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Huntsville Utilities Water Bond Rating Upgraded To AAA

(From release) Citing low water rates and solid operating procedures, Standard and Poor’s has upgraded Huntsville Utilities Water Bond Rating from AA+ to AAA. Strong economic development within the system’s service area was also cited as a contributing factor. Other points influencing the rating agency’s opinion included the water system’s:

Huntsville Police Announce Safety Checkpoint Results

(From release) Huntsville Police Department announced the results of DUI checkpoints for the month of May through Memorial Day.
The DUI Checkpoints were partially funded by North Alabama Traffic Safety Office (NATSO) as part of the Memorial Day Blitz Campaign. The DUI enforcement efforts are part of a comprehensive plan to remind motorist to drive safely and buckle up.

Driver Seriously Injured After Car Hits Pole

By William T. Martin

A woman was taken to Huntsville Hospital after suffering serious injuries when her car hit a utility pole in north Huntsville.
According to reports, the woman was driving along Washington Street south of Max Luther when her car left the road and struck a pole at the Redbud Drive intersection around 10 a.m.
The woman was trapped in her car for several minutes and had injuries to her legs, arms, and face.
The vehicle sustained major damage.
No further information was available.

Car Crashes Into Building, Driver Taken To Hospital

By William T. Martin

Police are investigating an incident where a car drove into a building east of Huntsville Friday morning.
According to reports from the scene the vehicle struck the wall of Cook’s Truck Repair, located on Highway 72 near Campbell Drive, around 9:30 a.m.
The car, a Toyota compact, continued until it was almost completely inside the building.
Radio reports indicated the driver, a woman, may have suffered a medical problem just before the accident.
Further details were not available.

Repairs Complete: Power Restored In Downtown Huntsville

(From release) Power has been restored in downtown Huntsville after an early afternoon outage helped locate equipment that need replacing.
The earlier outage at 12:07 p.m. was caused by a bad portion of underground cable. Power was restored at 1:09 p.m. when service was transferred to another circuit. When the power was restored Huntsville Utilities crews inspected surrounding equipment and found an underground elbow which was in danger of blowing a fuse.

Power To Go Out Again For Repairs In Downtown

By William T. Martin

Power will be off again in downtown Thursday afternoon but this outage is planned.
Utility crews must turn the electricity off in order to make repairs to problems that were discovered during an earlier outage today.
Here are the details from HU:

During this afternoon’s outage in downtown Huntsville bad equipment was located which needs replacing.
Attempts to delay the outage required to make the repairs until after 5 p.m. traffic were made, but the repair must now proceed.
The outage will affect power and traffic signals in downtown Huntsville around the following locations:

Power Restored After Brief Outage In Downtown

A brief power outage left the courthouse and some businesses in downtown without electricity.
Here are the details from Huntsville Utilities:

There was a power outage in downtown Huntsville affecting areas around Madison County Courthouse and the Huntsville City Municipal Complex, moving south from the square.
Affected streets included Gallatin, Church, Jefferson, Franklin, Manning and Eustis.
A bad cable was the cause of the outage. The outage lasted 1 hour and 2 minutes.
A smaller outage north of the Courthouse square occurred simultaneously, and was restored within 15 minutes.

Griffith: Huntsville, America Should Look 'From Mountaintop…Not Into Valley'

By William T. Martin

Huntsville’s future, like America’s, is bright and citizens should keep their eyes on the future and not get discouraged by the current economic hardship.
This was the message delivered by Congressman Parker Griffith during the annual Washington Update Luncheon Wednesday at the Von Braun Center.

Magazine Names Huntsville #1 City In America

(From release) At a time when the Huntsville/Madison County community has received nearly unprecedented rankings and recognition for its job growth, technology creation, and quality of life, along comes its most lofty ranking yet – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance #1 city in the U.S. in 2009.
Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County Board Chair Irma Tuder said the ranking is more good news in the community’s on-going workforce recruitment and targeted industry recruitment efforts.

Sessions Releases Statement On Nomination Of Sotomayor To Supreme Court

(From release) U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made the following comments today regarding President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court:

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