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- Body recovered from Coosa River
- Lake levels drop to all time low
- Talladega to receive paving funds
- Alabama soldier killed in Iraq awarded
Body recovered from Coosa River
Authorities say that the body of a Glencoe man
who drowned in the Coosa River while celebrating the Fourth of July
was recovered near 2:30 Friday morning. Officials searched for the
body of Danny Ray Williamson, who would have turned 48 Friday. The
search had centered in the vicinity of Fitts Ferry crossing near
Alfords Bend and Tidmore Bend. A family member in a report filed
with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department said Williamson was on a
boat with other family members when some of them decided to jump off
to go swimming. Williamson, who was wearing blue jeans, also jumped
in. Family members said he swam around for a few minutes, went
under, came back up but went under again.
Lake levels to drop to all time low
In an effort to cope with severe drought,
Alabama Power has announced plans to significantly drop the water
levels of Harris, Martin, Smith and Weiss Lakes in the coming weeks.
By the end of July, the reservoirs will be at levels never seen
before at this time of year.
Lake, on the Coosa River, is expected to fall to about 561 feet by
early August, about 3 feet below the normal summer level. The
release of water from Weiss Lake will also affect reservoirs
downstream. Water levels at Lay, Mitchell and Jordan Lakes are
expected to fluctuate as water travels down the Coosa.
Smith Lake, at the headwaters of the Black
Warrior River, is expected to drop to about 500 feet by late July,
about 5 feet below the normal level for that time of year. The water
level at Lake Harris, on the Tallapoosa River, will be drawn down to
785 feet by late July. Lake Martin, also on the Tallapoosa, is
expected to drop to 480 feet by early August. That’s 8 feet below
the normal summer level for Harris and 10 feet below the summer
level at Martin. Streams that feed Alabama Power lakes are at
historic lows for this time of year. In addition, evaporation is
having a significant impact on the reservoirs. Since April, Alabama
Power lakes have lost about 1.5 feet of elevation from evaporation.
In May, Alabama Power sought relief from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to reduce the amount of water the company must release
from its dams. The company also asked the Corps to let more water
flow into Alabama from Corps reservoirs in Georgia. Corps officials
said they would require a full environmental assessment to be
completed before they make any decision on Alabama Power’s requests
-– a process that can take months. Earlier this year, Alabama Power
reduced the water it releases from its dams to the minimum required
by the company’s federal hydroelectric project licenses.
Talladega to receive paving funds
The city of Talladega will be receiving $2
million worth of state paving projects in exchange for meeting a
previous obligation to the Honda plant in Lincoln. As a condition
of the agreement for the city of Talladega to furnish $2 million of
city funds to the Honda Phase II expansion project for site grading,
the Department of Transportation will make available $2 million of
state Public Road and Bridge Funds for the city to improve various
city streets. These funds will be available for (fiscal years 2007,
2008 and 2009). An agreement between the city of Talladega and the
state will need to be formalized before transaction is complete.
Alabama soldier killed in Iraq awarded
A soldier from Alabama who died after covering
a grenade to protect four fellow soldiers has been awarded a Silver
Star, and his father believes he also deserves the nation's highest
award for military valor, the Medal of Honor. Johnathon Millican's
father, Mitchell, got the call Tuesday saying the award will be
presented to Millican's widow, Shannon, at her Locust Fork home
sometime in the next two weeks.
The 20 year old Millican, was a member of the 377th Parachute Field
Artillery Regiment from Fort Richardson, Alaska. He covered an enemy
grenade with his body during an attack by insurgents in Karbala on
Jan. 20 and was one of five U.S. soldiers killed during the attack.
Millican was off duty in a communications room exchanging e-mails
with his wife when the attack started. The attackers fired several
rounds into the room with an AK-47 and one of them tossed in a
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