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Feuding neighbors won't bring charges

ATHENS — Two neighbors, who have a long-standing feud, are refusing to press charges after they fought in the roadway that separates their homes, a Limestone investigator said.

The investigator, Sheriff's Department Lt. Brad Curnutt, said the two live on Harwell Road.
He said Saturday, the two met in the road to fight. One brought a fishing rod and the other a 2-by-4 board. Curnutt said the one with the board hit his neighbor in the head, sending the neighbor to Athens-Limestone Hospital for treatment.

Holly Hollman

Decatur Utilities promises no impact

Decatur Utilities officials say no customers — industrial or otherwise — will be impacted by a contract change between the city and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

On Monday, the Decatur City Council discussed amending the city's wholesale power contract with TVA. The changes, which were requested by TVA, would prevent some industrial customers from participating in TVA's Enhanced Growth Credit Program. But according to DU, no local industries exceed the 50,000-kilowatt-hour demand to be removed from the program, so no impact will be felt.

TVA instated the program 1978 to encourage industrial growth. It offers discounts to industrial customers who increase their electrical load. DU interim manager Stanley Keen-um said TVA officials apparently felt the increases were hurting the system.

Evan Belanger

Fight lands men in hospital, jail

ATHENS — A Sunday night fight over borrowed money sent one person to the hospital and another to jail.

According to Athens police reports, Grantan K. Thomas, 34, of 409 Houston St., Athens, allegedly went to the Budget Inn to confront motel resident Duane Earl Pugh about money Pugh borrowed from another person.

The two argued, and Thomas hit Pugh in the face, police said. Pugh, 48, then allegedly cut Thomas on the neck with a knife. Athens-Limestone Hospital treated Thomas for the 4-inch-long cut, police said. Police charged Pugh with second-degree assault and transferred him to the Limestone County Jail.

Holly Hollman

Police: Man shoots truck as it hits him

ATHENS — A man walking with his family Friday yelled at a driver for going too fast and then got into an altercation with the driver, Athens police said.

Christopher Williams, 32, of Athens was walking with his wife and child when the driver, Eric White, 26, of Harvest, drove past them on Frazier Street at 9:30 p.m., Capt. Marty Bruce said.

"Williams flagged White down and told him he was
driving too fast," Bruce said.

White backed up 30 feet and then drove toward Williams and his family, Bruce said. That's when Williams pulled out a .380 handgun and fired into the windshield just as the truck hit him, Bruce said.

The impact did not hurt Williams, and the bullet did not strike White. White did receive slight injuries from broken glass, Bruce said. Charges are pending.

Holly Hollman

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