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- Body found in national forest
- Bill to increase county officials pay in
- Etowah fires believed to be arson
- Fallen soldier honored
Body found in national forest
Talladega County officials are working to
identify the body of a white male found in the Talladega National
Forest, alongside Cheaha Mountain Road Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff
Jerry Studdard said the body was discovered when a couple walking
through the woods saw a foot sticking out of the ground. The couple
made the report to the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening, and a deputy
was dispatched to stay at the scene throughout the night until the
Alabama Department of Forensic Science could arrive to help exhume the
body. After looking at the scene, Studdard said the body had been
placed in a hollowed grave and covered in lime. The surfaced foot
appeared to be unearthed by forest animals. The body was removed
Wednesday morning from the area where Tater Creek crosses Cheaha Road,
but the cause and time of death are still currently under
investigation by the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department. Due to the
physical state of the body, Studdard said he hopes an autopsy will be
able to provide investigators with basic information, including the
victim’s identity and age.
Bill to increase county officials pay in
As the state senate begins to muddle thru the
backlog of local bills passed by the house this session, State Sen.
Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said the Senate could pass a pay raise for
Calhoun County officials by the end of the week. With only two days
left in the legislative session, it depends on how much time the
Legislature spends debating other issues. The legislation, if passed
would give county commissioners an additional ten thousand dollars a
year, Revenue commissioner Karen Roper would receive an additional
$7,800 and county License Commissioner Barry Robertson would receive
an additional $5,600 a year. If approved by the senate, it would only
need the governors signature.
Etowah fires believed to be arson
Alabama Forestry Commission officials believe a
series of wildfires Wednesday that threatened a half-dozen houses was
the work of arsonists. Commission spokesman Philip Smith said the
first fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. along Scenic Drive, a winding
road that runs along a narrow ridge overlooking Gadsden near Noccalula
Falls Park. Within two hours, two more fires had been reported nearby.
In all, the fires threatened about 110 acres and took several hours to
contain. By late afternoon, firefighters had plowed containment lines
around the fires and were set to wait through the night to make sure
they didn't flare up again. Firefighters from Etowah, Marshall,
Blount, Madison, Jackson and Cherokee counties took part in the
effort, along with the Gadsden Fire Department. The fires had burned
close to several houses and to within 15 feet of a barn before being
contained. Smith said fire investigators would look over the area for
clues and question nearby residents.
Fallen soldier honored
The body of fallen soldier Staff Sgt. Shannon
Weaver, a graduate of Piedmont High School, will be arriving in
Cedartown, Georgia this evening. His wife, Desiree Weaver, who also
served in the military, is escorting his body from Delaware to
Cedartown. The Patriot Guard on Thursday will meet the plane and
escort the Weavers to Gammage Funeral Home in Cedartown from the Rome
Cedartown City Commission Chairman Bobby
Alexander signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring today to be a "Day
of Mourning" in Cedartown for the soldier and his family. Georgia
Congressman Phil Gingrey met with Weaver's grandparents, David and
Joan Weaver of Borden Springs, Ala., in Cedartown Wednesday to offer
condolences. In Alabama, the House of Representatives honored Weaver
Tuesday with the passage of a resolution honoring the soldier for his
valiant service. Weaver’s funeral will be held June 3 at 2 p.m. in
the Chapel of the Gammage and Sons Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Wright
officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery
with full military rites. The family will receive friends on Saturday,
June 2 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Gammage and Sons Funeral Home.
Weaver was killed May 21 in southern Baghdad
while on a mission to disarm roadside bombs also known as IEDs. Two
IEDs detonated at the vehicle that he and four other soldiers were
traveling in. Two other soldiers were also killed and two were
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