Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Tom Davis of Athens
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An Elkmont woman comes out of retirement to help in the aftertnath of Hurricane Katrina. Also, see images of local groups that continue to raise funds for relief efforts.
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I was reading about the marina proposal at the mouth of the Elk River and it reminded me of a question that I’ve been meaning to ask.
Who is responsible for the maintenance of the Elk River? Is it TVA or the Army ( orps »¡f f-ngmeers?
Over the last several years, there has been a collection of logs that interfere with recreation on the Elk.
Seems like someone would take the initiative to keep that waterway as beautiful as possible. Anybody know who’s responsible?
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Garbage rates increase $1
Council raises collection fee to get sanitation ‘out of red’
By Sonny Turner
The Athens City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to increase the monthly garbage pickup rate by $1 per month for the next three years.
In addition, the council repealed an ordinance that increases the garbage
inflation rate by three percent and adopted a new ordinance putting that rate at five percent.
The new rate goes into effect Oct. 1.
Athens residential customers will see their garbage pickup bills go from $11.14 per month to approximately $12.50. That rate will go even higher in
fiscal years 2006 and 2007.
“It will be get us out of the red,” said Athens Sanitation Department Manager Earl Glaze, “Right now we are operating at a loss of $208,151 per year."
The new rates will bring in approximately $1.59 million annually to the city the first fiscal year.
Mayor Dan Williams said that the city currently subsidizes each of its 7,000 household garbage customers at nearly $7 per month to receive garbage, trash and recycling pickup. Williams said the eventual goal is to have the
Sanitation Department run as an unsubsidized department, but first decrease the annual $208,151operational deficit.
“We just have to find a way to catch up,“ the mayor said.
Rich gave the city several different scenarios for closing the deficit and getting the department to be self supporting, such as the Electric or Water and Wastewater departments.
Councilman Ronnie Marks said that
See Council, Page 3A
No major damage reported in storm
EMA advises residents what to do in tornado
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Limestone County escaped severe damage due to inclement weather Sunday afternoon.
The severe weather swept through the area as a result of Hurricane Rila.
Daphne Ellison, with Athens-Limestone Emergency Management Agency said that there were a few cells that had rotation in them but there were no tornadoes to touch down in Limestone County Sunday afternoon.
The Athens-Limestone Emergency Management Agency did not receive any reports of major damage due to the storm. The only thing Ellison knew of was a few downed tree limbs.
Limestone County SheritT Mike Blakely also did not report any major damage due to the weather conditions Sunday.
Ellison said that Limestone County went under a tornado watch around lunch Sunday and the storms moved into the area at approximately 3 p.m.
The following information is from a pamphlet taken from the Athens-Limestone County Emergency Management Agency Oft'ice and could prove useful in an emergency situation.
There are some precautions that can be taken to minimize danger to people and property. A good first step is to know the difter-
See Storm, Page 3A
Recovering from Rita
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Bell Vaughn walks on dry land after she was rescued by airboat from her home Sunday m Erath, La., by son, Louisiana National Guard E-3 Jon Erick Miletello. Also rescued were her four dogs.
Gulf Coast residents battered but relieved following Hurricane Rita
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Hurricane Rita pum-meled east Texas and the Louisiana coast Saturday, triggering floods and demolishing buildings, yet the dominant reaction was relief that the once-dreaded storm proved far less fierce and deadly than Katrina. Authorities pleaded with the roughly 3 million evacuees not to hurry home too soon, fearing more chaos.
“Be patient, stay put,“ said Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “If you are in a safe place with food, water, bedding, you are better remaining there for the time being.”
In any other hurricane season, Rita might have seemed devastating. It knocked out power for more than 1 million customers, sparked fires across the hurricane zone and swamped Louisiana shoreline towns with a 15-foot storm surge that required daring boat and helicopter rescues of hundreds of people.
But the new storm came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with its l,()()0-plus death toll, cataclysmic tlood-
See Rita, Page 2A
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BellSouth employee Kenny Yarbrough, above, tests cables at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Facility after problems were reported with the phone lines.
Sheriff phones operationa after problems
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Lelephone lines at the Limestone Count) SheritT s Oft'ice and Detention Facility are operational again after service was lost earlv Monday morning.
This makes the fifth time the otTiee has experienced a problem with the new system. Tw o of those instances hav e been due to lightening. .As for the other three, there wasn't a known answer as of midmorning Monday.
However. Paul' Cain, Information Technology Director of the sheritT's otTiee, said that there is one common denominator. The three limes the phones hiive been down, which were not due to lightening, there was rain near the problem area.
Cain said that all T1 lines are in one cable and believes these lines need to be separated so that if something happens to one. power is not lost to the others simultaneously.
The phones lines were interrupted sometime between 1;3() a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Monda\.
This inierrupiiAm also caused lines to be down to the new Limestone County
See Phones, Page 3A