Owens community man at University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham.
Cousins find Aubum kidney’ works just fine for ’Bama fan
“A lot of people think you have to be a blood relative but you don’t,” said MeUnda Barnett, who has been administering hemodialysis to her husband every night for the past year while also worldng ftiU time at T &■ С Stamping and caring for 18-уеагюИ daughter Jessica Barnett, a senior at West Limestone High School.
Kelly decided to donate one of her kidneys because she has watched Baniett’s health deteriorate since undergoing hemodialysis treatments to filter his blood. Before she could be approved as a donor.
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Alabama fon Stanley Barnett is thrilled with the kidney he recendy received — even though it came fix>m an Aubum fen.
“I already have my new kidney trained to holler ‘Roll Tide!’ said the 49-yeaiM)ld Owens community man. “But as long as I can keep it, I might holler ‘War Eagle!’ if I have to.” Barnett received the kidney Feb. 13 fixHn 33-yearold Reid Elementary School first-grade teacher Mary KeDy.
The two Limestone County residents want others to know that anyone can donate a kidney — even if they aren’t related.
See Transplant, page ЗА
code will debut in two years
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MONTGOMERY - After a March 3 announcement that North Alabama will need to dial 10 digits for local phone calls when numbers are exhausted sometime in 2011, the Alabama Public Service Commission voted what the new area code will be: 938.
This area code will be added in the current 256 area code in north Alabama and will be used only for newly established numbers in the area.
What this means is that kx:al residents with the existing 256 area code will need to dial it, even for local numbers, because some numbers will begin being duplicated in about the first quarter of 2011, said PSC spokesman David Rountree.
This solution to the scarcity of numbers is called an overlay, Rountree said, and it was chosen rather than creating a new geographic area with its own area code.
With an overlay, two or more area ccxles will exist across northern Alabama.
The other option would be to create another geographic region with its own area code, as w^s done 10 years ago when 256 was created for northern and eastern Alabama. Currently, the state uses 205 for western and middle Alabama, 334 for middle and southern areas and 251 in southwest portions of the state.
The overlay option was chosen so residents and businesses would not have to change stationary, business cards, etc. The economy played a part in the commission’s decision, Rountree said.
When the new area code is implemented, people will be phased-in to dialing the 10-digit numbers before it is mandatoiy, he said.
In addition, an automated message will be used to let people know when they need to dial the area code in fixmt of the seven-digit number, Rountree said
For information, visit PSC Web site at http://www.psc.state.al.us/Telecom/New Items/AreaCode256 Relief pdf.
Another truck stuck at railroad underpass
A Penske truck was stuck just before 8 a.m. Friday beneath the CSX Railroad overpass on Forrest Street next to the former Kroger building.
Air was let from the tires in an effort to ease it from the tight space, which is marked with signs saying it allows trucks under 10 feet in height.
A wrecker was called to the scene to help. CSX spokesman Dwdght Emer
son said when a truck is stuck at this site, which happens several times each year, an inspector is called to check for damage to the bridge.
But Emerson said it would be difficult to harm the bridge. “It’s 14-foot-thick concrete,” he said. “It hurts the truck a lot more than the bridge.”
For an update on city railroad crossing maintenance, see Sunday’s edition of The News Courier.
NEWS COURIER/KEU.Y KA2CK
This Penske truck, above, Is stuck Friday beneath the CSX Railroad overpass on Forrest Street next to the former Kroger building.