7-18-2014 1-18-16 PMThis is the first of four pieces that will appear once a month until the November 2014 election, and will discuss some of the concerns and goals James Curtis Turner has for his district in Limestone County. He has made a point over the years of making himself familiar with what goes on in the county and how to make it run smoothly. He is a faithful attendee of County Commission and Athens City Council meetings, asks lots of questions, is familiar with the budget, and is an excellent listener. He brings to the election season decades of experience dealing with critical functions in a nuclear plant, being responsible literally for the safety of the lives of millions. What concerns him for all of the residents of Limestone County is the need for more storm shelters. At the moment, the largest and the best are located in churches, which is a good thing. To be able to come and get physical as well as emotional and spiritual shelter during a storm goes a long way toward helping residents bounce back in the aftermath. “Right now, what churches have to offer most often is land,” he told me. “What I want to do is explore every possible grant opportunity, and every faith based program that can help our county anticipate population growth and create needed shelter prior to an incident. Historically, the paths of the worst storms are in my district, and North Alabama gets hit harder than any other place in America.” By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

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