Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Washed-out roads and flooded highways around Atlanta added to the misery Tuesday after days of torrential rain
Colts stay upbeat
’Clements Colts look to remainder of season '
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Committee works on overhaul
Senate Finance Committee starts work on sweeping health care bill
HEALTH, PAGE 8A
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No memoiy of near-death shock
Man electrocuted at AHS recovering
JfanColf jcai at I u 'nsnvws-i'oi irit r. ann The electrician who sustained a 277-volt shock while working at Athens High School last week had a seizure after collapsing on the bleachers, his brother said Monday.
Justin Bryan Scott — the out-ot-state worker helping install energy-efficient light
ing at the school — is improving at Huntsville Hospital despite the “slight scare” he gave family members the first few days, said Justin’s brother. Jonathan.
“I was starting to get a little scared for a day or two because he wasn’t remembering
See Shock, page 2A
Justin Bryan Scott, the 23-year-old electrician who nearly died from an electrical shock at Athens High School Sept. 15, hugs his big red dog in better times. Scott remains in Huntsville Hospital but is walking
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Firefighters practice rescues
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Athens firefighters Chris Gillman and Jesse Knox prepare to enter a smoke-filled room Monday afternoon in the bottom of the old Limestone County Jail off Green Street. Clint Boyd stands near the door.
Old jail unsafe for occupation but makes good training ground
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After a crackle of static, Athens firefighters Jesse Knox and Chris Gillman and Jesse Knox hear a mayday call from a fellow firefighter over their radios on Monday afternoon.
He was trapped under fallen debris inside a smoke-filled room of the old Limestone County Jail.
Gillman and Knox, already dressed in their turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, were about to run in
after him when another firefighter stopped them.
They forgot something.
He stretched a piece of Glad Press’n Seal wrap over each man’s mask to further obstruct his vision, then sent them into the blackness on hands ^d knees.
The whole episode was a fake.
There was no fire.
The fog was theater smoke.
The firefighter in ^eril was made from a
See Firefighters, page 3A
Historic Society offers another chance to buy 2006 ornament
By Karen Middleton
kareni^a thcnsnews-cvurii r. com Athens Grammar School students can remember Christmases past when they attended the former Greene University through a tree ornament being offered once more by the Limestone Q)unty Historical Society.
The ornament was first offered for sale in 2006. There remains a supply on hand for those who might have missed purchasing one.
The 24-karat gold finish oma-
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ment is available at Osborne’s Jewelers for $15. The numbered ornaments are part of a collectors’ series of historic local landmaiks the society has offered for sale over the past few years.
The Limestone County Historical Society has a supply of its 2006 commemorative Christmas ornament, which depicts the old Athens Grammar School, for sale at Osborne Jewelers.
While those students have long since grown after the school closed in 1960, many remember those days as fun and carefi-ee.
See Ornaments, page 2A
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Agency may fight ruling demanding open records in Athens inmate's death
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Alabama Department of Corrections officials say they are considering asking the Alabama Supreme Court to reconsider its decision ordering them to make public findings in inmate assaults and the death of an inmate convicted of killing two Athens police officers.
Department spokesman Brian Corbett said Tuesday the prison system’s legal division was studying the court ruling. He said corrections officials will also likely confer with officials from the Alabama Attorney General’s office and the District Attorney’s Association.
The court on Friday ordered the department to make public internal reports on inmate assaults at Donaldson Correctional Facility and from the probe of the death of inmate Farron Barksdale in 2007.
Barksdale died after being found comatose in his cell at Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery. He was convicted of killing two Athens police officers in 2004 and had been sent to Kilby to serve a life sentence three
See DOC, page 2A
Forecaster; Rainfall rises 20 inches above nonnal; more on way
By Karen ¡VIjddeeton
The area is still not through swimming in soggy weather, but severe flooding that has plagued Georgia, causing numerous deaths, is not expected in North Alabama, according to forecasters.
Chelly Amin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville, said chances of thunderstorms will exist every day this week with a stronger chance of storms when a front passes through the area Saturday.
“This is just not a normal set up for the year,” said Amin. “We have a low-pressure system stalled to the west of us that will bring in a line of thunderstorms on Saturday. We are still trying
See Rainfall, page 3A
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