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Apr. 10 - 16, 2019 Pinson car break-ins caught on camera; 1 car stolen

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Work on schedule for Trussville’s entertainment district By Erica Thomas, managing editor

TRUSSVILLE — The plan to revitalize the downtown entertainment district in Trussville is coming along and work is on schedule. Mayor Buddy Choat said there was a concern after weeks of inclement weather that the work could be delayed. But as of April, contractors and crews are meeting deadlines for the major redevelopment project. Highlights of the plan include new sidewalks with brick dividers, a pavilion and amphitheater, street lighting, landscaping and public park-

ment Authority has been working with the city on the master plan. The city wants to bring in new businesses and restaurants and make the downtown district more friendly for driv-

“It’s a nice entity to have and they’re still working on downtown and they are working on bringing in income with other properties,” Choat said.

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CLAY — One person was hit and killed by a car Saturday night in Clay. Center Point Fire Chief Gene Coleman said it happened near the intersection of Chalkville Mountain Road and Old Springville Road around midnight. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. They say the driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene and was cooperative with deputies.

New home decor boutique in downtown Trussville From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — A new indoor/outdoor home decor boutique has opened in Trussville. River Rats is next door to Kuttin’ Up Salon at 107 North Chalkville Road. Renee Davis started the business in Pell City. The Trussville location is her second store. See HOME DECOR, Page 3

Council adopts resolution recognizing Pinson Valley High School basketball By Shaun Szkolnik, for The Tribune

Pinson — The Pinson City Council considered a resolution recognizing the Pinson Valley High School basketball team. Mayor Hoyt Sanders read part of the resolution to the council. See BASKETBALL, Page 14

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ing. There will eventually be a brick plaza that Choat called the “signature of downtown revitalization.” The Trussville Redevelop-

ers and pedestrians. TRA is a separately incorporated body that partners with the city to promote trade, commerce and employment opportunities.

The city has partnered with TRA in numerous ways since downtown redevelopment has been underway. As for progress being

made in downtown, Trussville Utilities is putting in gas and water lines. Sewer lines are also being installed. Mayor Choat said the city could start on the parking lot behind the Elite Jewelry building and next to the Fresh Value Shopping Center within the next few weeks. “This is all the horizontal stuff as they call it. This is the parking, the streets, the infrastructure. It’s not very pretty but it is showing progress,” Choat said. Work is also being performed on Cedar Lane and Morrow Avenue. With more and more businesses setting their sights on locations in downtown Trussville, the process can be expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

New American Legion Post chartered for east Jefferson County By Erica Thomas, managing editor

CLAY — American Legion Post 205 is now up and running in Clay. The group held its first meeting Monday, April 8, 2019. The newly chartered organization was made official just three days after the 100th Anniversary of The American Legion. The commander for the new post, Tony Berenotto, said the group will be named after a local hero, SSG Michael W. Hosey. “He was a Clay-Chalkville graduate and a true American hero. He gave his life for his country in Afghanistan,” said Berenotto. Hosey died on September 17, 2011 at the age of 27. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Hosey was killed when insurgents attacked his unit at FOB Ripley, Uruzgan Province. The SSG Michael W. Hosey Post 205 of the American Legion already has 125 members. “We knew there was a

need out here. We kept saying, ‘man, why don’t we have a post out here?’ This is a very patriotic community out here,” Berenotto said. The City of Clay is allowing the post to operate out of the historic Jayford Ware House, the former home of the Clay Public Library. The post has signed a 100-year contract for $1 a year. There have been hundreds of veterans in the east Jefferson County area that have been a part of an at-large post, according to Berenotto. That state-managed American Legion Post allows people to join if they do not have a local post. “That’s how we ended up growing to 125 so quickly. We had about 30 people lined

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up ourselves, then we made phone calls to those people who were in the holding post and we found all these people,” Berenotto said. The largest room in the old library holds about 15 people.

New home of SSG Michael W. Hosey Post 205

Attorney for accused Cracker Barrel shooter says video will prove selfdefense

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Grant writer hired for St. Clair County From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — The St. Clair County Commission has hired a grant writer to help the county reach new goals and fund opportunities. Dr. Lana Bellew will be searching for applicable grants and will be paid a fee for each grant the county See GRANT WRITER, Page 6

Trussville Police vs. Fire softball tournament: Sponsors needed From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

The post will have to renovate to make room for more members, but until then, Berenotto said he has plenty of support from local municipalities. Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat has offered the post meeting space at the Trussville Civic Center and at the Trussville Public Library. The first monthly meeting was held at Cosby Lake Community Building in Clay. “The cities of Clay and Trussville have gone out of their way to welcome the post and to support the veterans and their families in our community. The mayors and leaders of each city have met with us often and spent hours helping us get off on the right foot,” Berenotto said. Clay Mayor Charles Webster was in attendance for the first meeting. Also on hand, were state officers from the American Legion Department of Alabama made presentations to support the addition of a Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), a Squadron of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL), and

JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said there were fewer suicides in the county in 2018 than there were in 2017. While a decrease is a good sign, there are still a high number of self-inflicted deaths, according to the coroner, and first responders are dealing with the impact. In 2017, the county saw a significant increase in people taking their own lives. Coroner

See LEGION POST, Page 7

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TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police and Fire departments are looking for sponsors for each inning of the second annual Public Safety Softball Tournament. This year’s proceeds will See TOURNAMENT, Page 4

Suicides down in Jefferson County in 2018 By Erica Thomas, editor

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Each week, we are asking readers to send in stories of random acts of kindness. This week, our letter is from Alexandria Moore.

If you would like to share your story, email our editor at Erica.Thomas@ trussvilletribune.com or tell your story on our Facebook page with #TribRAK.

Dear Trussville Tribune, I lost my phone today at Walmart - I left it in a cart. I also went to the dollar store and once I was headed home, I realized I didn’t have my phone. Of course, I panicked and rushed home to tell my husband. Little did I know my phone was already with him. The woman who found it at Walmart, called my mom who lives in Florida, my mom called my husband and my husband got in contact with the woman and he met her at Jack’s. So, to that woman, whoever you are, wherever you are, thank you so very much!! Your heart is very kind and I pray many blessings over you. Alexandria Moore

Dr. Pattie Neill to be featured speaker at Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Dr. Pattie Neill, superintendent of Trussville City Schools, will be the featured speaker at the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon in April. Neill has served as superintendent of Trussville City

Schools since 2012. During that time, she has worked with the school board to complete a new high school football stadium and three elementary school construction projects. She received the Outstanding Administrator Alumni Award from Auburn University's College of Education in 2017. Reservations for the

luncheon are required and can be made by calling the chamber office at (205) 655-7535. As always, contributions to the luncheon door prize table are appreciated and may be dropped off in the registration area. The luncheon will be April 18 starting at 11:30 a.m.

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Birmingham firefighter buried in Trussville From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — A Birmingham firefighter was buried in a Trussville cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Joshua Grant Hammock was a firefighter and a paramedic with the Birmingham Fire Department. He was with the department for around two

years and worked in the Cares Unit, which is responsible for doing home visits and helping people take their medicine. Hammock did home visits daily for the fire department. Hammock was a member of Warrior Assembly of God and was known to family and friends as being devoted to his family, a outdoorsman and a giving person that would do

TRUSSVILLE — Detectives with the Trussville Police Department are looking for a man accused in a retail theft. Police believe the man pictured could also be involved in similar thefts in other areas. He is believed to be traveling in a tan Honda Accord.

anything for someone in need. Hammock passed away on March 31. Funeral services for Hammock were held Wednesday, April 3 at New Gardendale Funeral Home. Following services, Hammock was escorted by a procession from the Birmingham Fire Department to the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church where he was laid to rest.

Surveillance images were captured on March 19, 2019. If you recognize this person or know anything about these crimes, please contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at (205) 254-7777. You remain anonymous, and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers leading to the charge and arrest of an identified suspect could result in a cash reward.

HOME DECOR, from front page

Davis’ main trade is concrete contracting, so the store offers more than tables and trinkets. While their specialty is outdoor kitchens, they also build retaining walls and they offer a variety of concrete projects. “In a nutshell, we can pretty much do anything custom for your yard or your patio,” Davis said. Inside the store, customers can find unique home decor for both inside and outside of the home, tables, grills,

spices, sauces and more. The items are ever-changing and if someone is looking for some-

2 men wanted by Trussville Police are suspects in multiple thefts

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Trussville PD searching for man wanted in theft investigation From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

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thing in particular, Davis said she can find it for them. “We can do any kind of outdoor furniture, we go to market and we build cabinets and we have any kind of decor you could want,” Davis said. “We pretty much do everything for your patio.” Whether shoppers are looking for a cute gift for a friend or a new outdoor kitchen, River Rat offers options for every budget.

TRUSSVILLE — Police in Trussville are trying to identify two men who are suspects in multiple thefts from Home Depot. Detectives believe the bearded male is the one shoplifting the merchandise and the other male is the getaway driver. According to detectives, the most recent theft involving these suspects occurred in their jurisdiction on Wednesday, April 3 at approximately 7 p.m. Store employees were shoved during the incident while attempting to stop the

bearded male suspect as he was leaving, resulting in additional robbery and assault charges. If you recognize either of these suspects, or know anything about these crimes, please contact the Trussville Police or

call Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at (205) 254-7777. You remain anonymous, and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers leading to the charge and arrest of an identified suspect could result in a cash reward.

SUICIDES, from front page

Bill Yates said 107 were confirmed that year. In 2018, there were 85 suicides. From 2001 - 2007, the number of suicides stayed under 80 per year. Yates said while the number for 2018 is a sign of improvement, there is still a concern for mental health care in the state. The latest suicide in Jefferson County happened Monday, April 1, in a public setting. The coroner said police were on a scene near Legion Field when a man took his own life. Yates said he sees suicide cases on a regular basis but said public suicide deaths are rare. For first responders, Yates said, dealing with the aftermath of a suicide call can be traumatic. First Responders Trussville Fire Department Assistant Chief Keith McLaughlin said when responding to a suicide, the impact left on family members of the deceased is difficult to see. “Suicide, in general, is hard to understand,” McLaughlin said. “In those cases, you can’t ask the person why they did it. Sometimes you get a little anger wondering how someone could do this to their family.” McLaughlin said he has learned trying to understand the act of committing suicide is impossible at times. “By looking at someone, you would think they have a great life, living in a good neighborhood, and for whatever reason, they decided it wasn’t what everyone else thinks it was,” McLaughlin said. “Those are confusing to us. Whatever the problem was for that person, it was an intent to do that to himself, but the lasting effect was on the family.”

Training to Cope Firefighter Jesse Clifton said the first responders have been well-trained to deal with emotional effects of death scenes. “For most of us, we just have a disassociation with it,” Clifton said. “We have learned to compartmentalize. It’s the hardest when it’s kids, pre-teens and teenagers. You just never know what issues they have dealt with. We have a job to do and if we get there and it’s already done, we can’t fix it.” At the end of the day, McLaughlin and Clifton said they can’t take problems home with them. That’s why they said their relationship with their co-workers is important. “We know each other and our personalities, and it tends to go better and people will open up to the ones they know,” said Clifton. “We have a lot of outlets now that we didn’t have years ago,” said McLaughlin. “We have disaster psychology, grief counseling and a lot of churches around here have some outlet for grief. There was a time early in my career where you didn’t talk about it. I can’t tell you when that changed, but there has been

a direct change in the culture.” Attempted Suicides Suicide attempts are more common in Trussville than suicides, according to McLaughlin. When responding to those, first responders have to take the patient to the hospital for a mental evaluation. “Even if someone threatens to harm themselves, they go to the hospital,” McLaughlin said. “They have to be evaluated.” McLaughlin said a lot of times life experiences have led up to suicide threats. “It’s really important to not judge,” McLaughlin said. “This is their cry for help, this is their attempt to try and get someone to listen to them.” Mental Health Funding Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates said since mental health funding has declined in the state, many mental health facilities have had to shut down. “Medical facilities are having to pick up the slack left by mental health facilities shutting down in the state,” Yates said. If you or someone you know is suffering from mental health problems, you can call the Crisis Center at (205) 323-7777 for help.


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Mayors of 22 cities come together to sign ‘Good Neighbor Pledge’ From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Mayors from 22 cities in Jefferson County signed the "Good Neighbor Pledge" Wednesday. The pledge is a pact to combat business poaching and to pursue growth for the region. Cities taking part in the initiative are Argo, Bessemer, Birmingham, Brighton, Center Point, Clay, Fairfield, Graysville, Homewood, Hoover, Lipscomb, Midfield, Mountain Brook, Mulga, Pleasant Grove, Sylvan Springs, Tarrant, Trafford, Trussville, Vestavia Hills, Warrior and West Jefferson. Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat was on hand for a press conference about the alliance Wednesday. "This pledge is a commitment to treat our neighbors the way we want to be

treated and to accomplish what we all want — to build good communities," Choat said. The agreement means cities will not lure businesses away from other cities and that they will not provide incentives for businesses moving from one city to the other. Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson said the pledge means cities will be working together to bring in economic development for the entire county.

"This is a historic achievement," said Henderson. "If we're in the agreement and they're not, we don't have to abide by the agreement within the cities that didn't sign. It evens out and doesn't give cities that didn't sign an advantage." The mayors all said they are committed to making the county's economy stronger by putting trust in one another and exhibiting the highest level of professional conduct and integrity.

TOURNAMENT, from front page

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CRACKER BARREL, from front page By Erica Thomas, managing editor

TRUSSVILLE — The attorney for Bryan Hancock, the 22-year-old Pinson man accused in the March 28 shooting of Randy Young, said the shooting was in self-defense. Richard Jaffe and Michael Hanle of the Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant and Knight law firm represent Bryan Hancock. “We are heartened to learn that there appears to be a video of the entire incident which we expect to demonstrate that Brian only shot in self-defense to protect himself from an imminent and ongoing attack,” Hancock’s attorneys said. “He was a passenger in a friend’s car when the altercation occurred.” Jaffe and Hanle said accu-

From the Trussville Tribune staff reports

BIRMINGHAM — A Birmingham man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child porn charges. A five-count indictment filed in the U.S. District Court, charges David Drake, 19, with advertising child pornography on the internet and selling those images and videos on the internet. Drake is charged with one count of advertisement of child pornography and two counts of sale of child pornography. Drake is also charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said investigators are working hard to protect the public from online predators. “Our law enforcement will continue to vigilantly monitor the internet using all available resources available to uncover

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child exploitation and abuse,” U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said. “These predators need to know that they will be arrested, prosecuted and once convicted, sentenced to time in a federal prison where there is no possibility for parole.” Court documents state the incident happened on or around September 26 and involved the display or dissemination of “vid-

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Animal rescues saving dogs from hoarding situation From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

HELENA — An animal rescue in Helena has taken custody of the most medically urgent dogs seized from an animal hoarding situation in St. Clair County. Two by Two Rescue posted pictures on its Facebook page of several of the dogs. One of the dogs will be sent to Riverview Animal Clinic for emergency hernia surgery. Another

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dog is missing part of his skull and will need to be fed by syringe for the rest of his life. Two by Two Rescue and other rescue services in Alabama will be taking the animals from the Pell City Animal Shelter. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said they found 55 dogs in one home. Four of them were dead in the freezer.

2 men found dead in crashed car with bullet holes From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Police are investigating a homicide after two people were found dead in a crashed car on Wednesday, April 3. Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates said Deshawn Ferrez Jackson, 20, of Pleasant Grove, and Tre’vion Alexander Marks, 21, of Birmingham, were found dead in the

6600 block of Tensaw Court. Police got a call about a crashed car in someone’s back yard at 8:37 p.m. First responders got to the scene and noticed the car had significant damage, and they noted possible bullet holes in the vehicle. Yates said the men’s bodies were taken for an autopsy which determined the cause of death was gunshot wounds.

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MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections responded today to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) findings letter that reports the results of the DOJ’s investigation into inmate-on-inmate violence, sexual assault, and the conditions of confinement within the Alabama Department of Corrections’ (ADOC) male correctional facilities. The DOJ investigation, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), was initiated on Oct. 6, 2016, and involved site inspections at four male prisons and the interviewing of hundreds of inmates, correctional staff and ADOC officials. For more than two years, the DOJ pursued an investigation of issues that have been the subject of on-going litigation and the target of significant reforms by the state. “We appreciate the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to ensure open lines of communication with the State of Alabama,” Ivey said. “DOJ has identified many of the same areas of concern that we have discussed publicly for some time. Over the coming months, my Administration will be working closely with DOJ to ensure that our mu-

tual concerns are addressed and that we remain steadfast in our commitment to public safety, making certain that this Alabama problem has an Alabama solution.” The Department of Corrections already acknowledged many of the issues in the DOJ’s findings letter and has been actively working to remedy these concerns by improving correctional officer hiring and retention; developing effective prison management, including efforts to curtail the entry of contraband; and replacing an outdated prison system with state-of-the-art correctional facilities designed to safely, effectively, and humanely manage and meet the needs of a diverse inmate population. As DOJ stated in its finding letter, “We recognize ADOC has begun to make some positive changes in recent years.” Alabama Department of Corrections’ plans to build new prisons will allow for enhanced security through updated structures and the implementation of current technology resources. Such facilities will also allow for the integration of medical and mental health services and provide safer environments for inmates and staff. “ADOC voluntarily assisted the DOJ in every reasonable way with the investigation,” Commissioner Jeff Dunn said. “Our primary objective is to en-

sure each facility provides a humane, secure, and safe environment for inmates, and that reforms already in place and proposed to bring about positive, tangible changes throughout the prison system.” Efforts for the improved hiring and retention of correctional staff have been bolstered with the Legislature’s $86 million funding appropriations in 2018 and 2019 for hiring additional correctional and health services staff. These efforts continue with a $31 million request for ADOC’s proposed 2020 budget, which would help the department hire 500 new correctional officers and increase the pay scale for all security personnel. Continued multi-agency law enforcement security operations, like one recently conducted at the St. Clair Correctional Facility on Feb. 28, utilized drug detection canines and drone technology to confiscate contraband at prison facilities to improve safety among inmates and correctional staff. ADOC has expanded its increased oversight of mental health service delivery, with the creation and addition of multiple mental health oversight staff positions and staff-wide training. Additionally, with assistance from nationally recognized clinical mental health experts, ADOC developed a comprehen-

sive mental health program for standard mental health screening, crisis and suicide intervention, prevention, and specialized mental health treatment. In 2014, ADOC partnered with a consulting group to aid the department in complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and improving conditions within the prison system. DOJ and ADOC jointly selected an independent monitor who provided technical assistance to ADOC in addition to assessing the department’s compliance. In 2017, all ADOC facilities reached full PREA compliance with DOJ’s validation. To combat recidivism and in the interest of public safety, ADOC uses evidence-based principles and programs by matching inmates with rehabilitative, vocational and educational programs they need to reenter society successfully upon their release. “In response to DOJ’s findings, it is important to understand all the current efforts ADOC has taken and will continue to take to improve the conditions of confinement within the male prison system,” Dunn said. “Governor Ivey’s commitment to working closely with the Legislature to resolve this generational problem will ultimately lead to a 21st Century prison system.”


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Blount Co sheriff says shooting death was domestic-related; alcohol was involved By Erica Thomas, managing editor

BLOUNT COUNTY — One person was shot and killed and another person was taken into custody Thursday night in the Highland Lake area.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the scene on Lakeshore Drive just before 6 p.m. They found the victim lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to St. Vincent's East where he was treated

and transferred to UAB. The victim died on the way to UAB Hospital. The victim has been identified as Daniel Stockley. Sheriff Mark Moon said Stockley was intoxicated at the time of the shooting. Investigators believe the inci-

1 person killed in interstate crash in Irondale From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

IRONDALE — The Jefferson County Coroner's Office confirmed one person was killed in one of three crashes in the same location on Interstate 20 Westbound. The wrecks happened Friday, April 5, just after 5:15 a.m., near the I-459 junction.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Corp. Steve Smith said after the first crash, the two people involved got out of their cars. Another vehicle swerved to avoid the crash and hit the two pedestrians. One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver and the other pedestrian were taken to UAB for treatment. Smith said not

long after the two people were hit, another crash happened as a result of the first two. That wreck was minor. Traffic was backed up for several hours. First responders have since cleared the scene. Coroner Bill Yates said his team is working with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to notify family members of the person killed.

2 people wanted for stealing $2K worth of wheels & batteries From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is asking for information on a theft caught on camera in the Pawnee Village area. Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said two people were caught on camera stealing over $2,000 worth of wheels and batteries. The crime happened on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

CLAY — It is testing season again, and ClayChalkville Middle School has come up with a novel way to engage and excite students and parents about this annual rite of spring. CCMS will present its first-ever Testing Pep Rally on April 11 at 6 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium. “The goal is to get parents and students excited about the upcoming standardized testing that will take place in April,” said CCMS educator Andrea Wood. “Our hope is to encourage students to raise their test scores and to encourage success.” In keeping with the feel of a pep rally, students attending the event will be treated to music, entertainment and a general spirit of

GRANT WRITER, from front page

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Tornado confirmed in Blount County From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

BLOUNTSVILLE — The National Weather Service in Birmingham has a preliminary report after a tornado touched down in Blount County early Monday, April 8. Survey teams are still on the ground in the Blountsville area, but the NWS said it believes an EF-1 hit with

at least 90 mph winds. The tornado tracked 6.3 miles, mostly along Graves Cemetery Road. Trees were downed and damage was done to multiple structures, including a mobile home near Highway 79. No injuries have been reported. Teams will continue to log damage in the area and will release a final report at a later date.

Blount County capital murder conviction upheld By Erica Thomas, managing editor

Pawnee Village is north of Tarrant and west of Center Point.

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Clay-Chalkville Middle School set to hold first ever Testing Pep Rally By Shaun Szkolnik, for the Tribune

dent was a domestic disturbance and that the shooter was acting in self-defense. They said the shooter, who is the victim's step-father, cooperated with them during questioning. The case will be presented to a grand jury.

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festiveness. 95.7 Jamz will be on hand playing music for guests as they enter and exit the building. Magic City Snowball will be selling shaved ice. The CCMS band, cheer and dance teams will be performing. Students aren’t the only ones excited for the Testing Pep Rally. Faculty also has high hopes for the event and the impact that it will have on the testing season. “The faculty is hoping this will boost morale among students when it comes time for testing, and that students will see the importance of doing their absolute best,” said Wood. “Our motto for spring testing is ‘Together We Can.’ This means that together we (faculty and parents/community) can push our students to achieve great things; together we can all build each other up and push

toward success; together we can all help to create a better world!” Ultimately, the first-ever Testing Pep Rally is about success, and if this year's rally is successful, it will likely return for years to come. “This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to rally together to promote success for the students of this community,” said Wood. “We, the faculty, are so proud of our students here and we cannot wait to see how successful they are once they see the importance of education! We have great kids at this school that do great things on a daily basis, and the Scantron Performance Series test is just one small way for our students to shine. We believe in success here and cannot wait to see what our students can do!"

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed a capital murder conviction in Blount County. Justin MacNeill, 28, of Cleveland, Alabama, was convicted in the July 8, 2015 murder of Myron Brian Beavers. Beavers died after being hit three times in the head with a hatchet. Prosecutors said MacNeill and another man, Clifton Ridgeway, executed the plan to rob and murder Beavers at his home. His body

was left under a mattress in a bedroom. Beavers' truck, power tools, cash and debit card were stolen. MacNeill was convicted

in May of 2018 in the Blount County Circuit Court after admitting he committed the crimes. Attorney General Steve Marshall said because the murder was committed during a robbery and because it was committed in the course of a burglary, MacNeill was charged with two capital offenses. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for each conviction. He appealed the convictions, but on March 29, 2019, the Court of Criminal Appeals made the decision to affirm the convictions.

PINSON CAR, from front page By Erica Thomas, editor

PINSON — Several residents of a Pinson subdivision said their vehicles were broken into and one car was stolen. Some of the break-ins were caught on surveillance video. Neighbors in Tyler Loop Cove woke up to find their cars had been rummaged through in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 3. Surveillance video posted on www.TrussvilleTribune. com shows one suspect breaking a car window on Edgefield Lane around 4 a.m. Nothing was taken from that car, but you can see the suspect continuing to check for unlocked vehicles in the same driveway. Clips of the incident show him gain-

ing access to several cars. The homeowners installed security cameras after their cars were broken into in June of 2018. On the road, you can see another person driving a dark-colored vehicle and at one point a third suspect gets out of the car and searches for unlocked vehicles. One neighbor’s white Dodge Charger was stolen from a driveway on Fairmont Drive. At least two car owners said they filed reports with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating and is asking citizens to help make it harder on criminals by locking their doors.

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City of Pinson wins risk management award

LEGION POST, from front page

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

PINSON — The city of Pinson was recently awarded a President’s Risk Management Award by the insurance divisions of the Alabama League of Municipalities. This award recognizes cities that have instituted risk management and loss control activities to reduce their loss ratio. Risk management and loss control activities benefit everybody in the insurance programs and within the league of municipalities. Through the efforts of the city of Pinson, losses have been minimized while employees and citizens of Pinson are reaping the rewards of a safer workplace and community. The Alabama League of Municipalities was organized in 1935. Since that time, it has served as a powerful voice

Tony Berenotto addressing crowd at first Post 205 meeting

for cities and towns in Alabama. There are more than 450 member municipalities in the league. The league works on several different fronts including securing legislation enabling all cities and towns to perform their functions more efficiently and effectively. The league also offers specialized training for municipal officials and employees; holds conferences and meetings where views and experiences of officials

are exchanged; and conducts continuing studies of the legislative, administrative and operation needs, problems and functions of Alabama’s municipal governments. As recipients of the President’s Risk Management award, the city of Pinson was awarded a specially designed memento. Recipients of this ward include the top five percent of those members with minimal losses for a five-year period.

PVHS clubs present check to Molly's Patrol in Orange Beach From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

ORANGE BEACH — Students at Pinson Valley High School raised money for a rescue group in Orange Beach that was named after a local teen who drowned in 2003. Molly's Patrol is an arm of the Orange Beach Fire Department, named after Molly Bryant. She was only 15-years-old when she died during a beach trip with a local church group. According to Orange Beach Surf Rescue, PVHS

a Chapter of the American Legion Riders (ALR). Monthly meetings will be the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. SSG Michael W. Hosey Post 205 will support local Veterans, their families, and the youth in our community. It will begin work immediately on a baseball team in Pinson, temporary emergency relief for veterans and their families, Americanism pro-

By Shaun Szkolnik, for The Tribune

ARGO — A representative from Right Choice Roofing addressed the council about solutions to leaking issues with the roof to the municipal complex for Argo. The council was provided several options. The first option would be a correction of the areas where the leaks have occurred. The repair would consist of four hundred square feet of roofing metal being replaced, as well as insulation being replaced. The cost of that option is $6248.16. Other options available to the city would be a complete replacement of the roof. There

Beach Fire Department. The City of Orange Beach said hundreds of beachgoers have been saved since the formation of Molly’s Patrol. The rescue group consists of 20 lifeguards and five towers at public beaches from March to September. Additionally, rov-

are two options for complete roof replacement. The first, and less expensive, is the PBR system. The PBR system uses a corrugated panel with the screws exposed to the element. The second method is known as stand and seam. It is a more expensive option. Stand and Seam uses striated panels that can be layered over each other creating a look of a flat surface as well as protecting the screws from the element through overlapping panels. Installing a Stand and Seam option would require approximately two and a half weeks for the arrival of the material and approximately another week and a half for installa-

tion. The repair option would take approximately seven days to complete. A third option available would be for Right Choice Roofing to use larger screws and washers on the existing roof as a measure to secure the leaks. Right, Choice Roofing did not have an estimate for all the options, including the option to use larger screws/washers or for installing an all-new Stand and Seam roof. The company will work up an estimate for the other options and provide the council with the estimate by the end of the day Tuesday. The council will meet again April 22 at 6 p.m.

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A positive choice for local families Commentary by Bethany Stracener

As a mom of three young children, I understand how much a good support system means for anyone trying to raise kids. It takes a village, as the saying goes, but not all families have a village. For those living in Trussville and Clay, the staff and volunteers at Positive Choices pregnancy center want to meet that need. Positive Choices, with loca-

tions on Old Springville Road and Gadsden Highway, is serving families in our community, not just with pregnancy testing, but in a wide variety of ways, including providing a Christ-centered support system, resources, knowledge, material needs and much more to local families. One of the resources offered at Positive Choices is the EarnWhile-You-Learn program. This program gives parents-to-be the opportunity to take classes that

prepare them for pregnancy, birth, and the hard – but rewarding – job of parenting their new arrival while earning points for each class taken. The points earned from completing the classes can then be redeemed for essentials like diapers, baby clothing, furniture, strollers and formula and more. Additionally, Positive Choices provides limited ultrasounds, consultation on all pregnancy choices, information about sexually trans-

mitted infections, and abortion recovery counseling. They will also be adding a men’s program soon. All the classes and resources are completely free and confidential. Probably the most important thing Positive Choices offers to the individuals and families they serve is the love, grace and mercy of Christ. Bible studies are available to all participants through the Earn-While-You-Learn program. What better support system can you experience than life-on-life

discipleship with people who are listening to you, praying for you, and walking through life with you? The D-life groups are held at NorthPark Baptist Church and, beginning April 24, will also be available at Clearview Baptist Church from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening (childcare provided). Do you want to know more about the important work Positive Choices is doing in our community? Then please come out to their

community egg hunt this weekend (April 13) at their Clay location. Food and a bouncy house will also be part of the family fun from 11-2 p.m. Or, you can contact Positive Choices at their locations (Trussville: 205-836-0564, Clay: 205854-9252) to learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities they offer. They will also gladly accept donations of baby items (except car seats and cribs), as well as items to sell in their yard sale fundraiser on May 5.

GOP lawmakers say abortion ban bill worth potential fight By Caroline Beck and Mary Sell, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY — Legislation to criminalize the performance of almost all abortions in Alabama goes further than many of the more than two dozen anti-abortion bills proposed in other conservative states this year. The heavy restrictions in the bill are exactly why more than 70 GOP lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors, hoping the U.S. Supreme Court, now with five-Republican appointed justices, will limit constitutional protections on abortions. Several lawmakers told Alabama Daily News the legislation would be worth a costly legal fight when pro-choice groups challenge it. House Bill 314 is sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur. She’s sponsored abortion restriction bills in previous sessions, including a fetal heartbeat measure that would prohibit abortions once a heartbeat is detected. That legislation has been blocked in federal courts. Collins wanted a different bill this year. “It was about creating something that was meant to go all the way to the Supreme Court and it

also needed to have the most value when talking about a pro-life bill if you are going to try and pass it,” Collins said. House Bill 314 and its companion Senate Bill 211 make performing an abortion a Class A felony, but women who seek or have abortions would not be criminally liable. The only exception in the bill is if there is a serious health risk to the woman or if the fetus has a “lethal anomaly.” There is no exception for rape or incest. Last year, Alabama voters approved a constitutional amendment declaring the policy of Alabama is “to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life ….” It also says it is the policy of the state “to ensure the protection of the rights of the unborn child in all manners and measures lawful and appropriate.” The measure passed with 59 percent support. The state’s current law bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the pregnancy puts the mother at risk of death or serious harm. State law also requires an annual reporting of abortions by all providers. There were 6,768 abortions

performed in Alabama in 2017, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Of those, 5,773 were performed at or before 12 weeks of gestation. None were performed after 22 weeks. Senate Bill 211 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, said they will likely take it up the week of April 15. He’s supportive of the bill, with some caveats. He wants an amendment to specify how legal expenses are paid when the state is sued by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. “I want some restrictions on where this money comes from,” Ward said. “I want to make sure we’re not just sending a message with a huge price tag to taxpayers.” If a state’s abortion law were upheld by the Supreme Court and states were allowed to limit access to abortion, the procedures wouldn’t end in all states, said Barbara Ann Luttrell, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Southeast. While Alabama and other conservative states are moving to restrict abortion, several other legislatures in more liberal states are passing bills to protect it.

“Women with means or wealth would travel to another state to get their abortions,” Luttrell said. “For poor women, primarily women of color, who don’t have the means, abortion will always exist, but it will not be safe, legal abortions. “Women will do whatever it takes to have control over their lives, their futures … what will happen is women will die.” Senate Bill 211 has 11 Republican co-sponsors and others in the 35-member chamber say they also support it. Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, said it is absolutely the goal of the Legislature to limit abortion as much as possible. That the bill will face legal challenges “does not replace our responsibility to pass just laws,” Stutts, an obstetrician, said. House Bill 314 has 67 co-sponsors. That’s enough support to get it through that chamber. It’s been assigned to the House Health Committee and Collins requested that the bill be on that committee's agenda this week. As of Friday, the agenda had not been set. A comment from Gov. Kay Ivey on the bill wasn’t available Thursday or Friday. Her office said she wasn’t consulted on the legislation. The bill would go into effect six months after being enacted. Mixed Reaction Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville, is a co-sponsor. He said the bill would be “great for America” but thinks others could get to the Supreme Court first. “I think there are some that will get acted on now, so states are just trying to be prepared if something happens,” Greer said. Rep. Barbra Boyd, D- Anniston, said that she did not support any legislation that would restrict a woman’s right to an abortion and doesn’t like how it could open the door for similar legislation on other controversial matters. “If you are going to tell someone whether or not they can have an abortion, what’s to stop them from saying that homosexual relationships are illegal as well,” Boyd said. “It just simply could open the door to other issues that should not be legislated on, like even when it comes to people’s religious beliefs.” Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens said his son’s biological mother went through Sav-A-Life Pregnancy Center to learn about

adoption and resources available to her. “It’s an opportunity for us to have more babies to be carried to term with more options for adoptions,” he said. “I am the parent of an adopted child, our only child. Anything that is pro-life, it is worth the fight and the money to me,” Rep. Parker Moore, R-Decatur, and his wife had their first child last month. “Just having a new baby, it’s brought a whole new light on the issue for me,” Moore said about the first time he heard his daughter’s heartbeat and felt her kick. Moore said the bill is essentially similar to fetal heartbeat bills approved in other states, including Mississippi and Georgia, this year. They ban abortions around six weeks into pregnancy. “We’ve just gone a little bit extra,” he said. “I believe in the right to live and don’t think it’s acceptable to murder a baby.” Rep. Randy Wood, R- Anniston, told Alabama Daily News that he expects there to be an amendment for exceptions of rape or incest when the bill comes up for discussion. “I would be shocked if it wasn’t included in the bill,” Wood said. Wood is also listed as a cosponsor on the bill and says that he has no worries about the cost it might bring, “because when you are defending a life, it doesn’t matter the cost.” Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, is a co-sponsor. “Society has changed, technology has changed, science has changed,” Garrett said about the more than 40 years since Roe versus Wade was decided. “What we’re doing here is saying we want the courts to reevaluate this whole issue in light of new information.” Garrett is a chief financial officer. “I’m a financial guy and I don’t want the state wasting money on frivolous matters, but the abortion issue is not a frivolous issue … and I think most Alabamians would agree.” Rep. Neil Rafferty, D- Birmingham, does not support the bill and said that for him it comes down to the issue of privacy for women and equal protection under the law. “The bill itself greatly diminishes a woman’s bodily autonomy

and her dignity as an equal citizen deserving of equal protection under the law and then once again this promotes state interference into the physician-patient relationship,” Rafferty said. Rafferty thinks that the state should be more focused on dealing with present-day issues like healthcare in the state and the closing of rural hospitals. “We have rural hospitals closing that make it so pregnant women can’t even get to obstetricians that they need to take of their babies,” Rafferty said. “That’s why I just don’t understand why we are sitting here and have this real-life crisis right in front us and why we would then waste a bunch of money in pursuit of a lawsuit they know they’re not going to win.” A Trend Several states have recently passed abortion-limiting laws that are being challenged in or have been blocked by federal courts. The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health and rights advocacy group in Washington, D.C., says the number of abortion-limiting bills proposed this year is consistent with 2018, but the “extreme nature” of this year’s bills are unprecedented. “In particular, conservative state legislatures are looking to enact abortion bans in the hopes of kick-starting litigation that will give the U.S. Supreme Court, and its majority of conservative justices, ample opportunity to undermine or eliminate abortion rights. Twenty-eight states introduced a variety of abortion bans in the first three months of this year. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R- Monrovia, is also a cosponsor of Collins’ bill and told reporters Thursday that he likes the chances of it getting to the Supreme Court. He said that combining efforts with other pro-life states could help mitigate those costs. “There are several states in the country that are moving in the direction in trying to put together legislation that would clarify and strengthen the abortion law, and because of that, several states are trying to move in the direction of having something that would make it to the supreme court,” McCutcheon said. “I would hope that we in Alabama will join with some of these others states and do a collective type of approach so it could help us with some of the resources.”

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Calendar April 13 Movie on the Lawn – Trussville Bring your friends and your lawn chair and join us for a family fun evening as we enjoy food trucks, lawn games, and a movie on the big screen at dusk. Holy Cross Presents – Movie on the Lawn—PETER RABBIT Food trucks at 6:00 pm/Movie Begins at dusk. Bring a non-perishable food item for TEAM and admission is free! April 15 Monday Night Knitting Trussville Public Library Join us for fellowship and creativity. All levels of experience are welcome (crocheters welcome too). There should be someone available to help if you need assistance. If you

are a beginner wanting to learn how to knit, call the library at 655-2022. April 15 Bolton Book Club Adult Book Club – each month we will read a selection (fiction or non-fiction) and discuss. For the April meeting, we will discuss Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Contact the Adult Dept. if you need assistance getting the book (also available in Large Print, audiobook, and ebook formats) Register at www.trussvillelibrary.com/ adult/adult-events/. Call 6552022 for more information. April 16 Rosie the Riveter Lunch & Learn Meet a real-life Rosie the Riveter! Lunch will be provid-

ed. Frances Tunnell Carter, founder of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, will speak about the important role The “Rosies” played in helping to win the war, while also creating new opportunities for America’s working women. Mrs. Tunnell will also discuss her experience working as a riveter on B-29 bombers at the Birmingham airport from 1942-1943. The event is from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the Trussville Public Library. April 17 PAINTalks Speaker Series The PAIN Collective in the Department of Psychology at UAB is pleased to present a public lecture by internationally known pain

researcher Dr. Jeffrey Mogil (McGIll University, Montreal) at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts on April 17th. His lecture is entitled “Pain in Mice and Men: Ironic Adventures in Translation.” Doors open at 5 PM with the lecture at 5:30 PM. The event is free to the public. May 4 Mother’s Day Brunch There will be a Mother’s Day Brunch/fundraiser for the City of Center Point. It will be at the Hillcrest Manor Wedding Venue beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15. Money will go towards the restoration of Hillcrest Manor. Contact Jennifer at City Hall for information. That number is (205) 854-4460.

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Passionate Trussville Realtor offering pre-license course From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — A real estate expert in Trussville is sharing his knowledge and helping future generations of real estate agents get ready for their careers. Jonny Cates with Sold South Realty hosts satellite classes for MY Real Estate School. Mark Yarbrough, of Vestavia Hills, started the school to offer education and training for people interested in real estate. In order to get a license, applicants are required to complete a pre-license course.

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Billy Cleland

Age 75, passed away April 5, 2019. Billy enjoyed golf, gardening, fishing, and ALABAMA Football and Basketball. He was preceded in death by his parents Erskin and Ruth Cleland, daughter Christina Anne Cleland, and brother Bobby Cleland. Chapel services will be held on Wednesday at 2pm with visitation from 1pm until service time. He is survived by his daughters Carmen Cleland, and Shawn Barakat Dahhan, sister Brenda Sheckels, grandchildren Anissa Lewis, Laith Dahhan, Malik Dahhan and Safia Dahhan. Online condolences can be expressed at jmgardens.com.

James Robert Lann

Age 87, of Center Point, passed away April 5, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Sue Watkins Lann, parents James M. and Lula Yeilding Lann, and son Thomas Ricky Lann. Chapel services will be held on Wednesday at Noon with burial in Sunrise Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 11am until service time. He is survived by his children James Michael Lann (Debbie), Belinda Kaye Johnson (Terry), grandchildren Pethoriea McKenzie, Daniel Lann, Prisilla Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Janet Lann Brown, step grandchildren Anthony Doyle, Jason Doyle, Kevin Doyle, 7 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, one step great great grandchild, special longtime sweetheart, friend and companion of 27 years Mary Jo Shell. Online condolences can be expressed at jmgardens.com.

Sharon Winters

Age 70 of Springville, Al. went to be with her Lord on April 5th. Originally from Pinson AL, married and moved to Springville years ago. She delighted in being with her family and tending to her many flowers on the small farm she shared with her husband of 45 years, Sharon was a member of the United Methodist Church and was baptized while growing up in a military family. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Earl G. & Elizabeth L. Ledbetter, two brothers, Robert and William Ledbetter. She is survived by her husband Michael (Roy) Winters, daughters (Dawn) Michele Davis (Rennie) and Dana L Tunajek. One sister, Mary E. Bowden (Steve), grandchildren Jesi Williamson (Marcus), Rennie (Bubba) Davis, Kayla Tunajek, A.J. Tunajek and 7 great-grandchildren, numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests that donations made in her name to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, 408 Martling Rd. Albertville, AL 35951 Call Jefferson Memorial for Funeral Date & Time 6552536. Online condolences can be expressed at jmgardens.com.

Robert Driver

Age 79, of Birmingham, passed away April 2, 2019. He was retired from the City of Homewood after 33 years, enjoyed fishing, old westerns, Jeopardy, and country and western music. He was preceded in death by his wife Rebecca, and brother Donnie. He is survived by his son Bobby, sisters Becky and Lanelle, grandchildren Rachael, Teighlor, Tiffany, and Catherine, great grandchildren Mason, Mackenzie and James. Online condolences can be expressed at jmgardens.com.

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Age 75, passed away April 4, 2019. She was a member of Pell City United Methodist church, a ladies golfer at Pine Harbor Golf Association, and a Mom to a lot of Auburn football players. Sandra was preceded in death by her father George Lawrence Stanfield Sr., and first husband John R. Goodman Sr. She is survived by her mother Lenora Stanfield Coker, husband Freddie Middleton, children Beverly Goodman (Steve), John Goodman (Sharon), Deborah Yount, Meleah Middleton Carter, Chase Middleton, brother George Lawrence Stanfield Jr. (Margaret), grandchildren David Dick (Julie), Reid Goodman, John Ross Goodman, Jarrett Yount, Beth Ann Yount, Gavin Carter, Anna Carter, Hayden Carter, Lilly Carter, and Dorothy Freeman, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home 1-800-239-3575.

Our brave warrior, was welcomed into heaven's gates on April 4th, 2019. He passed away pain free in the loving arms of his parents. Rhett was born on December 2nd, 2017 with a rare, terminal genetic disorder called Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata (RDCP). RCDP might have affected his physical body, but in no way limited his joyful, loving spirit that lit up everything surrounding him. He loved music, lights, bright colors, his fox wubbanub pacifiers, and being cuddled and loved by his adoring family. He forever changed the hearts and lives of those who knew him, and this world is a better place having had him in it. He was survived by his loving parents, Charles (Chase) and Ashley Lynn; his adoring brother, Elijah Lynn; Grandparents, Sharon and Edward Lynn; Great-Grandparents, Wanda Corley, Carole Massey, Lynn and Charles Lynn; Aunt and Uncle, Zachary and Stephanie Lynn; Cousins, Logan and Harper Lynn; As well as many other family members who loved him deeply and held him close in their hearts. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation online to The Children's Harbor and/or Rhizokids International.

Passed away April 2, 2019 at her daughter's home in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She was born in Albertville, Alabama on August 23, 1946 and grew up in Birmingham; graduating from Glenn High School in 1966. Janie resided in Enterprise, Alabama where she was known by her friends as a loyal and compassionate confidant. She loved to travel and was always making plans. She never met a stranger and was always willing to share how proud she was of her children and grandchildren. Janie was preceded in death by her brother James Gordon Jimmy Chastain Jr. and her parents James Gordon and Virginia Louise (Cobb) Chastain Sr. She is survived by her children, daughter, Virginia Christine; and son, James David (Gayle) and grandchildren, Bettie Grace and Henry. Online condolences can be expressed at jmgardens.com.

Went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2019. He was born February 7, 1950 in Princeton, WV. Doc was a loving son and brother and a cherished friend to many. He graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1973 with a Bachelor Degree in Education. He taught English and History at Ragland High School, where he also served as the Head Football and Basketball Coach. Doc left teaching to pursue a successful 40+ year career as a builder. Doc was proceeded in death by his Father, Arlie E. Smith, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Madge E. Smith, 10 siblings; Mary Weaver (Larry), Joel Smith (Mary), Brenda Dixon (Tommy), Debbie Smith (Benny), Carol Whitaker (Ully), Dave Smith (Melissa), Arline Williams (Ken), Arlie Smith, Jr., Phillip Smith, Amy Roberts (Michael), 19 nieces and nephews, 18 great nieces and nephews, and a multitude of close friends that he loved like family. Doc will be deeply missed by so many. If you would like to make a donation to Unless U, 2017 Columbiana Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 in honor of Arthur Smith.

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Kids talk about God: Should you tell the truth to people even if they won't like it? By Carey Kinsolving and friends

After hearing a speech in the House of Commons, Winston Churchill remarked, "I should think it hardly possible to state the opposite of the truth with more precision." Whether lies are told with precision or ambiguity, they'll eventually be exposed. The truth is sometimes painful but welcome compared to that sick, sinking realization that you've been had by a liar. As Matthew, age 10, painfully discovered: "I lied to my brother once, and I got beat up for it. Please don't lie." "People need to know the truth whether they like it or not," says Conner, 6. "Life is not easy." You're right, Conner, but sometimes, they're not ready

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for it. A commitment to tell the truth doesn't obligate you to open your mouth every time you have a truthful thought. Jesus said, "Don't cast your pearls before swine." Have you ever seen a pig wearing a pearl necklace?

People who enjoy wallowing in the mud of self-deception are not ready for your pearls of truth and wisdom. Jesus also said, "Be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove." In the Arizona desert, I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. It was coiled, ready and waiting to strike. Be alert and wait for the right moment to speak truth into someone's life. "If somebody asks you if she looks nice in a super-dirty, ugly and disgusting dress, you should say she's pretty," says Jonathan, 12. It's very tempting to lie when asked about someone's appearance. Though it may seem like a small thing, it damages your integrity and your commitment to the truth. Let's get some help from Hannah, 12: "If my friend

wore this really weird outfit to a party, and she asked me if I liked it, I would tell her that I liked another dress she had better." "If someone asks you if they look good, and they really don't, you should tell them so that they won't be embarrassed," says Jacky, 12. Hannah's answer is diplomatic but true. Jacky's answer indicates she probably has a close relationship with her friend. We should prefer unpleasant truth from those who love us over pleasing flattery from those who would manipulate us. Remember this wise truth: "Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise," says Proverbs 17:28 (NASB). "Speaking the truth in love," as the Bible advocates,

doesn't demand one style of speaking. Tough love sometimes requires drastic language and measures. It also requires discernment. To the religious leaders who brought a woman caught in adultery, Jesus said, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first" (John 8:7). Before Jesus answered the woman's accusers, the Bible records that he "stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear." Just because someone asks you a question doesn't mean you have to answer. Of course, if the person asking has authority over you, as in the case of a parent, boss or police officer, you should answer quickly and truthfully. "God would want you to tell the truth no matter what

happens," says Blake, 12. "Because you get paddled or something doesn't mean anything because Jesus had to suffer on the cross." Think about this: Make a commitment to speak the truth in love. Memorize this truth: "Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one" (Colossians 4:6). Ask this question: Is your speech seasoned with truth and grace? "Kids Talk About God" is written and distributed by Carey Kinsolving. To access free, online "Kids Color Me Bible" books, "Mission Explorers" videos, a new children's musical, and all columns in a Bible Lesson Archive, visit www. KidsTalkAboutGod.org.

Interpreting The Bible Michael J. Brooks

A community continued to lose population and its small churches got smaller. Someone proposed the citizens have a town meeting and determine what options they had. One attendee suggested the declining churches merge to form one community church, and that it be called the Christian church. A Baptist deacon rose to protest. "I've been a Baptist for 60 years," he said, "and nobody's gonna' make a Christian out of me!" A blogger recently insist-

ed that denominations are wrong and a symbol of our failure to hear Jesus' prayer that we be one (John 17:21). Perhaps so, but I don't think we'll see any change in the denominational landscape in the foreseeable future. Denominations exist because we don't interpret the Bible in the same way. But I'm convinced all of us should hold to three principles as we read the Bible. First, we interpret the Bible literally. This was the contention of the late Dr. Clyde Francisco. He said we don't read the Bible because we don't understand it, but

because it disturbs us. For example, the Bible says, "love your neighbor as you love yourself," and "forgive one another as God through Christ has forgiven you" and "seek first God's kingdom and everything else will find its proper place." These commands are simple in language, but "pack a wallop" when we obey. Second, we interpret the Bible symbolically. Often the Bible uses symbol to convey truth. In the gospels Jesus said that if the people on Palm Sunday were silenced, "the very stones would cry out" in praise

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to God. This is poetry. We know Jesus could've made stones sing if he wished,

but this strains the point. He was using poetry to say that praise was in order that day. And Jesus sometimes used hyperbole--the language of exaggeration that shocks the hearer. He said that one is to "hate father and mother" when following him. The Bible is clear that we're to honor our parents, but his point is that our love for God must be so great that all other loves pale in comparison. And Jesus said if we have lust in our hearts we should pluck out our eye or cut off our hand. The Bible teaches our bodies are God's gifts and we treat them like

a temple--a place where God dwells. And losing an eye or a hand wouldn't cure a heart problem anyway. This shocking language is a way to say that lust is destructive and must be battled. Thirdly, we interpret the Bible seriously. Jesus told of our final exam in Matthew 25. One day we'll be tested on how well we read God's word and obeyed it. -30Reflections is a weekly devotional column written by Michael J. Brooks, pastor of the Siluria Baptist Church in Alabaster, Ala. The church's website is siluriabaptist.com.

Set Your Face Toward Suffering Tyler Warner

A major turning point in the story of the Gospels is when Jesus began His final journey towards Jerusalem. Rather than staying in one region, He moved steadily southward from Galilee down to the capital city so He could observe the Passover feast. For Jesus, this was a momentous expedition. “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). The days were drawing near for the end of Christ’s ministry, and the end of His life. Jesus would not return from

Jerusalem this year, but would be arrested by His own people and killed on a Roman cross. Jesus knew that suffering and death awaited Him; He tried to explain it to His disciples several times. And yet, He did not flinch and He did not run. He “set His face” towards the pain that lay before Him, and He marched forward anyway. “For the joy that was set before Him, [He] endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2). Christ has given us a noble example to follow. It is natural for us to avoid pain. We go out of our

way even to avoid inconvenience, let alone suffering. But if you take the easy road and try to skip out on necessary difficulty, you will end up useless and small. Everything that is worth having requires sacrifice. Every good thing, from children and a solid marriage, to a career or an education, comes at the price of hardship and self-denial. If your only goal is to live a painless life, you can achieve it, but it will also be a life of petty insignificance. And beyond self-discipline to achieve your goals, you must be prepared to face adversity, discomfort

and evil. Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and saved his own skin, but he could not complete his mission until he returned to confront the wicked king. It might be easier to knuckle under your abusive boss or domineering mother, but you will never grow beyond that fear until you face it. Compromising what is right in order to get out of a tough situation harms your soul, but you probably knew that already. So what pain have you been avoiding? Financial struggles, difficult tasks, moral crossroads, and especially bad relationships – all

these things bring us to the point of decision. There is almost always an easy way out. But Jesus taught us to set our face towards suffering and willingly endure the pain. Don’t run – consider what you’ll think of yourself tomorrow. Set your face like a flint and do what needs to be done. Tyler Warner is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Trussville. CCT currently meets on Sunday morning at 9:30am, in the Cahaba Room of the Hilton-Garden Inn on 3230 Edwards Lake Pkwy. Listen to Tyler’s verse-by-verse Bible teaching at CalvaryChapel-

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Trussville.com or Sundays at 2:30pm on WXJC (101.1 FM).


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Heartbreak: Auburn loses by 1 point with .6 seconds left in game From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

MINNEAPOLIS – It was a heartbreaker for Auburn as three free throws, with .6 seconds on the clock, by Virginia’s Kyle Guy ended their season one game away from the national championship as the Cavaliers won the game 63-62. This last second upset for See HEARTBREAK, Page 14

Pinson Valley varsity softball falls to Mortimer Jordan, 18-11 By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

PINSON — Despite having 18 hits over Mortimer Jordan’s 14, Pinson Valley still fell in Thursday’s game with a score of 18-11. Mortimer Jordan capitalized on an error in the first inning to score their first, as well as two singles and a stolen base in the second inning. See PINSON VALLEY, Page 14

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HT Girls’ Basketball Team honored by Trussville

Springville varsity softball shuts out Pelham 9-0

Sunday 4/13. Verses Tennessee at 4 p.m.

By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council unanimously approved a proclamation Tuesday, April 9, honoring the Hewitt- Trussville girls’ varsity basketball team for their outstanding performance during the last season. During its regular meeting, the council acknowledged the team’s unprecedented achievement of making it to the state championships. Councilman Zack Steele introduced the proclamation to the council and spoke a few words about the achievement. “Some of you may or may not know this, but I come from a basketball family,” said Steele. “It was very nice to see what has happened with our girls’ basketball program. Coach Hunter has done a fantastic job, and these young ladies have done just an amazing job this year and this season, and we look forward to a lot of things in the future.” Steele then read the proclamation to the council and audience members. The proclamation stated the council’s intention to celebrate and recognize the 2019 Hewitt-Trussville Girls’ Basketball Team for making it to the AHSAA Class 7A State Championship game. The proclamation

SPRINGVILLE – Pelham was handed a 9-0 defeat on Saturday by Tigers varsity softball thanks to a tag-team effort from Abby Swaney and Emily Robinson. The Tigers got to work early putting up nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. Robinson and Swaney were walked and Kyndall also recounted the road that led the Lady Huskies to the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4 and the championship game. The proclamation also honored Coach Tonya Hunter for her devotion, skill and care in what will be remembered as a storied season for the team. “…therefore, be it proclaimed by the city of Trussville we proudly recognize the 2019 Hewitt (Trussville) Girls’ Basketball Team and commend them for their outstanding season,” said Steele. “This team is a testament to the quality of the high school sports program in Trussville and exhibits what can be achieved through dedication and determination. Their success and high achievement will be savored among their teammates, fellow Hewitt athletes, the student body, their

families and their community through their record-setting accomplishments … congratulations ladies.” After Steele’s comments, the room erupted into applause which continued into a standing ovation for the team and Coach Hunter. The team proceeded to the front of the room where they were congratulated by each member of the council and by Mayor Buddy Choat. Once assembled the team was presented with a copy of the proclamation by the council and the mayor. Councilman President Jef Freeman invited Coach Hunter to say a few words to mark the occasion. “I just want to say thank you for recognizing us (with a) proclamation, which is huge for our program,” said

Hunter. “It was an honor just to sit there and watch these young ladies.” The ceremony was closed out with some words given by Councilman Brian Plant. “I know we’ve got a senior and we’re so proud of you and you’re going to further your career at the university level …” said Plant. “But no matter where you go in life, you’re Hewitt-Trussville. You’re ours. This is your home. This will always be your home and don’t ever forget that. And maybe, depending on what happens, you’ll come back here, and you’ll start your family, here and start the whole process all over again.” “We’re thankful for all you young ladies,” said Plant. “We appreciate you and your coach. We appreciate you very much.”

See SOFTBALL, Page 14

Former AU football coach Tommy Tuberville running for U.S. Senate From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

AUBURN — Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville announced he will be running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Tuberville will be running on a Republican ticket to win the seat from Democrat Doug See FORMER AU, Page 14

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Pair of shutouts for HT varsity soccer against Gadsden City

Apr. 10 - 16, 2019 BASKETBALL, from front page

By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

TRUSSVILLE — Both the boys and the girls Hewitt-Trussville varsity soccer teams faced off against Gadsden City for Senior Night on Tuesday, each coming away with a win. The girls won 3-0 with Kelly Dunn, Averi Hathcock and Ella Weight each having a goal apiece. The defense was led by seniors Abbey Gaiser and Jodey Kyle with goalkeeper Kendall Sedran having the shutout. The Husky boys managed a shutout of their own, keeping Gadsden City to zero goals while they put up five. Husky Myles Cornett had

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a hat trick while Eric Besse contributed two goals to Hewitt-Trussville’s win. Holding Gadsden zero to nil was the Husky defense,

featuring contributions from Owen Kyle, Joseph Head, Max Oate and Alex Litwin. Goalkeeper Ford Burke kept the goal free and clear.

BACK-TO-BACK, from page 13

“…Commending young people while they learn the skills of teamwork and cooperation,” said Sanders. “Focusing in on the record season, surpassing all seasons, concluding with a 6A state championship.” The resolution was passed unanimously by the council. Councilor Joy McCain spoke to the council about the basketball championship parade, to honor Pinson Valley High School being the state 6A basketball champions, and city fest. The parade will be Saturday at 10 a.m. and will begin at Winn-Dixie. The city fest will happen on April 27. It will be the 15th city fest to be celebrated in Pinson. City fest will feature rides, free cupcakes, food trucks and shaved ice. Rudd Middle School has

been working on an awardsbased trip to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville but is short $1,600 needed to complete the funding. The council agreed, by a unanimous vote, to cover the difference. The council will hold a work session on the next Thursday to discuss issues including health benefits for city employees. A public hearing was opened to hear comments on plans to pursue an abatement allowing the demolition of homes at 4794 Bud Homes Road and 5438 Southfield. No one spoke to the council about the issue. The two vacant homes suffered serious fire damage at the beginning of the year. Two motions were passed authorizing the mayor, city attorney

and zoning administrator to do all things necessary to pursue the action of removing the structures. Councilor Shannon Galamore presented an updated positioning of the “golf holes” for the city of Pinson’s proposed disc golf course. The changes are intended to have a positive impact on the overall flow of the course and make sure that it is as pleasant an experience as is possible for fans of the sport. The council approved the changes. In other news, Councilor Robbie Roberts informed the council that there was a position on the library board that had to be filled. The council considered Chasity Vickers for the position of filling an unexpired term. She was approved unanimously by the council.

HEARTBREAK, from page 13

Auburn came after a tremendous comeback after the Tigers, who were trailing by 10 with 5:20 left in the game, went on a tear scoring 14 unanswered points.

Gipson and McKenzie Spivey had a single each. Other contributions came from an error on a ball put in play by Sandlin Short and Spivey, as well as a sac fly by Karli Davidson and a double from Davidson. Swaney had the win for

Springville, giving up zero hits and zero runs over three innings. Swaney struck out seven and walked one. Swaney pitched for three innings. Robinson pitched for two. Yoly Paredes had the loss for Pelham. Paredes gave up

nine runs on six hits over four innings. Having two hits in three at-bats, Hanna King was tops for Springville in hits. Pelham had three errors in the game Springville had zero errors in the game.

PINSON VALLEY, from page 13

Pinson Valley put up a good show trying to answer every run by Mortimer Jordan, starting with notching up two runs in the first inning from a home run by Graci Graves. Pinson Valley also put up a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Two other notable runs came when Mollie Peoples hit a solo home run and Jordan Walker singled, scoring a run. In the end, it was not enough, and Mortimer Jordan was in the lead from the second inning when they put up four runs. The Indians scored four

more runs of their own in the fifth inning. The offense was led by the efforts of Keara Gibbs, Hope Cole and Graves. Each of those players contributed an RBI during the bottom of the fifth. Mortimer Jordan had a powerhouse seventh inning, scoring a total of seven runs. K Holcombe took the win for Mortimer Jordan. Holcombe gave up seven runs on 10 hits over four and third innings. Holcombe struck out seven. Ka’Mya Hampton had the loss for Pinson Valley Indians Varsity. Hampton gave

ing room. Guy got the chance at the game winning free throws because of a foul being called on Samir Doughty in the last second.

and Jared Harper added 11. Auburn closes out their season with a 30-10 record. They also can boast an SEC Tournament championship, the first trip to the Final Four

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Guy turned things around for Virginia with 8 seconds left by nailing a 3-pointer and narrowing the Auburn lead 61-60. Jared Harper made one of two free throws to give the Tigers an extra point of breath-

Anfernee McLemore scored nine points and led Auburn with 12 rebounds. Samir Doughty topped the Tigers with 13 points, adding five rebounds. Bryce Brown scored 12

up 14 hits, 18 runs. Hampton struck out nine. She went seven innings for the Pinson Valley Indians. The Indians had two homers for the day, one from Graves in the first inning and one from Peoples in the sixth. Pinson Valley put up 18 hits for the game. Walker, Kylie Hicks, Hampton, Cole, Peoples and Shauna Clevenger contributed multiple hits for the Indians on Thursday. Pinson Valley had eight errors in the game. Mortimer Jordan had two errors for the game.

in the school’s history and a program that is in ascendancy. Auburn ends a remarkable season with a 30-10 record, an SEC Tournament championship and the program’s first trip to the Final Four.

FORMER AU, from page 13

Jones. “After more than a year of listening to Alabama’s citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow,” said Tuberville on his campaign website. “I am humbled to announce the next step — I will be a @GOP candidate for US Senate. I invite you to join my team.” The former college football coach was named SEC Coach of the Year twice. He won six National Coach of the Year award

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