Wednesday, July 29, 2015


July 27, 2015
In this MegaVote for Alabama's 5th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Surface Transportation Reauthorization 'Shell' – Cloture
  • House: Coal Combustion Residuals – Passage
  • House: Genetically Engineered Food – Passage
  • House: Sanctuary Cities – Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
  • House: Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act
  • House: TSA PreCheck Expansion Act
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization

Recent Senate Votes
Surface Transportation Reauthorization 'Shell' – Cloture - Vote Agreed to (67-26, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on amendment no. 2327 to the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment, as modified, that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The McConnell substitute amendment would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs, with enough offsets to cover three years of shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted NO
Sen. Jeff Sessions voted Not Voting

Recent House Votes
Coal Combustion Residuals – Passage - Vote Passed (258-166, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish minimum federal standards regarding the disposal and storage of coal combustion residuals (CCR) that would codify parts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule regarding coal ash, while superseding other elements of the rule. Additionally, the bill would permit states to create their own coal ash permit programs, but would provide for EPA oversight of the bill's standards in cases when a state lacks its own program or fails to meet the standards set in the bill.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Genetically Engineered Food – Passage - Vote Passed (275-150, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Agriculture Department to establish a voluntary national genetically engineered (GE) food certification program under which food producers could label their product as including or not including genetically modified ingredients. The program created under the bill would pre-empt related state and local laws and prohibits mandatory labeling of GE or non-GE food.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Sanctuary Cities – Passage - Vote Passed (241-179, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would withhold certain federal law enforcement grants to state and local governments that bar their officials from taking certain immigration-related actions, such as gathering or maintaining information on the immigration or citizenship status of individuals or sharing such information with federal immigration authorities. The withheld federal law enforcement grants include the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (which allows states to enter into a contractual arrangement with the federal government for compensation for the incarceration of undocumented criminal immigrants), the Community-Oriented Policing Services program (COPS, which helps support the hiring of police officers at the state and local level) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG, which supports a range of programs, including prosecutions and courts).

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Upcoming Votes
Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 - H.R.22

The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act - H.R.675

The bill would increase, effective as of December 1, 2015, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

TSA PreCheck Expansion Act - H.R.2843

The bill would require certain improvements in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck expedited screening program, and for other purposes.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - H.R.1735

The bill would reauthorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.


Elkmont Band Camp @ High School; 9am-6pm 



Youth Football Conditioning @ 6 - 7:30 pm
*Elkmont Rural Village past the stables.

Elkmont Band Camp @ High School; 9am-6pm  


Elkmont Band Camp @ High School; 9am-6pm 
Youth Football and Cheerleader Signups
*Registration location will be at the Limestone County Water Authority Building on Hwy 72W from 9am until 2pm - $75

5 PM @ 306 BBQ in Athens. Graduates, spouses and anyone attending school (at any time) with this class is invited. For more information contact: Sallie Reece Hodges, 256-431-0126


Maxine H. Holt, age 83 of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. Mrs. Holt was born May 22, 1932 in Limestone County, AL, daughter of the late Max and Viola Usery Hobbs. Mrs. Holt was a member of Gallatin Church of Christ and longtime member of Neelys Bend Church of Christ. 

She is survived by husband of 63 years, Billy Holt of Gallatin; sons, Anthony Holt of Gallatin and Mac Holt (Jeannette) of Hendersonville; brother, Joda Hobbs of Elkmont, AL; sisters, Jane Delop of Ardmore, TN and Saundra Royer (Ray) of Decatur, AL; grandchildren, Andrew Holt, Justin Holt, Erric Holt and Scarlett Holt. They aren't all listed but lots of kinfolk in Elkmont.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 29th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 30th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Funeral Service will be Thursday, July 30th at 11:30 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Mike Tidwell and Ed Mayberry officiating. Interment will follow in Gallatin Cemetery with Andrew Holt, Justin Holt, Erric Holt, Jay Hobbs, Elie Hobbs and Hunter Royer serving as pallbearers.  

Memorials may be made to Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville, TN 37232. Online condolences may be submitted at Family Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


The Elkmont fire department has been out testing fire hydrants in the city limits and you may see a drop in pressure for a couple of minutes. We will be testing the next few days.  We want to make sure everything is working if we are needed for a fire. When you see the water on the road or going down the ditch, it will be from these tests and not a water line break.


Do you have an emergency binder? Have you updated yours lately? Back to school time is a perfect time because you have all your kids' documents out for registration, etc.

If you have to evacuate in a hurry, having a single binder with all your important documents and emergency plan in place is critical.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Dickey Keith Nave, 54 of Athens died Sunday in
Athens. Mr. Nave was born September 24, 1960 in Limestone County, he was a former Chief Stewart of I.A.M. Union and a member of Boiler Makers Union. They may not be listed but there are lots of Elkmont kinfolk. Services will be 11AM Thursday in the Chapel of Spry Funeral Home with Casey Harbin officiating, burial in Wallace Cemetery, visitation is from 6-9PM Wednesday at Spry Funeral Home.

Survivors: Wife: Sharon Lynn Nave, Athens; Sons: Shain Nave (Jennifer), Athens, Shawn Nave (Nicole) Athens; Father: Clayton Nave, Athens; Sister-in-Law: Vicki Brown, Elkmont. Grandchildren: Andrew Nave, Ethan Nave, Rheygan Nave; Brother: Clay Nave, Pulaski, TN; Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts & Uncles.

Pallbearers: Randy Davis, Mike McElyea, Robbie Miller, Mark Miller, Josh Miller, Cody Brown (Elkmont), Matthew Nave, William Chaney.


The Alabama Department of Transportation (ADOT) is spending your tax money ($941,897.12) on a paving project in the Elkmont area.  Highway 127 is being resurfaced and striped from Maples Circle to just north of Wire Way (industrial park).   Reed Contracting Services is working on the road from 7 am to about 4:30 pm during the week.  This is a two lane highway so a pilot car will be used to guide traffic through, alternating between north and southbound lanes.  The project is estimated to take 35 working days to complete.  The ADOT has planned for it to be finished before October 1, weather permitting.

Yes, this is going to be a headache for school traffic between 7:30 - 8 am and 2:45-3:30 pm. Try to find another route during these times or give yourself 15 extra minutes.  Stanley Hill, our district commissioner, and District 1 are not involved in this project since HWY 127 is a state road.  The contractor was able to start a week early so it should reduce the length of time that school traffic will be affected by the resurfacing. 
source: ADOT