Athens, AL – Voters in Limestone County will decide a property tax issue Tuesday. They will determine whether 20-year property taxes designated for Athens and Limestone County schools should continue. City schools have one-point-one million dollars riding on the decision, and county schools have two-point-six million on the line. Athens City Schools Superintendent Orman Bridges Junior and Limestone County Superintendent Barry Carroll say it's important for voters to know that NO new taxes are involved.
Birmingham, AL – Defense attorneys for former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy attempted to discredit the recent testimony of a former company executive on Monday. Former finance chief Bill Owens has testified that Scrushy knew of the company's massive accounting fraud and lied about the company's financial health. Owens was on the witness stand for nine days, during which time he portrayed Scrushy as being at the heart of the conspiracy. Scrushy is charged with conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and perjury.