The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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May 11, 2014

Local business helping on the road to recovery

— Ricky Adams has been one of many hard at work after the April 28 storms nearly two weeks ago.

Ricky of Adams and Son Tree Trimming in Athens and his crew are part of the front line that has worked to clear countless downed trees.

“The community is rebounding,” Adams said Thursday while on a job site in Athens.

He admits he is hoping for a speedy recovery.

The tree trimming crew worked Thursday to remove a pecan tree from a historic Athens home on the corner of Madison and Market streets.

It took a crane operator with Young Crane Services in Huntsville to lift the estimated 125-year-old beast. The tree had to be moved from where it rested through the roof of the home. Then, swung into the middle of Madison Street to be cut down.

Homeowner John Houk and two of his grandchildren watched as the tree was lifted from the bedroom where Houk and his wife sleep.

According to Houk’s grandchildren, the pecan tree had been a part of the home place for as long as they could remember.

The family was surprised how quickly the tree removal took place. Houk recalled being told the job would be done Friday, but the tree was cleared by Thursday afternoon.

“People are being patient and that means a lot,” Adams said. 

Adams said he received more than 200 calls Thursday from people seeking help, but he has been able to get to them all.

“The patience of this community and the outpouring of love and help has been phenomenal,” he said.

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