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Page 6B - The News Friday, July 28, 2017 Soup en supervisor on ens .menu ,- By Russell Slaton The News Correspondent ATHENS-Athens Rotary hosted Terry Mayhall, who has been a board member and su- pervisor of Athens Soup Kitchen for more than three years, during the club's July 20 meeting. Lauding the excep- tional service and food quality, Athens Rota- ry program co-chair Erv Jenkins said upon Mayhall's introduction: "(Mayhall) runs it as if it's the finest dining es- tablishment in Athens, and that everyone eat- ing at the Soup Kitchen is his best friend." Mayhall told Ro- tarians that the Soup Kitchen needs more vol- unteers and supplies. "I am calling out to you because we need more The News Photo/Russefl Slaton Terry Mayhall, board member and supervisor of Athens Soup Kitchen, informs Athens Rotarians July 20 about the faith-based charity's need for more volunteers and supplies, during the club's weekly luncheon at Athens Country Club, help," he said. The Soup Kitchen served 16,105 meals last year; this year the kitchen expects to surpass that number by 1,600 meals, he added. "We can always use donations. We could al- ways use meat, we could always use vegetables," Mayhall later added. "Our doors are open for all people." Athens Soup Kitchen receives private fund- ing and does not take government money, Mayhall said. There's a reason for that: "We'd have to eliminate God from the equation," Mayhall said. The Soup Kitchen is a faith-based organization. "It all goes upstairs," Mayhall said. "Without Him, I would not be able to do what I do." Athens Soup Kitchen started as a project of Eastern Hills Church of Christ, eventually acquiring its current facility at 421 N. Prai- rieville. The Soup Kitchen serves twice a week, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Mayhall, who said his selection to speak to Athens Rotar- ians was an "humbling experience," pointed out several members who have volunteered at the Soup Kitchen as part of the club's plethora of service projects. "I hope you have got- ten as much out of it as I have," Mayhall said. Athens Coritinued from Page 1A now the chamber, Philip has been very support- ive. He is someone I've enjoyed working with and I'm very thankful for his service to the Athens community and his part in helping to move things to a place where good things are happening all around." Councilman Ed Mc- Cain said, "Philip and his family are going home to Colorado. I am very happy for him and he has done a re- ally great job. But I am positive and forward looking. This is a great opportunity for Athens to get even better." McCain told The News that Athens has a great city staff and the city is primed for a great next 10 years with projects that are well underway and will be completed in a fiscally responsible manner. He also stated the city has a great possibility for an interim city manager. Two Athens police officers were present- ed Life Saving Awards for rescuing a trapped resident during an early- morning structure fire in a multi-story build- ing June 28. Patrolman Jonathan Hutchison and Corporal Roger Keith were the first to arrive on the scene and once they ascertained that there was indeed a trapped resident, they went into action to rescue her. Chief Buddy Hill said, "Without regard to their own personal safety, they pushed past the flames, entered the bum- ing structure, located the resident and removed her." Both officers and the resident were treated for smoke inhalation but no lasting damage. Athens Fire Chief John McQueary praised the officers for their ex- treme bravery in rescu- ing the woman. "Those flames put out 1,200 degrees of heat and without protective gear or specialized training, they went in. All they saw was a life that need- ed to be saved." When a citizen's re- quest for de,annexation of his property came before the council, much discussion ensued. This was not the first time this had been brought before the council and was de- nied in November, 2016. The issue concerns a 31-acre tract of land (Tract 4A Abstract 135 D Cherry Sur) which the property owner was not aware was within city limits as a Lake Athens property when he pur- chased it. Property owner Tom Potthoff wishes to de- velop the land for four homes. The city pro- vides no services to the acreage, some 40 miles outside the city. After presentations by Pot- thoff and Planning and Development, council members voiced dif- fering opinions and the item was tabled. In other business, council members: heard a resolution presented by Council- woman Toni Clay hon- oring Richard "Dick" Dwelle for 63 years of outstanding service to the people of Athens. Dwelle was instrumen- tal in founding the Hen- derson County Unit- ed Way, Keep Athens Beautiful, the Athens Industrial Foundation, the Public Library Fund and the Civic Center and Park Fund, serving on several of their boards. Dwelle passed away in June. agreed to allow heavy vehicles in com- mercial property by special-use permit so a business selling new and used trucks may operate on US 175. .............................. .......... .... N A T I O N A L BANK 14 CONVENIENT BRANCHES IN THE GREATER EAST T S.AREA LOANS and LINES OF CREDIT(1) CASH MANAGEMENT MERCHANT SERVICES(2) BUSINESS DEBIT & CREDIT CARDS(3) ]-877-968-7962 Jl (l) Loans and lines of credit subject to credit approval. 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