Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 13, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Pauline Evans of Athens
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Hey, Sound Off:
I agree with the writer in Sunday’s paper. We should be able to depend on the federal government in case of an emergency.
The problem is we can’t and the reason is the nature of a bureaucracy. Bureaucracies don’t do anything well. Make a list of all the things the federal (or state or local) government does really well. Pretty small list.
The only thing I can think of is fighting a war and the reason we do that well is because we have professionals doing the job, not some bureaucrat.
Even in the case of fighting a war, the bureaucrats in Washington mess things up when they get involved. If FEMA was part of the military, we would have been ready. 1 think the lesson from Katrina is you can only depend on one thing in a crisis, yourself
Anyone who sits around and expects the government to take care of them is a fool.
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\vs-couner.com A husband and wife from Nashville and a friend of the couple who lived off Harvest Road were killed Monday afternoon when their car was struck broadside by a truck at the intersection of Pepper and Mooresville roads just east of Athens.
“We are trying to make positive identification, but right now we don’t anything for sure,” Limestone County Coroner Mike West said Monday night. “We think its a couple from Nashville and a friend of theirs who was in the back seat. We should have a positive IDs in the morning (Tuesday).”
West said it appeared the driver of the Honda Civic stopped at the intersection and then pulled into the path of the oncoming truck w hich “T-boned” the vehicle on the driver’s side. The impact of the crash carried the car into a ditch and penned it between the truck and pine tree, authorities said.
Another man in the back seat of the car was injured and was flowm from the scene to Huntsville Hospital by Medflight helicopter. That man was in stable condition Monday night at Huntsville Hospital. West said the injured man also lived on Harxest Road.
The driver of the”Lawn Doctor” truck who was travelling south on Mooresville Road was not injured, authorities said.
State Troopers were still iiwestigating the accident
See Wreck, Page 2A
Ncws-Councr Kim Ryndcrs
Three people were killed Monday afternoon when the driver of a Honda Civic apparently ran a stop sign at the intersection of Pepper and Mooresville roads and was struck broadside by a large truck. None of the fatalities had been identified late Monday night.
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Alliens police ha\c deienniiuxl that an anhvdrous ammonia leak Tuiiday at an AtHen-chickeii processing plant was no accident. Someone had tampered with the val\e.
“It is still under iinestigation and at this time we have no suspects.” Capi Marty Bruce said Monday.
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Residents of six homes in the area were evacuated b\ Athens fire and police who set up a perimeter in the area.
But residents of nearby Shaw Street, which is three-tenths of a mile from the Pilgrims Pride plant where the leak was reported were upset Monday that thev were not notified or evaeiiat-ed.
Elizabeth Smith, of 31S Shaw Street, said the ammonia was so strong shortly aftei midnight Sunday that it melted the siding on her back porch and carport causing it to leak onto her car and porch floor.
“That’s how strong it was.” Smith said “My friends advised me not to get out that it was too strong, fhe police have been down here looking at It.”
See Ammonia, Page 2A
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Shaw Street resident Elizabeth Smith, left, examines damage to lawn furniture left underneath her carport. Closeup above reveals full extent of damage caused by ammonia leak.
Water, sewer rates going up to offset loss of Sweet Sue
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ancnew s%f)clnet. net City water and sewer customers will pay a little more to offset the loss of Sweet Sue and to help build an infrastructure fund to expand water systems.
The Athens City Council on Monday night approved rate increases of 30 cents per 1,()()() gallons for water and 29 cents per thousand gallons for sew'erage. That will have the average customer paying about S2.87 more a month in total for the two services, according to Water and Wastewater Departments Manager John Stockton.
“The recent closure of Sweet Sue has a substantial impact on the revenues for the Water and Wastewater Departments ,” said Stockton. “Over the past 12 months. Sweet Sue’s water bill represented slightly more that 3 percent of the department’s sales revenue. Continuation of he serv ice delivery standards requires that this revenue loss be made up some way.”
Also included in a three-ordinance measure was the implementation of a $5(K)-jXT-tap/meter impact fee to be used for infrastructure improvement. Also, 16 cents of the water-rate increase will go into the infrastructure fund. Two yeius ago the council established sewer impact fees to create a capital infrastructure fund which is bringing in about $475,()(M) a year, allowing upgrades w ithout bond issues or large rate increases.
“W'e project this will initially produce approximately $346,000 per year, which can be used to ensure that developer installed water mains are properly upgraded and that water demands for the entire system as well as future development can be satisfied” said Stockton.
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Alabama Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley speaks at the DAW Local 2195 Retiree Chapter fish fry Monday morning.
Baxley visiting North Alabama
Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley spoke to a group at the annual U.AW local 2195 Retiree Chapter fish Fry .Monday morning.
Baxley is a native of Houston County in the southeastern corner of the sate.
She has served two terms as State freasurer and is currently Alabama’s L ieutenant Ciovernor. Her early professional years were spent in city, county and Slate government.
By V irtue of her office. Baxley is president and presiding oificer of the .Alabama Senate. She sits on 35 state boards and commissions including; the Legislative Council. the Corrections Institutions Finance Authority and the .Alabama Historical Commission.
Baxley is married to Jiin Smith, who IS also a native of .Alabama. She has two children, Becky Nichols and L ouis LLixley. and two grandchildren.
Baxley plans to run for governor in the 2()()6 gubernatorial election.
Donny Bev is, Region S .Assistant Director, was also scheduled to speak at the fish fry.
Region Director Ciary Casteel named him to the position in June of 2002.