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Blaze destroys empty Eva house

EVA — The Eva Volunteer Fire Department, with assistance from Bethel-Gum Pond, battled a fire Sunday at an unoccupied house on Morgan County 55 East.

Eva Fire Chief Dennis Holmes said the house is about a mile west of Eva School at the town limits.

Holmes said his department responded at 12:30 p.m. with 10 firefighters, two engines and a pumper tanker.

He said two firefighters came from Bethel-Gum Pond with a pumper tanker and a rescue truck.

"The house was a three-bedroom, wood-frame house and it had no furniture in it," Holmes said.

"When we arrived, flames were showing from the roof and some had come through the front windows. There was also heavy smoke and water damage."

Holmes said he did not know the name of the property owner.

He said firefighters departed the scene at about 3:30 p.m.

- Ronnie Thomas

Legislative session finishes Thursday

MONTGOMERY — The state House and Senate convene Thursday for the last day of the legislative session.

With both budgets and a capital improvements bond issue for education all passed in recent days, lawmakers will return in case they want to attempt to override any vetoes.

Gov. Bob Riley already has vetoed one piece of legislation targeted at DeKalb County.

The bill designated a com-mission to determine how to spend a portion of the county's share of TVA in-lieu-of-tax funds.

Riley said the commission was a way for legislators to control the money.

- M.J. Ellington

Limestone OK's tax increase wording

ATHENS — It's all spelled out for a proposed tax increase.

On Tuesday, the Limestone County Commission approved the wording for the Aug. 14 vote on a 1-cent sales tax for schools.

The Limestone County Board of Education asked for the countywide referendum because it wants to use the funds to back a $50 million bond is- sue.

That money would address growth issues, such as building new elementary feeder schools for Clements, Elkmont and East Limestone high schools, and replacing the older gyms on some campuses.

Athens City Schools also would get a share.

The two systems would split the tax according to enroll-ment.

The referendum will read:

"Do you support a countywide one-cent sales tax for the public school systems in Limestone County? All reve- nue generated for the Limestone County School System will be designated for capital improvements (facilities). This tax would begin on Jan. 1, 2008, and will end on Dec. 31, 2017."

- Holly Hollman

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