The News Courier
— A rain-soaked bicycle rests Wednesday against a sign off The Square in Athens during a late-afternoon thunderstorm. A lightning strike Wednesday afternoon caused a total of 608 Athens Utilities customers to lose power in the West Limestone area. The largest outage was 428 people served by the Mt. Rozell substation in the Salem, Goodsprings and Lester communities. The outages lasted an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes.