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KKK will rally in Athens

ATHENS — The Ku Klux Klan will rally in Athens after the bikers leave town.

Athens police Capt. Tracy Harrison said the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan reapplied for a permit for its anti-immigration rally.

The rally will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at City Hall.

The group originally wanted to rally at the courthouse during the same time as the Trail of Tears ride. About 100,000 motorcyclists are expected to ride through the city between 11:30 and 2 p.m.

Harrison said all 30 officers will be working the ride and can’t monitor a rally at the same time.

“Once we explained it to them, they were cooperative with us and agreed to rally after the ride,” he said.

Police will close Hobbs Street in front of City Hall during the rally.

Holly Hollman

Sex offender living in Belle Mina caught

BELLE MINA — A man convicted of first-degree rape in Jefferson County in 1995 has been living unregistered in Belle Mina.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Randy King said Carlos Lamar Bryant, 34, of 7065 Mooresville Road, Belle Mina, moved to that address from Georgia without registering as a sex offender. Bryant moved to Georgia after serving his sentence.

“Deputy Mike Gunter was working on other unregistered offenders when he got information on Bryant,” King said.

Bryant is being held in the county jail, waiting extradition as a fugitive from justice, for Rockdale County, Ga., authorities.

Holly Hollman

Athens teen charged with rape

ATHENS — An Athens teen is charged with rape for having sex with an underage girl.

According to Athens police reports, the 16-year-old male had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female.

State law says she was not old enough to give consent.

The mother reported the incidents, and police charged him with second-degree rape.

He is in Tuscumbia’s juvenile detention facility.

Holly Hollman

Beaty Street paving begins

ATHENS — Motorists may want to avoid a portion of Beaty Street through Friday.

Public Works Director James Rich said the city is milling and paving the street between Washington and Pryor streets.

Holly Hollman

Troopers identify wreck victims

CLEMENTS — State troopers identified a woman killed in a wreck Tuesday night.

Passenger Carolyn Evans, 65, of Dover Fla., died in the two-vehicle crash on Snake Road at Shaw Road in western Limestone County at 5:40 p.m.

Her husband, Charles Evans, 69, also of Dover, was driving. He was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the other vehicle, Regina Ingle, 30, of Tuscumbia, was also taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital.

Conditions for Ingle and Charles Evans were not immediately available.

Seth Burkett

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