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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Heflin man injured in home explosion
- Child injured in ATV accident
- Fire causes interstate slowdown
- Governor names Quality of Life commission
Heflin man injured in home explosion
A Heflin man has been transported to University
Hospital in Birmingham with what officials said were significant burns
after he awoke this morning to light a cigarette and his house
exploded. Fire officials said Jerry Mooney was airlifted to the
hospital near 4:30 this morning. Officials say that the victim's
daughter, who was also inside the house was not injured. Cause of the
exposition is still under investigation, but officials say that a gas
leak is a possible cause for the blast. The house is located off of
Highway 78 and Bonner Lake Road just outside the Heflin city limits.
The fire after the explosion burned the house to the ground, and
officials said the building was a total loss.
Child injured in ATV accident
A 5-year-old Odenville boy was listed in critical
condition at Children's Hospital on Monday night after being injured
in an ATV accident Monday afternoon. Austin Wallace, apparently
suffering from head trauma, was airlifted to the hospital following
the accident at about 5:15 p.m. off George Crowe Road in Odenville.
Investigating officers said the accident happened in the yard of a
residence and that The child was wearing a helmet.
Fire causes interstate slowdown
Five miles of one eastbound lane of Interstate 20
in Calhoun and Cleburne counties were closed Monday due to limited
visibility, the result of smoke from a wildfire. Officials said a
truck towing a trailer on the interstate developed a flat tire Monday
afternoon, and the driver attempted to continue east to exit 199 at
Heflin. The tire wore away, exposing the wheel’s metal rim, which sent
sparks showering into the grass along the highway’s outer edge
starting fires along the interstate for about a mile. Firefighters
from Heflin, Hollis Crossroads Volunteers and the Forest Service
responded. Eastbound traffic was limited to one lane between mile
marker 191 at the exit for U.S. 431 in Calhoun County to mile marker
196 in Cleburne County. This morning officials say that the smoke has
cleared and there were not reports of visibility problems.
Governor names Quality of Life commission
Nine residents from east Central Alabama have
been named to serve on a statewide commission created by Gov. Bob
Riley to improve the quality of life in rural Alabama. The members,
who come from a variety of backgrounds and work experience, were
appointed to represent Region 4 of the Alabama Rural Action
Commission. The region is one of eight that make up the commission.
Included in the region are Cherokee, Etowah, Calhoun, Cleburne,
Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties.
The rural commission is designed after the Alabama Black Belt Action
Commission, which was created in 2004 to improve living standards in
13 Alabama counties. The commission now has more than 800 volunteers
working together to improve health, education, and living standards in
12 south Alabama counties commonly referred to as the Black Belt
because of its dark soil. Former state Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville,
who is serving as executive director, said The Rural Action Commission
will begin by focusing on measurably improving health care, education,
economic development and workforce development in rural areas. Named
to the commissions Region 4 committee are: Bill Curtis, Anniston ,U.S.
Rep. Mike Rogers, Saks ,Heflin Mayor Anna Berry, Coosa County Probate
Judge Terry Mitchell, Dr. Bill Meehan, JSU, Linda Jordan, Ashland,
Wayne Carmella-Harper, Anniston, Susan Solatto, Wadley, and Dr.
Elizabeth Lyons, Valley.
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