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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 12, 2005, Athens, Alabama Fostering awarenessBlue ribbons on trees honor contributions of foster and adoptive parentsPena resigns Mistakes take toll on Royals’ underachieving manager ibCourier Tui kSDW, May 12.2005 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future ciicnscoiiriercoiii 50 Cents * CjCrCrci rwO't/h/i/h/1 Pat Noullet of Elkmont Subscriber of the day Students busted Two University of North Alabama students from Athens nabbed in drug raid !TO0ff Hey, Sound Off: Upon riding through the city last evening, I observed the appearance of many buildings, landscaping and areas of our City/County facilities and grounds. The county commission has done a tremendous job maintaining and improving the grounds of County Courthouse. In addition, I noticed that the appearance of both annex buildings and the county school board offices are well maintained and upon entering these buildings on occasion, they are clean, neat and orderly on the inside as well. I am a Limestone Countian that lives in the city but, I am extremely pleased with this work of our county commissioners, county school system and county employees. Great job! Keep up the good work, maybe it will rub-off on some others! More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Seu s-Courier 232-2720 Index Business .......13A Classified ......5-7B Comics .........8B Ledger.........11A Headlines........6A Opinion .........4A Sports ........1-3B Valley ..........5A Weather  2A Daily Bible Moment K&od forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:!4 COL Vlj*    322 H»y. 31N « Athens' n 256-232-1051 W Um    Obit lint 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001 Gone, but not forgotten AG here to salute those gone from Thin Blue Line’ By Karen Middleton News-Courier Reporter The so-called “Thin Blue Line” became shorter by 153 offices nationwide in *2004, according to Alabama Attorney General Troy King. King was in town to pay tribute to local fallen law officers at the Fraternal Order of Police sponsored ?005 Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Limestone County Courthouse. Earlier in the day, King spoke at the Madison County Cour|h9u,se ip a ceremony comi$em.op£&g' 2004 Line of Duty ' Deaths and latef at a Christian Officers Preaching Luncheon in Huntsville. Honojed guests at the Limestone County ceremony were the families of Officer Tony Mims and Sgt. Larry Russell, who were both gunned down in an ambush slaying on Jan. 2, 2004. Charged with capital murder in those slayings is 29-year-old Farron Barksdale, a man with a long history of both voluntary and involuntary mental treatment commitments. King said nationwide 153 men and women law officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2004. Nine of those deaths occurred in Alabama, making it the fifth highest state for law officer deaths in the nation. When Mims was shot he became the first law officer in See AG, Page 2A News-Courier/Kim Rynders Alabama Attorney General Troy King comforts Linda Mims, widow of slain Athens Police Officer Tony Mims who was shot to death in January 2004 at a special Fraternal Order of Police memorial service Wednesday. Fallen officers recalled “Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay clown his life for his friends. Ye are my friends.“ John 15: 13-14. Alabama    Attorney General Troy King paid homage to the nine law officers whose names are engraved in a monument to fallen officers on the west lawn of the Limestone County Courthouse when he spoke at a Fraternal Order of Police ceremony at their honor Wednesday. In closing his remarks King addressed Athens Police officers in saying, “We pray that God ride with you, patrol with you and be a shield to protect you against violence.” F.O.P. President Ron Ultz and former Athens mayor and city councilman Robert Allen Tinnon gave these accounts of the deaths of the officers whose names are engraved there: Bedford Brackeen Limestone    County Sheriff’s Office. March 24, 1941. Brackeen and Deputy Bill Johnston were confronted at the old bus station, located where the present Sundry Printing is, by a man they had earlier in the day accused of stealing a bicycle. There was a shootout and Brackeen was killed. Lawrence Billy Daly, Athens Police Department, Dec. 22, 1964. Daly was killed when he his motorcy- See Officers, Page 2A County to post weight limits on roads By Sonny Turner [email protected] The Limestone County Commission will adopt a resolution Monday posting weight limits on six county roads because commissioners said rock quarry trucks are destroying those highways that would cost millions of dollars to replace. “They are tearing up the roads,” said District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws. “We’re posting 15 ton weight restrictions and requesting they take the truck routes on Ft. Hampton and Cross Key Roads.” Roads affected by the resolution include Easter Ferry Road from Sulphur Creek to Salem-Minor Hill Road; Section Line Road from Easter . Ferry Road to Alabama Highway 99; Witty Mill Road from Easter Ferry Road to Alabama 127; Coffman Road from Easter Ferry Road to Alabama 127; Edgewood Road from Easter Ferry Road to the Athens city limits; and Easter Ferry Road from Cross Key Road to New Cut Road. Commissioners said the 15-ton weight limit will be placed on vehicles traveling the roads with the exception for local deliveries to addresses on these sections of roadway up to the vehicle weight as governed by the state law. “These roads will be seriously damaged or destroyed unless the per- missible weights of vehicles used is reduced,” said Commission Chairman David Seibert. “We now get 15 cents per ton from the rock quarry and that amounts to about $60,000 per year.” The Rogers Group rock quarry is located off Cross Key Road just north of Cross Key. Trucks enter and exit that facility on a daily basis. In other action Monday, commis- See Weight, Page 2A A mock disaster News-Courier/Kim Rynders Athens and Limestone County’s emergency responders and Hazmat team got tested Wednesday afternoon during a mock disaster. Here, a group of students who were involved in a school bus wreck with an 18-wheeler carrying chemicals watch as emergency workers carrying one of the injured. The drill was at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Old county jail may be donated to school system By Sonny Turner [email protected] Limestone County will donate the old county jail building to the county school system on Green Street if the schools want it. And apparently the Limestone County Board of Education is interested in the old building which connects to the Washington Street Annex that now houses the offices of the county school system. “I think they are looking at some options, but I don’t know what they have in mind right now,” Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said Wednesday. “But if they want it, I think I can speak for the commissioners and say they can have it.” Limestone County Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll was in Birmingham Wednesday and unavailable for comment. The old jail was abandoned March 7 when the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department moved into its new facility on East Elm Street. Seibert said if the school board decides against accepting the old jail building, the coun- See Jail, Page 2A ;