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Limestone jail dryer catches fire

ATHENS — Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely evacuated 205 inmates Wednesday night when a commercial dryer at the county jail caught fire.

He said that at about 7 p.m., clothes in the dryer caught fire, causing smoke to fill the hallways of the jail. An inmate had left the dryer unattended while he went to the booking room to find out how many towels and washcloths he needed to pass out to the inmates, Blakely said.

Jailer Heath Norwood found the clothes blazing and used an extinguisher to put out the fire. The Athens Fire Department responded and cleared the building of smoke. The inmates remained in the fenced exercise yard. Blakely said the smoke had been dispersed and the inmates returned inside by 9 p.m.

Holly Hollman

Cancer golf tourney still has spots open

Golfers who want to take a swing at fighting cancer can still sign up for the American Cancer Society’s golf tournament.

The four-person scramble is Monday at Burningtree Country Club, and flights are available for both 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. tee times. Morning players will get breakfast (available at 7 a.m.) and lunch (noon) and afternoon players will get lunch.

Thirty-three teams have signed up, and there is room for 40. The cost is $400 per team or $100 per person. The fundraising goal is $25,000.

The tourney includes a put-ting contest and silent auction for items such as jewelry, a hot-air balloon ride and a party for 25 provided by Jiggy Piggy and Valley Budweiser. To register, call Beth Tutwiler at 535-1082.

Paul Huggins

Boys arrested after taking running car

ATHENS — Two Huntsville boys who took advantage of an unattended running car are under arrest.

Athens police Lt. Floyd Johnson said a woman stopped at the Texaco station on U.S. 72 at Mooresville Road on Tuesday at 5 p.m. She left the car running while she was inside the store. “She saw two kids hop into the car and take off in it,” he said.

Police found the car at about 8 p.m. in Huntsville with a 13-year-old boy and 11-year-old boy inside. They are charged with first-degree theft and first-degree receiving stolen property .

Holly Hollman

Pryor Field gets $154,173 grant

TANNER — Pryor Field Regional Airport is getting an FAA grant toward work on its terminal building.

On Wednesday, the Limestone County Commission accepted a $154,173 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant comes through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.

County Engineer Richard Sanders said the funding is for Phase 2 of the terminal building. The $1.3 million terminal includes a passenger waiting lounge, a pilots lounge, and a meeting room for FAA training and the airport board.

Holly Hollman

Pedestrian OK after car hits him

A pedestrian survived being hit by a vehicle in front of City Cafe on Wednesday morning. The victim, Kirven Hendrix, 68, of Greenville, left the restaurant at about 11 and was crossing First Avenue Southeast when a car driven by Noma Hammon, 76, of Decatur, hit him.

“In my demented state, I had enough forethought to fall onto the hood,” Hendrix joked as he was checked for injuries. “If I had fallen the other way, I’d been run over for sure.”

The driver was turning left from East Moulton Street and said she didn’t see Hendrix. “I’m just glad I wasn’t driving fast,” she said.

Though Hendrix said he only felt minor pain in one leg and on his face, Hammon and rescue workers persuaded him to go to the hospital for an evaluation.

Paul Huggins

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