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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- I-20 wreck
- Piedmont fatality
- Centre man sentenced on drug charges
- Coosa Valley water
A truck driver is in the burn center at UAB
hospital in Birmingham today after his truck and the tanker is was
pulling struck another tractor-trailer parked along interstate 20
near Oxford. Troopers say the accident occurred near 5:30 p.m.
Monday evening just west of the 185 exit. The accident shut down
the eastbound lanes of the freeway for several hours while rescue
and cleanup operations were underway. Officials said that the
tanker, which was destroyed by the ensuing fire, was carrying a
non-hazardous liquid. Officials said it appeared that the tanker
had struck the parked 18-wheeler then, flipped down an embankment
and burst into flames. The driver managed to get out of the truck
but sustained severe burns. Officials said that the parked truck was
Alabama state troopers are investigating a
fatal weekend accident that left a Piedmont man dead. Troopers say
the one vehicle accident occurred Saturday night near 11:40 on U.S.
278 in Cherokee County. 32 year old Coley Lawayne Smith, Piedmont,
was driving a 1995 Pontiac Firebird when he went off the road and
struck a tree. Smith was transported to Baptist Medical Center
Cherokee and later died. A passenger in the vehicle, 32 year old
Steven Welchbarker, of Piedmont, was injured and transported to
Erlinger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Centre man sentenced on drug charges
A Centre man is facing a 20 year prison
sentence after pleading guilty in Cherokee County court to
manufacturing methamphetamine. 31 year old John Charles Latty, of
Centre, entered guilty pleas to unlawful manufacture of a controlled
substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The
charges stem from a raid on his home on Jan. 8, 2006, in which he
was caught with a meth lab with finished methamphetamine. Latty was
sentenced to 20 years in state prison, with that sentence split to
serve five years. Latty also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, court
costs and other fees. After serving the five years in prison, Latty
will be on probation for five years.
Coosa Valley water
Officials say that construction could begin
next year on a long-sought water treatment plant serving St. Clair
and Talladega counties. Officials say that the design for the plant
is complete and more than 70 easements have been collected. Bids
could follow in the next few months. The concept of pumping water
from the Coosa River and providing it to several east Alabama towns
and cities was conceived about four years ago. At that time the
plant was projected to cost about $22 million and pump water to
Lincoln, Pell City, Springville and Odenville, in addition to other
towns stretching into Talladega County. Officials now say the price
tag for the plant will probably be higher, since building material
costs have increased since the projection was made several years
ago. The district is seeking grant money for the project. The plant
will be located in a rock quarry in Ragland formerly owned by
National Cement Co. When up and fully operational, the plant could
provide up to 12 million gallons per day of treated water.
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