Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 13, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Fort Hood suspect charged
The Army psychiatrist in the Fort Hood massacre was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder Thursday.
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Learning to cope with loss
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Rick Mobley stands in front of the burned-out portion of his home Thursday. The home in Clearmont Farms caught fire Wednesday. He said his family of 11 loves the neighborhood and wants to rebuild the house.
Family tries to regroup after residence destroyed by blaze
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An exiiausted Rick Mobley returned to what was left of his bumed-out home on East Clearmont Drive Thursday, saying he will probably rebuild on the site because his lamily has loved living there the last 10 years.
Mobley his wife Karen, and nine of their 11 children live on six acres at the end of a cul-de-sac in Clearmont Farms south of Elk-mont.
Seven of the children, who are home-schooled, were home with their mother when the upstairs smoke alarm went oft Wednesday about 3 p.m., said Mobley.
“Our 4-year-old was asleep in the ikint bedroom when the alarm went oft,” said Mobley. “We had just put a fresh battery in, thank goodness. My wife ran upstafrs and saw smoke coming from under the door.
Well, she knows you never open a door when you see smoke so she ran back downstairs and grabbed the baby and ran out.” Firelighters said Wednesday night that when they arrived the roof of the Mobley home was fully involved in flames. Owens Volunteer Fire Department incident com-miuider Jeft Sides said smoldering clothing in an attic ignited the roof
Mobley said that, “about hall our church congregation showed up last night.” The Mobleys attend New lile Baptist Church in Harvest.
“Tliere’s nothing like a church lamily,” said Mobley. “We’ve had numerous oftiers of lodging iuid even houses where people are out of town for the winter.”
Mobley said the lamily, which stayed in a
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Nuclear plant in violation
of NRC’s fire rules
CFLATI ANOOCiA, I’enn. (AP) — 'lire Tennessee Viilley Authority’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in north i-Vbrbama has a fire response problem that could lead to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission civil penalty.
In a letter to TVA, the NRC said inspectors this yeiu- found that the plant near Athens potentially violated four safety standards, the Chattanooga Fimes Friee , Press reported I’hursday.
TVA spokesmiui Craig Beasley said the plant is working with regulators to address their concerns. He said IVA will “do the work necessary to implement the National Fire Protection Association standards at Brxrwns Ferry.”
NRC ofticials said the deficiencies do not pose any immediate safety risk, since TVA has maintained fire wntches iuid other compensatory measures in response to identified weaknesses.
NRC Regional Commissioner Luis A. Reyes said inspectors found four pxrtential problems at the plant where a 1975 fire damaged a reactor.
“iTie inspection teiim identified potential violations associated with an inadequate fire response pnrcedure, inadequate compensatory measures iuid inadequate emergency lighting,” Reyes said in a letter to TVA’s top nucleiir officials this w’eek.
Regulators developed those standards partly in response to a fire stiuled by a candle tw o years after the Unit 1 reactor at Browms Ferry sLuled operating.
NRC spokesmim Roger Hannah said detiiils will be released in December and there c-ould be a civil penalty.
“4’hese are not the kind of issues that would cause us to shut the plant down, but they are issues that lAA will have to address,” I lannaii said.
Nuclear critics said the lingering fire
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Athens State president to receive service award
Athens State University President Robert K. Glenn has been awarded one of four top professional recognitions from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs.
The Howard Davis Sr.
Award recognizes outstanding service rendered to SAC-SA by a member of the association. The award recognizes achievements in one or more of the following areas: perform-
ance of duty above the expected; completion of a service to the association that reflected faithful and competent achievement; development of new' programs or concepts with a positive impact upon the association.
The purpose of the SACSA is to promote interdisciplinary programs and ideas regarding student affairs work to bring about an improvement in the field. The organization is a professional association that strives to meet the needs of many student affairs professionals in the South. Throughout the year, members are able to benefit from a variety of unique opportuni
ties for professional development, networking, and education.
“Interaction with students has always provided the energy that charges my professional batteries,” Glenn said. “One of the qualities that drew me to Athens State University was its solid commitment to serving the needs of the students who are the heart of the university community. Many years ago Alexander Astin, one of the greatest researchers in higher education, said that the measure of a great university
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Athens man charged in auto, cash thefts
jeaiMathvnsnvwsHxniricr.i'oin An Athens man has been accused of stealing a car and another man’s money, according to Athens Police.
An employee of The Budget Inn on U.S. 31 South called police Wednesday to report a possible stolen car, said Lt.
Floyd Johnson. Tavoras Coffman
Officer Dusty Meadows arrived and spoke to the owner of the missing 2006 Suzuki Reno. He notified other officers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
Meanwhile, he determined Tavoras Coffman was a likely suspect in the theft, Johnson said. He notified other officers to be on the lookout for him.
Lt. Trevor Harris was in the area of Bonnie Doone Apartments oflf Sanderfer Road when he saw the 2006 Suzuki with Coffrnan
See Theft, page 2A
Woman accused of stealing, using her cousin's debit card
An Athens woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing a debit card from her cousin and making a purchase with it, according to Athens Police.
Darlicia Lerice Smith, 21, of 20608 Tillman Mill Road was arrested Tuesday and charged with fraudulent use of a debit card, records show'.
Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson said Smith took the card from a home at North Malone Street, then used it to make a purchase in June.
A warrant had been issued for her arrest after
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