Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 11, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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^cr&d'Earl Bowers of AthensSubscriber of the day '
Hey, Sound Off:
Concerning Hurricane Katrina: I hold all government officials, local, state and federal accountable for the lack of preparation and response to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. However, the problem 1 have with the president is that when the mayor of New Orleans called for assistance the response was slow. But when other national or international disasters happen, we are quick to respond. The mayor only has certain resources, but the president has the resources of the entire nation as his disposal.
Many more resources in terms of financial and military to assist mayors and governors when they call. I am a retired military oft'icer and one of the things that you learn is to preposition resources as close as possible to the battle area. ‘
Therefore, I believe FEMA as an arm of the president should have had more resources as close as possible to the Gulf so that w'hen the hurricane passed through, they would be ready to responds immediately if required.
If we cannot depend on our federal government in times of national crisis, then why are we paying federal taxes?
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Barksdale hearing set
Accused cop killer is seeking to have trial moved from here
By Sonny Tlrner
sonny(q),athemne\vs-C(mrier.com A change of venue hearing for Farron Barksdale, the man who is awaiting trial for killing two Athens policemen, is now set for Oct. 19 before Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker.
Barksdale, who remains in the Limestone County Jail without bond, doesn’t believe he can get a fair trial in Limestone County and during the hearing Judge Baker must decide from testimony if the trial should be moved away from this county.
Limestone County Circuit Court
Clerk C harlcs Page said no trial date for Barksdale has yet been set.
Barksdale is charged with six counts of capital murder in connection w ith the shooting deaths of Sgt, Larry Russel! and Barksdale Officer Tony Mims. The two officers were ambushed and shot to death at Barksdale's mother's home on Jan. 2. 2004. Russell and
Mims arri\ed at the home on Horton Street after Barksdale allegedly called and requested police at the home.
Barksdale has a history of mental instability and his attorney claims that due to all the pretrial publicity he can't get a fair trial in Limestone County.
Barksdale is in a solitary cell in maximum security.
Barksdale’s attorney, Jake Watson of HuntsN ille, has entered a plea of not guilt} by reason of mental disease or defect and a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client.
Jarrett murder case set for trial
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It’s been nearly four years since Shane Jarrett w'as ambushed and killed inside his Athens home and now one of three people the state has charged with shooting him to death in a murder-for-hire scheme that involved Jarrett’s wife,
Melissa, will be tried next month. Reece
On Halloween Day, Oct. 31, Chad Reece, 30, will stand trial for capital murder, capital murder for hire and burglary. The two people authorities say conspired with Reece to kill Jarrett, Andy Dugger, 30, and Melissa Jarrett, 29, may be called to the stand to testify against Reece.
Jarrett was shot and killed the morning of Jan. 27, 2002 inside his Wheeler Stree» home in northern Athens. All three suspects have been in the Limestone County Jail held without bond.
A Limestone County grand jury handed down eight indictments involving capital murder against Reece, Dugger and Jarrett.
Jarrett was indicted on two counts — one for capital murder for hire and another charging her with capital murder for pecuniary gain. Dugger and Reece were indicted on three counts each of capital murder, capital murder for hire and burglary. If convicted, all three could be sentenced to die by lethal injection.
At the time of his death, Jarrett, 27, was the owner and operator of Jarrett’s Wrecker Service. He was shot and killed after he returned home from a bogus wrecker call, a call that was set up so that Reece could enter his home and kill him, police said.
Mrs. Jarrett, who police believe set up her husband to be killed vvas inside the trailer at the time. Police say Reece was the trigger man and was hired “to do the job” by Mrs. Jarrett and Dugger.
‘City of trees’ name earned
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At top, George Ryan Bassi looks through the center of a massive water oak tree that once stood in his cousins' yard on Sixth Avenue. The family estimated the tree to be as much as 300 years old. The men removing it estimated that each 6-foot section weighed 10,000 to 12,000 pounds.
Й Historic town larcl-pressed to see nast its trees
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crashing through her neighbors' homes, Marilyn Biglane might ha\e thought she was watching a mo\ie the day Ilurricaiv' Katrina hit.
“I watched li)0-\ear-uld trees go down like matches, mam-nii'ih trees with branehe-. being thrown like darts into people's n-ofs and houses.” recalled the \eteran of such storms as lood's Hurneane •- amille and 1979's frederick. “Camille - ame through at night. \\c heard it. but we didn't see it. We could see this. It went on all day all day long. The winds would |ust pick up limbs tfom huge oak trees and theyd stiil
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Margaret and Jim Altman, above, are staying in Athens after their home 100 yards from the water line in Biloxi, Miss., at right, was destroyed.
Fiome gone, Biloxi couple still feels ‘lucky’
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anenewsCa pt ¡net. net A Biloxi, Miss., couple with Athens ties who lost their home to Hurricane Katnna say they are “some of the luckier ones" becau.se they still have a vehicle and jobs to which to return.
Mai'garet and Jim Altman were \ isiting Gates and Julie Murphy this week as they tided to decide how to staii over. .Margaret and Julie are sisters.
The Altman home was KM) yards from the water line of the Biloxi coast, fhey had lert Biloxi on SaturcUiy and heailed for Binningham, thinking the brunt of the storm would miss their home.
“W’e SÍ1W on the news show s and weather stations and got online to read our IcKxil newspapers about the destiuction.” said
See Lucky, Page 2A