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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2007


Salvation Army receives $1,000

On Wednesday, leaders of Decatur-area nonprofit organizations and Wachovia Bank got together for lunch, discussed the community and, for many of them, met each other for the first time.

About 40 nonprofit employees representing several area organizations showed up at Community Action Partnership for the event, concluding with a $1,000 grant going to the Salvation Army.

Wachovia’s Decatur Market President Darris Frost, who presented the check, said that
Wachovia wants to be more visible in the community and establish relationships with organizations in the Decatur community.

Most don’t worry about Browns Ferry

Almost six in 10 readers who answered an online poll answered “not at all” to the question “How much do you worry about the possibility of a nuclear accident at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant?”

Of 163 readers responding, 95 (58.3 percent) gave that answer. Forty-eight (29.5 percent) said “occasionally,” and 20 (12.3 percent) said “a lot.”

The unscientific poll was conducted for four days, ending Wednesday, at

Browns Ferry near Athens expects to restart its long-dormant Unit 1 reactor this month, bringing the total number of operating reactors there to three.

Unit 1 caught fire in 1975 when a candle ignited insulation. Safety systems failed, and a nuclear disaster was narrowly averted.

Many considered it the worst U.S. nuclear accident until
the near-meltdown at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island in 1979.

- Seth Burkett

Injured pedestrian’s condition improves

A pedestrian struck by a
car while crossing Alabama
20 in Decatur improved from critical to serious condition,
a spokeswoman for Huntsville Hospital said Wednesday.

Garland Brown, 34, of Decatur remained in the hospi-tal’s surgical intensive care unit.

Brown was running across the street toward Bud’s Convenience Store No. 9 at about 8:30 p.m. when he was struck by a westbound car driven by Oliver Borum of Hillsboro, Decatur police said.

As Brown stepped into the inside lane, the front passenger side bumper hit him and then he collided with the windshield, police said.

Borum and his passenger were not injured.

- Seth Burkett

Athens police search for robber

ATHENS — Athens police were searching Wednesday evening for the person or persons who robbed a Hispanic grocery store.

The robbery occurred at about 4:15 p.m. at the Mexico Lindo on Jefferson Street, according to reports. No one was injured.

Patrol officers searched north of downtown Athens for the suspects.

Further details were not available.

- Holly Hollman

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