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- Two arrested in Tuesday Bank Robbery in
- Anniston wants to be involved in land sales
- Progress made at water hearing
- Piedmont accepts bid on abandoned school
Two arrested in Tuesday Bank Robbery in
Two men, both originally from Etowah county, have
been arrested in connection with the Tuesday morning robbery of the
Wachovia bank on highway 21 in Jacksonville. According to
Jacksonville police chief Tommy Thompson, the two were arrested
Tuesday afternoon in Jacksonville by members of the Drug Task Force,
DEA and Jacksonville Police. Chief Thompson said that the names were
being withheld at the request of the FBI. The chief did say that one
of the suspects was currently living in Jacksonville and that one of
the men was originally from Gadsden and the other from Attalla. Both
men are being charged with federal bank robbery charges.
Anniston wants to be involved in land sales at
The Anniston City Council wants input into the
sale of property at McClellan when the sale results in property tax
exemptions.. The council Tuesday night approved requesting that the
JPA consult with the city before making any such sales. City Manager
George Monk said the council has concerns about the sale of property
to non profits. On another matter, the city is currently preparing to
accept requests for proposals for someone to operate the restaurant at
the golf course at McClellan. The City has developed requirements,
including checking the financial stability and business background of
those seeking to lease the restaurant. Councilman Ben Little said he
wants to see the city work to develop minority owned businesses at
McClellan, saying he felt that the request for proposal may need to be
modified to achieve that goal. Little said that there are currently
no minority owned businesses at McClellan.
Progress made at water hearing
A top U-S Army Corps
of Engineers official promised to update fifty-year-old manuals used
to regulate contested river systems in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, a
move that could ease water concerns and might even set the stage for a
cease-fire in the protracted tri-state water wars.
The commitment came at a field hearing conducted yesterday
(Tuesday) by Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, chairman of the Senate
Agriculture Committee. The hearing focused on the effects of the
Corp's management of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basins.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said his state is preparing a
statewide water management plan, but said the Corps' inefficient,
inaccurate or unpredictable operation of the two river systems was
creating uncertainty about water supplies for residents and industries
and hampering fishing and boating on lakes such as West Point Lake,
which separates Alabama and Georgia north of Columbus. Perdue also
said he and Alabama Governor Bob Riley are trying to
reach an agreement on sharing water from the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa.
Piedmont accepts bid on abandoned school
Piedmont’s old Southside School property has a
new owner soon after the City Council this week agreed to accept a
$165,000 bid on the property made by Piedmont native Billy Lindsey in
the October 13th auction of the property.
While council members voiced disappointment that
the bids were not higher. City manager Charles Fagan told the
council the property would continue to cost taxpayers money if it was
left vacant any longer. Lindsey has not indicated his plans for the
property which has been vacant for some time.
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