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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Georgia man arrested in Jacksonville and
- Jacksonville revises noise ordinance
- Anniston architect profits from dorm deal
- Jacksonville asks for voluntary water
Georgia man arrested in Jacksonville and
A Georgia man has been charged by Jacksonville
Police with third degree burglary. According to Corporal Joey Martin,
an investigator with the Jacksonville police, 26 year old Irby Bernard
Dunn of a Newnan, Georgia address has been charged in the May 10th
burglary of T & L Outdoors in Jacksonville. Martin said that Dunn is
also suspected of similar burglaries in the Anniston and oxford area
where in at least one case guns were taken, officers have not
recovered the stolen guns.
Jacksonville revises noise ordinance
The Jacksonville City Council Monday night, made
revisions to its noise ordinance while the ordinance is being
challenged in federal court. Mayor Johnny Smith he is not sure how
the change might affect the lawsuit. The change came after the
council went into closed, executive session, citing the need to
discuss pending litigation. Georgia evangelist Wesley Sewell filed the
federal lawsuit against the city in May, which claims the ordinance
led to violations of Sewell’s constitutional rights, including freedom
of speech and religion, due process and equal protection under the
law. The city’s response, filed May 24 by Anniston law firm Stubbs,
Sills & Frye, disputes the charges, in part for lack of evidence for
many of the allegations. Sewell claims he was prevented from speaking
about his faith in public near the Jacksonville Post Office and
another location a few blocks south. Sewell was never arrested,
threatened with arrest, fined or cited for violating the noise
ordinance. Sewell’s suit was filed by the Alliance Defense Fund.
Anniston architect profits from dorm deal
A dormitory built and financed by an Anniston
architect with ties to the former head of Alabama's two-year colleges
would cost the state more than a typical dorm. Under the deal
approved in 2005 when Roy Johnson was still chancellor of the system,
Lawson State Community College would pay at least eight (m) million
dollars over 15 years for a dormitory owned by Weldon-LSDP, the
development company of Julian Jenkins. Lawson State would have paid
about six-point-six (m) million dollars had it managed the
construction like a typical state building project. Jenkins, of the
Jenkins Munroe Jenkins architectural firm, has said he helped Johnson
build his one-point-three (m) million dollar home in Opelika the same
year the deal was completed. He said he waived payment by Johnson of
the 35-thousand-dollar fee until the house was sold. Johnson was
fired last year amid questions over system finances and the employment
of his relatives at two-year schools. The president of Lawson State,
Perry Ward, said he followed Johnson's advice when he made the deal
with Jenkins' company for the dormitory.
Jacksonville asks for voluntary water
Jacksonville residents are being asked to
conserve water as the city faces, what mayor Johnny Smith called a
serious situation with the cities water sources. Smith said if the
situation worsens, the city could be forced to implement mandatory
restrictions, possibly by next week. Monday night the mayor asked
city water customers to curtail any unnecessary water usage.
Jacksonville water customers are being asked not to wash vehicles at a
residence and no outdoor watering between 8am and 7pm. Outdoor
watering would be permitted on designated days depending on what part
of the city you reside in. Residents or businesses in the Northwest
and Southeast quadrants would water Monday, Wednesday and Friday
nights, the remainder of the city on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
nights. There will be no watering allowed on Sunday. In addition to
water problems, Jacksonville fire chief Mike Daughterty said Monday
night that there continues to be a burn ban throughout the region and
that the city has not issued any burn permits because of the extremely
dry conditions. The mayor also said Monday that the city will seek a
permit from the forestry commission to hold the cities fireworks
display on July 3rd, however he said the council will
decide later this month whether they will hold the show dependent upon
the fire hazard.
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