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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Oxford council approves school bond
- Anniston council hears complaints on Jail
- Residents sue construction company
- Operation “Take back our highways”
Oxford Council approves school bond
Mayor Leon Smith of Oxford Alabama
Audio report with Alabama 810 news director Mike Mitchell
Anniston council hears complaints on Jail
Anniston city Councilmen heard pleas Tuesday
night from a concerned mother of an inmate in the Anniston City Jail
about the lack of air-conditioning in the building, leading the
council to direct city manager George Monk to do something about
it. Monk will begin meeting today with contractors to determine
what can be done and is scheduled to update the council when they
meet Thursday in a special meeting to receive the audit.
Residents sue construction company
A Gadsden Based construction company is on
trial in a Calhoun County courtoom. Eight Oxford and Hobson City
residents have brought suit against Michael McCartney of McCartney
Construction, claiming their houses and property were damaged as a
result of blasting from a quarry. The quarry is located near Martin
Luther King Road, which runs between Oxford and Hobson City. The
plaintiffs appeared tuesday before Judge Brian Howell seeking
compensation for damages and mental anguish, as well as claiming the
rock quarry is a nuisance and that the company trespassed. Several
of the residents took the stand to provide testimony about various
damages they sustained — cracked bricks, sinking ground and damage
to foundations. Lawyers representing McCartney claim there was no
connection between the residents' claims and the blasting. The trial
Operation “Take back our highways”
State troopers wrote 5,989 traffic tickets to
motorists statewide on the first day of a "Take Back Our Highways"
campaign to reduce deaths on Alabama roads. Monday's total, released
Tuesday, is a 425 percent increase over the number of tickets given
on a comparable day last year. On Aug. 14, 2006, troopers gave out
1,140 tickets. The campaign, which involves every employee of the
Alabama Department of Public Safety with arrest powers, continues
through Friday. The extra enforcement, which puts an additional 200
troopers on the highways along with the regular 331, was the
brainchild of DPS Director Col. Chris Murphy. Murphy and other top
DPS brass are among those patrolling highways this week. After
Monday's ticket tallies were released, highway patrol Maj. Roscoe
Howell said he was "very, very pleased with the campaign. It's the
right thing to do." Howell said he cruised down Interstate 65 Monday
from Birmingham to Montgomery and did not clock a single vehicle
going faster than 72 mph.
Of the tickets
given statewide, 3,281 were for speeding, 147 for following too
closely, 52 for improper lane changes and 944 for seat belt or child
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