Opelika, AL – A plan to expand the use of a landfill in Lee County has been rejected. The expansion would have allowed the landfill to accept a thousand additional tons of trash from metro-Atlanta and other parts of Georgia. Waste Away, a subsidiary of Waste Management, would have paid the county 75-cents a ton. But the Lee County Commission voted 5-0 against the plan. Atlanta officials had already decided not to consider Waste Away to handle the removal of metro-Atlanta trash.
Salem, AL – The Lee County Commission has voted unanimously to not allow 1,000 additional tons of trash a day into the Salem landfill. Commissioners rejected the petition from Waste Away Monday night. The Waste Management subsidiary operates the Salem Waste Disposal Center. It had asked the commissionrs to allow the trash from 15 Georgia counties into the landfill. But County Commission Chair Bill English said Monday night that allowing the trash would increase traffic and reduce the life span of the landfill.
Birmingham, AL – Nineteen states were sued decades ago for operating racially segregated higher education systems. Eleven of those states are still under federal scrutiny concerning higher education practices. They are subject to the authority of the court system or the U-S Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Alabama is among them, but the state may reach a lawsuit settlement by next August. Mississippi's case ended last week, and Louisiana's and Tennessee's could wrap up within the next two years.
Birmingham, AL – Triple-A Alabama's most recent survey shows gasoline prices have leveled off across the state. The average price for regular unleaded is a dollar-93; mid-grades average two-dollars-six cents; premium is about two-dollars-12 cents and diesel also is up slightly to two-dollars 12-cents. Birmingham has the lowest average price at one-90 a gallon. Mobile has the highest at one dollar-96 cents.
September of 2003 marked the 40th anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing during which four young girls were killed. It is appropriate, then, that this fictionalized account of those days be released at this time, yet is also unfortunate.