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hello friends,


As summer ends and football season begins, I look forward to attending the games with friends and family. But life is not always about fun and games, and elephants don’t just remind me of my alma mater. In this issue of Source, we’ll share information about another elephant, a Pink Elephant that symbolizes awareness, education, research, and a determination to survive. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to support breast cancer research, the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation will partner with the Vera Bradley Foundation for our Fifth Annual Pink Elephant Luncheon on Wednesday, October 17. In this issue you’ll read how Stacy Tribble knew she was called to give mammograms, and about other local heroes in our community like Sherri Adams, whose legacy lives on despite losing her battle with breast cancer last year. Discover how Dr. James McKinley is making a difference in Ardmore; and how Dr. Thomas Pitman is helping women in Limestone County look as young as they feel.

Learn why Athens-Limestone Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center was ranked by Sleep Review magazine as one of the nation’s best sleep facilities of 2012; and why Dr. Brian Mathews, an oncologist with Clearview Cancer Institute, opened an office on the hospital’s third floor. All this and more – going on with your hometown hospital! And the holidays will be here before you know it, so get ready for some holiday fun by marking your calendar for the third weekend in November for the Athens Christmas Open House. Now, grab yourself a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy reading the fall issue of Source! Sincerely,


Athens-Limestone Hospital is an affiliate of the Huntsville Health System.


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Heroes Among Us

Why Stacy Tribble is committed to Breast Cancer Awareness Making a Difference in Breast Cancer Awareness


Physician Profile

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ALH’s Sleep Center

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Dr. Brian Mathews Clearview Cancer Institute Puts an End to Counting Sheep

Discover the Difference Dr. James McKinley McKinley Family Medicine

Meeting the Needs of the Community

Limestone Health Facility Offering Time and Love

contributing | Brian Passe writers Debbie Kulmer Karen Middleton Kimberly Ballard Leslie Vallely Teresa Gibbs photography | Amanda Whitley Becky Christopher Wyman Gibbs

Local Events Travel Nutrition Fitness Christmas Open House

On the Cover: Stacy Tribble, Director of Radiology, Athens-Limestone Hospital Antiques available at: The Antique Basket 305 2nd Ave. Decatur, AL 256-353-8181


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Why Stacy Tribble is Committed to Breast Cancer Awareness

by Brian Passe



It’s not often you run across someone with such love and passion for their job. While showing me the only digital mammography equipment in Limestone County, her excitement for Athens-Limestone Hospital and mammography was clearly expressed in her words and actions. As we walked down the hall, she was telling me about the importance of digital mammography and then, she shifted her attention to a patient in a hospital bed waiting for an exam. With ease, she stood next to him, brushed some loose hairs away, tucked in his blanket and covered his feet. She asked how he was doing and told him she knew his exam would go well. A technologist came to take him to the exam and we were off again, with her talking fast and me trying to listen fast. If you know Stacy Tribble, you know that this passion is normal. If you don’t know her, let me tell you about her. continued p.6

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Stacy was only five years old when her mother, at the young age of thirty-two, died of breast cancer. Stacy, while gazing at a photo of her mother, tells me that the faded memories are of long hospital stints and of her mama being sick after returning home from the hospital. Even though she had a broken arm, broken leg, received multiple stitches, and second and third degree burns over most of her body as a child (all in separate instances), nothing compared to the pain of losing her mother. Her father soon remarried. Stacy says God blessed her, her three sisters and her father with a wonderful step-mother. Growing up, Stacy always loved animals and had planned to become a veterinarian. In her last two years of high school, she worked for a veterinarian and even contemplated becoming one. But God began guiding her path and opening other doors for her. Stacy studied for two years at Huntsville Hospital to be an x-ray technologist. She studied hard and was awarded the Mallinckrodt Outstanding Student Award. “It was there that two technologists took me under their wings and I learned that I had a gift for mammography,” explains Stacy. Not all x-ray technologists can give mammograms. Not only does mammography require special certification, but also compassion for the patient. A woman may be in for her annual exam, or she may be there because she felt a lump. Men can also get breast cancer, though it is not very common. Normally an illness has made it apparent if a man receives a mammogram. At the age of twenty-seven, and happily married, Stacy became pregnant with her first child. “When I was five months pregnant, I found a lump in my breast,” Stacy reflects. “The doctor decided a lumpectomy was needed. The lump was benign, and four months later a beautiful baby girl came into my life.” The path was clear. After losing her mother to breast cancer and experiencing the fear of her own lumpectomy, Stacy knew she was called for mammography. In January 2005, Stacy came to work for Athens-Limestone Hospital and became the Director of Radiology in April 2007. Stacy says she tells her story to help people realize that it can happen to anyone at any time, family history or not.” As someone who has been on both sides, she knows the fear and relief that comes with this test. And when I get a mammogram, it’s not just for me.” Stacy declares, “It’s also for my husband, children, father, stepmother, co-workers and for all the other people in my life that love me.

I learned a lot while talking to Stacy. I was able to explain to my wife that she didn’t have to leave Limestone County to receive the most current technology in radiology. The new digital monitors at Athens-Limestone Hospital are instant and, if necessary, can be sent and received immediately for collaboration between radiologists at another facility. I also got the opportunity to see the difference between the digital images and the analog images. I couldn’t believe it! It was like comparing a printed picture versus a digital picture. I was amazed at how they could manipulate the image to analyze the details. There’s no need to leave Athens to get good care; you can get the best care right here at home. When you go to Athens-Limestone Hospital, you’ll get personal attention and care, meet people like Stacy, and have your exam with the same doctors that are in Huntsville. To schedule your mammogram, call 256-233-9573.


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Athens-Limestone Hospital’s commitment to their

patients and the community healthcare is reflected through their Pink Elephant Scholarship Fund: a program that pays for your mammogram if you can’t afford it or if it doesn’t qualify under your insurance plan. If you’d like to learn more about the Pink Elephant Scholarship Fund, or make a donation, please contact the Athens-Limestone Foundation Director, Shelli Waggoner, at 256-233-9236 or Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.


H ero E s A mong Us

Making a Difference in Breast Cancer Awareness by Karen Middleton


It’s probably safe to say that most people in the modern world no longer fear that monsters lurk in shadows. But their need for fearless heroes has never faded. What is a hero? A hero is an ordinary person that has done something extraordinary. A true hero - in their own mind - is really never a hero at all. Today some of our heroes are soldiers who show valor in fighting wars, or police and firemen who risk their lives to save others. We also see heroism in people who make life-saving medical discoveries and people who dedicate their careers to helping the poor and underprivileged. There are heroes right here in our own community. Brenda Blakely Owens, Erin Cosby Moran, Carolyn Stair, and Sherri Adams all fought for their lives and they all have believed in a cure. Brenda Owens noticed disturbing symptoms at about the time for her annual mammogram in August 2011. By mid-September, she had a mastectomy, and in May, she had a second mastectomy. “I would advise anyone who is diagnosed with breast cancer to speak to breast cancer survivors. It really helped me to openly discuss it rather than keep silent, worry, and wonder what would happen,” said Brenda. Last Christmas, Brenda, now 65, celebrated her recovery by decorating a white Christmas tree in her home with pink ribbon ornaments. Carolyn Stair, whose parents and a son, were cancer victims, knew the importance of early detection when she had her annual mammogram in November 2007. But in March of 2008, she found a lump during a self-examination. She elected for a double mastectomy. Since being diagnosed, Carolyn says she stresses, to every female acquaintance, the importance of early mammograms. “It’s very important that all women have a mammogram, regardless of whether or not they have insurance, and even if their insurance will not pay,” states Carolyn. “There’s no reason not to when it’s available to them. Everyone in some way has been touched by cancer. Don’t let cancer take your life.” Erin Moran, 42, and mother of two children, 9 and 11, had a lumpectomy in 2007. She was very diligent about getting an annual mammogram and doing monthly self-examinations when she found a suspicious area in her left breast early this year. She also chose a double mastectomy. She continued her work at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department throughout her chemotherapy, which she completed in May 2012. Her latest scan showed the cancer gone. “Get a mammogram even if you think you’re not old enough,” she stresses. “Do self-exams and if you feel anything, go to the doctor, then go for a mammogram.” Sherri Lovell Adams was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34. Throughout her breast cancer battle, she was known as a local hero, as she made breast cancer awareness her mission. For 10 years she fought, determined to win. She had so much to live for, her husband, her young daughters, her family and friends. But on August 27, 2011, Sherri passed away. She had devoted much of her time educating others about breast cancer. Determined that all her work would not be in vain, her family has decided to pick up where Sherri left off and hold the First Annual Sherri Adams Pink Ribbon Run fall 2012

on November 3, 2012. The proceeds from this race will benefit the Athens-Limestone Hospital’s Pink Elephant Mammogram Scholarship Program. This program allows anyone in Limestone County access to an annual mammogram, regardless of whether or not they have insurance, and despite whether it will pay. Sherri Adams’ family members were not the only ones to take action in this great battle. The Athens Fire and Rescue has decided to hold their annual t-shirt sale to benefit this scholarship. They have been selling shirts since August, and when the shirts are gone, they will have raised over $15,000 for this scholarship program. The City of Athens has decided to sell pink, 96-gallon rolling garbage cans that will also raise money for this program. All of these, combined with the Fifth Annual Pink Elephant Luncheon on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, will make a difference in our community. You can get

more information on these at It is easy to research specific states and cities to find their leaders and random heroes. But I have found that we live among an entire community of heroes - a unified body of individuals working together to complete the task at hand. Our mission is to provide all residents in Limestone County with education and testing to combat breast cancer and to make a difference in our community.


A Note from the Publisher –

I find it ironic that in the midst of working on this issue, featuring Breast Cancer Awareness, I’ve realized first-hand the importance of mammograms. I had my annual mammogram about a month ago and was called back for more images. After a lumpectomy the following week, I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). Because of a mammogram, this was detected without ever feeling a lump in my breast. Thank God my cancer was caught early before it reached the life threatening stage. I will soon begin radiation treatments which, research shows, will greatly reduce my chances of a cancer recurrence. So remember - for a good outcome, early detection is imperative. - Teresa Gibbs


P h y sician P rofile

A Physician On The Forefront Of Successful Cancer Treatments b y L e s l i e Va l l e l y, C o m m u n i c a t i o n s D i r e c t o r - C l e a r v i e w C a n c e r I n s t i t u t e


Pretend, for a moment, that you have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Facing the unknown, you feel isolated and afraid and perhaps concerned about having to make a drive multiple times a month to Huntsville for treatment. Several years ago, that was the case for all cancer patients living in Limestone County. There was no oncologist in the area for these patients. Enter Dr. Brian Mathews, an oncologist with Clearview Cancer Institute and originally from Muscle Shoals. He knew that convenience is important for all cancer patients, particularly those undergoing chemotherapy. He knew that having an office in Athens for follow-up appointments with his patients would make life a little easier for them. And, for breast cancer patients, it could make a real difference. “Growing up as a doctor’s kid in Muscle Shoals, I knew my Dad always tried to find ways to help his patients, it just seemed like a good idea to me,” said Dr. Mathews. “And Athens is very much like the Shoals, warm and friendly people. It reminds me of my own hometown.” And even though Athens isn’t Mathew’s hometown,

he’s definitely got a “hometown” connection. His wife, Scarlett, has a sister in Athens who’s married to Dr. Seth Rayburn. The Mathews have 4 children, so having cousins close by is an added bonus for his family. Clearview Cancer Institute has an office in AthensLimestone Hospital and Dr. Mathews sees new patients as well as current patients for follow-up appointments every Wednesday (chemotherapy treatments are provided in the Huntsville office). He joined Clearview in August of 2006, after completing his sub-specialty training in hematology-oncology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. While at UAB, he was involved in research for leukemia, lymphoma and malignant brain tumors. Mathews received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from Birmingham-Southern College. “I had planned to get my Ph.D. and teach, but at the last moment, I changed my mind. I decided to go to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed my residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham.” Dr. Mathews is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology.

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Anyone who has ever faced breast cancer knows – you want answers. You want options. And you want them now. That’s why at Clearview, we’ve built the region’s leading cancer treatment center on one simple philosophy: Find what works fast. And fortunately, what works is right here in Athens. We promise to put our patients first. With accurate diagnoses and aggressive treatment plans designed specifically for your cancer. And easy access to the latest cancer-fighting drugs that could save a patient’s life. If you’re facing breast cancer, remember, you don’t have to face it alone. Call Clearview Cancer Institute at 256-705-4266. Dr. Brian Mathews sees patients at our Athens of fice on Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment or for a new patient referral, please call 256-705-4266 or

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Over the years, Dr. Mathews has seen great improvements in cancer care. When asked about his opinion as to the biggest change in cancer care within the next decade, his response is quick and confident. “In the next decade, we will see newer, more targeted medicines for all cancers with fewer side effects.” And the best part, he adds, “is that they will be even more effective.” As for breast cancer patients, new tests and more accurate screenings are improving at a rapid pace. He emphasizes that these tests will provide breast cancer patients, as well as their physicians, with better information to help guide them in decisions for proper treatment options. “Staying on the forefront of new, innovative breast cancer prevention and treatment is crucial for breast cancer patients to experience successful outcomes,” Mathews says. He adds, “And understanding these new targeted treatments is the real key to saving lives for all cancer patients.”


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Look as Young as You Feel by Karen Middleton

Dr. Thomas Pitman, of the Valley Women’s Center, has been an OBGYN since 1994, delivering babies, promoting women’s health, and performing minimally invasive gynecological surgery. Recognizing that self-image is an important part of a woman’s overall health, in June of 2012 he launched the Valley Women’s Aesthetics Clinic, which offers a wide variety of skin care products and procedures. Dr. Pitman has found that so many skin care products simply treat the surface, which he likens to putting a nice bedspread on an old mattress. For example, Obagi offers an array of skin care systems that heal the skin from the inside out, promote the health of the underlying skin cells, and result in better skin tone. Botox treatments are used to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, and for a more youthful appearance, Juvederm can be used as filler for laugh lines around the lips and for shadows on the face. Hydroquinone tones down pigment-producing cells (age spots) for age pigmentation correction. Chemical peels and products to treat acne are also available.

The LightSheer Duet Laser hair removal, the fastest and most comfortable laser hair remover available, is offered at the Aesthetics Clinic. While older lasers take almost 2 hours to remove the hair from a pair of legs, the LightSheer Duet system takes only 25 minutes. Most people require 4 to 6 treatments spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart to achieve satisfactory hair removal, and any part of the body can be treated. Laser treatments require the patient to be out of the sun (or tanning bed) 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after the treatment. Skin damage from too much sun is something that accumulates over time, and the Aesthetics Clinic has what you need to protect and rejuvenate your skin. UVA rays cause aging and UVB rays cause burning. Most sunscreens fail to block all UVA rays. The Aesthetics Clinic provides sunscreens with zinc oxide, which give the broadest available spectrum protection for UVA and UVB rays in an FDA-approved sunscreen. Zinc oxide is non-irritating, non-allergenic, and non-comedogenic.

Thanks to Dr. Pitman and the Valley Women’s Aesthetics Clinic, it’s no longer necessary to travel outside of Limestone County to get these prescription-strength products and treatments. Women of all ages can improve the look and feel of their skin, improving their self-image. And men, your skin can look younger and more attractive too. For all of us, the better we feel about ourselves, the better we feel overall. Call today for a free skin consultation and explore the many benefits possible with Obagi skin products, or to discuss any of their aesthetic services. Valley Women’s Center is located at 22335 U.S. Highway 72 East, Suite C, Athens, Alabama, 35613. For more information, they can be reached at 256-233-5000. You may also like them on Facebook at Valley Women’s Center.


ALH’s Nationally Ranked Sleep Center Puts an End to Counting Sheep by Kimberly Ballard


Four years ago, the fully accredited Athens-Limestone Hospital Sleep Disorder Center grew from a small sleep disorder laboratory to rank as one of the nation’s best sleep facilities of 2012 by Sleep Review magazine. The sleep center was recognized for their treatment of a variety of diagnosed sleep disorders including insomnia; excessive snoring, sleep apnea and hypopnea; periodic limb movement disorder (PLM); as well as rare sleep ailments like narcolepsy and hypersomnia. The Center’s director, Cherri Walker, says that there is a lot of difference between deep restorative sleep that refreshes your mind and body; and a fitful, interrupted sleep that leaves you fatigued the next day. “Sleep is not an elective. It is essential in order for your body to function like it was intended,” explains Walker. Healthrelated issues attributed to poor sleep habits range from diabetes, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure, to the obvious side effects of irritability, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Some doctors believe fibromyalgia is entirely the result of sleep deprivation. Furthermore, lack of sleep is the second highest cause of traffic accidents.

People suffering from insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Night shift workers top the list. Some night workers never adjust to sleeping during the day. Our bodies are made to be awake in light and asleep in the dark so the slightest bit of daylight can prevent a third shift worker from getting their required sleep. This problem is compounded by the myth that you can “make up” sleep. There is no such thing. Other causes of insomnia result from worry and anxiety, pain, hormonal imbalances, drug use, and gastro esophageal reflux disease known as GERD. “Insomnia is usually diagnosed in the physician’s office,” says Teresa Fields, the Center’s daytime supervisor and sleep monitor technician. “You answer a standard set of questions about your sleep habits like Do you snore? What time do you go to bed? What time do you get up? How long does it take you to fall asleep? That is followed by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to determine their average level of sleepiness during the daytime.” On a scale of zero if you never doze to three if there is a high chance of dozing or sleeping during the day, if your total score is above 10, you probably have a sleep disorder.

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Fields says 90% of the problems they treat at the Sleep Center are sleep apnea or hypopnea. Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep, shutting off airflow; or hypopnea, a partial blockage of the airflow, both causing the patient to stop breathing. “Some sufferers stop breathing hundreds of times during the night, some lasting up to 190 seconds at a time. Lack of oxygen hundreds of times during a single night, every night for many years damages your body,” says Walker. There are four stages of normal sleep. Sleep is very light during Stage 1 and most people awakened in this stage will deny they were asleep. Uninterrupted Stage 2 sleep lasts about 20 minutes, marked by a drop in body temperature and a slowing of the heart rate. Stage 3 marks a transition between light sleep and very deep sleep. The last level, known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, is where dreams occur. “In REM, your body is paralyzed but your mind is active. This is where, if uninterrupted, you get deep restorative sleep that refreshes your mind and body,” Walker says. “People with sleep disorders either never reach REM, or can’t remain in this stage. The apnea causes them to gasp for air, which wakes them up; or they drift

into stage two or three and have a leg jerk (PLM), which wakes them up. They start all over again at stage one, on and off throughout the night, never getting past stage two or three sleep.” The Sleep Center has effective treatment for most sleep disorders, and many do not involve medication,” Fields says. Hooked up to a monitor that measures brain waves, airflow, eye movement, heart rate, and oxygen saturation, sleep center technicians watch and read computer onscreen graphs, noting patterns such as PLMs, apneas, and even seizures. “When the body is deeply relaxed, the muscles in your throat close up, shutting off or blocking airflow. Weight plays a role in both snoring and apneas but thin people have them too, so weight loss isn’t foolproof,” Fields says. “We don’t know what causes leg jerks but when we stop the apnea, they usually disappear too.” The most successful treatment for sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask that blows positive air pressure into your air passage to keep it open. The CPAP comes in several styles and becomes a patient’s best friend. “Most people who experience good sound sleep after using a CPAP will not sleep without it!” Walker says.


Patient Testimony – I felt tired all the time, had gained 30 pounds in the past year, had more headaches than usual, high blood pressure, and an inability to focus at work. The doctor listened to my concerns, and then asked me if I slept well. I told him that no matter how long I slept, I didn’t wake up refreshed. He ordered a sleep study and I was directed to watch the sleep center video at It explained everything that I needed to know about the study. I thought I would not be able to sleep with someone watching me and I almost cancelled the study. I’m glad I didn’t. I had either decreased airflow or stopped breathing at least 40 times an hour, my oxygen level had dropped, and I snored. I had sleep apnea. My doctor ordered a CPAP machine which I was able to get from Athens-Limestone Hospital Medical Equipment. It has been a year since I went to the doctor. I am no longer struggling to stay awake during the day. I have lost the weight I had gained, my blood pressure is normal, and my morning headaches are gone. Thank goodness I decided not to cancel my sleep study. – Sam Ward Sleep Apnea has been related to other illnesses such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, obesity and much more. Low oxygen levels from sleep apnea can make heart conditions worse and affect many different parts of the body over a period of time.


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Dr. James McKinley Serving the Medical Needs of Ardmore by Brian Passe


ALH is reaching out to rural and small towns in north Alabama.

If a storm has ever affected your life, then you’ll appreciate Dr. James McKinley’s journey that began in his hometown of Atmore, in south Alabama, and landed him as a family medicine doctor with the AthensLimestone Hospital Clinic in Ardmore, Alabama. His journey began in 1996 when he headed north to the University of Alabama in Huntsville, pursuing a career as a chemical engineer. But as his studies progressed, McKinley’s interest in engineering waned and shifted to chemistry and he ended up earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a master’s degree in biological sciences and microbiology. Because of his strong interest in molecular biology and a desire to understand the causes of diseases, he decided to go into the practice of medicine and become a surgeon. He enrolled in medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and graduated from medical school in 2008. Then he met the storm that would change his life. In 2008, McKinley was in his third month of surgery residency when Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, Texas with a vengeance. The storm not only disrupted the lives of thousands of Texans; it began to change McKinley’s plans for his future in medicine. Not able to fulfill his fall 2012

Athens-Limestone Hospital would like to invite you to meet Dr. McKinley during his open house on Tuesday, October 16, 10:00 am at McKinley Family Medicine, 26734 Main Street, Ardmore, Alabama.

surgery residency solely in Galveston, he traveled to Birmingham, to Houston, and then back to Galveston. He and his wife had just begun to raise a family. His surgery residency not only involved traveling, it involved many hours at the hospital and that year he saw very little of his family. Medical school not only put many demands on this aspiring doctor, but also on his family. The idea of not being a part of their lives was not what he wanted, so he made a decision that changed his future. “God had a plan for me,” explains McKinley, “it was to use all the talents He had given me to be the best family doctor possible.” Together, he and his wife committed to God to follow Him wherever His path would lead them. That path brought him to Ardmore, Alabama. In April of 2011, McKinley was asked to consider AthensLimestone Hospital as a place to practice medicine. Kelli Powers and the hospital wanted to reach out to the rural and small towns of northern Alabama. When he met Powers and her staff, he was introduced to the hospital and its plans to grow. McKinley was impressed with the modern technology, facilities, and practices of the hospital and was excited about the invitation to open an AthensLimestone Hospital clinic in Ardmore. It was a challenge that he couldn’t turn down. He accepted the offer and opened the McKinley Family Medicine in May of 2012. McKinley’s approach to family medicine is something we all want - lots of attention and little waiting time. He schedules his patients so he can sit and talk to them about their health and educate them on a healthy lifestyle. “Many patients are looking for a ‘magic pill’ that will make them feel better,” McKinley says. “However, there is no magic pill. Getting healthy, and staying healthy, requires a commitment not only from me, but also from my patients. It may mean a change of diet or an exercise program.”

As a patient, you will receive all of the modern care that makes Athens-Limestone Hospital one of the best in Alabama. Dr. McKinley can draw blood samples in the morning, have them analyzed by the hospital that afternoon and the results are usually available the next day. He tells his patients that he’ll contact them as soon as he receives the results. Now that is a good response time! Dr. McKinley reminds me of our family doctor when I was a child. He wants to know his patients and be part of their lives. Frequently he sees them when attending church at Wooley Springs Baptist, or at the local grocery store. He tells me he likes it when his patients tell him they feel better and appreciate his attention and care. “It’s a new experience,” McKinley says, “to stand in the produce section consulting with a patient who tracked me down in the grocery store. God brought me to Ardmore and my wife sent me to the store.” McKinley wants to be known as a doctor who is part of the community and one that will always be there when his patients need him. If you live in Ardmore or the surrounding area, and need to see a physician, visit Dr. McKinley. He is supported by a great staff, an excellent hospital, and a God whom he thanks every day. Medical care can often be cold and rushed; making us feel like we are just a number on a chart. Not with Dr. McKinley. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time and met a real hometown doctor. The only difference will be the modern equipment and technology that is available. Don’t put it off any longer - go meet a real hometown doctor. Call Dr. McKinley at 256-4238744. You can’t miss his office; it’s right next to the police station!



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If you know where the rocket is that marks the Ardmore Visitors Center on I-65, then you’ll find Ardmore, located on the Alabama-Tennessee state line. Ardmore, a charming town with southern values, peace, tranquility and beautiful scenery, is known as “The Crape Myrtle Capitol of the South.” Ardmore was originally selected by the railroad company as a site for a rail station. The settlement, at that time, was called Austin, and was incorporated as the town of Ardmore in 1922. It has since grown into a thriving town of businesses, banks, medical facilities and more. Here are some businesses that provide services for this wonderful community.

Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home 27186 E. Main St. Ardmore, AL 35739 At some time in our lives, most of us will make or assist in making funeral arrangements for a loved one. Ardmore Chapel, locally owned and operated, is there for you, giving you the information necessary to make decisions and guiding you through the process. They offer a wide choice of services, allowing you and your family to select only those services that are affordable and meaningful to you. Unlike most consumer transactions, funeral arrangements are often made at an emotional time. Without cost or obligation, one of Ardmore Chapel’s caring directors will help you with your pre-planning needs. For more information, visit or call 256-423-4100.

Ardmore on Main Care and Rehabilitation Center 25385 Main St. Ardmore, TN 38449


The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is difficult; yet, a well-run, skilled nursing facility is often the best place to provide that care. Ardmore on Main offers a comfortable, home-like environment along with skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy for adults of all ages who need short- or long-term care. As evidence of our emphasis on continuous quality improvement, we have been awarded the prestigious Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). For more information, visit or call 931-427-2143.

Ardmore Physical Therapy, LLC 26558 Main St. Ardmore, TN 38449 If you’ve had an injury, or have movement problems from an illness, disease or disability, ask your doctor to refer you to Ardmore Physical Therapy where the physical therapists are able help you resume daily activities and relieve your pain. They’ll work with you and teach you, the patient, exercises designed to help regain strength and range of motion, and show you how to prevent a recurring injury. For more information, visit or call 931-427-6030. A second facility, Pulaski Physical Therapy is located at 203 Village Square, Pulaski, TN 38478. continued p.22 fall 2012


You Go Home AGAin Going to a skilled nursing center after a serious illness or procedure can be overwhelming. That’s why at Ardmore on Main Care and Rehabilitation Center, our friendly, caring therapists and nurses focus on providing quality healthcare designed to help you get back home as quickly and safely as possible. Let us bring you home.

(931) 427-2143 25385 Main Street • Ardmore, TN 38449 www . sunbridgehealthcare . com


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Jones Drugs 30508 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, AL 35739 In 1918 the first drug store was opened in Ardmore by Lude Currin. Ardmore Drug Store was sold to Thoran and Merle Jones around 1925 and the name was changed to Jones Drug Store. The present business was purchased from Merle Jones in 1967 and continues to serve the public by the same name. Jones Drugs has the most up to date technology and equipment available to fill your prescriptions at the most reasonable prices and offers a special discount on many generic prescriptions. Through the years, Jones Drugs has grown into a Durable Medical Equipment business supplying canes, walkers, lift chairs, hospital beds, wheelchairs (both manual and electric), and oxygen. Most insurances are accepted including Medicare part B and D, Express Scripts, and Tricare. For more information, call 256-423-2155

First National Bank 26591 Main Street, Ardmore, TN 38449 Change has been an ever present theme in the banking industry the past few years. If you would like stability in your banking relationship, First National Bank can provide that. First National Bank is a seventyfive-year-old independently owned community bank that has provided safe and sound banking service to the Ardmore community for almost fifty years. For more information, visit or call 931- 427-2171. 22

McKinley Family Medicine 26734 Main Street, Ardmore, Alabama 35739 Sometimes we get sick or just don’t feel well and our bodies need extra help. Dr. James McKinley, a family doctor who has recently relocated to Ardmore, offers checkups for patients of all ages including sick and well child checkups, annual and sports physicals, minor surgical procedures, skin biopsies, acute sick visits, and management of chronic medical problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, asthma, COPD. For more information or to make your appointment, call 256-423-8744.

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Limestone Health Facility offering Time and Love by Brian Passe


When you walk into a long-term-care or rehabilitation facility you probably hear a lot of noise and see people moving quickly and with purpose. I was fortunate to get some time with David Hunt, the Administrator and family owner of Limestone Health Facility. We were joined by Mary Nelle Clem, the Activities Director, and Edie Belue, the Director of Social Services and Admissions. The facility has one hundred seventy beds, usually one hundred sixty-five residents, and two hundred forty staff members. That’s a lot of people living and working together. In recent years the facility has experienced a growing number of temporary residents who stay only until their physical rehabilitation allows them to go home. No wonder it can be noisy and fast-paced! That’s the operational side of the facility. While important, I learned that the daily operation is trumped by time and love. If you’ve experienced moving a loved one into a nursing home, or used its rehabilitation services, you know how emotional it can be. It’s not easy to move mom or dad into their new home. Yes, I wrote home. The staff at Limestone Health Facility know that this is a life changing event. And they are there from the beginning. Before a loved one moves into their new home, David, Mary Nelle, Edie, the Director of Nursing, the dietician, and a host of others, personally meet with you to ease the transition. You’ll talk about dietary and medical needs, insurance and cost, along with any other issues that concern you about moving mom or dad into the facility. David and his staff have the experience to know your concerns before you express them. But there’s more. The moment you meet them you’ll realize that no matter the condition, no matter the care needed, your loved one is a real person who has needs that go beyond the diet or medicines. “We have friends we grew-up with at our facility,” said Mary Nelle. “A close personal relationship grows quickly when you know the person who comes to the facility. We see generations of family members coming into the facility for long-term care or rehabilitation.” The most telling attitude about the staff was expressed by Edie Belue: “We do not work where people live; we work in people’s home. This is their home and we work for them. Relationships develop with the resident and their family. These relationships often last for years.” David and his staff live in the Athens and Rogersville area. They see family members fall 2012

and former rehabilitation patients at church, the grocery store and even at the gas station. It is common for David to talk to a family about mom and how she’s doing while pumping gas. He can’t hide behind layers of an organization. He’s the guy standing in line at the grocery store! The facility has had to adapt to changing generations. It used to be that most residents were elderly in need of care that couldn’t be provided at home. Today that’s not the norm. The younger generations come in from pre-planned surgeries and need physical rehabilitation so they can go home and get on with their life. It is not uncommon for a new resident to be young and suffering from a disabling illness or accident. All these different generations have different needs. The older residents may want turnip greens and pinto beans. The younger residents may want taco salads and pizza. Cell phones and computers keep many residents in touch with family, friends

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and world events. One thing everyone has in common is that they are unique and the staff cares for each person as someone special - with needs and attention. That’s probably why they move so fast at the facility; there’s always someone they need to see. This story could have been about insurance, Medicare, modern technology and the current health care debate. All of that is important and you’ll find all the answers from David and his staff. The most important thing at Limestone

Health Facility has nothing to do with money or machines. The most important things are time and love. Edie said it best, “We all need self-worth, and we all need a purpose for our lives. We all need goals and things to work towards. Everyone needs to feel needed. It may be just to be a hand-holder or card-maker. Our residents still have those needs. If you take the time to listen, everyone in our facility can teach you a lesson. All it takes is time, to sit and listen and let them know that they are teaching you something.”


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Haunts Walks October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Tour guides will tell you some of the ghosts’ stories of homes and buildings in Athens. Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention October 5 & 6 “The Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions” brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money. Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby October 6 This annual rubber duck race benefits Keep AthensLimestone Beautiful. Athens Cruise in on the Square October 6 Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Limestone Ladies October 9, 12 pm Call Becky at 256-233-9122 for location. Senior Fellowship October 10, 11 pm Veteran’s Museum

A thens and L imestone C o u nt y Pink Elephant Luncheon October 17 256-233-9236 or visit

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call October 6, November 3 & December 1, 8 am

ALH/Chick-Fil-A Fall Festival October 20, 9 am–1 pm Face painting, hay rides, Lowe’s make and take projects. High school scarecrow contest. 256-233-9236

Sherri Adams Pink Ribbon Run November 3 The Waddell Center. Call 256-233-9236 or visit

Fly with Davis October 21 Call 256-233-9236 or visit Athens Storytelling Festival October 25, 26 & 27 New tellers this year! Rails to Trails Fall Color Ride October 26 & 27 256-732-4211

Athens Veterans Day Parade November 10 Ardmore Veterans Day Stew November 11 Athens Veterans Day Ceremony November 11 Black History Trail Kick Off November 12

Limestone Ladies November 13, 12 pm “Healthy Happy Thanksgiving” Call Becky at 256-233-9122 for location. Senior Fellowship November 14, 11 am Veteran’s Museum Ardmore Christmas Parade December 1 Athens Ladies Civitan Club Holiday Home Tour December 2, 1–5 pm Athens Christmas Parade December 6 Ardmore Welcome Center Christmas Open House December 8 Elkmont Christmas Parade December 8 Limestone Ladies and Senior Fellowship December 9 “Christmas Concert” Athens State University

Technology changes. Life changes. You change. So should your community bank. As times change, we’re improving too by updating our look and enhancing everything we do. Give your community bank a fresh look. We’re here to help make communities great. 26591 Main Street Ardmore, TN 38449 • 931-427-2171 1880 U.S. 72 Athens, AL 35611 • 256-216-6373 Coming soon, for your convenience, a third branch in downtown Athens!



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Sitting on the Tennessee River, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is Chattanooga, Tennessee, a fun and scenic city, home to a number of popular tourist attractions. Chattanooga is rich in history and full of natural wonders waiting to be explored by foot, car, bike or train and is only a two hour drive from Athens. Chattanooga is surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas which turn to majestic shades of yellow, orange and crimson in the fall. For a breathtaking panoramic view, ride the world’s steepest passenger railway - the Lookout Mountain Incline. Go underground for an amazing view of America’s highest underground waterfall at Ruby Falls. Wander through the rock formations and paths of Rock City that lead to a world famous “view of seven states.”

To appreciate more of Chattanooga’s beauty, take a cruise along the Tennessee River aboard Chattanooga Riverboat Company’s Southern Belle Riverboat. Dinner, lunch and sightseeing cruises are all offered. Board the Tennessee Valley Railroad offering various train rides including the Halloween Eerie Express this fall and the popular North Pole Limited that runs throughout the Christmas holiday season. Over the past twenty years, Chattanooga has been busy revitalizing its downtown and waterfront areas. The grand old theater was revitalized, along with a number of other historic buildings, and a once-decaying bridge is now one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges. Chattanooga built the world’s largest fresh-water aquarium, fall 2012

formed riverfront walks, created beautiful parks and now entertains millions of visitors a year. Downtown Chattanooga offers outstanding accommodations, unique restaurants and wonderful shopping. The water-front activities bring visitors and residents together for evening entertainment, while days are packed with activities for the entire family. A free electric shuttle runs seven days a week, so you can park your car downtown and take the shuttle to most attractions. The downtown tourism centerpiece is the Tennessee Aquarium. Explore three living forests and meet amazing creatures that swim, fly and crawl in natural habitats. Adjacent to the aquarium is their IMAX 3-D Theater. There are a number of museums to visit in Chattanooga. History buffs will enjoy museums such as the Battles

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for Chattanooga Museum, children will experience hands-on fun at the Creative Discovery Museum, and art buffs will appreciate the Bluff View Art District and museums such as the Hunter Museum of American Art. For additional information about visiting Chattanooga, contact the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-3223344 or 423-756-8687; or visit

Where to Stay The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga’s only AAA Four Diamond-rated full-service hotel. It’s the perfect place to stay during your Chattanooga family get-a-way or vacation. Located in the heart of downtown, this upscale hotel offers three outstanding restaurants, a full-service spa with steam room,

sauna, and fitness center. The indoor heated pool, whirlpool and patio overlook the beautiful private courtyard. All of this within walking distance of downtown attractions and shopping! For businesses and business travelers, The Chattanoogan is an exceptional Southeast meeting destination with its 25,000 squarefoot conference center, business center, and comprehensive meeting planning and audiovisual support services. For more information about The Chattanoogan, located at 1201 Broad Street, call 423756-3400, 800-619-0018, or visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, known as the gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, is also a fun city with many popular attractions and displays an annual show of gorgeous fall foliage, especially the last three weeks of October. Gatlinburg offers fun for every season including craft fairs, food and musical festivals, and special seasonal events. Plan your trip in October for a spectacular color display or during the holiday season to enjoy “Gatlinburg Winter Magic”.

Where to Stay Conveniently located near downtown Gatlinburg, and fully decorated for the holidays, are two luxurious log cabins located in

beautiful Black Bear Falls. See for miles from Moose Crossing, the cabin located at the highest point of Black Bear Falls (elevation 1,910 feet). The walk-around decks, on the main and lower levels, offer spectacular panoramic views of the mountains. Walk to the clubhouse, from Cubs Crossing, and enjoy the heated swimming pool during summer months in the mountains. Either cabin is perfect for large family vacations with bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms located on each of the three levels. Fully equipped kitchens and outdoor charcoal grills make eating in easy and fun. Gas fireplaces provide warmth after a long day on the ski slopes. The outdoor hot tubs offer warmth and relaxation while you enjoy amazing views of Mt. Le Conte. The sofa sleepers, on the main and the lower levels, accommodate extra guests. The lower level is the entertainment headquarters, of each cabin, with a full-size pool table, large screen TV with Xbox and PlayStation 2 systems and games, stereo, DVD player, and VCR. High speed wireless internet and free long distance phone calls help you keep in touch with the outside world if you choose. Check out these cabins on (#349836 and #409636) or call 513509-5859.


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Healthy Tailgating Tips Gather your friends and fire up the grill – the games have begun and that means . . . tailgating! No matter what team you root for, there’s one thing every sports fan can agree on: football weekends require plenty of good food. Warning: the average football fan takes in a whopping 1,200 extra calories while tailgating! There’s no need to compromise great taste! Here are some tips and delicious recipes that will save you and your guests those extra calories without sacrificing flavor.

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• When your recipe calls for cheese, substitute low-fat cheese. • Use fat-free or light sour cream in the place of regular sour cream. Low fat Greek yogurt is another perfect substitute that has a thick, creamy texture very similar to sour cream. • Grilling chicken wings rather than frying them saves calories and adds extra flavor. • Turkey is lower in fat than beef, but fat is where the flavor is. Solution: season them well. Be careful not to overcook, because turkey burgers dry out easier than beef burgers.

• Home-made salsa is a delicious alternative to high calorie cheese dips (see following recipe). • Serve guacamole for a creamy dip that is rich in hearthealthy fats. • Hummus (made from chickpeas or black beans) adds fiber, protein and healthy fats. • Making your own chips gives you the same crunchy flavor without the fat of regular tortilla chips (see following recipe). • Raw carrots, celery, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes make colorful and crunchy companions to any dip tray.

Tackle game - day overind u lgence with these health y tailgating recipes .


Bama Caviar

Tiger Hot Salsa

Ingredients 1/2 onion, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered 1 (8 ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained fresh cilantro, chopped

Ingredients 3 large ripe tomatoes, diced 3 roma tomatoes, diced 1 stalk celery, finely diced 4 green onions, finely chopped 4 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely diced 1 clove garlic, minced 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 2 teaspoons ground black pepper salt to taste

Directions: In a large bowl, combine onions, peppers, garlic, cherry tomatoes, dressing, black beans and black-eyed peas. Cover and chill approx 2 hours. Toss with desired amount of fresh cilantro. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Directions: In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, plum tomatoes, green onions, peppers, celery, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, pepper and salt to taste. Refrigerate for 45 minutes before serving. Serve with baked tortilla chips. Tip: Roasting the tomatoes, garlic and/or chiles, before adding, adds a richer flavor.

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Baked Tortilla Chips Ingredients 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas 1/2 teaspoon salt Cooking spray Directions: Preheat oven to 375째. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges and arrange them in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle wedges with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Lightly coat wedges with cooking spray. Bake for 12 minutes, or until wedges are crisp and lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes.


Stay on Track for Fitness... from Kickoff to the New Year! It’s that time of year! We’re celebrating everything from our favorite football team to the New Year with Thanksgiving and Christmas in between. All this celebrating can make it difficult to keep to workout schedules, but with some forethought, you can maintain your fit and healthy status.

Strategies to help you stay on track:


✔ Plan and schedule your workouts before the busy holidays begin. Draft a schedule that allows time for workouts. Be realistic and plan workouts that are shorter than usual - a 10-minute workout is much better than none at all. ✔ High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a specialized form of interval training that involves short intervals of maximum intensity exercise separated by longer intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise. HIIT burns the maximum calories in the minimum amount of time. Some great suggestions are using an exercise bike, treadmill, or step machine for the interval program option. If you don’t have access to such machines, do jumping jacks, jump rope, jog or sprint, alternating bursts of quick activity with a slower pace. ✔ Multitask by combining physical activities with holiday tasks and errands. Park your car a ways from the mall entrance and jog to the doors. Walk rapidly while shopping. Taking a 10-minute break from holiday baking to do calisthenics can help burn excess calories and promote well-being. Use seasonal chores such as raking leaves or shoveling snow to burn calories.

Holiday Party Strategies: To avoid overindulging at parties, make sure you eat normally that day. Starving yourself beforehand often backfires. A good idea is to head for the low-calorie foods such as fresh vegetables, fruit, and lean chicken. Rather than snacking straight from the buffet, put your food on a plate, sit down and enjoy your food with friends over good conversation. Allow yourself a moderate portion of something truly rich and satisfying. Letting yourself enjoy a treat thoroughly and guiltlessly can actually help you keep up your motivation not to overeat! Keep calories from alcohol to a minimum by diluting white wine with club soda to make a wine spritzer. If you do end up overeating at a holiday party, forgive yourself, and don’t allow guilt from one mistake interrupt your plan for the rest of the holidays. A great alternative to throwing a party is to have your friends and family stroll thru the neighborhood and enjoy the Christmas lights. fall 2012

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Champion Chevrolet

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Celebrating 30 Years in Athens! SINCE 1983,

Champion Chevrolet in Athens has been serving the good folks of Athens and Limestone County. Beginning in 2013, Champion will be celebrating 30 years of business. The dealership prides itself on remaining in the same location under the same ownership since it started. General Manager Joel Hamm says “We think this is one of the main keys to our success. Customers appreciate being able to deal with the same people on a regular basis. When dealerships are constantly on the move or changing the name on the sign, they tend to lose credibility. We are fortunate to have been on Highway 72 since we started.” This is not to say there have not been significant changes along the way. In 2006, Champion acquired the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep franchise. Hamm says “We were very excited about being the first dealer to offer Athens the Jeep products. Jeep has one of the best reputations for durability and resale in the business.”

In addition to the Chrysler products, Champion opened the power sports division offering a full line of off road and all-terrain vehicles. Newly acquired are the Victory motorcycles and the all-electric GEM cars. Champion now offers over 50 new models from 6 manufacturers to choose from. “We like to think we can take care of our customers every automotive or recreational need whether it is sales or service.” Champion moves forward into 2013 expecting it to be their biggest year ever. When asked about the key to their success, Hamm says, “It’s simple. We hire good people and keep good people. Any successful relationship is built on trust and communication. We try to make our customers feel like they are appreciated and valuable to us. We realize their time is valuable and we try to treat them as we would want to be treated.” Champion has been voted favorite new automobile dealership for several years in a row.

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Holiday Baking


Baked breads, cakes and cookies are an excellent way to show our love and appreciation! Baked with love, they make wonderful (and tasty) gifts and those who receive them will appreciate the time you put in.

Christmas baking wouldn’t be complete without a batch of Gingerbread Men filling the house with the fragrance of cinnamon, ginger and clove!

Gingerbread Men Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions •C  ream butter and sugar together. Add the egg and mix well. Mix in the orange peel and dark corn syrup. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and salt, mixing until well combined. Chill dough for at least 2 hours. •P  reheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters and place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. •B  ake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are firm and lightly toasted on the edges.

Cranberry Orange Bread Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup margarine, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 egg 3/4 cup fresh orange juice

Directions • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in orange zest, cranberries, and pecans. Set aside. • In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in orange juice. Beat in flour mixture until just moistened. Pour into prepared pan. • Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched. Let stand 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Wrap in plastic when completely cool.


Downtown Athens Celebrates with Christmas Open House

Come celebrate the holidays during the Athens’ 26th Annual Christmas Open House! Downtown Athens will be celebrating with a weekend of yuletide fellowship and holiday fun! Carolers will stroll thru downtown, there will be activities for kids and Santa will make his appearance both days. Enjoy shopping in some of Downtown Athens’ unique, locally owned and operated shops and businesses offering door prizes, special pricing and promotions to shoppers looking for the perfect Christmas gift.


Events will be held all day during normal business hours on Saturday, November 17, and activities will resume from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. Come to Downtown Athens and enjoy the holiday fun! Here are some of the merchants that will be participating: Bennett’s, on the south side of the square, has been offering name brand clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children since 1976. Find the latest fashions in brands such as Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Southern Proper, Ralph Lauren, Frye and UGG just to name a few. Bennett’s also offers tuxedo rentals.

Claborn Specialties owner, Monya Claborn, goes to market with her customer in mind. And brings you just what you need to update your autumn wardrobe. Go 1 block east of the square (Market St) to find exciting new colors in sizes from petite to plus and the latest fashions and accessories, including shoes, hats, scarves and jewelry.

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Crawfords Gifts, an established icon on the south side of the square for over 18 years, offers home décor, flags, wind chimes, jewelry, crystal, monogrammed and engraved items and a large selection of collegiate and seasonal items. A mezzanine level features a design center and wedding loft w/bridal consulting and registry. Free lay-a-way and gift wrapping.

Hendricks-Patton, the purple furniture and appliance store 1 block east of the square on Washington St, serving Limestone County since 1945, offers home appliances, lawn mowers tillers. Shop 2 floors of furniture for your living room, bedroom and dining room. Try out the comfortable recliners and wooden rockers. Financing available*. *WAC

Pablos, on the north side of the square, offers new books, gifts, consigned art and features publications by local authors. After browsing for the perfect book, sit down and enjoy a hot bowl of soup and sandwich or a salad and dessert. Order a specialty coffee, frozen drink, or fruit smoothies. Lunch is served from 11 am to 2 pm.

Trinity’s, on the north side of the square, has specialized gifts, home decor, jewelry and more. Trinity’s is the only store in Athens that carries a full line of Vera Bradley products and gourmet chocolates and has several new jewelry lines. Browse thru a large selection of frames, candles, and custom-made frames. Don’t miss the baby section!

Hyatt and Sims, has been in the same location, on the south side of the square, since 1946 and has evolved from a paint store to a full service frame shop offering custom framing. Choose from a large selection of moldings and mats. Specializing in sports art, portrait framing, conservation, creative shadow box and object framing.

Pimentos, a charming gift shop on the north side of the square, offers a variety of gifts, jewelry, and home décor including candles, frames, paintings, lamps, art, handmade pottery Christmas decorations and more. Choose from a wide selection of bridesmaid and hostess gifts. Lay-away and complimentary gift wrapping are available.

For more information, contact Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce 256232-2600 or or Spirit of Athens 256-278-6436 or

Limestone Drug, on the north side of the square, has provided residents with medications for many decades. Take a break from the festivities and browse the gift section or enjoy an ice cream cone. Don’t miss the beautiful marble, brass, wood and glass details of the amazing soda fountain that dates back to the late 1800s.

Shoe Gallery II, has relocated from Hwy 31 to the east side of the square and has a brand new look! But you can be assured that they will continue to carry the latest in shoe, purse and jewelry fashions. They will also continue to carry personalized notecards and invitations.


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• For over 64 years, Calhoun Community College has served the community, providing educational and training opportunities across north Alabama? • With over 12,000 credit students, Calhoun remains Alabama’s largest twoyear college and the 6th largest higher education institution (two-year or fouryear) in the state? • Calhoun has the state’s first and only associate’s degree program in Biotechnology, which began Fall 2007 in partnership with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology? • Calhoun is home to the new Alabama Robotics Technology Park?

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Our commitment to you - Exceptional care 24 / 7 - Effective rehabilitation - Caring, professional staff - State-of-the-art equipment - Clean, safe environment Call Edie 256-232-3461

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