Originally created 08/25/02

Across the southeast



Nuclear consortium wants plant in South

WASHINGTON -Alabama or Tennessee could become home to a high-tech nuclear fuel plant.

A consortium of U.S. and European companies announced Friday it had narrowed its search for a uranium enrichment plant location to a former Tennessee Valley Authority property in Hartsville, Tenn., and a site near Hollywood, Ala.

The consortium, Louisiana Energy Services, hopes to secure a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license by 2004. The group expects to have the plant up and running by 2007.

The only U.S. facility that currently enriches uranium for nuclear power is in Paducah, Ky. But industry experts say the 50-year-old plant is outdated and uses inefficient technology.

Moonshiner convicted after police bust

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -After a brief trial Thursday, a 44-year-old man was convicted of illegally manufacturing alcohol, possessing moonshine and possessing a police scanner while committing a felony.

Daniel Wayne New, of James City County, was busted in April after his brother told police where to find the still.

They found a large stainless-steel cooker, a propane tank attached to a burner, a copper pipe coil, four plastic gallon-jugs containing moonshine and three buckets of fermenting corn.

Mr. New is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 3 and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Links to hijackers haunt flight schools

VENICE, Fla. - Rudi Dekkers is still waiting for business to rebound after his Huffman Aviation flight school was linked to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

The only things keeping Huffman afloat are fuel sales and plane maintenance jobs.

"We have no students, period," said Mr. Dekkers, who closed another flight school in Naples last December because it lost $1 million after the attacks.

It is a lament across the industry. The Sept. 11 terrorists trained at flight schools in Florida, Arizona and Minnesota, learning some of the skills they needed to carry out the attacks. Some of those schools are still carrying that stigma - and business has suffered as a result.