Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 12, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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President marks 9/11 with a call to service
On his first 9/11 anniversary as president, Barack Obama urged Americans to come together in service just as they united after the terrorist attacks eight years ago.
A man carrying a grudge against several people set off on a shooting spree Friday, killing an abortion protester because he didn’t like the activist protesting in front of students.
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Berms built to hide quany
jean^atheiisnews-courier.coin Limestone County resident John Faulk drives by the rock quarry at Tanner eveiy day and wonders what in the world is going on.
“They are moving a lot of dirt,” Faulk said. “It looks like they’re building a mall!”
Rogers Group Inc. isn’t building a shopping mall at the quarry site off Laughmiller Road and U.S. 31, though many Limestone County
residents wish it were true.
Tom Kenley, spokesman for Rogers Group, said the company had to remove dirt at the site so equipment and workers could get to limestone rock.
The excess dirt, Kenley said, is being used to build 20-foot berms around the quarry property-
“These will help us mimage any noise and dust produced by the quarry,” Kenley said.
“This was not a requirement ifom ADEM (the Alabama Department of Environmental Management). The berms will be seeded and landscaped to provide an attractive property border and entrance to the plant.”
Although the berms may not have been designed to do so, they help block the view of the heavy equipment from motorists passing by onSee Berms, page 2A
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Mike Randolph, who was on the 61st floor of the World Trade Center South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, speaks of his memories of the day during an event Thursday on the courthouse square.
Man at Twin Towers on Sept. 11 advises ‘living life to the fullest’
By Kim Rytvders and Ke:lly Kazek
Thursday in Athens, as part of the nationwide Day of Remembrance commemorating Sept. 11, 2001, an event called Cry Out America was held on the Limestone County Courthouse Square.
The event was meant to “celebrate eight years that God has kept America safe fix)m terrorists’ attacks,” said organizer John Axford.
Local firefighters and poUce officers, along with National Guard member^, were honored and prayed for at the service.
Mike Randolph, who was on the 61st floor of the World Trade Center South Tower, spoke of his memories of the day.
“We heard an explosion and then you could see nothing but soot, debris and papers,” Randolph said.
“We began making it down the steps and by the 18th to 20th floor the lights went off. On the second floor we had to make way for firemen. We were six to eight blocks away vriien the towers fell,” news courier/kim rynders
Randolph had two pieces of advice: People should Residents came to the Limestone County
live each day to the fhllest because they never know f
say a prayer of thanks for keeping America safe since Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor See Survivor, page 3A first responders and soldiers.
Readers remember 'surreal' day
The News Courier asked fans on its Facebook page to tell where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. responses of those who gave permission to use their names are below:Brandy Siniard
“I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, woridng as a hostess at Cracker Barrel in Athens when the attacks happened. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. I remember thinking of my 20-month-old daughter at home and
the daughter that was about to be bom into this world and being more scared about their future than I’ve ever been in my life.”Billie Sue Smith Bates
“I was on my way to work at International Wire in Elkmont and heard on the radio the first alert that a plane had hit the WTC. I was thinking a small plane had hit accidentally, but when ISee Surreal, page 3A
Residents reminded: Put glass in recycle bin
Keep Athens-Iimestone Beautiful will hold a glass-recycling drive Monday, Sept. 21, at the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center.
The center wül accept glass jars, bottles, and plate glass will be accepted finrn everyone, including those living outside Limestone County from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 15896 Lucas Ferry Road, just south of U.S. 72 in Athens.
This event is in conjunction with the Glass Packaging Institute’s lack off of Recycle Glass Week.
The event will also kick off acceptance of plate glass at the center.
“Plate glass is something that is hard to recycle,” Recycling Center Manager Bill Wojciechowski. “Most centers won’t accept it. We wanted to give folks the oj^rtuni-ty to keep plate glass out of the landfill, and as of Sept. 21, the center will have a bin out fixint just for that type of glass.”
The Glass Packaging Institute's goal is to create more awareness about the environmental benefits of glass-container recycling and help the glass-container industry reach a nationwide goal of 50 percent recycled content in the manufocture of new glass bottles and jars by 2013. Using the EPA’s benefits calculator, GPI estimates energy savings fix>m using 50 percent recycled content in all glass packages manufoctured in the United States could save enough energy to power more than 45,000 households for a year.
About a year ago, the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center made the decision to discontinue accept-
See Recycling, page 2ACouple is charged with endangering S-month-old child
By Jean Cole
A Limestone County deputy who found a 5-month-old child living in squalor has arrested a couple on charges of child endangerment, an official said.
Deputy Sean Doyle was sent to a Piney Chapel Road home Thursday after someone asked the sher^ iflfs department to check on the welfare of a child, said Lt. Brad Cumutt.
“When he got there, he found a lot of trash in the home,” Cumutt said. “There were two steak knives on the floor. The TV had exposed wires and electrical components.See Endangering, page 2AIndex
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