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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Residents want to “Save Jacksonville’s
Trees” (With Video!)
- Hokes Bluff man killed in accident
- Shelton resigns from council
- Jacksonville retains water restrictions
Residents want to “Save Jacksonville’s
of an effort to stop Alabama Power from cutting some trees in the
city of Jacksonville packed the Jacksonville city council chamber
Monday night calling for the Jacksonville City Council to take
action to stop Alabama Power from cutting trees in the city. During
the meeting Pete Conroy,
Jacksonville State University’s Environmental Policy and
Information Center director, talked with an Alabama power
representative by telephone and was assured that the trees
would not be cut until the company can meet with the city council
and concerned citizens. State Rep. Lea Fite of Jacksonville said
Monday night that he feels the power company will listen to the
citizens concerns. While the city attorney advised that there was
little the city could do, the council unanimously approved a
resolution which Mayor Johnny Smith said has little teeth but is
seeking a compromise The tree issue came to light last week when
power company contractors attempted to cut two large pecan trees on
church street over the objections of the property owners. While the
trees have been trimmed in past years, Alabama Power officials say
that their concerns are for the safety to residents, in particular
children in the area.
Hokes Bluff man Killed in Accident
Police said a 21-year-old Hokes Bluff man died
in the hospital Monday after colliding head-on Sunday night with a
sport utility vehicle while riding his motorcycle on Riddles Bend
Road. 21 year old Jacob Hayes, of Bachelors Chapel Road, died as a
result of injuries sustained in the wreck, which occurred around 6
p.m. Hayes, the nephew of Etowah County Sheriff James Hayes,
recently had bought the 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Capt. Rick
Hill of the Rainbow City Police Department said Hayes crossed into
the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a 1999 Jeep Grand
Cherokee while traveling southbound.
Shelton resigns from council
The Jacksonville mayor and city council will
begin a search for a new councilman. Councilman Jeff Shelton
attended his final meeting Monday night officially submitting his
resignation from the council. Shelton will be flying to Germany
today where he says he will be spending the next two years in a new
job in charge of sales throughout Europe. According to Mayor Johnny
Smith, a search for a replacement will begin soon to fill the
remainder of Shelton’s term.
Jacksonville retains water restrictions
Recent rain has done little to put a dent in
drought conditions in the area. According to Jacksonville Mayor
Johnny Smith, it has helped to lower water consumption but has done
little to solve the water quantity problem in the city. Mayor Smith
reminded residents Monday that the cities water restrictions remain
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