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Biodiesel company may provide funds for resource center

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — A biodiesel company locating in Athens has said it will help fund a family resource center.

Athens City Council President Harold Wales said Melvin Kilgore of Southeast BioEnergy LLC was looking for a project to sponsor when he heard about local leaders seeking seed money to start the center. BioEnergy plans to open its research and development facility in Elm Industrial Park on July 1.

The Limestone County Commission has offered the center space in a building it owns in Crutcher Shopping Center. The resource center would house The Food Bank, Crisis Center and other programs, such as domestic violence prevention and drug rehabilitation.

Community leaders, including District Court Judge Jeanne Anderson, asked the city and county for $26,000 each to fund a director and utilities for the first year. The council had concerns about funding that amount.

"Mr. Kilgore said he wants to fund it lock, stock and barrel, so I said, 'Hooray,' " Wales said.

Wales is scheduling a meeting with those involved for next week.

On Tuesday the council did approve giving the center $6,500 to fund operations from July through September.

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