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- Weekend accidents claim two lives
- Goodyear to close more plants
- Eastern Parkway Funding
- Police find car belonging to missing
Weekend accidents claim two lifes
Alabama state troopers report that at least two
people were killed in weekend accidents in the area . 17 year old
Jaclyn Mackensie Hooper of Piedmont was killed in the two vehicle
accident just east of piedmont. Alabama State Troopers said a
passenger in the car 15 year old Brook Franklin, also of Piedmont,
was injured and transported to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. The
two girls were in a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier just after 4 p.m.
Saturday, when their car and a 2000 Ford pickup collided at the
intersection of Vigo Road and Hebble Highway. The pickup driver, Wayne
Brooks Robinson of Bremen, Ga., was not injured. A 23 year old
Talladega man was killed in a one car accident near 5:30 Sunday
afternoon four miles south of Lincoln on the old Lincoln hwy in
Talladega county. Troopers say that Demetrice Lakerry Ragland was
killed when his 1995 Dodge Intrepid left the roadway and overturned
ejecting him from the vehicle.
Goodyear to close more plants
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will close more plants
as it looks to continue reducing tire production it considers high
cost, the company said Friday after announcing a $174 million
Previous plant closings and job cuts are not the end of the company's
scaling back, according to Robert J. Keegan, chairman and chief
executive officer. Goodyear spokesman Keith Price said the company
will close more plants, but it has not identified which ones, how many
or where. Goodyear is closing a tire plant in Tyler, Texas, by the
end of the year, but that is considered part of previously announced
reductions, Price said. The Tyler plant and Goodyear's tire plant in
Gadsden, Ala., were both being considered for permanent shutdown,
according to information released by the United Steelworkers of
America last year. However, the company decided to close only the
Tyler plant. Goodyear said its loss for the quarter that ended March
31 equaled 96 cents per share and was caused by continuing costs from
a settled strike and lower sales in North America. That compares with
income of $74 million, or 37 cents per share, in the year ago period.
But shares of Goodyear stock hit a new one-year high of $35 Friday on
the New York Stock Exchange as the company announced increased
cost-cutting measures and said strike recovery was going faster than
expected. Keegan said Goodyear already has reduced annual production
by 21 million tires, but wants to increase that figure to 25 million,
saving the company $150 million by 2009.
The company needs to close plants to reach that goal.
Eastern Parkway Funding
As stakeholders in the Eastern Parkway thru
McClellan continue to bat around ideas on how to fund the final phase
of the project from Iron Mtn. Road to Highway 21, one idea being
mentioned is a toll road. Congressman Mike Rogers said that
privatization of the road is not being discussed as an option but that
local officials are looking at all the alternatives. Senator Richard
Shelby said he thinks we can feel confident that the parkway will be
completed within the next 4 years as the project is a project of
interest to Governor Bob Riley who Shelby said will insure it’s
completion before he leaves office. Work on the current phase of the
parkway to Iron mountain road is expected to be completed within the
next year or so.
Police find car belonging to missing minister
Police have found the vehicle
of a missing Fayette County preacher. The car was found Friday in
Tuscaloosa. But there's still no sign of 59-year-old Gary Edwin
Vance, who was last seen on April 20th in Lincoln. His
vehicle was discovered in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Skyland
Boulevard. The 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer was under a tarp. It's now
in police custody and being examined for clues.
Vance's family members in Kimberly say the last people to see him
were employees of his homebuilding business, Vance Builders at a
meeting in Lincoln. Vance, former pastor of Mount Olive Assembly of
God in MountOlive who now preaches part-time as a traveling
evangelist, left home April 20th. Anyone with information regarding
Vance's whereabouts was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 205-752-STOP
(7867) or the Kimberly Police Department at 205-647-5531.
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