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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama Employees at fault? Shuttle boss says shuttle foam loss likely worker damage    2A The New Tired of talking Atlanta’s Smoltz ready to prove shoulder on mound IB ounerV\ KDNKSIUN, 0( lOHKR 5, 2005Serving Athens and Limestone Coi ntv: A Commiлил oi Tradi iton and Fi 11 RE Index Business .......7A Classified .... 4-8B Comics ... .......3B Headlines . .......4A Health .......8A Ledger .......6A Obituaries .......2A Newburn Duncan Carolyn Ruth McGee Britny Kiana Montgomery Sports ... ......1-2B Valley .......5A Weather .. .......2A Daily Bible Moment iiili/;/ looks at the outward appearance, hut the Lord looks at the heart. / Samuel 16:7 m H»v. 31 V • Athens -    2.%.232-l(«l 256-232-1(151 Obil line 256-771-0934 69847'OOODI ^ Cr&d vStephen Moyers of Athens Subscriber of the day mwF Uev, Sound Off: 1 was shocked when I found out the kids involved in the braw I on the football field at West Limestone last Friday night had not been suspended from school. Any other child who is caught fighting on campus is suspended. These boys did it while representing the school and in front of everyone. W hy do we allow Jocks to give our community a bad name? And who is teaching these boys about honor, character, self-control and discipline? I thought that is one of the things coaches always say they teach their guys. If these guys go unpunished hov\ wit! they ever learn? All the adults of our community should take some responsibility for letting these boys reach almost adulthood and still think they can behave childishly when they get harassed or embarrassed. Now our quiet and lovely little community will pay the price for a long time. P.S. Can anyone remember the girl’s name who crowned homecoming queen Friday night? No, probably not now! More Sound Off Thursday Police station to cost $2.9M JiilS-Viv- T ^ ■ n This is an architect's rendering of the new Athens police headquarters building that will be constructed on East Hobbs Street. Huntsville firm low bidder on new headquarters building IW K VKtN MlDDI L ION aiicni’\\s(u Sc\en construction firms bid to build the .Athens Police Department building on Hobbs Street. On Tuesday, city officials met to opeti the bids, c.xpressing satisfaction that so tnany finns showed an interest, but disap-[HMntment at the high price tag. The apparent low bidder was Pearce Con.struction of Hunts\ille at $2.9 mil lion; hov\e\er. se\eral \anables go into choosing a company, and the City Council will not award the bid until its MonilaN-meeting at the earliest. “W'e were hoping it would come in lower, something like .$2.(> million.” .saul Mayor Dan Williams. “Fm sure it has something to do w ith gasoline a\ailabilit\ because of Hurricane Katnna. fhe $2.9 million bid is a little high, but the others went up to nearly $3.7 million. The alter- nate plans really onK bring it down b\ about $ 10().()()().” Once the bid is awarde(.L constructuMi should beein in eaiK No\ember with completion slated for d.-'O calendar da\s later, according to architect Rt)beri (ira\ of l\iul B. Krebs iK Associates of Birmingham. ITise bids of other lirms \ \ ing for the project were: Baggette. Decatur. s3.4 million; Building С onstruction .Associates. Decatur. S.vP million; Consolidated Hunts\ille. $3.2 million; Ciarber, Huntsxille. S3.b million; l ee liuilders, HuntsMlle. S3.3 million; and Mailin and C obe\. Athens. S3.1 million. All of the firms submitting bids also bid on the ‘dediietive alternates” which included sa\ mgs tt>r using asphalt shingles \ersus a metal roof. eourtrtHmi finishing and elec- See Police, Page 3A Athens man is jailed for child abuse What a pumpkin! Ba Sown I i rnfr sonnyiaiilhensuews-couher.coni A 29-year-old Athens man was in the Limestone County .lail fuesday charged with abusing his two small children. Kristopher i:arl Walker, of 11053 l.ucas Ferrv Road Athens, is charged with child abuse and public mto.xication. “W'e received calls from this indi\ idual at his residence who was hav ing a drug induced hallucination w ith his two children inside the home with him,” said Limestone C’ounty Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt “He called at 3:45 on the morning of Oct. 1 saying several people were in his home illegally. W hen we got there we found Walker a broken window that he apparently had broken out. Our investigation further revealed that he apparently had pulled his S-year-old son out that window and injured him. McNan said the boy was taken to Athens-Limestone I lospital w here was treated for cuts on his nose and face. Investigator .lustin Camp charged Walker with child after he interviewed the suspect. ■McNatt said the investigation revealed Walker’s actions was considered child abuse. The other child, also a male and under the age of eight, was not injured, investigators said. “W'e know he was hallucinating and his actions resulted in the injury of the child” McNatt said. “We decided to arrest him on child abuse charges.” Walker remained in the Limestone County .Fail Tuesday w ith bond set at $15,()0(). McNatt said Walker and his wife are separated and that Walker had the children with him the day of the arrest. GM, Ford sales drop as demand for SUVs dries up DETROIT (AP) High gas prices and a summer of heavy discounting sent sales of sport utility vehicles plummeting last month for U.S. automakers. Asian manufacturers, who had avoided the employee-pncing lures Detroit offered saw their results less affected. Several automakers reported strong car sales in their monthly reports released .Monday, but SUVs took a hit industrywide in the US. market as gas prices skyrocketed following Hurricane Katrina. Sales of the CMC Envoy and Chevrolet Tahoe fell more than 50 percent compared to last September. The Cadillac E.scalade, Mazda Tribute, Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada all saw their sales fall by 18 percent or more. Dodge Durango sales were down .    ^.    News-Couricr Tashia Lovell Joe Black sits in the back of his pickup truck with a worW class pumpkin that tipped the scales at 760 pounds Black, who grew the pumpkin from a Dill Atlanta Giant seed he ordered in the mail, lives off Carey Road near Elkmont. He said it took seven people to load the pumpkin in the back his truck. Lawmen arrest 2 in burglary of Limestone County home Bn Sown Ti rnkr sonny '(^uthensnew ’s-conner com Two Lauderdale County residents were arrested Tuesday accused of breaking into a home earlier in the day and stealing guns, knives and a chain saw. Timothy Glenn Thomas, 40, of 2177 County Road 95, Rogersville, and Sherie Roxanne WTight, 38, of 1993 County Road 153, Lexington, were both arrested and jailed on a charge of first-degree burglary. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the Thomas    Wright two were arrested after two county deputies. Donnie Smith and Chad Smith, found some of the property stolen in the burglary inside their vehicle while it was parked at a home on Plato .lones Street in Athens. McNatt said a New England muzzleloader, two ritles. a pistol, chain saw and four knives were reported missing from a home on the 10000 block of Kimbrell Rottd. McNatt said the homeowner left his home in the early morning hours Tuesday and noticed a suspicious gray and black Thunderbird stopped alongside the road. The man stopped See Burglary, Page 2A Browns Ferry worker on life support See Sales, Page ЗА HUNTSVILLE A north Alabama man remained in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital Tuesday after a construction accident at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry nuclear plant. Richard “Bubba” Haynes, 42, of Killen, was on life support at the hospital following the accident Saturday at the plant near Athens, said Darrell Widner, a district manager for Illinois-based construction contractor L.E. Myers Co. “He needs everybody’s prayers. It’s going to be a long recovery,” Widner told the TimesDaily of Florence. Haynes and James McClurkan of Tennessee were injure(.i while mov ing heavy equipment at Unit 1 around 1 1 a.m. Saturday.- Widner said something apparently slipped or broke and the load “got away” from the workers and struck them. See Worker, Page 3A ;