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Chick-fil-A, Addy Mei, And The Bridge Of Hope 5K By Ali Elizabeth Turner The Chick-fil-A Corporation is well known for the generous ways it gives back to the community. Of special meaning to me is the heart they have for at-risk kids, and they have 13 homes for foster children operating all over our nation. Each year the local Chick-fil-A franchise is given the opportunity to organize a benefit event of their own choosing for the community, and for the second year in a row, Athens Chick-fil-A is sponsoring a 5K run for Bridge of Hope Adoption Continued on pages 15

Lambert Law Firm, LLC: Seeing To It That Justice Is Served By Ali Elizabeth Turner

Michael Lambert is the owner of Lambert Law LLC which is located just off the Square next to Dobb’s Shoe Service at 112 West Market Street in Athens. He was born in Huntsville, raised in Athens, and graduated from Athens High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1988, and was honorably discharged in 1993.

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Michael attended Calhoun Community College where he met his beautiful wife and the Continued on page 17

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Publisher’s Point Publisher / Editor Ali Turner

Sales / Editing Deborah Huff

Graphic Design

Jonathan Hamilton

Contributing Writers

Shelley Underhill Janet Hunt Lynne Hart Wanda Campbell Jeanette Dunnavant Jones Jim Doyle Joel Allen Will Anderson Wendy Couch Sandy Thompson

“Disarming Citizens Should They Become Unruly” There is no doubt that 2nd Amendment emotions are a hot button in our country today. To some, it seems like that is all that is being talked, or yelled about, to the detriment of working on other problems. To others, preserving the 2nd Amendment takes precedence over everything because without

By way of background, long ago in another lifetime I was super anti-gun. I thought only those who were “rude, crude, and unrefined” would ever consider owning a firearm, and as I have stated on several occasions, I have not only eaten my words for breakfast, lunch and dinner on

means is it our intent to disarm or seize anyone’s firearms. This is there to protect public workers and any volunteers helping, should someone become unruly, which can happen because emotions are high.” I would say, make sure the volunteers are packing, as well as the public workers, and

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it, every other Constitutionally guaranteed right and privilege is in jeopardy. In general, the South seems to have the greatest balance and, until yesterday, those in power as well as the citizenry of the Great State of Alabama seemed to reflect the intent of the Framers when it comes to the right to bear arms. However, things do not seem to be so good in Guntersville, at least in the Mayor’s office. WAAY 31 ran a piece on Tuesday, February 26th that made me cringe.

many occasions, I am happy to report that I have been taught to shoot upside down and to defend myself and others. For my journey, my change of heart and my new skill set I make no apology. In a word, I enjoy shooting for pleasure, and hope I never have to use what I know in any other context. Having said that, I am dismayed by the comments of Mayor Leigh Dollar. As a part of an ordinance that is designed to improve disaster response, Mayor Dollar sweetly stated that “by no

the “unruly” will probably think twice. Her statement sounds innocent enough, but let’s think this through. How do you define “unruly?” If someone is “unruly,” are they dangerous? Do you need the SWAT team? Isn’t there already a framework in place that requires that someone do what an officer says when they are commanded to “put the weapon down?” Why do the citizens of Guntersville need another law when it comes to their behavior with specific regard to firearms?

Is it reasonable to even ask the question, “Could this be wrongfully used against citizens?” I think it is prudent indeed to raise that question and have that discussion. Most outrageous acts on the part of governments are carried out in increments. The overused but none the less accurate picture of the frog being boiled alive in the kettle I think is appropriate here. Is Froggy possibly heading toward the boiling point?

No one would have ever thought that a city could determine what was appropriate when it comes to the consumption of soda, or making it possible for girls to get abortions without their parents ever knowing it, or making it impossible for women to protect themselves while outdoors by establishing “gun free zones” for the supposed “protection” of the citizens. To me, that don’t make a lick of sense, and I hope the good folks of Guntersville vote this ordinance down.

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All Things Soldier

Women’s History Month by Sandy Thompson

March is celebrated as National Women’s History Month in thousands of communities and military bases throughout the world. This celebration, designated by Joint Resolutions of the House and Senate, and proclamations by six American presidents, is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women’s historic achievements. The 2013 National Women’s History Month theme, Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination, celebrates women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As the country celebrates nationally, locally we will be celebrating our female veterans. The Alabama Veterans’ Museum and Archives will honor “Our women heroes of the Korean War, often referred

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to as the Forgotten War.” Women have been “in” the military as far back as the Revolutionary War, where they served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, cooks, laundresses and saboteurs. During the civil war women provided casualty care and nursing to Union and Confederate troops. The Army Nurse Corps was established in 1901, followed by the Navy Nurse Corps established in 1908. During WW1, over 21,000 Army nurses served in military. During WWII things really start happening, more than 60,000 Army nurses served stateside and overseas. In 1942, the Army established the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the Women Air Forces Service

Pilots (WASP) were organized and fly as civil service pilots, and the Navy recruits women into its Navy Women’s Reserve, called Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). The Army-Navy Nurse Act of 1947 made the Army Nurse Corps and Women’s Medical Specialist Corps part of the Regular Army and gives permanent commissioned officer status to Army and Navy nurses, soon to follow suit in 1948 the rest of the service organization do the same, and finally in 1949 the Air Force Nurse Corp is established. In 1950, fewer than five years after World War II had ended; the United States found itself once again con-

fronted by a war for which it was unprepared. As before, a downsized military establishment rushed to call up, draft and recruit manpower, but recruitment numbers fell short of military requirements. And just as in previous wars, the services turned again to American women to meet personnel needs, asking them to leave their homes, jobs and families to serve their country. In celebrating women’s historic achievements, we present an authentic view of history. The knowledge of women’s history provides a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. It’s been many years since Winston Churchill and others said –

“In time of danger and not before Women were added to the corps With the danger over and all well righted War is forgotten and the women slighted.”

Today, according to the US Department of Defense, there are approximately 204,973 women in the military, and the recent groundbreaking decision to lift the ban for women in direct combat ground roles may just have been the push needed to finally ensure a move toward equality of the sexes. This retired MSgt would have to say, “We’ve come a long way, baby!”

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Special Feature

Athens Insurance Center: Customer Service And Honest Answers by Ali Elizabeth Turner

Neal Johnston is an Athens hometown boy who has made good in the insurance business. The reason, besides grace, is that he knows the power of customer service, and the benefit of giving honest answers, even when they aren’t easy. Insurance is not about cute geckos that speak with Aussie accents, as charming as they may be. In our world, it is the personal touch, and, as Neal says, “We will try to find the solution for you.” He is the owner of Athens Insurance Center, located on Hwy 31 near Wal-Mart, and I am a raving fan of AIC for reasons I’ll explain in just a bit.

get commercial insurance. I was put on hold several times, given completely conflicting information, shuttled to “supervisors,” and at the end of several conversations and being subjected to a lot of elevator music, I was told that you couldn’t get Gecko insurance for commercial purposes

they did just that, for me and my one Athens Now truck. They got me good coverage that didn’t require me to sign over my first born or sell a kidney on the black market. They have about ten vetted carriers with whom they work, and have made a point of knowing whether or not

confined to commercial coverage, it’s just their specialty. As always, I asked them, “Why should I come to you?” Neal answered first. “We have your best interest at heart.” Mari added, “Customer service. We know our customers well, and remember their

Neal was born in Athens and went to college in north Alabama. He has been in the insurance business sixteen years, thirteen of which have been in Athens. He is licensed as an insurance agent in Alabama and Tennessee. I know from experience that he gives great customer service, and he and Mari Williams, who also works at Athens Insurance Center, went to bat for me when I ran into some “adventures” with the “Aussie’s” company. I honestly did not know that I had to get commercial insurance to deliver Athens Now, and somehow, in a way that reminds me of a way too “Big-Brother-iswatching-you-creepy- FloSnapshot-we-are-keepingtrack-of-your-every-move” scenario,(if you catch my drift,) I received a notice in the mail stating that the Gecko knew that I had been delivering a newspaper, and I was cancelled. Boom, just like that! I called their customer service department, thinking it would be no problem to remedy the situation, and was promised I could

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insurance a career. They will both tell you they “kind of fell into it.” Neal first started working for an insurance agency while he was attending college, and Mari had all kinds of admin experience in related fields, applied for the position at AIC, took the training, got her license and loves it. “Mari is very good at what she does. She sees possibilities to help get coverage that I might not, and takes great care of our customers,” says Neal. Mari also happens to be fluent in Spanish. I asked her what she likes the best about her “unintended career.” “I am my own boss, love the independence, and love to get just the right policy for the customer.” I asked Neal the same question. “Writing a complicated commercial account that takes care of the customer, and getting referrals because of it. It makes you feel you’re doing a good job.” They are indeed doing a good job, and I heartily recommend Athens Insurance Center for all your insurance needs, whether it be auto, home, business, health, or life.

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in the State of Alabama. No one seemed to have a clue as to why that was the case, and I was not exactly a happy camper. Neal and Mari to the rescue! This is just the type of thing they specialize in. “We will find something for just one truck, or a company that needs millions of dollars of coverage for their fleet,” says Neal. And

a company would be a good fit for a prospective client because of their track record with personalized customer care. AIC covers things such as large apartment complexes, Mom and Pop operations of all kinds, electricians, framers, construction and concrete workers, oil jobbers, “specialty habitational,” rentals, and more. They are not

names.” “We will give you honest answers. We can’t control a company, but WE are your contact, and we will try to find you a solution.” He added that how a customer is treated in the claims process is crucial, and they will walk through that process personally with their customers. As often happens, neither Neal nor Mari had plans to make

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Calendar of Events 2nd Annual Storybook Ball Mar 2 at 7:00 PM

Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation invites you to attend this library fund raiser. Tickets go on sale Jan 28th for $20 each for adults and $15 for ages 3-18 years. Sponsorships are available and the deadline is Feb 15th. Visit www.alcpl. org for more information.

The Flashbacks in Concert Mar 2 at 7PM (doors open at 6PM)

“The Flashbacks” will be at Yesterdays Event Center for a night of fantastic memories, and some exciting new surprises. This group performs your all time favorite hits from the 70’s and 80’s, with a little 60’s, Motown, and Disco included, all with high energy and crowd interaction. This will be a complete dinner show, but no dance floor for this show. Show details: Admission is $15. Email reservations are required. Dinner is available for $9.95.

March 7th Minority Male Summit

featuring motivational speaker Tim Worley former running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears 7:00 PM Huntsville Campus. Contact Pamela Little at 256/3062634 or the Calhoun Office of Public Relations at 256-3062560.

Polk Sallet Follies Mar 7, 8 & 9 at 7:00 PM

Enjoy this dinner musical at the Athens Senior Center. Local residents entertain with skits and songs. It’s a night to remember. Tickets sell out fast, so purchase yours early. Contact 256-233-6412.

Dogwood Festival Fashion Show Mar 12 at 12:00 PM

Athens Limestone Beautification Board invites you to attend their Dogwood Festival Fashion Show at the Beasley Center on Marion Street. Fashions will be presented by Claborn Specialties and Shoe Gallery II. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by Mar 5th Contact 256-232-7020.

City of Athens Relay for Life Celebrity Waiter’s Night Mar 12 from 5:30 to 8:30

Our local celebrities will be working for tips to donate to the American Cancer Society at Applebee’s on Hwy 72. The waiters we have so far are Mayor Ronnie Marks, Police Chief Floyd Johnson, Sheriff Mike Blakely, Councilman Jimmy Gill, actor Frank Travis, retired Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page and current Circuit Court Clerk Brad Curnutt.

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Home and Garden Show Mar 16 & 17

It’s time to start planning that garden and this is the perfect place to get your plants and lots of ideas. The event is hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce at the Limestone County Event Center. Contact 256-232-2600.

Easter Egg Hunt on the Courthouse Lawn Mar 16 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The hunt is for ages toddlers to 11 years. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be $5.00 and taken outside this year. They will have a jelly bean guessing contest and a coloring contest. Sponsored by Spirit of Athens partnering with First Baptist Church.

Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series April 6 at 8:00 AM

All ages are welcome to register for the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series. 1-Mile Family Fun Run/5K/10K Run and Free Family Fun Zone on Saturday, April 6 at 8 a.m. at Athens Limestone Hospital Wellness Center. The race will offer Chip Timing, USATF Certified course, Dri-fit shirt for participants, and a chance to win Chick-fil-A® for a YEAR! Runners can also earn points in SPEED AND SPIRIT for the Athens race and for the national Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series. The Free Family Fun Zone will be located by the finish line with several inflatables for a family-friendly activity area. The Fun Zone is open to children ages 12 and under. Proceeds from the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race of Athens will benefit the Bridge of Hope Adoption Ministry. Pre-registration prices are $25 for 1-Mile/5K and $30 for the 10K. Registrations on April 6 are $30 for 1-Mile/5K and $35 for 10K. Group registrations of four or more runners will receive a 10% discount. For more information about the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series or Family Fun Zone, visit Runners will receive a Chick-fil-A Race Series dri-fit shirt! Sign up at :

Earth Day Celebration April 20th

Big Spring Memorial Park. Free Event. Fun, games, entertainment, free food and treats, and lots of environmental education and exhibits. This event will share the date and location with the Tourism Outdoor Expo. (Jeannette Jones or Teresa Todd can give you details about their expo.)

ONGOING EVENTS The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library hold used book sales on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale is held at the library, 405 E. South St. For further information, please call (256) 232-1233.

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March Madness By Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

It’s March and the fun begins! You can find several things to do each weekend during March. One of the favorites is the annual Poke Sallet Follies, March 7, 8 & 9 at 7:00 PM. This unique variety show features local talent that draws a sellout crowd each night. Local residents perform in a musical that is sure to please all who attend. In addition to the outstanding show, a de-

licious meal is served. Tickets are available for $35.00 at the Athens Senior Center. Contact 256-233-6412. Another favorite event for Athens each year is the annual Athens Home and Garden Show, hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The show will be March 16th & 17th at the Limestone County Event Center located at 100 West Pryor Street, Ath-

ens. Over 70 booths will have all types of home and garden items for review and sale as well as great ideas for your home and garden projects. It’s a great time to purchase spring plants. Contact: 256232-2600, www.tourathens. com. Free admission. Other March events include: 23rd Annual Gospel Fest

prises. This group performs your all time favorite hits from the 70’s and 80’s, with a little 60’s, Motown, and Disco included, all with high energy and crowd interaction. This will be a complete dinner show, but no dance floor for this show. Admission is $15. Email reservations are required. Dinner is available for $9.95.

- Mar 12 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Our local celebrities will be working for tips to donate to the American Cancer Society at Applebee’s on Hwy 72. The waiters we have so far are Mayor Ronnie Marks, Police Chief Floyd Johnson, Sheriff Mike Blakely, Councilman Jimmy Gill, actor Frank Travis, retired Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page and current Circuit Court Clerk Brad Curnutt. Corporate Spelling Bee Mar 16 at 8:00 AM – noon at Athens High School. Mooresville Rocket Run 10-Mile - Mar16 at 8:00 AM - This is a 10 mile run in Mooresville, AL. Huntsville Track Club membership required to participate in race. Member Forms https://www.huntsvillet r a c k c l u b . o rg / M e m b e rApp2012.pdf

- Mar 1 at 6:00 PM - Showcasing a variety of local talent including singing, liturgical dance and step groups at the Grand Foyer - Huntsville Campus. Contact Pamela Little at 256/306-2634 or the Calhoun Office of Public Relations at 256-306-2560. 2nd Annual Storybook Ball - Mar 2 at 7:00 PM - AthensLimestone Public Library Foundation invites you to attend this library fundraiser.Tickets are $20 each for adults and $15 for ages 3-18 years. Visit for more information. The Flashbacks in Concert - Mar 2 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) - “The Flashbacks” will be at Yesterdays Event Center for a night of fantastic memories, and some exciting new sur-

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Minority Male Summit Mar 7 at 7:00 PM - featuring motivational speaker Tim Worley, former running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears, at the Huntsville Campus. Contact Pamela Little at 256-3062634 or the Calhoun Office of Public Relations at 256306-2560. Dogwood Festival Fashion Show - Mar 12 at 12:00 PM - Athens Limestone Beautification Board invites you to attend their Fashion Show at the Beasley Center on Marion Street. Fashions will be presented by Claborn Specialties and Shoe Gallery II. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by Mar 5th. Contact 256-232-70207 City of Athens Relay for Life Celebrity Waiters Night running/mooresville-al/ rocket-run-ten-miler-2013 Easter Egg Hunt on the Courthouse Lawn - Mar 16 at10:00 AM – 12:00 PM The hunt is for ages toddlers to 11 years. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be $5.00 and taken outside this year. There will also be a jelly bean guessing contest and a coloring contest. Sponsored by Spirit of Athens partnering with First Baptist Church. For more information on the above events or other events and attractions in AthensLimestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256-232-5411. Information is also posted on our website -

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Special Feature

“Everyone Deserves A Spa Day” Coming Soon To Medical Massage by Ali Elizabeth Turner

On July 1st of 2012, Wendy Couch, owner of Medical Massage, had an open house at her practice’s new location just off the Square at 109 Marion Street in Athens, and it was a definite success. In fact, since then, business has been so good, that Wendy has been able to add a partner to her practice, a woman by the name of Janet Stubblefield. There is no greater accolade than for one massage therapist to refer to another massage therapist as “my massage therapist,” and Ms. Janet is “the one.” Janet graduated with honors from Virginia Tech, and joined Wendy this past December. Indeed the new location is ideal. It is roomy, serene, has potential for expansion of services, and always has the most soothing music playing. And, speaking of soothing, Wendy and Janet are about to host a very special event from March 7th through March

10th called “Everybody Deserves A Spa Day.” Wendy told me, “The purpose of the event is to make it possible for our members to take advantage of some of our services that they may not have tried before, and to make our new services available for others to enjoy.” So, what have these two cooked up? A spa day that promises to be memorable. I am no newcomer to massage or various modalities, but I learned about some new services, and the whole package sounds just heavenly. For $135, you are going to be treated to 4.5 hours of special treatments, at a rate that is well over half off a comparable day spa price. That also includes light refreshments, served in just the right amounts so that your body has what it needs, but isn’t burdened down with a heavy job of digesting a big meal. “First we’ll start with an infra-

red session of 30 minutes,” Wendy told me. “Infra-red? As in old style heat lamps?” She smiled kindly at my ignorance and explained that they now have tables that have jade stones in them. The stones are heated up, and loosen you up for actual massage, which happens at a much deeper level. “It’s like being out in the sun and getting sleepy, but without any of the sun’s damaging rays. Most people lie on their back the whole time, and many fall asleep,” Wendy explained. The infra-red session will last for 30 minutes. Next will be a 30 minute massage session. Both Wendy and Janet know everything from Swedish to deep tissue massage, and very soon are going to get their certification in prenatal and infant massage.

has the linens soaked in herbs.” This one lasts for 60 minutes.

Medical Massage, just off the Square at 109 Marion Street in Athens

After the basic massage, there will be your choice of a 60 minute facial, or, if you prefer, what is known as a back massage. Either treatment involves hot towels, exfoliating, and a focus on hydrating the skin. There will be an ionic foot bath treatment that will last for 30 minutes, and I can say from experience that those are remarkable. The last treatment for the event will be your choice of body wrap, although Wendy was quick to point out that the focus will not be on the wraps that are advertised as slimming. “These will be for hydrating, or you can choose a wrap that

I can see myself with about as much strength as a piece of cooked spaghetti (whole wheat, of course,) after a session such as this, and I trust it will be a wild success. However, there is more good news. “We are planning a similar event for Mother’s Day,” Wendy said, and she and Janet are more than ready to get to work on us.

There will be breaks in between treatments, lots of water and several types of fresh teas served. And, if you are not able to make it to the March event, you can come to the Mother’s Day event in May, or give gift certificates to either. I would strongly encourage you to take care of yourself by putting yourself in the hands of these two highly professional, strong, skilled and sensitive women. You’ll be utterly glad you did. This event is by appointment only, so call Medical Massage as soon as you finish reading this article and schedule your own personal spa day. You might just end up being so relaxed that you may need to have someone drive you home. Ahhh, what a luscious thought, and all at a more than reasonable rate!

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What Makes Ronnie Roll

Buttercups, Er, Daffodils, Forsythia, And Albino Eagles by Ali Elizabeth Turner In spite of his sore neck and the fact that he had to soon grab his red and white striped Cat In The Hat hat to go read to school kids, it was obvious that Mayor Ronnie had a spring in his step that was, at least, partly due to the fact that Spring was showing its dear face in Athens, Alabama. Of course we had to get into our occasional and always friendly regional tiff over the proper name of the flowers that in part comprise the title of this article. I am from the

land of the Daffodil Parade and Daffodil Festival, and buttercups are very small, not grown from bulbs at all, and bloom much later than “daffs.” “In the South they are called buttercups, Ali,” he told me, and because he is the Mayor, I guess I had to concede. There was, by the way, no disagreement over the proper name for forsythia. The weekend had been great, the sermon edifying, and he pruned back the yellow rose

of Texas bush at their house, which, he said, “was almost like fighting kudzu.” He played golf at Canebrake and told me about the sight of a red-tailed hawk, nearly albino in its coloring, soaring, flashing its red tail, and his comment about it all was, “It just don’t get better than this.” He told me about the success of Swamp John’s, one of many recent fundraisers in our town dedicated to fight cancer, and how proud he was of the fact

that Athens is “a caring community, one with great energy.” As always, we are staring down real challenges, and as of this writing, those include the portended effects of sequestration and budget cuts. “We’ll take on military cuts, we will wrap our arms around this community, and we will get through it,” he said. In a time when the way government handles money can make tempers flare quickly and far, he told me something I did not know, and that is that the city budgets are reviewed every two weeks to see “if we are on track.” Boy, do I wish they would do that in Washington DC, and I am glad that here in Athens they are on top of it! He bemoaned the fact that “nuts love unrest, they love to divide and conquer,” and talked about the possibility that if we aren’t careful, we are going to tear ourselves and

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our country apart. “We need to roll our sleeves up, get to work, and work together.” We agreed that it is way easier to complain and grumble than come up with any solutions.

As usual, our time was way too short and somehow we managed to cover a lot of ground. And then, he was out the door, on to modeling to kids that there are values that stand, that reading is a good idea, and in our town, at least, the Mayor makes time to read to kids and encourage them to be their best selves. So whether you call those yellow things buttercups or daffs, Spring is on its way, we are blessed, and we as a community are building one of the most wonderful towns in America, from the inside out. Hallelujah!

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Clean and Green

Rest Assured, We Handle E-Waste Responsibly

by Lynne Hart

When you recycle an old computer, television set, or other electronic item, do you think about where it might end up? KALB cares a great deal about how your electronics are processed once they leave our center. That is why we have chosen Creative Recycling, a national electronics recycling company, to handle our electronic waste or e-waste. Creative Recycling has been our buyer of choice for electronics

since we began accepting e-waste. Creative Recycling was featured in an article by National Geographic as one of the responsible recyclers of e-waste in the United States. A three million dollar shredding machine, which Creative Recycling named “David”, can process 24,000 lbs. of e-waste each hour... the equivalent of 800 computer monitors. “David” can make quick work of the “Goliath”-size piles of electronics that are sent its

way! The shredding, sorting, and recovery process are all done in a safe environment at their Tampa, Florida headquarters. Disturbing Facts Sadly, only 30% of all electronics are recycled in the first place, the rest going to landfills where they can leak lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, and other hazardous waste if the landfill is not properly managed. According to a 2008 article in National Geographic, approximately 80% of the e-waste that IS recycled in the United States is exported to Asia. It is more profitable to ship the materials overseas than to process it properly in the United States. When electronics are shipped to poor countries lacking in regulations, the e-waste often ends up in piles on open land. It is then “processed” by area residents using hammers to break apart computers, TVs, and other electronics, exposing themselves and the environment to very harmful byproducts. These byproducts, such as toxic metals, can then be

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“recycled” into products such as toys and jewelry marketed here in the United States. Broken plastic, heavy metals, broken CRT screens, and other dangerous debris often wash into waterways, and ultimately find their way to the ocean. The Good News Residents and businesses that bring their electronics (anything using batteries or electricity), will never have to worry about e-waste ending up outside the United States. We ensure that all e-waste entrusted to us is processed by a responsible, certified electronics recycler.

at the Recycling Center. They must be brought in during business hours. Last fiscal year (OctSept), the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center sent 25 tons of electronics to be recycled. We know there is a lot more out there stored in closets and basements, and even more that are being tossed in the trash. This community has a jewel of a recycling center in its midst. We’d like you to get to know us better. How about stopping in to say hello...and bring in some e-waste to recycle while you’re at it!

Except for TVs, which have an $8.00 disposal fee, all other electronics are accepted free of charge

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Cooking with Shelley

Corn Casserole by Shelley Underhill

Several weeks back I was asked to make a covered dish for a meeting at church. My reply was, “What would you like me to make?” The response was one I was not expecting. “ Just make a corn casserole,” she said. My brain started searching for a recipe. All at once I remembered that years ago I had made one such thing!

I must say the recipe is quite tasty too. I had no complaints, and I am sure you will not either. Let me know what you think, and you can always email me at ENJOY!

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Learning As A Lifestyle

It’s My Birthday by Wanda Campbell

I am about to celebrate my birthday. Normally I would not think too much about that. After all it is only another day. But, for some reason I can’t get out of my head how old I will be on my birthday.

Kurt Vonnegut is quoted as saying “True terror is to wake up and discover that your high school class is running the country.” Vonnegut is a 20th Century writer most famous for “Slaughter House Five,” published in 1969.

This year I am wondering how everyone else got so old while I feel so young. My oldest daughter turned 40 last year – that was a surprise. In my mind she was still in her 20’s. Of course she can’t be in her 20’s, she has children in their 20’s.

Living in Athens, I get to see cousins and their children that I have not seen in quite a while. People I think are 12-14 are turning out to be 30-35. How in the world has this hap-

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4 generations: Brittany Czekalski, Shannon Campbell, Wanda Campbell, Deirdre Dore, Christina Waldron, Sarah McElyea

pened? It seemed like time stood still for me. After all just a couple of years ago I was in my forties. But it is not just that. Last night at the dinner table, Ben and Brian were talking about how many changes happen in a generation. And they reminded me there were in a four generation picture with my in-laws. Then I realized there are four generations in my line right now. Sometimes I feel like I live in a time warp. There are days when I

feel so young (at least in my 30’s). Then the next day I am aching and bent and just worn out (I must be at least 100). I guess the old saying is right – you ARE as young/old as you feel.

what day it is or what you should be doing now. How many times have you walked into a room and don’t know why you went there?

The point of all this rambling is – yes, I am getting older – but things are not awful. Bette Davis, a 20th century actress and star of more than 100 films says “Old age is not for sissies.” In taking stock, I realize I have a lot to be thankful for. I think I will follow the advice of Oliver Wendell Holmes, an American Jurist who served on the US Supreme Court from 1902 to 1932. Holmes says, “Old age is 15 years older than I am.”

I just have to get my head wrapped around this birthday.

Maybe after the actual day I am celebrating things will go back to normal. After all, it is not just about how you feel. It is about what you know. Of course some days I don’t even know what day it is. Funny how you get busy and time runs all together. And when you have so many things on your mind, there is no telling

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Cover Story

Chick-fil-A, Addy Mei, And The Bridge Of Hope 5K by Ali Elizabeth Turner

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Ministry. It will be held at 8 am on Saturday, April 6th. Bridge of Hope Adoption Ministry was started with the purpose of providing financial, emotional, spiritual and practical support for families who are in the process of adopting children, whether in the States or abroad. Foreign adoptions are especially challenging in every regard, and it is not at all uncommon for a foreign adoption to cost up to 30 thousand dollars, sometimes excluding travel. Several people involved with Bridge of Hope have themselves persevered through the sometimes daunting adoption process, and want to be of

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great help to those who feel the high calling of becoming what is known as a “forever family” to a child in need. If you are interested either in adopting or helping those who wish to, please visit www.bridgeofhope An added aspect to the “story behind the story” regarding this year’s particular charity 5K is that Matthew Kyle, (the owner of the Athens Chickfil-A outlet,) and his wife Ann have just brought home from China their daughter Addy Mei, (pronounced May, and which means ‘beautiful’ in Chinese.) The Kyles have two biological children, Lyndsay and Landon, and Addy has happily become their third child. Addy Mei was left at

an orphanage at the age of 3 weeks. Given China’s “one child rule,” as well as the fact that it is not at all uncommon for female babies to be killed at birth there, little Addy’s life most definitely has had God’s hand of mercy upon it. She hails from Jiang Xi province in SE China, and Matthew’s tale of the family meeting her and the instantaneous bonding that occurred with all of them will bring a tear to your eye. She calls him Bah Bah, and Matt says, “It’s like we have always all been together.” So, on to the particulars of the event; and for more information on the race or to register online, you can go to or www. You can also register at the Chickfil-A store which is located at 1291 Hwy 72 E, right across from Starbucks. The phone number is 256-233-8900, and you can ask for Lisa. The race will start at 8 am on April 6th on the corner of Fitness Way and Washington, right at the Wellness Center. Each participant has the option of running or walking, and can do a one mile, a 5K or a 10K. You can even walk your kid in a stroller! The cost for the one mile is $25 pre-race, $30 on race day. The 5K costs $25 pre-

race, $30 on race day, and the 10 K costs $30 pre-race, $35 on race day. Pre- registering will insure that you get an event T shirt. People of all ages are invited to participate, and kids under the age of 19 need their parent’s or guardian’s signature on the registration form in order to participate. As usual, there will be generous prizes provided by Chick-fil-A which include the opportunity to win free Chick-fil-A food for a year. Prizes are given for age groups and based on which race is run. Race split times will be called on each mile. (A split time is somewhat like having a pace car that helps the runner/ walker know what they need to do to keep up and finish the race within a standard course time.) There will also be aid stations at the beginning, middle and end of the race course, a welcome comfort, as

even April weather in Athens can be pretty warm. So, come “join the herd” and put on your running shoes for the 10K, 5k & 1 Mile Run/ Walk through the Chickfil-A® Connect Race Series. You can even dress up like a cow if you want to in order to win! What’s not to love about that? Last year there were around 475 participants, and Matt is hoping that this year will top 600. “There are 147 million kids world wide that need to be adopted, and we are glad to be able to help Bridge of Hope meet that huge need. We’ll do it by doing what we do well--serve good food, offer great customer service, and give back to our community.” Addy Mei and Chick-fil-A thank you in advance for being a part of such a great event and cause. See you on the 6th!

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Cover Story

Lambert Law Firm, LLC: Seeing To It That Justice Is Served by Ali Elizabeth Turner

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two of them transferred to the University of Alabama. He graduated from Cumberland School of Law on Samford’s campus in Birmingham, Alabama in 1999. After graduating law school, Michael and his wife, Glenna, moved back to Athens where they are raising their two sweet daughters. He has been involved with several charitable organizations in Athens. Michael has enjoyed coaching basketball both for Upward and at the Athens Recreation Center. One of the traits I noticed about Michael is how he can explain complicated matters in a way that is easily understood. Attorneys are only required to attend twelve (12) hours of continuing education per year. Michael has done at least double that for most of the years he has been in practice. Honing his skills each year, Michael is an active member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) and was published in their instructive materials for how to litigate bad faith insurance claims. Upon asking him why I should choose him should I need legal representation, he responded quickly, “I will walk you through

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the good, the bad, and the ugly of your case. I won’t sugar coat the facts about your case. I will be respectful and kind, but my goal is five years from now, a client should look back and feel good about the decision they made.” I found it refreshing to hear that Mr. Lambert tells his clients just how tough their fight may be. I asked him why he does not practice in just one area of law, such as divorce. Michael said “I don’t like doing almost the exact same thing every day. I enjoy the interaction of how owning a business might affect your divorce or if one person or the other declares bankruptcy while litigating a defective house claim. How the different areas of the law fit together interests me.” This might explain why Michael has helped clients throughout the State of Alabama and in six other states. I asked Michael what case surprised him the most. He said, “Well there are a couple of cases that come to mind. First, I never thought I would try a criminal defense case in Los Angeles, California. And, second, I did not contemplate trying

a corporate fraud case in Columbia, South Carolina.” But, he went on to say that has become his unofficial motto, “Have law degree, will travel.” New to the Lambert Law Firm is Laura Nichols. “Laura brings a fresh perspective,” said Michael. He explained that someone who is a recent law school graduate is going to look at cases from perhaps a different angle than someone “who has been in the trench for too long.” Laura graduated from Ole Miss, was in private practice for about a year, and joined Lambert Law in October of 2012. When Michael is preparing for a trial, Laura takes the oppositional position and throws every possible question and argument at him that she can. She is also a stickler for details, loves doing research for a case, and gets pleasure out of the paperwork side of the practice of law. “She cares about each case, and she makes everyone at our office better.”

love and interest he showed them, even while being “in the middle of an interview,” coupled with the love and interest Laura shows toward

her clients, convinced me without much effort that Lambert Law Firm truly cares about what it does for its clients. Michael says it best “if you don’t believe in the case, don’t take it, otherwise neither you nor your client will be happy.”

LAMBERT LAW FIRM Michael C. Lambert | Laura M. Nichols Divorce ~ Bankruptcy ~ Construction Defects ~ Insurance Litigation Phone: 256-431-4129 Email: Fax: 256-217-4811

I realize that it is rather subjective to pick a counselor at law based on what you observe in his interaction with his kids or the way he speaks of his wife, but the

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Health and Fitness

Effective Strength Training by Janet Hunt

Janet Hunt is a Certified Personal Trainer and can be reached at 256-614-3530 to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to reap the benefits of strength training. With proper form, strength training can help you lose body fat, increase your strength and muscle tone, and improve your bone density. When done incorrectly, weight training will result in minimal or no benefits — and may even end with an injury. Check your technique You might try strength exercises by watching friends in the gym — but sometimes what you see is not safe and you may not understand what muscle group they are working. Incorrect strength training may lead to injuries. If you are just getting started, work with a knowledgeable fitness trainer who is familiar with proper weight training form and techniques. If you have been exercising for a while, consider scheduling a trainer to check your form and identify any changes you may

you isolate the muscles you want to work and keeps you from relying on momentum.

need to make. Weight do’s


• Lift an appropriate amount of weight. Start with a weight you can lift comfortably 12 to 16 times. For most people, a single set of 12 to 16 repetitions with the proper weight can build strength just as efficiently as three sets of the same exercise. As you get stronger, increase the amount of weight. • Use proper form. Learn to do each exercise correctly. The better your form, the better your results. If you’re unable to maintain good form, decrease the weight or the number of repetitions. If you’re not sure whether you’re doing an exercise correctly, ask a personal trainer.

• Don’t overdo it. Completing one set of exercises to the point of fatigue is usually enough.

• Don’t ignore pain. If an exercise causes pain, stop.

• Wear shoes. Shoes with good traction can keep you from slipping while you’re lifting weights. • Breathe. Do not hold your breath while you’re lifting weights. Holding your breath can lead to dangerous increases in blood pressure. • Seek balance. Work all of your major muscles. Strengthen opposing muscles groups.

Do not spot train. • Rest. Avoid exercising the same muscles two days in a row. • Warm-up. Cold muscles are more prone to injury than are warm muscles. Warm up with five to 10 minutes of walking or other aerobic activity. • Keep it slow. Move weights slowly. Taking it slow helps

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Remember, the more you concentrate on proper weight training technique, the more you’ll get from your weight training program.

For more information about proper form: call Janet Hunt at 256-614-3530 or visit her website (

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Medical Update

Alternative Therapies: A Proactive Approach to Managing Fibromyalgia By Wendy Couch Often times when we are in pain our automatic response is going to our family physicians and accepting whatever pill they give us. Don’t get me wrong, many times it is needed and fixes whatever is ailing us. However, there are many instances where alternative therapies can play a key role in managing chronic pain, for example, fibromyalgia.

when treating any chronic pain there is no quick fix. It takes time as well as tolerance to reach the goal of “pain management�. It is important

A few other options for managing your fibromyalgia pain are ionic detoxification and infrared therapy. Fibromyalgia is a reaction to a low-grade

posure. Ionic detoxification reduces the levels of toxins in your body, thus reducing the pain that is the result of those toxins. Individuals who detox

Managing your fibromyalgia can be difficult, but it is my opinion that combining multiple therapies, along with exercise and a healthy diet will bring aid in managing your chronic pain.

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. According to a Mayo clinic staff writer, symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Research has shown that women are more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. But even more important is knowing how exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help. There are several therapies than can assist in managing the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. One of the most popular therapies is massage therapy. Series of massage treatments have been reported for years to reduce chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. It is important to understand

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though it may only help for a short period. The deep heat from Infrared therapy can reduce the amount of lactic acid build up in the muscles which can make you stiff and sore. Infrared therapy comes in many forms such as saunas, lamps, and hand held devices.

to work with a therapist who is familiar with your condition, and can approach your treatment sessions with experience and knowledge. Having a better understanding of how massage therapy can help in the case of fibromyalgia would literally require an anatomy and pathology lecture.

inflammatory condition of the muscles, fascia, and other connective tissues. This inflammation can be caused by a number of factors, including stress, hormonal changes, and even toxic chemical ex-

have seen a reduction in pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, better sleep habits, and overall well being. Infrared therapy can be very helpful reducing pain, al-

For more information about fibromyalgia treatment plans, please call Wendy Couch at 256-374-4127.

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But to put it simply, muscles are surrounded by fascia. This connective tissue plays an important role in the determination of the extent of muscle stretch and contraction. It is very important to understand that fascia also provides pathways for nerves and blood vessels. In cases of fibromyalgia, due to the muscles being in a state of prolonged pathological hypertonus, (or overuse,) fascia becomes tense, causing compression of muscle fibers, nerve tissue and blood vessels. This will cause strain on muscles and tendons, and will always create inflammation. Massage Therapy will not only reduce mental stress but muscular stress!

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Dog Barker

Talking The Talk So You Can Walk The Walk by Joel Allen

Well, people, I apologize to all my readers for not writing last month. In saying that, let’s talk your Canine Family Member. I see so many of you, in Athens, who have dogs, some I see riding around town with them, others I see walking them, and in some funny cases, I see you being walked by them. So, let’s discuss what I observed.

soon is a seatbelt for Samson and the others who ride. One problem I see with this is if you have an accident, will you be able to get them safely away?

Think on this. Now, for those of us who walk our “Darlings.” Always remember when walking, walk facing traffic with your dog on your

left, if possible. By walking your dog on the left, you ensure that you have some reaction time if your dog de-

Those of us who ride with our Special Companions should always be aware of the danger of them riding in the vehicle and going from rider to driver. One of my Great Danes, Samson, is a prime example. He likes to ride up front and sometimes he likes to paw at me. I have to pay attention to this behavior and insist that Samson not be so overbearing and tell me how to drive! So, one thing I will be investing in cides to jump out in front of a car and pull you with them. You must be able to pull them back to safety, or prevent the incident from the start. Then there are those of you I see, red faced, flustered, and wanting to yell at the world or your Canine Family Member, who seems oblivious to you huffing and puffing. They are happy because they get to swing you this way and that. They have figured that you need a lot of exercising. Your lower back and arms are killing you and you are ready to smack the dog but you hold out. Some of you are ready to give up and just go back to the house. Some of you will even give up completely on the

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walking and make Fido/ Fidoette use the backyard for exercising. Well, folks, I am here to tell you, that I can help. First, look at your equipment. What kind of leash do you have? A six foot leash is recommended because we want to train the dog to walk close to your side. What kind of collar does your dog have on, or do you have a harness on? Harnesses are great but should be placed on your dog after they are trained to walk properly unless you want your dog to work by pulling something. In many instances I recommend the pinch collar which is the evil looking chain collar that has prongs faced in. Many of you see this device and cringe because you believe you can maim your “Baby”. It is a training tool and should only be used with training. Come and see me before you purchase this device and I will gladly show you how to use it. Just call my number listed at the end of this article. So, if you don’t want to be that person with the dog who is happily dragging you here and there, then call me. I am always glad to help! “Remember to love your dogs because they love you. Maybe not the way you want them to, like chewing up your favorite shoes or what not, but that is just love chewing. Be thankful for the time you have with them always.”

Joel and Zues Allen 256-651-2211

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The World According To Will

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Cheer Up, Conservatives! by Will Anderson Conservatives have a lot to be pessimistic about lately. The President won re-election; the Republican Speaker of the House wasted no time in caving on the most monolithic of conservative principles—taxes; the presumed rising star of the Republican Party, Marco Rubio, has entertained the idea of regulating the Internet. It’s reasonable to ask when, how, and if conservatism will make a comeback. The answer to “if” is yes. But when, and how? The promising point that seems to have been lost in the conversation is that liberalism didn’t win last November. Among the diverse and often ridiculous reasons pundits posited for the election going the way it did wasn’t the President’s performance. Romney lost it. It might have been the perception that he was a rich guy only concerned with helping the rich, or perhaps that he wasn’t a bona fide conservative. Whatever the case, no one other than recipients of Obama phones (who, it’s safe to say, didn’t vote in droves) has suggested that Obama earned a second term. The hallmark of his first term was health care, and those in his party who voted for it suffered electoral consequences. Liberalism isn’t popular these days, both among the electorate and among those in Congress who continue to embrace it. Meanwhile, Conservatism has been conspicuously absent at Republican Party headquarters around the nation. Battered wife syndrome is alive and well and burning the party. Republicans are more afraid of being called

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cally? Hagel as Secretary of Defense, and, assuming higher taxes with Republican complicity, a slower economy. In other words, liberalism will be practiced—and, as always when it is, it will fail. It hasn’t been until recently (thank you, the Internet) that the immediate results of bad policy have been immediately evident. The “how” answer about conservatism’s comeback is technology. It exposes the truth. As to when it happens, the answer lies not in technology, but rather in how long it takes for conservatives en masse to recognize that the people are on their side.

names than of abandoning principles in order to avoid the name calling. Enter sequestration, an Obama idea now being touted as the end of the world. The administration’s thinking is and always has been that Republicans will agree to more taxes—two rounds of them in two months—because the only thing more sacrosanct to the Republican Party than taxes is military readiness. Both, of course, are as important as they are symbiotic. Without lower taxes to grow the economy, there’s only so much you can do to be militarily strong. And President Obama, as evinced by his choice of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, wants a weak military. So what’s on the horizon, politi-

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Security Savvy


by Jim Doyle, owner of Madison Security Group the nineteenth hole (clubhouse, lounge) to imbibe.

This is frequently the cry of the duffer of the sport called golf. I have been golfing since 2009, and sometimes I find that it can be anything but relaxing.

7. Don’t overload the golf cart. They are only designed for two people. You may think it’s harmless to let someone ride on the back, but they can be seriously injured or killed if you lose control.

It is considered the sport of gentlemen and woman. It is a sport that can be very rewarding and humbling. Here are some tips to keep you safe while chasing the elusive white ball. 1. Make sure you lock your car after getting your clubs out. Drop your keys in the bag. 2. Before you tee off, be aware of the people around you as you take those practice swings so your afternoon of golf doesn’t turn into an afternoon at the emergency room. 3. Before you take your first fairway shot, give a quick look around to be sure that no one is in your line of sight. If

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someone walks into the line of fire after you take that shot, shout out a warning. “FORE” will usually make everyone duck! 4. Don’t ever hit a ball into a group in front of you because you think they are moving too slow. Keep in mind that a golf ball at that speed hitting someone in the head can be deadly. Be patient. If you

have to, ask if you can play through. 5. If you hear “FORE” while you are golfing, don’t act like a Meerkat duck. Instead crouch behind your cart or a tree. 6. When using a golf cart please be careful. It is just like driving a car. Watch your speed and please don’t drink and drive. Wait until

8. Stay on the designated golf path. Golf carts are not made for four wheeling. 9. Watch your arms and legs if someone else is driving, and remain in the cart until it comes to a complete stop. EMTs probably won’t have time to grab your $400.00 driver and that could be lost too. 10. Most carts do not have

safety belts. Be especially careful taking corners.

11. Remember children do not weigh as much as adults, so slow down. A little a dip in the golf path could be enough to send a child flying out of the cart.

In closing, still being relatively new to Alabama, I am always looking for golf partners (you know how to reach me). Still being somewhat new to the game, you may want to bring protective gear!

Stay safe, have fun and hit ‘em straight.

Jim Doyle is the owner of Madison Security Group, located at 203 US Highway 31, Athens, AL 35611. MSG’s phone is 256-2327030, and Jim can be reached at

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