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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Tyson employees in Cleburne to relocate jobs
  • Alexandria man charged with arson
  • School Board moves forward with new school construction
  • Calhoun Commissioners approve ’07 budget


Tyson employees in Cleburne to relocate jobs 

Officials with Tyson Foods said Thursday that employees from the companies Heflin plant will be assigned to the company’s other area plants.   The Heflin processing plant was destroyed by a Saturday afternoon fire. Company officials said they don’t know yet whether the plant will be rebuilt. Company Officials held a press conference Thursday announcing plans for all 267 Cleburne County workers at the processing plant to relocate to processing centers in Albertville, Ashland, Blountsville or Gadsden. Trucking operations based at the plant to haul feed and chickens will not be affected by the relocation. The Heflin plant processed l million chickens per week, which is about 20 percent of Tyson’s Alabama production. Employees will report Monday to their new assignments. More than half of the workers at the burned plant live outside Cleburne County, and officials said that  their new commutes will be similar to what they had been doing. The company and law-enforcement officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Officials have said they suspect that employees of a roofing contractor working at the plant Saturday accidentally ignited some insulation. 


Alexandria man charged with arson 

An Alexandria man is facing charges in connection with two suspicious fires at a trailer park last weekend.  50 year old John David Smith  has been charged with arson. Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said Smith was brought in and interviewed on Monday and that the investigation led to the arrest. The sheriff said firemen found Smith apparently hiding in a ditch near the fires Sunday in two trailers about 40 yards apart in the mobile park on Mount View Lane near Jones Road.   Firefighters and deputies were suspicious of the fires because neither trailer was connected to electricity and both caught fire at almost the same time.



School Board moves forward with new school construction 

The Calhoun County Board of Education voted Thursday night to hire Anniston architect David Christian to direct construction of a new White Plains Middle School.   Plans for the new school, to be built behind the elementary school were also presented. The site is part of 80 acres the school board owns near the intersection of Alabama 9 and Rainbow Road. The board voted in August to build the new middle school with a scheduled opening for the 2008-09 school year. In other action the board Approved a $2.2 million bid from contractor Eugene Turner for additions to the band and choral room, media center and cafeteria at Alexandria High School.  


Calhoun Commissioners approve ’07 budget 

Calhoun County Commission approved a $64.9 million total budget for the 2007 fiscal year with expenditures of $73.5 million . County Administrator Ken Joiner said the bulk of the budget is money the county receives thru earmarked federal grants.  Jointer said the budget is somewhat deceiving.  The county general fund budget is $11.4 million. The budget includes a 4 percent cost-of-living pay increase for county employees, and a 7 percent cost-of-living increase for retirees.

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