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September 11 - 17, 2019 Trussville Downtown: 2 buildings slated for demolition From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Two buildings in downtown Trussville are slated for demolition. The tear downs could come as early as this week. Both buildings are under the control of the Trussville Redevelopment Authority. One building is located at 154 Main Street and was originally built as a gas station. See 2 BUILDINGS, Page 5

Trussville Police: Woman stole 13 pairs of shoes from The Shoe Dept., threw shoe as she fled By Erica Thomas, managing editor

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department is searching for a woman suspected of stealing 13 pairs of shoes from The Shoe Dept. See SHOES, Page 4

Trial date set for former Trussville fire chief Russell Ledbetter

Center Point High School principal responds to gunfire heard during football game

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Habitat for Humanity to breaks ground on 14 townhouses in Center Point From The Trussville Tribue staff reports

CENTER POINT — Experts came together for the groundbreaking of the Lisa Gardens Development in Center Point, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham project is the first of its kind. See TOWNHOUSES, Page 8

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3 charges added against man accused in child porn case in Trussville By Erica Thomas, managing editor

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department announced additional charges against an Indiana man, who was arrested for child pornography on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Ian Kennedy, 31, of New Palestine, Indiana, is now facing 25 charges.

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CENTER POINT — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office gave the “all clear” Friday night after reports of gunfire near the Center Point stadium, during a football game. The sheriff’s office said deputies responded shortly after receiving reports of gunfire at or near the stadium. The deputies on the scene reported no incidents inside or outside of the stadium. The game was being televised on My68 and football players and coaches were seen laying on the ground after hearing what they thought were gunshots. Center Point High School Principal Vann Phillips said shots were fired about two blocks from the stadium. Phillips said both Jefferson County deputies and officers with the Birmingham Police Department responded immediately. “The area is right on the Birmingham line and the Center Point city line,” said Phillips.

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Trussville Council announces Constitution Week, disbursement of gas tax funds and census Phillips said he heard five or six shots. “It was a false report that shots were fired inside the stadium, in the game,” said Phillips. “The shots were fired two or three blocks away from the stadium. They have created this stir that Center Point is an unsafe place to play football, which is a bald-

faced lie.” The principal said the security plan that was in place for the game worked. “Ample security was there, the mayor of Center Point and the sheriff of Jefferson County was there,” Phillips said. “It was a great atmosphere that was ruined by an ignorant person in our

community.” After the shots were heard, Phillips said the P.A. announcer made the announcement for everyone to get down and not to run. Adam Edwards said he was at the game and he said he heard gunshots. See SHOOTING, Page 5

Sept. 11 Commemorative 9/11 Ride in Clay brings memories and lessons in history By Erica Thomas, managing editor

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CLAY — The Clay-Trussville American Legion SSG Michael W. Hosey Post 205 is hoping an event commemorating Sept. 11, 2001, will honor victims of the terrorist attack, but also teach a lesson to those who were not even born when the attack happened. The ride from Clay to Fairfield on Sunday, Sept. 8, was meant to ensure the horrific acts of terrorism on that day were not forgotten. The Post 205 Riders Director, John Burke, said it is not only important to remember what happened, but also to remember what happened after the deadliest terror attack ever on U.S. soil. “We have forgotten how we became a country of one,” said Burke. “Everyone came together to help their neighbor.” Thousands were killed and injured. In fact, the total count of deaths continues to rise 18 years after the attacks. After the planes flew into the World Trade Center and into

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Burke said that is what most Americans have forgotten. “The further we get from Sept. 11 we have forgotten,” said Burke. “We have forgotten how we became a country of one. Everyone came together to help their neighbor.” The commemorative ride was Post 205’s way to keep that memory alive. Michael Crawford, American Legion Post 137 Fairfield Commander, said he was thankful his post could pitch in by welcoming riders after their journey from Clay. “It’s great to have the post as the endpoint because everybody will see the riders coming in and everybody will think about it,” said Crawford. As for the Clay-Trussville post, there is one important lesson they hope to teach generations to come. “We can overcome anything as long as we come together. I think that’s the main lesson that can be taught,” said Burke. Center Point Fire and Rescue provided two ladder trucks to hang a large American flag for the ride Sunday.

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TRUSSVILLE — Downtown Trussville is a little brighter this September after yellow bows were hung along Main Street. The yellow bows were placed on buildings and poles in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Miss Iron City Makenzie Ward, a Trussville resident, hung the bows. See GOLD RUSH, Page 8

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TRUSSVILLE — Metro Diner in Trussville is joining in on the fight to cure childhood cancers during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of September, the restaurant will be raising money to fund the

National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). Metro Diners nationwide will be participating in the fundraiser they call the “roundup campaign.” Guests are able to round their check up to the nearest dollar and the extra funds will go directly towards clinical trials and drugs that focus exclusively

on childhood cancers. Guests may also donate a custom amount to the cause. The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer through the Sunshine Project, the Foundation’s collaborative research ini-

tiative. By partnering with doctors and researchers from the country’s top institutions, the Sunshine Project is fast-tracking the development of less toxic therapies and new drugs that will ultimately lead to the cure of childhood cancers. For more information, visit

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office deputy, school resource officer dies ily. Deputy Sheriff/School Resource Officer Gary Lambert,” said the statement. “Gary was a wonderful person and positive role model to so many. He will be deeply missed and the world is a little dimmer without him in it.” The sheriff’s office sent thoughts and prayers to Lambert’s family. Lambert was laid to rest on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY — The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of one of its own. Officer Gary Lambert was a deputy and school resource officer. The sheriff’s office posted a statement online. “It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our Sheriff’s Office fam-

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Pastor in Clay publishes book on parenting, “Diapers to Dorms” By Crystal McGough, copy editor

CLAY — When Clay pastor Randy Pardue and his wife, Tammy, received a late-in-life gift, their fourth child, born when their other children were mostly already grown, it gave them experience and insight that would later lead to a book. With literally one child in diapers and one in dorms, the Pardues had to rethink their parenting strategies to raise a new child who would be growing up in a new, and completely different generation. “We really saw it as a blessing, and he has been,” Pardue said of his fourth child, a son. “It was vastly difficult because when we raised the first three, there weren’t really the issues of cell phones and easy access to internet. Back then it was AOL dial-up. Just some of the technology challenged parenthood a little bit. Being older gave us a lot more insight, less panic about things.” Pardue began writing down what he learned in the process of raising his youngest blessing, and now that even the baby of the family is grown, he has turned those notes and life lessons into a book to help other parents navigate the waters of raising successful, happy children. Or, as the subtitle of his book, “Diapers to Dorms,” says, “Raising Kids You Actually Like, Who Others Like, and Who Like Themselves.” “It had been a book that I had been wanting to write for a long time,” said Pardue, who is the pastor at Restoration Gathering Church in Clay. “I’ve done parent

workshops, as well as managed workshops. … I wrote children’s books. I wrote two of those and I thought, ‘Man, I really love doing this writing thing.’ So I just began to push through and study a little more about writing because I knew that this would give me a greater audience to shape the next generation, writing a book, than just by speaking here and there. Books can literally touch the world.” “Diapers to Dorms” was released on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, and is available pretty much wherever books are sold, online and soon-to-be in store at Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and Amazon. Hardcover books are $24.99 and paperbacks are $14.99. The book is also available as an e-book for Kindle and there will eventually be an audio book, as well. The main goal of the book is to help parents make a plan, or what Pardue calls a “blueprint,” because there are no do-overs in parenting. Using the analogy of building a house, Pardue teaches parents how to reverse-engineer the way they bring their children up. “What we try to do is help parents envision – like you would if you were going to build a house – kind of a blueprint,” he said. “So what do I want my 7 ½ year old to look like by the time they move into sixth grade and that daunting kind of junior high/middle school thing? What do we want them to know, what do we want them to think and what do we want them to feel? What are those attitudes, values, that we want to happen? Because they don’t just naturally happen.”

Pardue said that parents can picture their child in certain situations and how they will respond in those given situations, and then write down what they would love to see their child be like. Then his book helps the parents see how they can reverse-engineer the values they want to teach their child.

but that bedtime is a perfect natural time for parents to slow down and take advantage of that opportunity to talk to their children, read them books and ask them life questions. In order to help parents who are reading his book develop a “directional blueprint” for their unique and individual children, he

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“What we talk about is the flow,” he said. “Once you know what those things are, then you begin to say, ‘Ok, how am I going to teach that?’ There’s a couple of natural areas that happen in the routine of life, and one of them is a mealtime. It’s an amazing thing that happens when a family can sit around a table and begin to put away technology.” The other “natural flow” time is the bedtime routine. Pardue said that he understands many parents are just done by the end of the day and ready to get their children in bed so they can relax,

guides parents through four animal-based personality profiles: the lion, the otter, the beaver and the golden retriever. The idea to use this parenting tool stemmed from a book called “The Treasure Tree,” By John Trent and Gary Smalley, which he discovered after he and his wife attended a conference in the 1980s where they learned about personality profiles. “People can readily understand who they are just by talking about the animals,” Pardue said. “If we talk about a lion, everybody knows that’s kind of the take

charge, quick thinking, on the move, and that’s your extroverted, task-oriented individual. … Then there’s the people side of it — personality extroverted people — and that’s the otter … they just care about playing. They’re having a good time, everything is great and everybody’s their friend. It’s that kind of a constant. “The beaver is the industrial thing. Those are your accountants and the people who are very cautious and they’re very precise and they are rule keepers. And then you have the golden retriever, which is just that steady individual. They are the ones that are loyal friends, they’re always going to be there for you.” Pardue added that each personality type has both strengths and weaknesses, which parents need to take into consideration while making their blueprint. “Not one personality is better that the other,” he said. “When one of your kids is a lion, they’re going to take charge, and that’s a good thing. But then sometimes they can be real bossy and pushy, which is a bad thing in some sense, especially with siblings. So we try to help parents understand how the kids will relate to each other, and then how a parent should relate to that child, as well. “The goal isn’t to make them like us; the goal is to help them soar in the uniqueness of who they are.” In addition to “Diapers to Dorms,” Pardue has previously published two children’s books under the pen name “Uncle Poppy.” He has participated in the Read Across America program, reading at many different

schools around Jefferson County. “I’ve always been this very imaginative storyteller,” Pardue said. “So when our first set of kids were small and all the cousins hung around and everything, I would just always tell stories. They would all look at my wife, who we call Nana, and say, ‘Is he telling a story or is he telling the truth?’ … They would call me ‘Uncle Pastor,’ because at that time I was a pastor. So then when my grandkids came along and they called me ‘Poppy,’ it just seemed natural to go with the name ‘Uncle Poppy.’” Uncle Poppy’s children’s books are titled “A Blue Chair Christmas,” a story about his oldest granddaughter who is a special needs blessing, and “Selfish Seagull.” He has two more children’s books in progress, “Another Blue Chair Christmas” (November 2019) and “Eli’s Magical Shipwreck Zoo” (Spring 2020). He also is working on the first book of the Flannelgraph Series, which is expected to be released in the summer of 2020. Pardue said he also plans to eventually write a book on marriage. He is currently putting together a special course for parents on the topic of personality profiles, which will be available on his upcoming membership site. Other topics that will be addressed on the membership site will be love languages and parent mindsets. The membership site is not available yet, but to keep up with its progress and to stay up-to-date on all that Pardue has going on, visit his website at

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1 person hurt in Center Point apartment fire, 12 displaced By Erica Thomas, managing editor

CENTER POINT — Crews from the Center Point Fire District responded to an apartment fire early on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, where 12 people were displaced.

Fire Chief Gene Coleman said a Birmingham Police officer spotted the fire around 3:50 a.m. at Woodside Condominiums, on Shadowood Circle. Shortly after, a Birmingham Fire and Rescue unit that was coming back from a call also saw the fire. Center Point Fire and Rescue

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responded with what Coleman called a “hard, defensive attack.” During the fire, one civilian was hurt while trying to help, according to Coleman. The fire was extinguished but four units were damaged. Chief Coleman said two units are destroyed and two are heavily damaged. Among those displaced are six adults and six children. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the American Red Cross responded to assist those displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chief Coleman said this is why it’s important for residents to do two things at night: “Close the door where you snore, keep a beep where you sleep.”

Trussville Police investigating hit and run on Chalkville Mountain Road and Service Road From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department is investigating a reported hit and run that happened just after midnight on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. According to a police report, a driver passing through the intersection of Chalkville Mountain Road and Service Road was sideswiped by a gray 2007 Nis-

san Sentra. The driver of the car that was hit told police that after the wreck, the driver of the Sentra approached her and asked if she was okay. She said the woman then told her she was going to move her car further to the side of the road and get her insurance information. Instead, the woman got back in her Sentra and drove off. The victim said the woman traveled on Interstate 59 South. Police said the victim

snapped a photo of the suspect’s vehicle and investigators were able to track down the person they believe was driving the Sentra. Raynisha Vinson, 24, Bessemer, is now facing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. If you have information on this case, or if you have information on the whereabouts of Vinson, you are asked to call Trussville Police at (205) 655-2101.

Child Porn From front page

Trussville Police Detective Ben Short said his department, as a member of the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, executed a search warrant, after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Detectives located multiple electronic devices containing pornographic images of children, in a home in the 3500 block of Queenstown Road during the search, ac-

Ian Kennedy. Photo: Trussville Police.

cording to Detective Short. Short said electronic evidence showed material was

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transmitted to a 13-year-old in California. After consulting with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Trussville Police were able to obtain warrants charging Kennedy with multiple counts of production of pornography with minors, dissemination/ display of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The new charges are three counts of transmitting obscene material to a child. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $1,795,000.

5 from Birmingham charged with shoplifting in Trussville

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TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department posted its weekly shoplifting review, featuring five arrests from Sept. 2 – Sept. 9, 2019. Jeremy Dill, Zenobia Reed, Deundrea Marshall, Lamitria Brooks and Phillip Wilson, all of Birmingham are facing shoplifting charges. The Trussville Police Department warns anyone

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coming into Trussville to steal could end up on social media. “Don’t do it, it’s NOT

worth it!” the department posted on its Facebook page. These suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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The Trussville Tribune obtained photos taken during the incident. According to a police report, the theft happened on Wednesday, Sept. 4, around 3:44 p.m. A store manager said a man and woman came in and were looking at shoes. The manager, who did not want to be identified, said employees were suspicious when they noticed the woman standing near several empty shoe boxes. “When she came in the store, we didn’t realize she had a bag that was big enough to put shoes in,” the manager said. “I guess the bag was kind of stretchy.” The manager confronted the woman at the door and the woman refused to give the shoes back. In fact, she denied having any shoes in the bag. As she walked to her car, the manager followed her asking her to turn around.

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“I said just give me the shoes, we won’t call the police,” the manager said. “We tried to make it OK but she wasn’t hearing anything we said.” That’s when, the manager said, the woman threw a shoe on the ground and the man and woman drove off. In the photos, you can see the shoe on the ground beside the car. The store manager said missing shoes include 11

pairs of Tommy Hilfiger shoes, one pair of Nike shoes and one pair of Nautica shoes. The total cost of the shoes added up to $486.86. If captured, the woman will face a charge of theft of property – 4th-degree. According to police, the couple was driving a 2002 Mercury Grand Marque with tag number 7184AW7. If you see this vehicle, you are asked to call Trussville Police at (205) 655-2101.

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama asked for information finding a Center Point man they said was wanted for failure to appear in court. Cory Wayne Green, 38, was originally charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. Green was wanted as of Sept. 5, 2019, and had not been located at the time this article was published. Green’s last known address was in the 100 block of Sterling Court, which is an apartment complex behind the Neighborhood Walmart on Center Point Parkway at

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Drive-by shooting case in Trussville headed to Grand Jury By Erica Thomas, managing editor

TRUSSVILLE — The cases of two men charged in a drive-by shooting in Trussville are headed to a Grand Jury in Jefferson County. Josiah Rawshawn Johnson, 20, of Hoover, and Christian Jordan Minter, 19, of Birmingham, are both charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. Trussville investigators said the two had a disagreement with someone at a home on Vanessa Drive on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The home was shot into but no one was hurt. Johnson and Minter were taken into cus-

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TRUSSVILLE — The trial for former Trussville fire chief Russell Ledbetter has been set for February 24, 2020. Ledbetter, 59, is accused of using city vehicles, including a travel trailer, a

Shooting From front page

“The school is surrounded by neighborhoods and the gunshots came from one of the neighborhoods, not inside the stadium, but very close, within a city block or two,” said Edwards. Edwards said because of

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tody by Trussville Police, on Highway 11, shortly after the shooting. Johnson and Minter both posted a $25,000 bond and both were released. According to court documents, Johnson appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Sept. 5. The court heard evidence

of whether probable cause existed in the case. The court found that there was enough probable cause for the case to be presented to the Grand Jury. Minter waived his preliminary hearing on Aug. 19, and his case was bound over to the Circuit Court to await the action of the Grand Jury.

2008 Crown Victoria and a 1968 AMG military vehicle, among other vehicles, for personal gain. According to the indictment, Ledbetter is accused of using the city’s human labor or facilities to improve a 1952 Willys Carryall Jeep. In June, Ledbetter entered a plea of not guilty on six felony charges, according to court documents. A Plea of Not Guilty and

a Waiver of Arraignment form was entered on May 23, 2019. Ledbetter elected to not be present at his arraignment. His trial date was set during a hearing on Monday, Sept. 9. Ledbetter is charged with six felony charges: four counts of ethics violations for using city property for personal gain and two counts of first-degree theft of a motor vehicle.

the quick action of sheriff’s deputies at the game, everyone felt safe after they were given the all-clear. “Before the game resumed, there were sheriff’s deputies, officials, and both teams’ coaches meeting on the field to discuss what to do,” said Edwards. Jennifer Poole said she

was at her parents’ home, which is near the stadium. “We were sitting on the front porch,” said Poole. “We heard them. There were about seven to nine shots. It was not at the school but in one of the surrounding neighborhoods. Sadly this is a common occurrence in this area.”

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To open the meeting, the council unanimously passed both Constitution Week and Patriot Day. Constitution Week will run through September 17-23. Councilman Brian Plant said the purpose is for citizens to read up on the Constitution and reflect on the privilege of being an American. “It’s a privilege to live under the constitution,” Plant said. “But, it’s also a duty and a responsibility that we have as citizens. We’re citizens, not subjects. We have duties to each other and to our country.” Patriot Day is the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. The proclamation passed unanimously to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the country. The next resolution was to establish a separate fund

Page 5 to received and deposit funds from the Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan or otherwise known as the gas tax. “Our funds allocated for the first fiscal year are approximately $88,979 and allocations will hopefully increase each fiscal year after that,” councilman Zack Steele said. Trussville plans on divvying up the funds to finish roadways and subdivisions that were left unfinished by developers following the recession. The resolution passed unanimously. Another other resolution that was passed was the disposal of unused property in the form of a treadmill, TVs and an elliptical. The resolution passed unanimously. The Trussville Public Library received a grant for $10,000 for juvenile non-fiction books. In conjunction with the library, the museum will open this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10

a.m. till noon. A guest exhibitor will be present with artifacts. Mayor Buddy Choat concluded the meeting regarding the necessity for people to fill out the census and the challenges that next year’s elections will pose. Choat introduced the idea of opening another polling place to alleviate some of the lines with a record number of voters expected to return to the polls. “This is so important to the state of Alabama,” Choat said of the census. “Funding comes from our census. We get federal dollars for schools. We get things because of the populations. Everyone has to be counted. I don’t think people are leaving Alabama, I think people just aren’t participating in some of the polls and censuses.” The next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Trussville City Hall.

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Springville Council discusses nature preserve, prepares for storm season By Terry Schrimscher, contributing writer

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville City Council had a lot on the agenda when it met September 9th at City Hall. In the pre-meeting work session, the council was presented with an update on plans for a state park at Big Canoe Creek Nature Preserve. Abraham “Bram” Odrezin, a landscape architect with Lorberbaum McNair Odrezin, or LMO Partners, addressed the council on the plans for the Forever Wild Land Trust project. He addressed the need for adequate roads into the park and some of the attractions planned for the park. “We want to be sure everyone can enjoy the diversity of Alabama’s great outdoors,” said Odrezin. “Right now, we are looking at hiking, horseback riding and biking as options for visitors at the site.”

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That the Palmerdale Homesteads community in Pinson is to be considered for historical status. “You may have seen it posted or advertised, but we have some great news that the Palmerdale Homesteads community, our application for their historical status will be heard the 26th of September by the Alabama Historical Commission in Montgomery,” Sanders said. “We look very, very forward to a positive outcome.” The city of Pinson first began looking into historical recognitions shortly after the city’s incorporation, Sanders said. “We had three districts.

A motion was passed in April of this year to work with LMO Partners for the creation of a master plan for the design of the park. Since that time, Odrezin has worked with city Parks and Recreation staff and members of The Friends of Big Canoe Creek, an organization created in 2008 to protect the Big Canoe watershed property. In addition to trails for hiking and riding, Odrezin discussed the possible use of the nature preserve for school field trips, research and canoeing. He took questions from the crowd about the plans. Some citizens have expressed concerns about growth in the area and the increased flow of traffic into the community. “There will be stakeholder meetings with the public when it is time,” said Mayor William Isley. “This is a state park and we have someone on

our staff to work with them and will speak for the city,” he said. In the regular session, the council authorized Mayor Isley to sign a proclamation for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) declaring September 17 through

Palmerdale is the largest and was the most complex,” he said. “Still took longer than we wanted, but nonetheless, it’s coming before the commission the 26th. We’re very hopeful that that will receive a positive recommendation.” Sanders said that being added to the historic registry makes the location a landmark for tourism, as well as opening it up to potential federal grants such as preservation grants. Additionally, it does not take away any rights to the homeowner. Under new business, the council passed Resolution 19-33, which directs the mayor to execute a service agreement with Alabama Power for upgrading exterior lights in the city. According to the resolu-

tion, “Alabama Power has embarked on a comprehensive system-wide upgrade to LED lighting improvements.” The first two LED upgrades in Pinson are to be done at City Hall and at the Bradford Soccer Park. The monthly cost of the new lights at City Hall will be $185.38, and the monthly cost at Bradford Park will be $57.34. The lights, themselves, are owned and operated by Alabama Power, but Sanders said that the LED lighting will be more cost efficient for the city. “What they’re going to be doing is getting me these agreements sort of in manageable pieces,” Sanders said. “… This is less than

September 23 as Constitution Week. The council added two ordinances to the agenda. Ordinance 2019-18 replaced Ordinance 2017-01. The new ordinance restricts the parking of vehicles in crosswalks, on sidewalks, in intersections and

other areas where stopping or parking could be a danger. Ordinance 2019-19 reorganizes the personnel structure of the city into departments and division within each department. The council approved $33,500 for an insulated storage building for the Springville Fire Department. The work will be done by SBS, the company already building a storage building for the police department. The council approved the renewal of the M4A FY 2020 nutrition contract, which provides meal services at the Springville Senior Center. The city currently has a fiveyear contract, through the state, but it requires annual signatures. Chief Richard Harvey, of the Springville Fire Department, announced the completion of city’s storm shelters. The council approved $600 to install security cameras at the

shelters. He cited vandalism in other city facilities as cause for installing the cameras. Chief Harvey also addressed the need to obtain an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for cardiac emergencies in the shelters. The council approved $1,241 for the purchase of the defibrillator. In other business, the council approved a homecoming parade application for Springville High School. The council also approved the appointment of Maranda Nolen as secretary of the Historical Commission, taking the place of Janice Leeman, who is retiring at the end of September. Librarian Jaime Twente addressed the council on the summer reading program and introduced some of her volunteers who made the program a success. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be September 23.

what we’re paying now.” The council also held a first reading to renew its contract with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society for animal control and pound services. A public hearing was held during the meeting concerning weed abatement at 2812 Sweeney Hollow Circle. However, no one spoke for or against the property during the hearing. The council unanimously passed Resolution 19-32, declaring the weeds to be a pubic nuisance. Library Director Allison Scanlan presented the council with the 2019 Summer Reading Program statistics. The Pinson Public Library had 1,099 participants in its 2019 Summer Read-

ing Program, a 1% increase from 2018. Event attendance totaled 2,567 people, which is a 59% increase from last year. Materials checked out from the library during the program totaled 16,351, a 1% increase. Finally, an average of 349 people participated in library events each week, which is a 9% increase from last year. “Overall, we had a great year,” Scanlan said. Scanlan additionally announced that she had been contacted by Library Journal, a national library magazine, about featuring Pinson Public Library in its November architectural issue. “Library Journal is the library magazine for America,” she said. “That is a nationwide, they look at every

library who had any kind of renovation, a new build, all over the country. And they picked us, to feature us. It’s huge!” Upcoming Events: FOOTBALL • 9/6 Shades Valley @ PVHS • 9/13 PVHS @ ClayChalkville OTHER • 9/27 Pinson Insanitarium opens • 9/28 Pride of the Valley Marching Festival • 10/5 & 10/6 Alabama Butterbean Festival The next meeting of the Pinson City Council will be Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Pinson City Hall. Pre-council begins at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting follows at 7 p.m.

Abraham “Bram” Odrezin addressing the meeting about the Big Canoe Creek Park. Photo: Terry Schrimscher.

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Three Hots and A Cot spokesman speaks to Clay Council about Wreaths Across America By Crystal McGough, copy editor

CLAY — The fourth annual Wreaths Across America event at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville is just around the corner and Wayne Odell, president of the Birmingham Fleet Reserve Association (branch 112) and spokesperson for Three Hots and A Cot, spoke to the Clay City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 10, about the upcoming event and needs. “This will be our fourth year at Trussville to do Wreaths Across America,” Odell said. “We have five young men buried there that went to school in this area. I consider all five of these young men part of our community. “We also have discovered there is a possibility we have three more KIAs (killed in action). We are working on finding information on that.” In honor of the five local fallen soldiers, Odell read their names out loud to the city council. Those soldiers are: PFC US Army • Jonathon Millican • Jan. 4, 1987 – Jan. 20, 2007 • Locust Fork High School • Silver Star and Purple Heart Private US Army • Kelley Stephen Prewitt • Nov. 15, 1978 – April 16, 2003 • Cathedral of the Cross Christian, Center Point Purple Heart SPC US Army • William Z. VanOsdol • June 13, 1986 – Aug. 19, 2009

Wayne Odell, president of the Birmingham Fleet Reserve Association (branch 112) and spokesperson for Three Hots and A Cot, spoke to the Clay City Council about Wreaths Across America and local fallen soldiers.

• Pinson Valley High School • Bronze Star and Purple Heart SSG US Army • Michael Wesley Hosey • Sept. 23, 1983 – Sept. 17, 2011 • Clay-Chalkville High School • Bronze Star and Purple Heart SGT US Army • Jason Dwayne Stegall • Oct. 2, 1978 – Dec. 14, 2009 • Hewitt-Trussville High School • Bronze Star and Purple

Heart Wreaths Across America is a nationwide fundraising project that puts live Maine Balsam wreaths on the graves of veterans during the Christmas season. Three Hots and A Cot sponsors the project for our local area, and this year’s wreath-laying ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. “Wreaths Across America has been going on since 2007,” Odell said. “It is to honor our fallen, also to honor those who have served and

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2019-19 addressed the abatement of personal property at 5191 Hickory Drive. Councilor Dennis Locke was not in attendance, but sent the council information on the month of August’s $500 School Grant awards. Clay Elementary winner: Mandi Evans; Evans plans to purchase a Chromebook and a Calm Down Kit for use in each classroom. CCMS winner: Jordan Tyler, English Language Arts teacher; Tyler plans to purchase Chromebooks to assist with her goal of a paperless classroom.

CCHS winner: Mateusz Rudak, Information Technology teacher; Rudak plans to use the funds for educational display materials and/or equipment, to create a more exciting classroom learning environment. During pre-council, City Manager Ronnie Dixon gave highlights on the past year’s budget, since the city of Clay’s new fiscal year will begin on Oct. 1. According to his report, the city has spent $323,000 on the schools in the 20182019 fiscal year. The city spent another $333,500 in maintenance of the city’s parks, as well as employee expenses. At this time, $183,000 has been spent on the Clay Public Library, and $152,000 has gone to the Senior Center, not including the additional meals the city has been providing. Dixon said that the city finished out last year with $400,000 “in the black.” “This year should look the same,” Dixon said. “… We should be basically on the same budget that we’ve been on for the last, this will be the third year.” Dixon also said that the city would be purchasing four extra pickleball nets, which can be used on the tennis courts. The new nets will be able to be checked out from the library, using a library card, during the library’s regular hours. The next meeting of the Clay City Council will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Clay City Hall. Pre-council begins at 6 p.m. and the regular council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Center Point Area Chamber of Commerce hosts former house representative Paul DeMarco By Joshua Huff, sports editor and reporter

CENTER POINT — The Center Point Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 10, with former state house representative and current attorney Paul DeMarco as speaker. During the luncheon, DeMarco spoke to a crowded room about the issues surrounding politics, state and nationwide. From political and criminal reform, and gambling and the gas tax, to medical marijuana and the census, DeMarco highlighted the topics swirling around Alabama politics. In the wide-ranging discussion. DeMarco bemoaned the scare tactics plaguing politics and the punishments levied against politicians who opposed the gas tax. “There is nobody else in the chamber that I owe anything to,” DeMarco said. “I’m responsible for my folks back home. Some of the folks that voted against the bill lost their

committee assignments. The Speaker took away their committee assignments. Basically, they got punished for voting against the gasoline tax. That’s not right.” As for prison and criminal reform, DeMarco opinioned about reducing sentences. Nobody is in prison for shoplifting, he said. “Folks in prison are the ones that you want in prison.” He also brought up the issue of the lottery bill and how the money will be divvied up between education and the general fund. DeMarco expects a big debate about that in the upcoming session. He also expects a debate on the use of medical marijuana. DeMarco is also against the use of the drug. He argued that traffic fatalities have gone up by 150 percent in states that legalized marijuana. A study published in the journal Addiction found that the fatalities did indeed rise, but only temporarily. The rate went back to normal after about a year.

However, research has been all over the place with the Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute finding that crashes increased six percent in states that legalized marijuana. Other studies have found no increases, such as the American Journal of Public Health. In closing, DeMarco urged people to fill out the census and restated his love for Alabama. “I’m proud to live in Alabama,” he said. “I’m proud to live in my community. We have so many great things.” DeMarco graduated from Auburn University in 1990 with a degree in journalism. He then attended the University of Alabama School of Law where he served as editor in chief of the Alabama Law review. He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2005. He served nine years before losing in the 2014 primary election to Gary Palmer. DeMarco is now a defender with the law firm of Parson, Lee & Juliano, P.C. He is also a contributing writer with The Trussville Tribune.

Gold Rush From front page

She is doing her part to raise awareness of her social impact initiative, Gold Rush. The initiative is all about funding and bringing awareness to pediatric cancer and research. Her inspiration

came from a childhood friend who battled cancer when they were both very young. Ward will also host the 2nd Annual Father-Daughter Royal Princess Ball on Sept. 29. Tickets are $50 and the

event will be held at Mathews Manor in Springville. Lunch will be served, along with live entertainment and a princess meet-and-greet. Proceeds will go directly to Children’s of Alabama

Taste of Trussville: Thursday, Sept. 12 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Taste of Trussville on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Several local food vendors will participate in the event at the Trussville Civic Center, from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. There will be music, dancing and samplings from

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And it’s all part of the organization’s annual Home Builders Blitz. The $4.2 million initiative is set on 8.2 acres. The 15 single-story homes are grouped into two, three, four and five units. Each home will be joined by a fire-rated common wall. Each townhouse will range from 1,021 square feet to 1,379 square feet. Each

area restaurants and bakeries. A cash wine bar will also be available. Try offerings from Fit Biscuit, Jim ‘n Nicks, Great Harvest Bread Co., Metro Diner, Kemps’s Kitchen, Chick-fil-A, Hardee’s, The Eatery at Ferus, Meals by Misty, Happy Wok, Rock n Roll Sushi, The Happy Catering Company, Taziki’s, The Bakers Rack, Edible Arrangements and Sky Bear Confections. Trussville

2 Go will also be participating. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at the chamber office or online until midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table on the night of the event. Tickets will be $25 at the door. Taste of Trussville is sponsored by Turner Batson Architects.

home will include its own porch and some will include a garage. The homes will be available in 2 – 4-bedroom floorplans. The homes will be built at 3971 Adam Court. Each townhouse is tested by HEERS rating to qualify for energy efficiency and includes Energy-Star rated appliances and Energy-Star rated HVAC units. Professional home builders, in partnership with Greater Birmingham Association

of Home Builders, corporate sponsors and volunteers are making the build possible. Habitat for Humanity hopes to build all 15 townhomes in seven days. The blitz includes complete house construction and landscaping.




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William R Rodgers

Nelda Boren Freeman

17, 1938 ~ september 8, 2019 (age 81)

21, 1938 ~ september 7, 2019 (age 81)



William Pat R. Rodgers, age 81 passed away September 8, 2019. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Trussville for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Rodgers; brother-in-law, Don Griffin and sister, Evelyn and brother, Harry Rodgers and his wife, Patricia; a brother-n-law, Melvin Drake. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Rodgers; sons, Billy Rodgers (Christie) and Jeff Rodgers (Vikki); sister, Kay Drake, sister-in-law, Kay Wildman (Mickey); grandchildren, Nicholas Rodgers (Kelsey), Brittney Rodgers (Ethan), Curtiss Cavitt (Amanda), Jacob, Brandon, Sarah, Alexis, Ainsley and Grayson Rodgers; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Visitation was at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville on Tuesday, September 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial’s adjoining cemetery.

Nelda Boren Freeman, age 81, of Locust Fork, passed away September 7, 2019. She was a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church, the 80’s Ladies club, the Fancy Frees at St. John’s, loved games, travel and yardwork. She was preceded in death by her parents Alton and Letha Mae Boren, husband Bobby Freeman, and son in law Phillip Mangina. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11am until 1pm with chapel services following. She is survived by her daughters Vicki Mangina (Robert Walton), and Tracie Allen (David), nieces Sherri Daume (Dan), Teresa Wilson, special friend Paul Walton, uncle Sparks Freeman, she was a beloved grandma to Mikayla, and Frankie, beloved aunt to Chelsea, Eric, Sarah, and John, and cousin Anita McCroskey (Steve), numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. In lieu of flowers make donations to Locust Fork Baptist Church, 205-681-2254 or www.Locust

Online condolences may be expressed at

Charles “Jerry” Garrison september

(age 73)

20, 1945 ~ september 5, 2019

Charles “Jerry” Garrison, age 73, of Birmingham passed away September 5, 2019. He was a graduate of Woodlawn High School and Samford University where he was a 4 year starter at half-back on the football team. Jerry was an avid college football fan specifically Florida State, enjoyed golf, snow skiing and yard work. He was a member of Huffman United Methodist Church and owner of Jerry’s Pharmacy in Center Point. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Garrison and a child Sunni Lee Garrison. He is survived by his wife Pamela Garrison, children Shelleigh Buckingham, David Garrison (Liz), Whitney Ashton (Steve), Alicia Garrison, 3 grandchildren, brothers Robert “Bob” Garrison (Charlotte), Bill Garrison and Tommy Garrison (Belinda). Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Alabama.

Geraldine Feltman april

Robert Haden Sweatman may

18, 1933 ~ september 8, 2019 (age 86)

Robert Haden “Bob” Sweatman, age 86, of Odenville, passed away on September 8, 2019. He was a member of The Chapel at Argo, and a former member of Pinson First Baptist and Center Point First Baptist. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie Mae Price Sweatman; his parents, John and Alma Sweatman; his brothers, George Sweatman, Hobart Sweatman, and Huelet Sweatman; and his sister, Jean Sweatman. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sweatman; his daughter, Cara McAnnally (Jamie); sister, Mary Anne McCay; grandson, Alexander McAnnally; step-children, Charles Tucker, Jr. (Laura) and Lynn Morgan (Durrell); step-grandchild, Hailey Morgan; step-great-grandchild, Piper Leigh Files; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 10, from 6-8 pm at Jefferson Memorial in Trussville. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at 3pm in the Chapel at Jefferson Memorial, with burial to follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

Jessica Shea Key september

(age 40)

29, 1942 ~ september 3, 2019 (age 77)

Geraldine Feltman, age 77 of Springville, AL passed away on September 3, 3019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Mami Brand; sister, Barbara Williams; brothers, Kenny and Kelly Brand. She is survived by her husband, Bryce W. Feltman; children, Stan Feltman (Diane), Tony Feltman (Marsha), Greg Feltman (Tamara) and Tara Jones; sisters, Jackie Folson and Glenda Wright (Quince); grandchildren, Heather Saunier, Tiffany Meals, Brittaney Feltman, Summer Bolinger, Jared Feltman, Heath Feltman, Nicolas Feltman, Cody Feltman, Jason Feltman, Alexis Jones, Ethan Jones and Karah Feltman, 14 great grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2 PM at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation was an hour prior to services. The burial followed at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Rev. David Awtrey officiated over the services. Online condolences may be expressed at

2, 1979 ~ september 4, 2019

Jessica Shea Key, age 40, passed away suddenly on September 4, 2019. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Winston and Reva Key; uncle, Ronnie Key. She is survived by her daughter, Ashlyn Neal; parents, Mike Key and Anita Bryant; sister, Rebecca Morris (Chase); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A visitation was held Sunday September 8, 2019 from 2-2:30pm and service followed at 2:30 at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Al. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to suicide prevention at and search for “counseling center outreach gift fund”. Please make the gift in honor of Jessica Key.


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Calendar Sept. 11 Women’s Connection East Luncheon Area ladies are invited to attend a “ Mad Hatters Tea Party “. There will be prizes for the best hats. Luncheon begins at 11:30am @ Grayson Valley Country Club on September 11,2019. Sharon Black, talented vocalist will entertain. Norma Jean Baxter of Blairsville, Ga., will relate her life story. Reservations are requested. Call Eileen @205209-0647 or email @ eilewal@aol. com. Walk-Ins are welcome.. Cost $17 (cash or check). Event sponsored by Women’s Connection East 2nd Wednesday each month. Sept. 12 Birmingham Boys Choir Collaborates with Act of Congress 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $15

Join us for this one of a kind concert event as the Birmingham Boys Choir shares the stage with Act of Congress. Tickets available through our website, birminghamboyschoir. org. (adults-$15, students-$5, children 9 and under free ) Sept. 12 Downton Abbey Tea & Trivia 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pinson Public Library Free

(Adults) You are cordially invited to celebrate the new Downton Abbey movie with Pinson Public Library! We will have a Cream Tea Service served promptly at 6 PM. Our resident British tea expert, Mrs. Betty Mullins, will guide us in proper tea etiquette & history. Please bring your own special teacup & saucer for our Teacup Showcase. Costumes are encouraged, but your elegant attire appreciated as well. At 7 PM, we will begin a game of trivia with questions about the television series. Prizes will be awarded Space is limited & you must register to attend. You will be contacted via phone or email one week before the event to confirm your attendance. Registration opens Monday, August 26th at 9 AM. Sept. 13 Sean of the South 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Trussville Public Library

Whether you know him for his latest book Stars of Alabama, his heart-

warming and heartbreaking blog, his bragging on his wife Jamie, or his love of dogs…heck, even if you don’t know him, come see Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South)! He’s coming to talk and sing for a bit. Books will be available for purchase and signing afterwards. Refreshments will be served during the book signing. Tickets will be available online (http://www.trussvillelibrary. com/2019/08/sean-of-the-south-attrussville-public-library/) and in-person only. No phone sales. Limit of 4 tickets per transaction. Sept. 13 Storytime for Growin’ Beans with Ms. Allison 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free at the Pinson Public Library

This week, we will be learning about the letter B! Join us for stories, songs, activities & more! Storytime is designed for children under the age of five, but all ages are welcome to attend. Sept. 14 Exploring Trussville History 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Trussville History Museum

Sept. 17 Brick Buddies 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pinson Public Library FREE (All ages)

Brick Buddies is an afternoon Lego program for all ages. Drop in at the library from 3-5 PM to visit creation stations with Lego activities. Snacks will be available. We’ll supply the Lego, all you need to do is show up & have fun! Sept. 18 Pizza and Panel – Trussville Public Library 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pizza and Panels is a book club held on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. The event is open to children in the 4th and 5th grade. Each month we will talk about the graphic novels we have read that month as well as doing crafts and other activities. Pizza and refreshments provided. Please follow the link to sign up for the event. Sept. 18 Wellness Screening at St. Vincent’s Trussville $20 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for an exploration of Trussville’s history! Co-sponsored by the Trussville Historical Board and the Trussville Public Library. Meet at the Trussville History Museum (located in Heritage Hall, at South Mall and Parkway Dr) to view artifacts from Trussville’s history and hear stories from Historical Board members. Sept. 14 The Lies that Tell the Truth: Writing Workshop 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pinson Public Library

To stay abreast of your numbers, cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference screenings will be held by appointment. Results and interpretation in fifteen minutes with a simple finger stick. The cost is $20. Please call 408-6550 to register for St. Vincent’s Trussville, by appointment only.

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Goodwill Drop-off center open off Hwy 11 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Goodwill Industries opened a drop-off center inside the Willow Oak Commons shopping center off Highway 11. Mayor Buddy Choat said the indoor center will serve as a hub for donations to Goodwill stores. The location will have an attendant during hours of operation. Choat said items will never be left outdoors.

WAITR Food Delivery launches in Trussville and Center Point

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The drop-off center is open Monday – Saturday

from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Work begins on Jack’s on Deerfoot Parkway and Highway 11 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Construction is underway for a new Jack’s at the corner of Deerfoot Parkway and U.S. Highway 11. The restaurant will have an entrance on Deerfoot Parkway that aligns with the entrance to the Shell station across the road. The building represents a new concept building by Jack’s Restaurants. According to the Jack’s website, the new building concept was adopted in 2018. The Birmingham-based company is striving for a de-

sign that celebrates its southern roots. The building includes a wrap-around porch, an old-fashioned ice cream counter and an emphasis on the restaurant’s biscuit maker.

TRUSSVILLE — The WAITR Food Delivery service launched in Trussville and Center Point on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Several local restaurants are available on the app and on the website. The delivery service operates within a 10mile radius of each restaurant. Delivery driver Ronnie Hagood said the move is a great opportunity for the ser-

vice to operate within a growing market. “It’s also great for the people in these areas to have more options when it comes to food delivery,” said Hagood. Here is a current list of restaurants WAITR subscribers can choose from. • Gyro’s Cafe • Mango Tango Smoothies & Grill • Planet Nutrition – Trussville • Little Caesars- Pinson • Little Caesars – Center-

point Pkwy Da Sandwich Shop East Buffet Cajun Bistro Thai Basil & Sushi Wing A Fish Hot Spot Great Harvest Bread Co. Wing It El Taquero Big Al’s Pasquale’s Mister Taco Kemp’s Kitchen Other delivery services in the area include Trussville To Go and Door Dash. • • • • • • • • • • • •

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announces promotion of 9 members to command positions From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced the promotion of nine members to command positions. The sheriff’s office now has four deputy chiefs and five new captains. Sheriff Mark Pettway celebrated the promotions by thanking the nine members for years of hard work and service. “I trust that they will be a tremendous asset in their new positions,” said Pettway. Those promoted are: • Deputy Chief Anthony Pippen • Deputy Chief David Agee • Deputy Chief Charles Bu-

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Pinson Valley relies on defense, arm of White to defeat Shades Valley, 23-7 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

Hewitt Trussville at Hoover at Hoover Met Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Pinson Valley at ClayChalkville at Cougar Stadium Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

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Hewitt-Trussville remains undefeated after outlasting Oak Mountain, 50-33

Clay-Chalkville relies on leg of Van Winkle to defeat Park Crossing, 19-14 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

PINSON — Pinson Valley relied on its defense and the arm of Barry White to defeat Class 6A Region 6 rival Shades Valley, 23-7, on Friday to move to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in region play.

MONTGOMERY — Clay-Chalkville jumped on the board on its opening drive and rode a final defensive stand in the waning moments of the game to defeat Park Crossing, 19-14, on Friday at the Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.

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Springville succumbs to potent Sylacauga running attack, 42-21 By Ronnie Hagood

SPRINGVILLE– Looking to build off a 2-0 start in non-region play, Springville hosted Sylacauga on Friday night where a win for the Tigers would be considered an upset by many as the Aggies were picked to be one of the four teams to make the playoffs out of Class 5A Region 5. See SPRINGVILLE, Page 17

Sean Jackson finished the night with 14 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Photo by Joshua Huff By Joshua Huff, sports editor

BIRMINGHAM — In the end, all Hewitt-Trussville needed was a steady dose of thunder and lightning to quell a determined Oak Mountain squad, 50-33, on Friday to

move to 3-0 on the season and more importantly, 1-0 in Class 7A Region 3 play. “Oak Mountain always plays our tails off,” Hewitt-Trussville head coach Josh Floyd said. “I told the guys, ‘They’d put the ball on the ground 10 times be-

fore they play us and then they play use they’re perfect.’ Give their quarterback credit, he did a good job. They have some good backs and we knew they were going to play a lot better this week.” As in nature, lightning struck first in the form of

Hewitt-Trussville’s Armoni Goodwin. The junior took the opening kickoff 94 yards to put the Huskies up first and set the tone in what became a close battle between the region foes. See HEWITT, Page 16

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Goodwin also rushed for two touchdowns on the night before his evening was prematurely ended by way of injury midway through the fourth quarter on a failed two-point conversion. He watched the remainder of the game leaning on crutches with his right knee wrapped. Yet, prior to his departure, Goodwin was nearly unstoppable. His two touchdowns came on runs of 45 and 8 yards. “I don’t think there’s a better backfield around,” Floyd said of both Goodwin and Sean Jackson. “Those guys are just special backs. They play hard. They block for each other. Armoni and Sean … I wouldn’t want anybody different than those two guys. They’re special kids.” His thunder buddy, Jackson, plowed his way through the Eagles’ defense

with ease. Despite his stout frame, Jackson surprised Oak Mountain with his deceptive quickness and his ability to plow through defenders. Jackson finished the night with 14 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns. With Goodwin gashing the Eagles’ defense most of the night, Jackson was able to pinball his way around the field against a tired Oak Mountain defense. “He’s such a beast,” Floyd said of Jackson. “He’s such a physical kid, but he can run. I think he’s a lot faster than people give him credit for. He’s a Division I running back. He’s a bigtime player.” In the first quarter, both offenses did little to indicate the eventual turn toward an offensive shootout. The Huskies did trail, albeit temporally, as Oak Mountain jumped ahead in the waning moments of the first quarter, 7-6, on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Evan Smith to

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Hewitt-Trussville relied on an explosive offensive to hold off Oak Mountain, 50-33, to remain undefeated. Photo by Joshua Huff

Noah Young. But, a 47-yard touchdown run from the

Huskies’ Jackson, and a redzone interception from Sam-

Armoni Goodwin took the opening kickoff 94 yards to put the Huskies up first and set the tone in what became a close battle. Photo by Joshua Huff

uel Washington followed by 45-yard touchdown run from Goodwin put the Eagles on notice: Nothing tonight was going to be easy. Oak Mountain received the message but failed to heed it. The Eagles narrowed the lead to 22-20 early in the third quarter and then again narrowed it to 30-27 on a 58-yard touchdown run from Judah Tait with seven minutes left in the third. Hewitt-Trussville, however, continued to grind with the run game. Goodwin’s 5-yard plunge midway through the third quarter put the Huskies up 38-27 before Oak Mountain mounted a final gasp to pull within 38-33. From there, Hewitt-Trussville relied on a 1-yard touchdown from quarterback Cade Carruth to hammer in the final nail. Carruth was solid on the night. His conversion on fourth and four early in the third quarter set up a Goodwin touchdown that answered a previous Oak Mountain scoring drive. Throughout the evening, his

demeanor from the pocket was noticeably confident and his passes were crisp and on point. Carruth threw for 214 yards on 21-of-27 passing for one touchdown. He favorite target on the night, DazalinWorsham, caught 10 passes for 101 yards. “Cade has done really well,” Floyd said. “I thought he made some big throws again tonight. He made some big throws when he had too. He has some good guys to throw to. He’s going to get better and better.” With the offense clicking as it has through three games this season (the Huskies have scored over 40 points in each game) next week’s clash at Hoover will be one for the ages. The win against Oak Mountain only fueled the fire for next week’s region showdown. Yet, as nearly every coach will tell you: one game at a time. “It’s hard to win region games,” Floyd said. “I’m just proud of our guys for winning the game.”

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Pinson From page 15

White threw for 225 yards on 12-of-19 passing with two

touchdowns to Keyonteze Johnson. On defense, DeMarquesDensmore returned an interception for a touchdown. The Indians held Shades Val-

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ley scoreless in the final three quarters; however, the Indians trailed up until halftime before White hit Johnson on a 69-yard touchdown pass.

Barry White threw for 225 yards on 12-of-19 passing with two touchdowns. Photo by Ron Burkett

The Indians held Shades Valley scoreless in the final three quarters. Photo by Ron Burkett

Springville From page 15

The Aggies were determined not to let that happen as they plowed their way to a 4221 victory. “The kids played hard. They always play hard,” head coach Michael Graben said. “I’m proud of our kids, because we made some steps forward from last year.’” The game started off strong for the Tigers. They managed to get on the scoreboard first after Jace Hayes recovered a Kobye Payton fumble in the end zone, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead. The lead would be short lived as the Aggies rushing attack began moving the ball at will. On its possession after the Springville score, Sylacauga would go 65 yards in only five plays, evening the score on a Sedrick Pope 14-yard touchdown run. The Aggies then took the lead for good on the next pos-

session. A two-headed rushing attack of Pope and Jordan Ridgeway carved their way through the Tigers’ defense. A 6-yard touchdown run from Ridgeway put Sylacauga on top, 14-7. On what could be considered a defining play, Springville went for it on fourth and five from near the 50. The subsequent pass from Pearson Baldwin went to a wide-open Hayes, who dropped the ball causing a turnover on downs. Following the change of possession, Pope would pick up his second rushing touchdown of the evening: A 39yard run to put the Aggies up 20-7. The Tigers still had some fight left, though. With less than a minute remaining before halftime, Baldwin found Drew Platts for a 48-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Sylacauga lead to 20-14 at the half. The second half of the game could be summed up in three words, “There goes

Ridgeway.” Jordan Ridgeway would score on touchdown runs of 32, 4 and 51 yards in the second half to give Sylacauga a comfortable 42-21 win. Ridgeway would finish the night with 221 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The road doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers. Next Friday, Springville will travel to Central Clay County High School for a matchup with the Volunteers. Last season was the first time the Tigers and Volunteers played and the Vols left Tiger Stadium with a 42-6 victory. “Now, this is a game that last year we had no chance to win, and this year we had a chance to win,” Graben said. “So now we’ve got to go get better and win. You know we can’t make those mistakes. A couple of interceptions and fumbles tonight, that’s on me. I haven’t done a good job of ball security drills and throwing the ball away.”

Pinson Valley utilized a safety in the third quarter to pull ahead. From there, the defense took over. Densmore’s interception to begin the fourth quarter proved to be the fatal blow. Johnson’s final touchdown catch of the night placed a bow on yet another Pinson Valley victory. Antoine Williams led the defense with nine tackles, a sack and 4.5 tackles for loss.


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Pinson Valley relied on its defense and the arm of Barry White to defeat Class 6A Region 6 rival Shades Valley, 23-7. Photo by Ron Burkett

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Leaps and bounds better, Center Point volleyball looks to grow audience with improved play By Joshua Huff, sports editor

BIRMINGHAM — Disregard the absence of air conditioning in the window-wrapped gymnasium on the campus of George W. Carver High School. Disregard the poor showing from Center Point in the first set as the Lady Rams embraced a packed crowd of students waiting out the final moments of the school day while the Eagles appeared shell-shocked and uncomfortable with the unexpected large audience. In the end, though, it was Center Point that had the last laugh. After a little prayer, some deep breaths and a whole lot of gumption, the Eagles prevailed in five sets on Wednesday despite playing in conditions bordering on cruel. As the students filed out as the match went on, the few fans that remained fanned themselves as they watched a firstset blowout morph into a fiveset thriller won by the Eagles. The victory was one of few that Center Point has recorded this season. But, wins and losses mean little to head coach Dionne Williams as she coaches one of her favorite teams to date. “You know,” Williams said following the victory, “I like this team. I’m still missing

some pieces, but I truly do like this team. This is much easier than last year. They’re learning how to love each other. They’re learning how to support each other even when I am getting on them.” The expectations of Williams’ chosen team are reasonable: just do better than they did this past year. Following an up-and-down 2018 season that went south quick, it’s safe to assume that the 2019 season is unfolding in ways that pleases the long-time Center Point head coach. It could be said that this match symbolized the growth of the Eagles’ program. This time last year, faced with an early deficit and uninspired performances, the Eagles would have folded; however, the Eagles of present stepped up to the plate and held their own despite the Lady Rams remaining neck-and-neck throughout. “Just stay focused, trust and believe each other and we should surprise a lot of people,” Williams said about how the team views this season. The Eagles are certainly surprising themselves nearly midway through this season. Granted, the level of success that Center Point looks to obtain differs from that of say Jasper or Bayside Academy, of course, but Center Point already views this year from

behind rose-tinted lenses. “Right now, we are a success,” Williams said. “This is a success for us right now: my girls learning, growing and trusting each other.” The growing process comes with the territory. Each team faces its own obstacles. For Center Point, it’s developing its back-row passers, who are all young. Helping matters is a front line that has not only size but talent. Led by senior Alandria Calhoun, who has an offer to play volleyball at Miles College, the Eagles are a force up front. That size and talent proved to be the difference maker against Carver as shot after Lady Ram shot was sent back. The next obstacle for Center Point to overcome is growing the reputation of the sport within the school. As a non-revenue sport, little is done to develop a fan base that has its teeth sunk into both football and basketball. But, some signs are promising. Case in point: Williams was impressed with the size of the Eagles’ first home game, which historically has been less than ideal. “I was indeed surprised,” she said. “It was crowded. We’re starting to win so it might get a little more support.” Regardless of coaching a sport viewed by some as an afterthought, coaching for Wil-

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The Cougars now sit at 3-0 on the season. Clay-Chalkville pulled ahead first, 7-0, following a seven-play, 68-yard drive. Park Crossing would respond

the love of going into the gym. “I still love it. At the end of the day, my job is to get you in school somewhere,” Wil-

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with a touchdown midway through the first quarter to even the game. The Cougars would not find the end zone for the remainder of the game. Instead, they held off Park Crossing behind the leg of kicker Jaren Van Winkle. He connected on

field goals of 40, 32, 37 and 31 yards. Park Crossing threatened to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but a 10-play, 80-yard drive ended when Clay-Chalkville recovered a fumble with a minute to play.

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