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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 13, 2005, Athens, Alabama Гмi «sow. October 13, 2005 X^O-ycb HTsO-Vtbi-iV i Larry Gilbert of Ardmore Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: 1 read in the paper yesterday, that the mayor seems to think that with Delphi filing bankruptcy it is going to hurt our economy. What about all the other plants that have closed? What about the people and their families? I know the money is a whole lot more than, lets say Martin’s or any other company that has taken food off of a lot of tables. But face it. the cost of living in our area for the average dollar that is earned seems to be set from Delphi or Redstone Arsenal. 1 know we have lower taxes in Alabama than say California, but our pay scale is a lot lower also. Hey, Sound Off: Now that we have a four-way stop at the crossing of Huntsville/Brow nsferry and Lucas Ferry roads, why not push for a’four-way stop at the crossing of Moyers and Malone streets and Lucas Ferry and a three-way stop at the intersection of Sanderfer Road and Lucas Ferry. Doesn’t it all amount to the same thing? It seems that if we need a four-way stop for safety measures at some of the roads crossing Lucas Ferry, then we need it at all the roads crossing Lucas Ferry. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Business 11A Classified 5-8B Comics..........4B Ledger .........10A Opinion .........4A Obituaries 2A Nora K. Black Walene Smith Fudge Roy Harold Lentz Sr. Betty Sue Luton Ben Scanlon Betty Lynn Smith Sports.........1-3B Valley ..........5A Dallv Bible Moment CZ on shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just Luke 14:14 [тШот '*iih i ill Hwv. 31 N ‘ Athens 256-232-1051 Obit «ne 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001 Landowners up in arms Huntsville’s sewer line plan in East Limestone opposed Bn Sown Tt rnfr sonnytà The    Limestone    County Commission is drafting a resolution opposing a City of Huntsville plan to cross the property of 15 East Limestone County landowners with a sewer line to Huntsville’s annexed areas in Limestone County. Commissioners agreed to the resolution after three of those landowners Norman Chittam, Olan Phillips and Marty Emerson — came before the commission Wednesday requesting county action. “It will raise our taxes and we can’t hook on to the line without being annexed," Chittam said. “We don’t want in the City of Huntsville. We don’t want them on our property." The landowners said they have not been contacted by any city officials, but received a letter on Oct. 4 from Tetra Tech, Inc., Huntsville's eneineer- ing consultant. advising that Huntsville is planning to install a sanitary sewer gravity main along Copperrun Creek from the Magnolia Springs wastewater treatment plant on Old Railroad Bed Road to a new pump station on Dupree-Worthey Road. The letter advised the landowners that the sewer could cross their property. “There’s not a thing we can do about it,” said Phillips. “The state will allow it through imminent domain.” By running the line across their property. Chittam said it will affect hundreds of acres in the county ow ned by the 15 property owners. “We're try ing to get them to take another route go on the right-of-way east on Capshaw and north on County 1 me Road. That way they would not have to cross our property,” said ( hittam. See Sewer, Page ЗА Sunday "Flotilla’ to protest Elk Marina The pumpkin patch Bn Karen Middleton ancnews(ti The Rogersville Special Interest Group that was organized in the summer to fight the building of a 50-slip marina on TVA land adjoining the Fdk River is ratcheting up protest activities. On Sunday the group is sponsoring a “Nature Flotilla” to assemble at Barnett’s Landing, near the site of the proposed manna. The flotilla will cruise a circuit between the mouth of the Elk River and the Elk River Bridge to demonstrate concern for the health of the river and the ecological impact on an area where local residents say that they have seen bald eagles. Gilbert “Bubba" Doss has requested a 30-year easement for the development of a commercial marina on approximately 91 acres of TVA property on Wheeler Reservoir at Elk River Mile 1.5, on the right bank on the Lauderdale County side. The manna project would include four docks with 40 covered boat slips and 10 uncovered boat slips for sailboats, fishing piers, dry storage, a ship’s store, a recreational vehicle park with potentially 200 campsites, camping areas, nature trails, cabins, and a restaurant. TVA must decide whether to grant the recreational easement and approve the proposed marina facilities under Section 26a of the TVA Act. The flotilla will assemble Sunday at 2 p.m. at Barnett’s Landing. In case of rain, the flotilla will be postponed to October 23. Boaters are invited to join the group by water at the landing from other locations on the river or to use the ramp at the landing. People without watercraft are invited to meet at the landing. Room will be provided on an as-avail-able basis on the boats participating in the flotilla. The event is open to the public. “Participants are encouraged to bring protest signs to display or attach to the boats and to bring cameras,” said orga- See Marina, Page ЗА News-Courier Kim Rynders With Halloween just around the corner, Drew Weaver and his brother, Preston, are at one of the activities at the Barnes Pumpkin Patch off Compton Road in northeast Limestone County. For more about the pumpkin patch, turn to The Valley on Page 5A today. National ABC chairman visits Limestone Co. By Tashia Lovell Gary Roden, the national chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors, spoke at Greenbrier Barbeque Wednesday afternoon. He was the guest speaker at the ABC of North Alabama’s monthly lunch meeting. Roden, president of Aguirre Corp. in Dallas, Texas began his term as national chairman of ABC in January. He has more than 20 years of construction industry experience and extensive service in ABC. Among the topics he spoke about to the dozens in attendance were some things that they are work-* ing on including pushing hard for association health plans. Roden’s vision for ABC in 2005 includes leveraging the solid political gains that the organization has made in the past 10 years. In addition, he intends to help grow the membership and expand the management education offerings being made to members. He also intends to utilize the presence of ABC across the nation to better communicate with owners regarding the inherent value of merit shop See Builder, Page ЗА News-Courier/Kim Rynders Gary Roden speaks at the new Greenbrier Barbecue Restaurant Wednesday. Judge okays loan to help Delphi Corp. From staff and w ire reports NEW YORK — Delphi Corp. won approval in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday for a S950-milliort loan to help keep its U.S. plants operating w hile it reorganizes. Judge Robert D. Drain approved the financing during the first day of hearings in Delphi's bankruptcy case, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. Delphi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Saturday, after its efforts to win concessions from its labor unions and a multibillion-dollar bailout from former parent company General Motors Corp. failed. The Chapter 11 filing gives the company relief from its creditors while it develops a plan that will include closing plants and imposing lower wages and benefits on workers. Delphi expects to emerge from bankruptcy in 2007. Delphi owns and operates Limestone County's largest industrial facility with two plants in south Limestone County across from Calhoun Community College. Those See Loan, Page ЗАServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futi re Autopsy report Ben Scanlon injuries ‘consistent with fall’ investigator reports 5^Tigers on the road Auburn leaves friendly atmosphere of Plains first time Saturday IBThe News-Courier ;