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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- First of Spartan missile motors to be
- Fire destroys part of Historic Downtown
- $2 million not missing in Anniston City
- Events getting tourism money
First of Spartan missile motors to be
Friday morning, weather permitting, the first of
22 first stage conventional Spartan rocket motors currently in storage
at the depot will be destroyed. The motors were originally
designed to be a part of the nation’s Safeguard anti-ballistic missile
system. The Spartan motors have exceeded their shelf life and are no
longer in the Army’s inventory of usable weaponry and have been
scheduled to be destroyed at the depot’s federal and state approved
open burning open detonation grounds. The motors, which weigh
approximately 12,200 pounds each have been in storage at the depot for
more than 30 years, increasing the hazard for further deterioration.
Officials say that when the burn takes place, scheduled for around 10
Friday morning, a smoke vapor cloud will develop. Officials say that
the potential pollutants produced by the burn in the smoke plume will
be in concentrations far below approved threshold limits. Officials
say they expect the entire 22 motors would be destroyed during the
next six months.
Fire destroys part of Historic Downtown
A portion of historic downtown Talladega has been
destroyed in a fire. The fire started in the old Michael’s Supply
building off Court Street after 5:30am, about one block from the
historic courthouse. Officials say that Several businesses are
involved in the fire. There is no word on what started the blaze.
$2 million dollars not missing in Anniston
Anniston City Councilman Ben Little said he is
pursuing allegations that the city misspent $2 million on capital
projects dispite the fact that the city's auditor says his claims are
untrue. Edgar and Associates, who audits the cities books, sent a
letter to all councilmen this week which says, in part, “($2 million)
has not been misappropriated.” Upon receiving the letter Tuesday,
Little said that , he did not care what the auditor says. Little now
is seeking documents on all the city's capital projects since 2000, a
request that he made during a may council meeting.
The investigation into Little's claims of missing
money focused on two city projects, McClellan's Youth Sports Complex
and the repaving Noble Street. Little said the investigator's focus
was in response to a request by Councilman Jeff Fink to examine the
costs of those projects. Fink made the request after Little pointed
out a figure in brackets that he thought showed the city overspent $2
million on these projects.
The auditor spent 10 to 15 hours investigating
both of those projects and Little's questions about the $2 million, as
required by law whenever there is an allegation of potentially
The auditor found the council approved these
Edgar said Little's response to his conclusions
concerned him. He said his company would not charge the city the
roughly $800 to $900 it cost his company to investigate Little's
initial claims of wrongdoing.
Events getting tourism money
Alabama's historic and tourist attractions began
disappearing from state budgets several years ago, but they've made a
comeback. House and Senate members appropriated nearly $3.6 million
for next fiscal year to 70 historic and tourist attractions or events,
including $20,000 for Riverfest in Gadsden.
In addition to Riverfest, area attractions to receive money are
Attalla's Heritage Day, $10,000, and the Rainbow City Chocolate
Festival and Glencoe's Memorial Day celebration, $5,000 each. Also
receiving money in Northeast Alabama, Fall Festival in Centre,
Summerfest in Cherokee County, Liberty Day in Cedar Bluff and Leesburg
Day, $5,000 each. The appropriations end the past practice of hiding
money in state agency budgets, a practice condemned by Riley as
pass-through pork, which he prohibited in agencies under his control.
Agency heads didn't know about the money again this year, although for
the first time it's out in the open. Legislators, mostly senators,
put $1.08 million in the budget of the Department of Tourism and
Travel for 32 projects.
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