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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Oxford couple seriously injured in motorcycle accident
  • Anniston Company tied to College Investigation
  • Honda wants state incentive money to go to Coosa Valley Water Authority
  • Strip club in Piedmont??


Oxford couple seriously injured in motorcycle accident 

An Oxford couple is listed in serious condition today in Birmingham hospitals when their motorcycle was struck by a car Saturday night on Alabama highway 21 outside of Oxford.  According to Alabama Troopers, a 1995 Honda driven by Latysha Holiday of Anniston appeared to have pulled into the path of the 2005 Yamaha driven by 46 year old Marcus Williamson of oxford.  Williamson was transported to UAB hospital in Birmingham while a passenger on the bike, 43 year old Martha Brooks was airlifted to another Birmingham Hospital.  Family members say that Brooks is on life support while Williamson underwent surgery Sunday and has yet to regain consciousness since the accident.  Family members said that the couple was returning home from the Rumble on Noble when the accident occurred.  The driver of the car was not injured and no charges have been filed.  The accident remains under investigation by Alabama troopers. 


Anniston Company tied to College investigation 

The son of the fired chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system received $3,000 a month from an Anniston architectural firm doing business at the school where he works.  Steven Johnson, who is paid nearly $69,000 a year by Lawson State Community College to handle special projects, received the $3,000 monthly payments from Jenkins Munroe Jenkins to help oversee a project at the school for the company according to  Jay Jenkins, a partner in the firm. Jenkins said Johnson served as a project manager for the company. Jenkins said his company stopped paying Johnson in June, although he wasn't sure when the payments began.   Julian Jenkins said he hired Johnson in about October 2005 to oversee site preparation for a new residence hall at Lawson. Jenkins said he was not aware that Johnson was working at the time for Lawson, but he knew he had worked previously at the school on construction of a sports field.   Julian Jenkins has said he helped fired Chancellor Roy Johnson build his $1 million home in Opelika. Jenkins said he agreed to defer the $34,595 that Johnson owes for the work until Johnson sells the new home, which he moved into last year.   The Jenkins firm has received more than $4.2 million in two-year college contracts since 2001 according to system finance records.

Roy Johnson was fired as chancellor in July, in part because of revelations about money earned by his relatives from the system. Jenkins said he likely would not have hired Johnson for the job had he known he was on the payroll at Lawson for special project work. The contract that Steven Johnson had with Jenkins is the latest arrangement discovered between a member of the Johnson family and companies doing business with two-year colleges.  



Honda wants state incentive money to go to Coosa Valley Water Authority 

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama wants incentive money promised to the car manufacturer by the state used for the Coosa Valley Water Authority regional water project.  In 2002, in connection with the expansion of Honda’s operation in Lincoln, the State of Alabama committed funds to improve the quality and quantity of water provided to Honda.   Recently, Honda recommended that the recipient of these funds be the Coosa Valley Water Authority (CVWA), which will supply water to the City of Lincoln.  The CVWA is constructing a new water treatment facility along the shores of the Coosa River. The facility would supply treated water from the Coosa River to residents in St. Clair County and north Talladega County.   Lincoln, Pell City, Odenville, Springville and St. Clair County are members of the regional Coosa Valley Water Authority. Honda officials said great consideration went into deciding where the $4 million state incentive money would go. Not everyone in Talladega County is happy with Honda’s decision to support the concept of a regional water system. Talladega City Manager Thomas Christie said he was unaware Honda made a recommendation to the state finance director for the incentive money to be given to the CVWA. Christie said it would be a disappointment for Talladega County if Honda made such a recommendation, since it is located in Talladega County. Currently the Talladega City Water and Sewer Board supplies water to Lincoln, and Lincoln supplies the water to Honda.  When the CVWA surface water treatment plant is up and running, Lincoln will have its own source of surface water, since it is a member of the CVWA, and the City of Talladega would lose one of its largest water customers. Sen. Jim Preuitt, opposes Honda using the incentive money on the CVWA regional surface water treatment project and vowed to do everything in his power to keep the money in Talladega. The state agreement only specifies HMA uses the money to improve its water supply for its car manufacturing operations. The 2002 agreement states that The State shall provide up to $4 million for the cost of upgrading the quantity, quality, character and pressure of water supplied to the project site in order to service adequately Honda’s needs Officials said efforts by Preuitt to put pressure on the entire process have caused considerable delays on the surface water treatment plant project, escalating costs for state taxpayers, which include those taxpayers in St. Clair and Talladega counties.  


Strip Club in Piedmont?? 

A classified ad placed in the Anniston newspaper has caused concern for some Piedmont residents.  The ad sought dancers for a “gentlemens club” called the Doll House that would be opening soon in piedmont.  City Manager Bill Fann said   “It ain’t happening in Piedmont”.  The city has an ordinance adopted in 1987 prohibiting such businesses in the city.  Fann said the ordinance would prohibit any such businesses within the piedmont city limits.

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