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Man allegedly hits wife’s car head-on

ATHENS — Athens police said a husband didn’t give any reason for allegedly hitting head-on his wife’s car while their 3-year-old daughter was a passenger in the wife’s car.

Police charged James Quinta Smith, 23, of 2220 Windscape Drive, Athens, with third-degree domestic violence.

Capt. Marty Bruce said Smith rammed head-on into his wife, Nikia Smith, as she traveled on Commercial Drive on Monday morning.

No one was injured, but both vehicles had minor damage.

Police transferred Smith to the Limestone County Jail.

He is out in lieu of $1,000 bond.

Holly Hollman

Athens tables alcohol amendment

ATHENS — Athens City Council members don’t want
accountants and lawyers sel-ling wine downtown but want gift shops to have that opportunity.

That’s why the council tabled taking action on amending its alcohol ordinance to permit specialty beverage stores on the courthouse square to have wine and beer tastings and sell those products for off-premise consumption.

Councilwoman Milly Caudle said the amendment’s wording specified that wine and beer must be the primary product for sale.

“But I know of one gift shop where that wouldn’t be the case, but they would like to sell some wine,” she said.

City attorney Shane Black said he would have to tweak the amendment to ensure that not every business downtown could sell it, such as attorneys and accountants.

The council will review the amendment at its Nov. 5 meeting.


Residents protest H&H conversion

ATHENS — For 52 years, H&H has been known for its barbecue.

Now its owners want to convert it to a convenience store that sells beer and wine.

The business, which would be renamed Randy’s Trackside Beverage and Convenience Store, is on Nick Davis Road at Oakdale Road.

Operator Charlotte Holmes said sickness in the family led to the decision.

About 20 people attended Monday’s public hearing at the Athens City Council meeting to protest the business getting an alcohol license.

That included eight people from East Highland Baptist Church.

A neighborhood petition with 16 names states that the convenience store would pose a safety and security risk, increase traffic accidents and encourage intoxicated drivers to frequent the business.

The council did not take action. The issue must go before the city’s alcohol review committee and Alabama Alcoholic Beverages Control Board.

Holly Hollman

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