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With his injured neck immobliized by a brace, Auburn safety Zac Etheridge spoke to reporters Tuesday, three days after he sustained a cracked vertebra in his neck in a violent collision with a teammate.SPORTS, PAGE IBAuto sales showing recovery
After months of roller coaster-like sales, the auto industry offered signs of recovery from its yearlong slump Tuesday as most automakers reported higher levels of U.S. sales in October.PAGE 7A
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Walmart asks to sell alcohol
Athens store applies to council for license
By Karen Middleton
The city of Athens has set a public hearing for Nov. 23 on a request by Walmart for zoning approval to sell alcohol at its store at 1011 U.S. 72 East.
Walmart had once before applied for a permit to sell alcohol, but withdrew the request in 2006, according to a store official.
Walmart spokesman Glen Wilkins said Tiiesday that the chain tries to offer alcohol for sale at as many locations as local laws allow.
“I’m surprised they didn’t
apply for [a permit] when we went wet,” said Mayor Dan Williams.
Alcohol sales have been legal in Athens since 2004.
“We did it for the greater convenience of our customers,” said \\5lkms 6x)m his Georgia office. “It’s all part of our one-stop shopping.”
Wilkins said store employees reported to the corporate office that they had frequent requests for alcohol sales.
“We’ve had a lot of cus-
See Alcohol, page 2A
The Athens Walmart shown above on U.S. 72 East could offer alcohol sales in the future depending on the outcome of a Nov. 23 public hearing.
'The year s last, loveliest smile’
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
When American writer William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) wrote, "Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile," he must have been viewing a scene such as this along North Jefferson Street. But North Alabama's colors are fading fast, so readers shouldn't put off a leaf-peeping trip another weekend.
Parents will be informed a week ahead of MINI flu vaccinations for students
By Jean C<3le
Due to the short supply of HlNl flu vaccine, official are uncertain when immunizations will be available for students in Athens and Limestone County.
“Hopefully this year, but we haven’t set new dates,” said Candece Adkins, who represents the Alabama Department of Public Health in Limestone and six other Alabama counties.
Once the vaccine is available here, parents of school-age children wiU be notified a few days to a week before immunizations begin, Adkins said. 'They will receive a consent form to sign if they want their child to receive the optional vaccine, she said.
Officials had initially hoped to immunize students the last week in October or the first week in November.
However, a nationwide shortage of the vaccine has delayed that plan and forced health officials to use what is available for those most at risk of contacting or spreading the flu, according to the Health Department. Those at risk include:
• Those who are pregnant
• Children between ages 6 months and 4 years
• Parents, caregivers and siblings of children under 6 months
• Children and adolescent ages 5 through 18See Flu. page 3A
McDonald’s customer helps nab auto thief
By Jean Qjie
A McDonald’s customer trusted his instincts Monday and called Athens Police, prompting a foot chase that ended with the arrest of a suspect drrving a car stolen from Georgia, an official said.
Jeffery Lee Story, 43, was charged with resisting arrest and first-degree receiving stolen property for possession a car stolen from DeKalb County, said
Athens Police Capt.
Marty Bruce. Jefferv Lee Stonf
Story approached a man who had stopped at the drive-through window at McDonald’s oft U.S. 72 and told liim something was leaking from his car, Bruce said. The man told Story he wasn’t for fix)m work, so he would check it when he
See Customer, page 2AKidnap suspect waives hearing, refusing to eat
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Tammy Renee Silas, the Ardmore woman accused of kidnapping a newborn infont in Nashville just over a month що, has reportedly stopped eating.
Her attorney, Isaiah Gant, an appointed public defender, said Silas is being denied her medications and has attempted suicide by cutting her wrists while being held in the Robertson (founty. Term., jail. The Termessean reported IXresday.
Silas, 39, waived her right to a preliminary and detention hearing in federal court Monday.
Silas was arrested Oct. 2 in Ardmore and charged on federal kidnapping warrants in cormection with the Sept. 29 abduction of 4-day-old Yahir Anthony Caril-lo-GurroUa in Nashville.See Kidnap, page ЗА
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