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Baby born with cocaine in system

ATHENS — A baby boy born with cocaine in his system prompted authorities to arrest his mother.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the mother gave birth June 29.

He identified her as Misty Marie Gatlin, 22, of 14477 Grubbs Road, Athens.

After the baby tested positive for cocaine, McNatt said, the Department of Human Resources notified the Sheriff’s Department.

“The mother admitted she used cocaine during her pregnancy,” he said.

Authorities charged Gatlin on Friday with chemical endangerment of a child, a felony.

She is out of jail on $1,000 bond.

McNatt said the baby is doing OK.

- Holly Hollman

Athens man made honorary officer

ATHENS — As a child, Quentin Anderson wanted to be a cop, but he never got to take to the streets.

When he grew up and got married, he realized that economically, being a police officer would be tough.

Instead, Anderson worked as a private investigator and with companies that made police equipment, like sirens.

He did ride-alongs with officers during the riots that erupted after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

When he and his wife of 47 years, Lynn Anderson, moved to Athens in 1979, he continued supporting police.

He graduated from Athens police’s first citizens’ police academy.

He pushed for the new station that houses police now, and he helped raise money for the memorial fund for slain officers Sgt. Larry Russell and Tony Mims.

“Anything that’s pro-law enforcement, Mr. Anderson is there for us,” Chief Wayne Harper said.

On Tuesday, Harper named him an honorary officer.

“He’s lobbied for ordinances like impounding the vehicles of those without a driver license,” he explained.

“He’s a friend to us,” Harper said.

- Holly Hollman

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