Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Buzz Estes will be the guide for one of four walking tours offered each Saturday in June to give living histories of Athens. Estes’ tour focuses on the downtown square. Tours are free.
Chiysler dealership to remain open here
From stnfl, win* reports
On a day when Chrysler LLC was announcing closure of hundreds of dealerships, including more than a dozen in Alabama. Jeff Hamm wasn’t worried.
“There wasn’t a doubt in our minds,” he said Thursday.
Hamm, dealer principal of Champion Chevrolet-Chiysler-Dodge, knew his dealership would keep its Chrysler sign. Customers, though, heard of the parent company’s bankruptcy motion and “the phones have been ringing all day,” he said.
Hamm said the Athens dealership, located on U.S. 72, will keep its agreement with Chiysler LLC.
“The sales and service agreement is intact,” he said. “As the parent company restructures, we will continue to operate as we always have.”
Chrysler LLC wants to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200
See Chrysler, page 7A
County acting to halt ongoing work at guarry
By Jean Cole
jeaim ;i (litmsnew s-< t >i tru r. com Residents living near the proposed quarry off Laughmiller Road want Rogers Group to halt work at the site in light of four laws approved Monday blocking the quarry-
Some residents say they have already heard blasting in the area and they worry about groundwater depletion, motorist safety and cracking foundations.
Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said he planned to ask the company "Thursday to stop work at the site. He traveled to Montgomery earlier this week to meet with members of the Alabama Attorney General’s
See Quarry, page 2A
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Swine flu found in 2 kids, 1 adult here
By Kelly Kazek kellyt&athensnew s-cvurier.com Of the three cases of H1N1 flu diagnosed in Limestone County, two were found in children and one in an adult, according to a doctor with the Alabama Department of Public Health.
One child is preschool age, under 5, and another is in elementaiy
school, under age 12, said Dr. Jim McVay, director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease. The third person diagnosed with H1N1, also known as swine flu, is over the age of 24.
But because the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta no longer recommend closure of schools when cases are found among chil
dren, health officials are not releas ing which school or preschool th< students attend.
“The children involved are a home and not in a group setting,’ McVay said. “They won’t be re leased to go back to school unti they are no longer contagious.”
See Flu, page 3A
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‘Can’t you see the pain’
T.G.I. Friday's killer gets life sentence after juror's death
Walking tours each Saturday in June tell stoiy of old Athens
By Kelly Kazek keBy^iithensnews-courier.ccxn History doesn’t have to come from the two dimensions of a book, says Tourism Director Jeanette Dunnavant. In June, residents and visitors and experience local history on walking tours each Saturday.
“Community leaders will escort you through the historic districts, courthouse square areas, cemetery, and college sharing their personal remembrances and tall tales from the old days,” Dunnavant said.
Walks begin at 10 a.m., with meeting times at 9:45 at the Limestone County Courthouse Annex on Clinton Street.
How to go
Walking Tours are free and begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in June.
Walks are free, and each Saturday — June 13, 20, 27 — you can choose from four diftere walks:
• Downtown Athens, limestone Count Courthouse Square with guide Buzz Estes;
• Beaty Historic District, Washington Stre and Old Town Cemetery, guide Billy Ward;
• Athens State University, Big Spring Me
See Walking, page 3A
By Karen Middleton Aar 71 (Fathensnews -cx)i uier. com “Can’t you see the pain on our faces?” asked the mother of an Athens man’s convicted killer.
Odell Turner delivered her comments before sentencing was passed on Jamal Woods in the Dec. 17,2006, T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant shooting deaths of her youngest son, Thurston Turner, 27, and his cousin, local basketball standout and three time Boys & Girls Club Member of the Year Tanqueray “"Tank” Beavers. 21.
Madison County Circuit Court Judge Laura Hamilton sentenced Woods Thursday to life without parole for capital murder in the killings of Turner and Beavers; 99 years for attempted murder in the near-fatal wounding of Autoro “Tory” Rogers, and 20 years for first-degree assault in the wounding of bystander William “"Tim” Reliford.
Prosecutor Don Rizzardi said he felt there was “no justice” in being
See Sentence, page 7A
NEWS COURIER FILE PHOTO
Jamal Woods, who is seen here during his February capital murder trial in Huntsville, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the chance of parole for the T.G.I. Friday's Dec. 17, 2006, shooting deaths of Tanqueray "Tank" Beavers and Thurston Turner.
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'Tweets' from space
Astronaut Mike Massimino, a mission specialist aboard space shuttle Atlantis, has sent the first 'tweets' from orbit to Twitter, the social networking site.
Lady Tigers advance in winners bracket to face Alabama Christian today after defeating defending Class 4A softball champs St. James 6-3 in Thursday match.
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