Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 20, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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President Barack Obama will have scant time to rest up from his eight-day Asia trip as he faces a vote on health care, Afghan troop decision.
Astronauts get extra work done
A pair of spacewalking astronauts, one of them a surgeon, hustled through antenna and cable work outside the International Space Station Thursday.
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Ticket fix probe closed
2 officers reprimanded; AG finds no criminal wrongdoing
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The state attorney general has closed its investigation into an alleged drunk-driving ticket fix by an
Athens Police supervisor because no criminal action was found, the police chief said Thursday.
A supervisor and the arresting oificer have been reprimanded for
foiling to follow procedures, he said.
Meanwhile, the man charged with driving drunk — William Jeffers, 43, of Killen — was convicted Thursday in Municipal Court of driving under the influence at 2:26 a.m. June 7 on U.S. 72 near Seven Mile Post Road.
Jeffers’ attorney, Dan Totten ot Athens, immediately appealed the
conviction. Jefters will likely be tried by a 12-person juiy on the charge next year, Totten said.
Athens Police Chief Wavne Harper said Attorney Cjeneral Troy King telephoned him at the end oi September to say the Attorney General’s Office would take no action in
See Ticket, page 6A
Charity event at Lincoln-Bridgeforth
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Athens Boys & Club members Milagro Pruitt, Destiny Crutcher, Mackenzie Parker, Santiago Al-tamirano and Brock Jerkins work on posters Thursday to promote the upcoming Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park Committee Charity Flea Market.
Flea market to raise funds for school supplies, Christmas gifts
Ih-oceeds will go toward the committee’s activities, which include the school supplies, toy giveaway, tree lighting and other events, said Committee Secretary Robbin Hines.
Other groups and individuals also can sell goods at the flea market and keep the proceeds for themselves, she said, or donate the money to the Committee.
“We want to sell yard-sale items, arts and crafts and we want to drum up interest in the park,’’ Hines said. “We hope to
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Giving away free sch(X)l supplies in the foil and free bikes and toys at Christmas are two projects worth keeping.
But both require money.
So, members of the Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park Committee are going to tiy to raise some money with a charity flea market at the Athens park on Saturday, Nov. 28.
If you have anything worth selling stuffed in your attic, closets or garage, the committee could sure use it.
See Flea market, page 6A
Water Board to refinance bond issue
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Refinancing a 1998 revenue bond should net the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority nearly $300,000.
Interim General Manager Tammy Smith recommended refunding the bonds after discussing the matter with auditor Cecil Armstrong Jr. and Scott Bammon of Thornton Parish, Inc., the authority’s bond agent.
“It will save us nearly $300,000 over the life of the bond,’’ Smith said. “I recommend we put the money in the Debt Ser\dce Reserve Fund.” Smith said the money should go into the reserve fund because two of the authority s bond insurers have been downgraded, requiring that the authority make monthly payments into the Debt Service Reserve Fund.
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Parent complains of swearing at school events
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lciinifi‘n^iithciisiic\\s-n)iiriir.cxmi A former Athens High School student who now has a son in the athletic program told the Athens City Board of Education Thursday that he has become alarmed by the use of excessive profanity dui-ing games and practices.
Superintendent Orman Bridges told the parent, Kenny Brinkley, that he had noticed foul language
being used by students and coaches and had addressed it immediately.
Conduct on the playing field carries over into other parts of life and even the classroom, the parent said.
“I just don’t want our kids to learn that that is the way,” Brinkley said. “Someone has to be on watch.
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Payne to retire as
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After nearly three years as chief executive officer of Athens-Limestone Hospital, Cary Payne will retire at the end ot the year.
Pavne confirmed his plans Thursday, saying he had told the hospital board of them about six weeks ago.
Payne came to Athens-Limestone in 1996 to be assistant administrator, eventually becoming chief operating officer, a pt)sition he held for eight years before being named CEO in January 2(K)7.
“This is my second retirement,” Payne said. “I spent 22 years in the militaiy.”
During those 22 years, Payne, who was commissioned as a Medical Serv'ice Corps officer in the Army, u'orked as a company commander, human-resource director and administrator from combat-support hospitals to medical-research institutions to an academy in San Antonio. He holds master’s degrees in health care management and health care administration.
“I want to spend more time with Lisa and our families,” Pavne said.
Payne is married to the fonner lisa Carter, who is employed at Athens State University.
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Schools' swine flu vaccine does not contain thimerosol
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The swine flu vaccine tliat will lie given to Alabama schœl children beginning Monday does not contain the mercury-based preservative thimerosol, according to the state Health Department.
A few parents told T’he News Courier on Thursday they would not allow' their children to receive the nasal mist vaccine at clinics that begin Monday because they fear it contains the preservative. Some believe there is a connection between mer-cuiy-based injections and the development of autism.
The Health Depaitment stated in a press release “The 2tK)9 HlNl nasiil mist vaccine, which is a live, attenuated intranasal vaccine, does not contain
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