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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- I 20 accident claims life of Georgia coach
- Etowah man to change plea in Militia case
- Youth Challenge Academy graduates first
- Delphi offers employee buyouts to avert
I 20 accident
claims life of Georgia Coach
troopers are investigating a three-vehicle wreck in Oxford that
claimed the life of an assistant high school football and basketball
coach from Georgia. Three students -- including the son of Georgia's
women's basketball coach -- were injured. The coach, 29 year old
Shawn Smith, was killed Sunday afternoon when the Honda Accord he was
driving was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer. The three students,
Andrew Landers, David Firth and Ja'Rius Ross, were passengers in the
car and were injured. All three were transported to Regional Medical
Center in Anniston. Landers, the son of coach Andy Landers, Georgia's
long-time women's basketball coach, was the most seriously injured in
the crash. The crash occurred around five p.m. on Interstate 20 in
Oxford, about 12 miles from Jacksonville State University where the
North Oconee High School basketball team was attending a summer camp.
Officials said the tractor-trailer driving in the westbound lane
apparently crossed the median into the eastbound lane and struck the
car head-on. The driver of the tractor, 23 year old Jason Clark of
Carrollton, Georgia was taken to Stringfellow hospital. The driver
and two passangers in a 2004 ford pickup involved in the accident were
taken to Regional Medical Center in Anniston. They were identified as
26 year old Cristy Baker, 46 year old Janet Ray and 45 year old Vicki
Hughes all of Anniston.
Etowah man to
change plea in Militia case
An Etowah County man
described as a member of a militia group arrested in April, is
expected to join four others and enter a guilty plea Tuesday morning
in federal court. Documents filed Thursday in federal court gave
notice that 22 year old Randall Garrett Cole intends to change his
plea Tuesday morning. Cole, along with Robert Kirk Dillard, Adam
Cunningham and Jay McElroy are scheduled to appear Tuesday morning at
11 a.m. before U.S. District Court Judge U.W. Clemon.
Academy graduates first class
5½ months ago the
Alabama National Guard's Youth Challenge Academy opened its doors at
the former Women's Army Corps barracks building at Fort McClellan with
a total of 117 cadets - 104 males and 13 females. Saturday, 27 - 22
males and five females - are scheduled to walk out, as graduates.
More than half of
the graduating cadets will have their high school equivalency
certificates, several others expect to get theirs in the weeks ahead
and 14 have completed their job skills assessments. Five are planning
to go to college, six will be joining the Guard, nine are heading for
civilian jobs, including one cadet whose starting pay was raised by $4
per hour after his prospective employer, Lowe's, got an assessment of
what he could do. All will be mentored for a year.
employee buyouts to avert strike
Delphi Corp., which
operates a plant in Gadsden, will offer workers buyouts of up to
$140,000 and other payments in exchange for wage concessions meant to
help the struggling auto supplier emerge from bankruptcy and avoid a
strike, according to a published report. The incentives for ratifying
the deal vary in order to appeal to Delphi's many hourly
Delphi and United Auto Workers leadership signed the agreement Friday,
but it still must be approved by the company's 17,000 UAW members and
a federal bankruptcy judge in New York. Union members expect to hear
details on the pact beginning today. Local union officials have
already said the deal would provide three annual payments of $35,000
each for about 4,000 UAW workers who would see their hourly wages cut
from about $28 to between $14.50 to $18.50 beginning Oct. 1. During
the buy-down period, those workers also could try to return to General
Motors Corporation, Delphi's former parent company.
Other incentives, will include:
A $140,000 buyout for workers with more than 10 years of service, and
a $70,000 buyout for those with the company for less than 10 years.
A $35,000 payment to encourage workers with at least 30 years of
service to retire.
Retirement benefits for workers age 50 and above with at least 10
years of service.
A program for workers with at least 26 years of service that allows
them to stop working but be paid as active workers at the lower rates
until they reach 30 years of service and retire.
· $1,500 per month
severance pay for every month worked - up to $40,000 - for all
supplemental and temporary employees who choose to leave the company.
The plan would also leave Troy-based Delphi operating only four UAW
plants: Grand Rapids; Kokomo, Ind.; Lockport, N.Y.; and Rochester,
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