Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 22, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Charles Tucker said officials of Turner Machine, a company in the tool-and-die business since 1975, saw “the writing on the wall” when the economy took a dip alter the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A “change or die” reality struck, but led the company to switch from tooling parts for the automotive and home appliance industries to tooling orthopedic surgical instruments and titanium spinal and limb implants.
It was a big leap, culture and knowledge as well as faith.
“The automotive and appliance businesses were going overseas or to Mexico,” said Tucker, vice president of operations.
Owner Bill Turner, son of John Turner, who founded the business, was out of town Friday.
“We contacted medical companies about doing tooling for them,” said Tucker. “They liked what we did and asked us if we would consider tooling medical instruments. We went to trade shows and on plant tours and we started thinking, ‘Hey, we can do this.’
See Success, page ЗА
Elkmont High band hosts Tour of Homes
The Elkmont High School Band will host its annual Christmas Tour of Homes Dec. 5.
Eight homes are featured on this year’s tour. Tickets are $5 and are available now from any band member and booster member.
The tour is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Proceeds go to the band to fund its spring trip to Williamsburg, Va.
The reception, which is themed “Christmas Host Past and Present,” will be held at the Elkmont Methodist Church Annex Building located on Children Street in downtown Elkmont.
Purchase tickets and pick up maps at
See Tour, page 7A
Holiday closings, garbage collection schedules
To observe the Thanksgiving holiday, offices for Limestone County and the City of Athens will be closed Thursday and Friday.
State of Alabama offices also will be closed.
City and county schools and area senior centers will close Thursday and Friday. The News Courier office will be closed Thursday and reopen at 8 a.m. Friday. Papers will be delivered as usual on Thanksgiving Day.
Garbage collection for Limestone County residents will not change; collection will occur on Thanksgiving Day. Pickup times will be earlier than usual so workers can spend the holiday with their families. Collection for Athens residents will be rescheduled.
Garbage will be picked up on Monday for those whose garbage is typically picked up on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Thursday collection will be moved to Tuesday.
Friday collection will be moved to Wednesday.
Sony to see it go
Expectant dad takes spacewalk
A spacewaiking astronaut put aside the impending birth of his daughter Saturday and blazed through his first-ever venture outside the International Space Station.
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Downtown square gets the Christmas spirit
COURTESY PHOTO/ALISSA ROSE-CLARK
Shoppers enjoy a carriage ride Saturday in downtown Athens during the 23rd annual Christmas Open House. Sponsored by The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and The Spirit of Athens, the event continues today from 1 to 5 p.m. with visits from Santa, more carriage rides, caroler*, refreshments and the opportunity to register at participating businesses for door prizes.
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Tide gets easy win
Alabama raced to a
35-0 halftime lead in 45-0 win over Chattanooga and showed no signs of a letdown ahead of games with rivals Auburn and Florida.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
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Eighty-nine year old Floyd Kirk was only 41 when he helped build the old Limestone County Jail in 1961. He reminisced about seeing it demolished.
Man who helped build jail watches as it is demolished
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Floyd Kirk may be one of the only people soriy to see the Limestone County jail tom down.
Built 48 years ago by Chambers Lumber Co. and Romine Plumbing and Electric, the jail is now a pile of dusty rubble at the corner of Green and Madison streets in Athens.
Kirk hasn’t been weeping. But watching workers dismantled the obsolete jail these past two weeks has left him in reverie.
“I drive by every day to see how much is gone,” said Kirk, who lives in Athens. “I can see what work I did in different places. I’m surprised they tore it down so quickly.”
The work began in January 1961.
That year, John F. Kennedy had delivered his famous inaugural speech.
The Peace Corp was founded.
The Bay of Pigs invasion had flopped.
Ham the chimp traveled to outer space.
West Side Story won the best picture Oscar.
Clyde Ennis was sheriff of limestone County.
Homer McLemore was County Commission chairman.
And 41-year-old Kirk, a carpenter for Chambers, was helping put reinforced steel into the
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“There are not many of us still living who worked on it,” Kirk said. “We started in early January and it took us almost a year to
See Jail, page 7 A