Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 20, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Old photos come back to haunt
Americans who grew up long before the Internet opened private lives to the world are digging up dusty boxes for photos to share online.
Families cross over
Crossovers are now among the fastest-growing segments in the auto industry, with their market share nearly tripling since 2002.
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kcHwientliciisiicws-anirirr.coni A year after the last date promised and five years after requests for more safety, funding has been approved for a crossing signal on Piney Chapel Road.
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that upgrades should be completed at the deadly intersection by the end of that year but they were not.
“We did not receive funding from the state of Alabama last year,” said Gary Sease with CSX. “We expected to but we did not.”
On Friday, Alabama Department of Trans
portation officials said funding was approved to install the new highway-railway grade crossing signals and gates.
However, a date for completion of the project was not included in the statement. DOT of-
See Crossing, page 7A
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Threat of rain can t halt ride along route of Trail of Tears
The familiar roar of a motorcycle was multiplied in thousands Saturday as bikers in the 16th annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride passed through Athens on U.S. 72 West on the way to Florence and Waterloo, their final destination. Overcast skies but no rain greeted the riders who make the annual trek from Bridgeport to Waterloo to commemorate the government's removal of American Indians from their land and raise awareness of their causes.
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Athens Mayor Dan Williams has joined Decatur’s mayor in opposing an effort to build a fuel-storage depot near Decatur that could harm area water supplies if it leaked into the Tennessee River.
• Texas Eastern IVoducts Ihpeline Co., TEPPCO, is trying to buy land inside and outside Decatur city limits in order to build the depot, Stanford states in a Sept. 14 memo to council members.
The proposed depot could store about 11 million gallons of giisoline, jet fuel and other fuels, he states. Barges would bring the fiiel to the depot, where it would be stored in tanks. Trucks would move it to locations throughout North Alabama.
Stanford believes the depot would pose tcx) great a threat to Deaitur’s wateMreat-ment plant, which draws water from the Tennessee just southeast of the Hudson Memorial Bridge and purifies if for public use. If fuel leaked into the river at or up-
See Depot, page 7A
Athens film fest attracting interest from across nation
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Entries for Athens’ first film festival have been arriving from across the country, an organizer said.
Entries are due Oct. 1 for Southern Shorts Film Festival, which will be held in downtown Athens Oct. 16 and 17.
While most entrants are expected to be local, organizer Alissa Rose-Clark said there has been interest fiom outside the county.
See Film, page 7A
Elkins family going door-to-door to increase meningitis awareness
By Jean Cole
On the 17th anniversary of their deceased daughter’s birthday, Michelle and Talbot Elkins of Athens will be going door-to-door tiying to saves the lives of other people’s children. '
Their daughter, Jessica, died in December 2007 of bacterial meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
The 15-year-old Athens High School student and cheerleader would have celebrated her birthday Wednesday.
Instead, her parents, family and fiiends will set aside their sadness to host a Meningitis Awareness Day.
“Her birthday is a tough time,” Michelle told The News
See Meningitis, page 7A
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Mayor Dan Williams proclaimed Sept. 23 - Jessica Elkins' birthday - Meningitis Awareness Day. Sitting beside Mayor Williams is Jessica's mother Michelle; standing from left are, Michael Elkins, Jessica's brother; Talbot Elkins, Jessica's father; and Emilee Elkins, Jessica's sister.NS T>\t>T>y*SRaqfírsvtlhi, Ai 25B-747 !B57
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