Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 19, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Authorities dig at home
The property where Jaycee Dugard was held captive for 18 years became the focus of an archaeological-style dig Friday as police revealed the discovery of another bone -and more.
MADD plans to sell beer
Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants you to have a beer -alcohol free, of course. MADD is putting its name on a bevy of nonalcoholic drinks, including mojitos, margaritas, pina coladas, beer, and red, white and sparkling wines.
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DOC must open records
Court rules Barksdale family should have access to reports
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kelhio^atbt'nsiicwsHxmritr.i-oin A human rights center and two Huntsville attorneys declared victory Friday as the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the Alabama Department of Corrections to open its records in the case of the death of an inmate from Athens.
The Southern Center for Human Rights of Atlanta and attorneys Jake Watson and Herman Watson Jr. tiled the suit in September 2(X)7 on behalf of Mary Barksdale of Athens, wbose son Farron Barksdale died in an Alabama prison after pleading guilty to killing two Athens police officers in 2004.
Because Mrs. Barksdale deemed circumstances of her son’s death mysterious, attorneys demanded to see incident reports and corrections officers’ accounts of the day Farron was discovered non-re-sponsive in an overheated isolation cell at
See Records, page 3A
Fire ruled ‘suspicious’
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The burned remains of a home on Kays"Mill Road in the Piney Chapel community is cordoned off by Limestone County Sheriff's Department crime scene tape. The late Thursday night fire is being investigated as 'suspicious,'
Fire chief: Utilities turned off at Hays MiU house recently vacated
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The State Fire Marshal has been called to investigate the origins of a fire that de-stri^ed a home in the Piney Chapel community late Thursday night.
Piney Chapel Volunteer Fire Chief Lance Pitts said firefighters were called at 11:30 p.m. to a home at 21964 Hays Mill Road, at the intersection of Carey Road.
“We were there from 11:30 to about 4 a.m. ” Pitts said.
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helped fight the blaze.
The home had recently oeen vacated and utilities were off, Pitts said.
Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the fact that there was no electricity in the house to start a fire ne-
See Suspicious, page 3A
Tuskegee Airman's jacket ' displayed
Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 511 in Athensrpose Friday at the Alabama Veterans vMuseum and Archives with a Tuskegee Airman's jacket oh display during the POW/MIA Day celebration.
From left are, Bill Schueler, Jim Watson, Larry Blankenship, Mike Davis and Linda Blankenship. The chapter donated a map of Vietnam and POW/MIA and Tuskegee Airman posters to the museum. ■*
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Athens High shock victim should make full recovery
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The electrician who was critically injured by an electrical shock while working at Athens High School gym has greatly improved and may soon be released from the hospital, an official said.
Justin Bryan Scott — the 23-year-old out-ot-state contract worker injured by a 270-volt shock Tuesday night — has been moved out of the cardiac inten-sive-care unit at Huntsville Hospital and into a regular room, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.
Athens City School Transportation Director Donnie Powers said Scott is expected to make a full recovery.
“I talked to his supervisor last night and he said he was doing really good,” Powers said Friday. “He was talking and his girlfriend had come to visit him. They said he was breathing on his own and it looked like he would be 100 percent.”
Efforts to reach Scott in his room Friday were unsuccessful.
He was working for Essential Energy Service Inc. of Clayton, N.C., to install new, energy-efficient lights in city schools, Powers said.
He was on the gym’s second level at the top of some bleachers about 6:30 p.m. working on a light ballast when he was shocked, according to Powers and reports on the emergency scanner. He reportedly sat down on a bleacher and
See Recovery, page 3A
Police: Be ready for Trail of Tears traffic jam today
Athens Police are asking drivers to be cautious on local streets today during the thel6th annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride, which will make its way through Athens on U.S. 72 at about noon.
The highway is often closed for as long as 90 minutes as nearly 30,000 riders pass on the way to their destination in Waterloo.
The ride likely will continue in the event of rain, said Lt. Floyd Johnson.
“Last time it rained, they came on through,” he said.
People should watch for motorcyclists not only on U.S. 72 but on side streets, Johnson said.
“Quite a few of them stop here. There will be quite a few in town at different restaurants and gas stations and along the route,” he said.
Johnson said drivers should not at-
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