Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Playoffs keep ng coach busy
Postseason play means Elkmont coach Don Jacobs must conduct daily practice sessions with his team while putting in extra hours driving to Montgomery to meet with officials of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
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Draft beer sales coming?
By Jean Cole
An Athens man was trying to reduce the number of beer cans and bottles going into the landfill when he first proposed legalizing draft beer in the city.
Since then, Kelly Range’s mission has become a matter of choice.
“You don’t have to buy draft beer,” Range said. “You don’t have to buy beer or wine on Sunday. It is about giving adults the choice.”
He wants the local legislative delegation and the City Council to give Athens the
He recently asked the delegation in a letter to vote to legalize both draft-beer sales and Sunday alcohol sales in Athens when they meet in February.
He gave the City Council a petition bearing the names of 1,560 supporters on Monday.
For the measure to move forward, the City Council would have to decide whether they supported draft-beer sales or Sunday sales, or both, said City Clerk John Hamilton, who discussed the matter with the Alabama League of Municipalities. If council members ap
proved draft-beer sales or Sunday sales, or both, they would then ask state Rep. Henry White, D-Athens, to introduce legislation to legalize it. The council could ask that the legislation include a public vote on the matter but they don’t have to, Hamilton said.
The council could ask the Legislature to amend an existing law directly as long as the amendment does not clash with state law. Because the sale of alcohol is already legal, legalizing draft beer would simply be an amend-
See Beer, page 7A
Honoring local veterans
Scouts help place ‘Flags Over Athens’
Jesse Hicklen, above, was among a group of Cub Scouts from Troop 889 at Lindsay Lane Christian Academy who helped raise flags this week in preparation for Veterans Day. The flags, which are purchased by local residents in honor or memory of veterans under a program called Flags Over Athens, will line U.S. 31 on patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Flag Day and Armed Services Day. At left, in front are Christian Usery and Elizabeth Usery; back row, Teresa Smith, Jesse Hicklen, Caleb Johnson and Matthew Usery. Deela Hicklen and Sandy Thompson, who also helped, are not pictured.
PCLs sale to Knology likely done before 2010
By Karen Middi.eton
kareir^^ at hensnews-courier.com The $7.5 million sale of the local Private Cable Co. to Knology should be complete by year’s end and viewers will begin receiving upgraded service by the first of 2010, according to a Knology spokesman.
The News Courier reported Sunday that the sale of PCL, in business since 1995, was being discussed.
Knology director of corporate communications Tony Palermo said Tuesday local PCL customers who might fear a loss of the level of service they have come to expect from PCL should be assured that Knology technicians would be based in Athens.
But the call center is not local. “We’re noted for our service platform,” said Palermo. “Our call center is in the Southeast and not in India or some other country. We will have local management and customer support.” But by “local” Palermo is talking about Huntsville. He couldn’t confirm that Knology would maintain a permanent office in Athens after the transition, but would have “technicians in the market we serve.”
Palermo said Knology has no immediate plans to extend service to unserved areas. He said PCL is about 90 percent built in the Athens market.
“The exciting part is that Athens will be getting the benefit of Knology’s technology base,” he said. “There will be a significant buildup in the number of channels and HD channels.”
Palermo said PCL offers 81 channels and seven high-defmition channels. He said under Knology, that number would climb to 150-plus chan-
See Knology, page 3A
Former ASU prof touts Southern writing, arts on swampiand.com
By Karen Middleton
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When surfing the Internet, treat yourself to a Southern delight by kicking off your shoes and wading in the Swampland.
Swamp-land.com is a Web site begun by Jim Maricel, an Orlando, Fla., man with Athens connections. He
is the great-grandson-in-law of the late Jim and Dewease Beasley, having married their granddaughter, SuSu Day.
So when Markel established Swampland as a Web site for aU cultures of the South, he made sure the chunk of the South on which Athens and Limestone County sits was featured prominently.
In 2007, retired Athens State University professor of English
See Swampland, page 7A
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