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Federal grant to help with BRAC influx

A $722,438 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to the Madison County Commission will support efforts in Morgan, Limestone and Madison counties to prepare for expansion of Redstone Arsenal.

The purpose of the grant, said U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer,
D-Huntsville, is to help area communities prepare for the influx of residents to North Alabama as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.

The grant came from the Defense Department’s Office of Economic Assistance.

- Eric Fleischauer

2 new restaurants come to Athens

ATHENS — Diners have two new places in Athens to visit and fill their bellies.

Giovanni’s, an Italian eatery, opened Monday on the square on Market Street.

Chick-fil-A was to open Thursday on U.S. 72 near Interstate 65.

Chick-fil-A is in an area locals are calling “Chicken Bottom.” The busy intersection also has a Guthrie’s and Bojangles.

Giovanni’s owner Rod Ross closed his Hartselle restaurant and moved it to Athens, where can sell alcohol.

- Holly Hollman

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