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TCS BOE recognizes teachers of the year By Shaun Szkolnik, The Trussville Tribune TRUSSVILLE—The Trussville City Schools Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday. The meeting was moved from its regular night due to Monday being Veterans Day. The board considered the
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SPRINGVILLE — There are amazing things going on in the classrooms at Springville High School, and it is thanks to A+ College Ready. In just three years, See SHS, Page 5
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Gunshot victim drives himself to Pinson City Hall to report incident
CENTER POINT — The Center Point City Council met on Thursday. After preliminary business was attended to See NEW TACO, Page 5
19-year-old man found shot in Center Point, authorities are investigating From the Trussville Tribune staff reports
Front row L to R: Chief Rush, Officer Davis, Officer Holloway, K9 Leo, Officer Anderson, Lt. Cardwell. Back row L to R: Sgt. Rosetta, Detective Robinson, Officer Jon Bryant, Lt. Morrette, Sgt. Reid, Officer Payne, Sgt. Bradford. Photo by Tanna M. Friday
It’s really going to happen: Construction begins on Trussville’s downtown revitalization project next month
From the Trussville Tribune PINSON — An investigation is being conducted into a shooting incident after a man drove himself to Pinson City Hall and reported that he had been shot in the leg, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. Deputies reported that just See GUNSHOT, Page 4
Victim identified from fatal car crash just north of Pinson From the Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Coroner’s office has released the identity of a woman who died in a car crash just north of Pinson on Monday. Judy Clevenger Fletcher, 61, died when the vehicle she was driving northbound See VICTIM, Page 1
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By Tanna M. Friday Editor TRUSSVILLE —You might have noticed our Trussville law enforcement looking a little scruffier than usual as officers have let their five o’clock shadows grow, and grow. Most people have heard of “no shave November,” but the Trussville Police Department is giving the phrase a new meaning. Beginning Nov. 1, members of the police department have been participating in a Beard for Bucks fundraiser to raise funds for a fellow law enforcement officer who is battling cancer. Although only welltrimmed mustaches are permitted for Trussville’s officers, as a rule, Chief Eric Rush was willing to make an exception. “This goes along with “no shave November,” but we extended it to the end of January,”
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Taco Bell coming to Center Point, state senator presents city $25,000 check
By Tanna M. Friday Editor TRUSSVILLE — Tuesday, during Trussville’s regularly scheduled council meeting, the Council approved an 18-month contract with Russo Corporation beginning the first phase of the city’s revitalization project known as Quadrant One. Plans for a major redesign for the downtown area have been part of the city’s future outlook for years including Mayor Buddy Choat’s unveiling of the downtown redevelopment plan to local business
leaders during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in October of 2017 where he highlighted the city’s plan to enhance and energize the Trussville’s economic development. “This time next year, you will be able to tell what the revitalization will look like,” Choat told luncheon members in 2017, referring to the city’s many phases. Construction is scheduled to begin downtown next month. According to Councilor Alan Taylor, there were seven people that took the Oct.
8, project bid package and one single bid which came in above in the amount of $19 million. The Council rejected the bids opened for public improvements in the downtown area known as Quadrant One, which is inclusive of the Entertainment District and awarded the negotiated bid to Russo Corporation as provided by the Public Works Bid Law with the bid not to exceed $15,236,237. “Russo Corporation is owned by Keith Brown, who lives here in Trussville,” said Taylor. “He has worked diligently with the mayor and
our folks to try to get this done. He knows how important this is to our city.” The mayor asked Council President, Jef Freeman, for the opportunity to recognize individuals who were instrumental in the design process. “Our design team has been working for quite some time to give us this product that you are seeing on the screen this evening,” Choat said. “I just wanted to recognize them and let you know how hard they have worked. They also know how important this is to our city.” Choat recognized the project’s architects, engineers, electricians, and consultants who have on the design team. Others recognized included the Downtown Merchant’s Association and the Trussville Redevelopment Authority. “We want to thank you all,” said Choat. “This has really been a team effort.” “A little over two years ago, one of my favorite people that comes to our Council meetings told me that this plan was just a pipe dream,” Choat added. “I answered him and said, ‘Well, it is a See TRUSSVILLE, Page 4
CENTER POINT — An investigation is being conducted into the shooting of a 19-yearold man in Center Point, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. It was reported that just afSee 19-YEAR-OLD, Page 7
Hardin sentenced to 20 years for murder of Clay mother of 3 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports CLAY –Jeremy Conway Hardin, 42, of Clay, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Jody Maire Watson of Clay in front of two of her small children on April 7, 2016, according to court records. Watson’s third child had not arrived home See HARDIN, Page 7
Birmingham PD first in state to rehire retirees From The Trussville Tribune staff reports Birmingham – The Birmingham Police Department is the first police department in Alabama to rehire under the state’s rehire program for retirees. Assistant Birmingham Police Chief Allen Treadaway was instrumental in working to ensure the legislation was in place to provide this service for the See BIRMINGHAM, Page 10
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Students share Alabama’s heroes in honor of the state’s 200th anniversary TRUSSVILLE - In honor of the state of Alabama’s 200th anniversary approaching in 2019, Governor Kay Ivey launched the Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative in December 2017 to give 200 Alabama schools the opportunity to participate in a year-long project representing their state’s history and achievements. Nearly 400 K-12 schools statewide submitted proposals for the program, and each of the
200 chosen schools received a $2,000 grant to complete their project. Among the schools chosen for this honor were five homeschool groups, one of which was Trussville’s own Faith Community Christian School (FCCS). “It makes me so proud to see such a strong showing of schools participating in the program,” Ivey said in an August press release. “It is an honor to recognize these outstanding
schools and their projects as we head into Alabama’s bicentennial year. The Alabama Bicentennial celebration is about bringing communities together and getting all of our citizens involved. The schools being honored are a great representation of that goal.” For their project, the students of FCCS are collectively writing a book called Everyone Has A Story, which will profile noteworthy Alabamians, select-
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Life of a fascinating science teacher By Justin Collier, ninth grade TRUSSVILLE - Dr. Mathew Lynn Brown has devoted his life to learning and teaching science. He has al-
ways loved science, especially biology. In 1984, when he was only 16, he ran an animal research farm owned by Southern Biotechnology ReSee LIFE, Page 3
ed by the children. The middle and high school students took a 6-week Journalism class in the fall where they learned to write profile news stories about everyday heroes, while the elementary students are writing biographies of famous Alabamians. The following stories are written by seventh grader, McKenzie Fowler and ninth grader, Samson Douglas.
By Kyria Piatt, ninth grade Revival is something that has never come to the greater Birmingham area, but local Youth and Young Adults
Pastor Erick Wood wants to change that. Growing up with drugs and alcohol all around his home gave him an insight into the darkness See LOCAL, Page 3
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Springville City Council approves Fire Department Incentive Program; declares Dec. 31 as holiday for city employees By Tommi O. Peters For the Tribune SPRINGVILLE – All members of Springville City Council were present for the regularly scheduled meeting held Monday, Nov. 19 at City Hall. Fire Chief Richard Harvey received approval for a two-tier incentive plan intended to entice more qualified applicants to the department. The plan allows for a $3K – $5K signing bonus for new hires, contingent upon the individual’s license and certification status. Additionally, a maximum of two existing employees of the City who possess a Firefighter Certification, but do not possess a State Paramedic License will be pro-
vided a $3K bonus upon successfully completing the state licensing process. The incentives are approved only for the two available positions and two existing firefighters. The Council approved multiple resolutions allowing Police Chief Belinda Crapet to rid her department of unused equipment: Resolution 2018-37, allowing for the Springville Police Department to sell surplus equipment consisting of laptops and taser equipment to the Margaret Police Department for a total of $1800. -Resolution 2018-38, allowing for the Springville Police Department to sell surplus equipment including unneeded tasers, cameras, radios and laptops. Springville
Police Chief Richard Harvey will be given first right of refusal for the items before they are listed for sale on GovDeals.com and sold to the highest bidder. -Resolution 2018-39, allowing for the Springville Police Department to sell surplus equipment in the form of a 2012 Dodge Charger. The vehicle will be listed on GovDeals.com and sold to the highest bidder. Though it’s customary for the City of Springville to declare Christmas Eve a holiday for city employees, the Council also voted in approval to declare New Year’s Eve a holiday for city employees. “Since New Year’s Eve is on a Monday this year, I thought it would be nice for
city employees to have that day off,” said Mayor William Isley. “That would give them two four-day weekends to spend with their families.” Councilor Herbert Toles of District 1 noted a ditch showing continued deterioration. Toles assessed the potential for the sidewalk to be washed away if attention isn’t given to the ditch. Public Works Director Earl Peoples agreed to review the situation and report back with potential solutions. The Police Department received approval for the purchase of eight tires from Tire Tek Inc. in the amount of $1069.68 received approval. Ordinance 2018-20 passed in conformity with the Provisions Act 2012-256, enacted
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search. Brown’s love for biology and helping others flourished while earning a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Birmingham Southern College. While he was there, he conducted research on cancerous tumors. Eventually, he earned a PhD and a Doctoral in biology from UAB. Brown and his identical twin, Richard, who also holds a PhD, were the first people in their family to go to college. While in graduate school, Brown helped NASA create the water filtration system for the I.S.S. After college, he discovered a cholesterol receptor involved in heart disease.
When Brown and his wife, Catherine, began having children, they decided to homeschool. Now, he’s a prominent and well-loved homeschool science teacher. On weekdays, Brown teaches at three homeschool groups in the Trussville area. He also tutors on weekends, and occasionally, he’s called to teach at universities, including UAB. “Brown is great,” Cainan Dehut, one of his high school Chemistry students, said. “He is good at getting the material down to our level.” When his only son became old enough, he joined the Boy Scouts. Brown got involved too, and is now Trussville’s
by the Alabama Legislature during the 2012 Regular Session, providing for a State Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The City of Springville exempts “covered items” from municipal sale and use tax during the same period, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2019 and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, Feb. 24th, 2019. A quick reference sheet of exempt items is available through the Alabama Department of Revenue website at https://revenue.alabama.gov/ sales-use/sales-tax-holidays/. RK Trade received approval for their application for alcoholic beverage sales. The corporation owns multiple Shell locations in the area, taking ownership of the Shell
location on Marietta Rd. effective Nov. 1. Before seeking a motion to adjourn, Mayor Isley addressed the City Council by offering wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. “We have a lot to be thankful for in Springville, including what I believe to be a very effective city council,” said Isley. “I know you all are always looking out for the best interest not only of the citizens you represent, but for the city as a whole. I’m thankful to be surrounded by people like you.” The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at Springville City Hall, located at 160 Walker Dr.
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Scout Master. His daughters also got him involved in Venturing, a co-ed Scouts program. He joins them on all of their hiking trips. Brown now resides in Trussville with his wife, five kids (ages six to 22), and a variety of fascinating pets, which he uses as teaching aids. While Brown has never lived farther than 50 miles from his hometown of Leeds, he has traveled the world. “You only hear about the Nobel Prize winners,” Brown said of scientists. “You only hear about the famous ones, the ones that get that level of notoriety or recognition, but it’s a collective effort.”
life can have; but coming to Christ at the age of 10 changed his view of life, giving him a hope that he could be and do more with God. In 2007, Wood married his wife, Sarah, who has supported him through everything. In 2015, he was called to be in the ministry and teach the Bible. After receiving counsel from his then-pastor, he said he knew that ministry was the only thing he could do. Wood and his family moved from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Pelham, Ala., in 2016, where he now preaches to the youth and young adults at Sun View Baptist Church
(SVBC). Wood said that he believes the Bible has four things we need for revival. “Revival will always start with the Word of God.” he said. “And we praise on credit (even before answered prayer). We have to have humility. We have to be praying; we’re seeking his face.” Brown went on to observe that we can also study people’s lives from past revivals. Sarah said she has noticed a change even in herself, learning from her husband’s study and preaching. “I feel like the first step (to revival) for anybody is
just to get your eyes off of yourself,” she said. “Just see other people.” Rachel Walker, a teen at SVBC, had this to say: “I think there should be a revival (to) reach so many lost people, but (also) for people who are already saved (to) get them out of their everyday cycle and further their relationship with God.” “I want to see the Lord do something amazing in other people’s lives,” Wood said. “We can’t stop growing. If we stop growing, we’re dying. I want the Lord to do something special and I think He will.”
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before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, an adult male victim walked into Pinson City Hall and reported that he had been shot once in the leg by an acquaintance at his residence in the 3200 block of Sweeney Hollow Road. “Around 11 a.m. a man
entered city hall who had been shot at a separate location.” Said Pinson Mayor Hoyt Sanders. “Naturally we called the sheriffs office and paramedics, who treated the man. The Sheriff’s department is investigating the other facts in the case. We thank the prompt action of the
sheriff’s office and Center Point Fire for [how they handled] the incident.” The 40-year-old male victim told deputies that he had been in an argument with a man he knows, at the home, when the man pulled a gun and shot him. When the shooter left the scene, the victim drove to city hall. Mayor Sanders wanted to reiterate that the shooting did not occur at the Pinson City Hall, as some social media postings had earlier claimed, and that the nearby churches, school and daycare had not been in any danger. The victim was taken to an area hospital to be treated for the injury
Chamber recognizes outstanding ambassador From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its Ambassador of the Quarter. “The Chamber loves its ambassadors, and every quarter, we recognize an outstanding ambassador based on our point system,” said TACC Board
President Jeremy Tuggle, who presented the award. The ambassadors work on a point system, and every time they work an event or recruit a new member, they get a point. At the end of the quarter, the one with the most points is recognized as our Ambassador of the Quarter. Donna Lowery from First Community Mortgage was recognized as the Chamber’s
outstanding ambassador. The Ambassador of the Year will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual banquet on February 23 at the Trussville Civic Center. For more information, please visit www.trussvillechamber.com, call the chamber at (205) 655-7535, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.
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dream, we are going to work towards it and hopefully get there.’” “As it says up there on the screen, it really is going to happen,” Choat said. “Braden’s building coming down is part of this package we awarded tonight among demolition, landscaping, and building. This 18-month project will begin next month and I think the city is ready to see something started. It is going to be a challenge and may get ugly before it gets pretty.” Choat thanked the council for working together to move toward this revitalization project. “We appreciate what you have done in the leadership position to bring this forward,” Councilor Brian Plant said. “We all appreciate your hard work.” Freeman added that he, too, has a special place in his heart for this project. “I am delighted that we got to see the finish line,” Freeman said. “We are just excited that we are now moving ahead and I think it is going to be great.” Highlights of the revitalization project on Quad 1 include parking, hardscape, landscape, utilities, stage, and pavilion design elements for the southwest quadrant of downtown Trussville, Quad 1. Other elements include razing the corner portion of the former Braden Furniture buildings for a public plaza. The Mayor adds that the corner Braden building will be torn down to take part in the road’s widening, a pedestrian plaza, and other enhancements. The intersection of Main Street and Chalkville Road, also considered as the heart of Trussville, will be a gateway project providing the streets with sidewalks, an intersection with a wider turn radius, and decorative street lights.
Trussville’s $15.2 million 18-month public improvement project will run from December 2018 to July 2020. In other matters, the Council approved: • Minutes from Oct. 23; • Agenda; • Resolution to reject bids opened on Oct. 8 on Quad 1 public improvements; • Resolution to award negotiated bid Quad 1 as provided in Public Works bid law; • Public Hearing Ordinance to rezone 3391, 3411, 3417, 3429 Robert Lee Road R-6 to RG; • Public Hearing Ordinance to pre-zone 5475 Mary Munger Road from R-1 to Q-C-2; • Public Hearing and Resolution for Park & Rec grant; • Ordinance to annex 5475 Mary Munger Road subject to zoning approval; • Resolution award bid Mall Tennis Court resurfacing; • Resolution for longevity pay for city employees; • Resolution to amend budget for Motorola police radio project; • Proclamation for Inclusive Schools; • Resolution to approve comprehensive fiscal policy document; • Resolution to amend city’s vacation policy in employee handbook; • Announce that second November Council workshop will be held before Council meeting on Nov. 27 at 5:30 due to Thanksgiving. • Consent agenda; • Accounts payable; • AAMCA Conference for Porter on Nov. 28 in Orange Beach for $285 plus travel expenses; • Licensing Conference for Poe on Jan. 16-17 in Prattville for $125 plus travel
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the council addressed several issues of concern to the city. Mike Gray of Tacala LLC, which is the largest operator of Taco Bell franchises in the U.S., addressed the council about the proposed construction of a new Taco Bell in Center Point. It is hoped that construction of the new restaurant will begin in mid-December and will be completed by mid to late March. The proposed location is 100 20th Avenue. The building will be one of the new style Taco Bells with
take-out and in-house dining; with approximately 62 seats located inside the restaurant. The location could employ between 30 to 40 workers. Plans for the new Taco Bell will have to be reviewed and finalized by the city, also the property will need to be rezoned before it can be used for a restaurant. The council voted on a motion to adopt an economic development resolution for Tacala LLC. The ordinance will make a recommendation
to the zoning board that the property, Taco Bell will need for their restaurant, be rezoned for commercial use. It will also provide a tax break. The resolution, 2018-74, was passed unanimously. The council discussed the possibility of getting a new sign and a new name for what has been commonly known as Civitan Park. The city is in the process of taking ownership of the park. The council announced that there will be a public hear-
ing, on Dec. 6 at 6:15 p.m., on the renewal of the contract with Advanced Disposal. The new contract will require everyone in Center Point to have garbage/trash service. The public hearing will be held at the city hall. State Senator Linda Coleman-Madison addressed the council. Coleman-Madison presented the city with a check for $25,000. The funds were generated by a one-cent sales tax in Jefferson Coun-
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School Teacher of the Year; Media Specialist, Rebecca Bishop, Magnolia Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Bamd Director, Brandon Peters was selected as the Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Science Teacher, Felicia Gulledge, Hewitt-Trussville High School Teacher of the Year. Each teacher was recognized by the board,they walked to the front of the room and were then presented with a certificate to commemorate their achievement. They were also vigorously
Monday. The mayor also reminded the council that the tree lighting will be taking place on Nov. 27 at Hillcrest Manor and the Christmas Parade will be taking place on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. Special recognition was given to the Center Point football team. The team is doing exceptionally well this year; winning their first-round playoff game against Russellville with a score of 22-8. On Friday they will face Etowah in a home game.
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Pictured TCS Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill, Jaime Giangrosso, Rebecca Bishop, Lee Swatzell, Brandon Peters, and Felicia Gulledge.
agenda and agreed, unanimously, to adopt it. Next the board recognized the teachers of the year from each school in the Trussville City Schools system. The winners were chosen by their peers. Two of the five teachers will be selected to represent the city of Trussville in a statewide competition. TCS recognized the following teachers: Cahaba Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, Jaime Giangrosso was selected as the Elementary Teacher of the Year; Kindergarten Teacher Lee Swatzell, Paine Elementary
ty. Funds generated by that tax were originally limited to being used to retire the debt on school bonds, but the state legislature has recently made them available for other needs. Center Point will use the money to help pay for a new fire engine it plans on purchasing with a couple of other cities. Mayor Tom Henderson addressed the council. He highlighted a new Cajun Bistro, located in the Food Giant shopping center, that will be having a grand opening on
applauded by everyone in the room. Under new business the board considered the job description for a school position to be designated as a student support specialist. The board will have 30 days to consider the job description and the qualifications that the position will require. There will be a vote on matter in December. There were no hearings from delegations during the meeting. A motion for adjournment was made, a second was secured and the board voted to end the meeting.
Springville High School has risen to a state of dominance in the realm of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. In light of this achievement, Springville High School was recently recognized with an award at the A+ College Ready 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. The Mary D. Boehm School of Achievement Award was created in honor of Mary D. Boehm, founding president of A+ College Ready, and is given to schools that achieve a yearly goal set by A+ College Ready for three consecutive years. The award came with a banner, a trophy and a $2500 check to be used for scholarships for AP students. The journey that SHS has been on over the past three years, while under the A+ College Ready Program, has been profound. In the first year, SHS students had the opportunity to choose between seven different AP courses. Presently, students can choose from eleven different courses offered at the school. AP, or Advanced Placement, courses are operated by the same college board
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that makes the SAT. The AP program allows high school students to take courses designed for college difficulty while they are still in high school. At the end of an AP course, students who take an AP exam, and make a qualifying score, will have the opportunity to earn college credit. From year one to year three, Springville High School increased the number of qualifying AP scores by 256 percent. This past spring, Springville High School had 121 qualifying AP scores. The students who achieved this success were recently honored at a home football game and were awarded a $100 gift card per every exam
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Trussville Yogurt Mountain reopens after health department issues ‘cease operation’ From the Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — On Tuesday, the Yogurt Mountain in Trussville was told to cease operations following an inspection by the Jefferson County Department of Health, according to county documents. The report instructed the store not to conduct food operations until approved by JCDH. Remarks in the county inspection report show that Yogurt Mountain had to immediately cease operations because of an imminent health hazard that was described as a “gross unsanitary condition resulting from drain fly infestation.”
The JCDH inspection report further indicates that drain flies were observed in the mixes contained in the hoppers of several soft-serve freezers and that drain flies were active throughout the back of the house. Dead flies were found in mixes contained in five of the eight softserve freezers in operation. Documents further indicated that Yogurt Mountain was expected to eliminate the infestation and complete a clean up before the health department’s program supervisor would perform a re-inspection allowing that location of Yogurt Mountain to reopen. According to program
manager Bruce Braden of the Jefferson County Department of Health, the all clear for Yogurt Mountain to reopen was given on Wednesday. The Trussville location of Yogurt Mountain was contacted but had no comment about the matter and referred questions to the corporate office. Messages left the corporate office for Yogurt Mountain on Friday were not immediately returned. Braden also advised that generally, in situations like the one with Yogurt Mountain, inspectors will recheck the specific violations that led to the cease of operation order and confirm that they have been brought into compliance.
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A holiday list of events in and around our communities From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Get out your jingle bells and Christmas cheer. It’s time to see the most spirited holiday parades and events this Christmas season. In addition to Christmas parades, a couple of cities are hosting Christmas tree lighting ceremonies which have become community favorites. Here is a list of Christmas events and parades happening in your area: Nov. 25: Clay Christmas Tree Lighting The City of Clay will be hosting a Clay Christmas Tree Lighting this Sunday, Nov. 25, beginning at 5 p.m. at Cosby Lake. Music will be provided by the Clay-Chalkville Middle School Band. For more information, please visit www. clayalabama.org or call City Hall at 205-680-1223. Dec. 1: Pinson Christmas Parade The City of Pinson Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at Pinson Valley High School and end at Pinson Triangle Park. For more information or to be a part of the parade, call the Pinson City Hall at 205680-5556. Dec. 4: Odenville Christmas Parade The City of Odenville presents “A Star Spangled Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The parade route will begin at Purser Ray Hall, move onto Alabama Street, to Highway 411 and return to Purser Ray Hall from Burgess Drive. Parade participation forms are available at City Hall, Odenville Police Department or the library. Deadline for entries is Nov. 26.
Dec. 7: Trussville Community Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join for this year’s Community Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Christmas tree on West Mall in historic Downtown Trussville. The event will be on Friday, Dec. 7, starting at 6 p.m. and ending around 7 p.m. The tree lighting will be at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event for the citizens of Trussville to enjoy. We will have Christmas carols, booths and other Christmas activities. Santa will also be on-hand to help with the festivities and greet the kids. For more information, contact the Chamber at 655-7535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dec. 8: Argo Christmas Parade The City of Argo Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. Lineup begins at 9:15 a.m. at the drive-in or ABC Towing. Registration applications can be found at City Hall, and stores and businesses in town. There is no charge for participation, but donations for Argo Toys for Kids will be accepted. Center Point Christmas Parade The Center Point Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Center Point Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at the Cathedral of the Cross and end in the Post Office parking lot (past 23rd Avenue). Free entry. If interested in participating in the parade, please contact Tim Gann at the Center Point Area Chambers Office at email@example.com. The
lineup will be before 11 a.m. Clay Christmas Parade The City of Clay will be hosting their annual Christmas parade on Dec. 8, beginning at 3 p.m. For more information, please visit www.clayalabama.org or call City Hall at 205-680-1223. Moody Christmas Parade The City of Moody and the Moody Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2018 Moody Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Elf on a Shelf’. The parade line-up will be on first come, first serve basis and will begin at 4 p.m. To participate in this year’s parade or submit a parade entry application, visit the City of Moody website. Springville Christmas Parade The City of Springville will be hosting the annual Springville Christmas parade on Dec. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s theme will be “Christmas in Whoville.” Line up begins at 5 p.m. and will be on a first come, first serve basis. The parade route will begin on Highway 11 l, south of the 4-way stop going north, and end at Springville Middle School. For more information, please visit the City of Springville website.. Trussville Christmas Parade The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the annual Trussville Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 3 p.m. in the historic downtown area. This is a free event for the citizens of Trussville to enjoy. The parade will begin on Parkway Drive. It See HOLIDAY, Page 8
The Trussville Tribune Traffic stop near Irondale leads to seizure of over a pound of meth, two women arrested
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From the Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY – A traffic stop early Wednesday morning led to the seizure of over a pound of methamphetamine and three ounces of cocaine as well as the arrest of two
women from Florence, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. Authorities are reporting that just after midnight a member of the Sheriff’s Highway Safety Detail conducted the stop of a Chrysler 300 for a traffic violation on I-20 W at mile marker
132 near Montevallo Road. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed one pound two ounces of methamphetamine and three ounces of cocaine in the trunk of the car. The occupants of the car, 24-year-old Melynde Ane Fagnes and 29-year-old
Adaisha Yelese Smith, both of Florence, were arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine and trafficking methamphetamine. They were taken to the Jefferson County Jail and held on $30,000 bond each.
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ter 7 a.m. on Wednesday deputies responded to a shooting complaint in the 1800 block of Martinique Drive NE in Center Point. A caller reported hearing two gunshots and then observing a man, with a gun, in some bushes near the apartments. Deputies arrived to find a 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital with
what are believed to be nonlife- threatening injuries. Authorities are advising that deputies are currently searching the area for the shooter. The motive is unknown. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office at 205325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
Domestic violence shooting near Old Springville Road leaves man dead, woman wounded From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY –Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a domestic violence shooting that occurred Tuesday evening in northeast Jefferson County near Old Springville Road in a neighborhood located between Mary Vann Lane and Polly Reed Road Northeast.
block of Woodvine Lane. It was reported that a 31-year-old man had shot his 31-year-old wife and then shot himself. Deputies arrived to find the woman suffering from
At about 10 p.m., deputies responded to a report of
a woman shot by her husband at a residence in the 1800
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from school at the time of the shooting. Judge Tracie Todd handed down the sentence on October 26 after Hardin pleaded guilty to the slaying. His case was set for trial this month. On April 7, 2016, deputies were dispatched to the Clay home at Yellowhammer Drive when Hardin called 911 and told the dispatcher that he had shot his girlfriend. Deputies arrived to find Watson in the kitchen dead of a gunshot wound to the back of her head. At about the same time, a second 911 call was received from a neighbor who reported that two children had come to their house and asked them
Jodie Watson was shot and killed at a home in Clay. Photo via Facebook
to call for help because their mother had been shot. Hardin was released on
$50,000 bond just after midnight on April 8, 2016 and had remained free until his sentencing. It was over a year, in May of 2017, before Harding was indicted by the grand jury for Watson’s murder. Sheriff’s Office records indicate that deputies had responded to the address on three prior occasions to investigate reports of domestic violence. The most recent occurrence was on March 9, 2016, just about a month before the slaying. Watson told deputies she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Hardin, but declined to seek prosecution.
a gunshot wound. She was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The shooter was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Jefferson County Coroner/Medical
Examiner’s office the husband has been identified as 31-year-old black male Darius L. McDaniel. The investigation is ongoing.
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Trussville police seek identity of man suspected in bank theft
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TRUSSVILLE –Detectives with Trussville Police Department are trying to identify a man suspected of bank theft by forgery. The black male, who police believe stole thousands of dollars, is a suspect in a check forgery and theft occurring October 27 and 29 at a local bank. According to report, the suspect cashed fraudulent checks at the bank location
for several thousand dollars. Detectives believe the suspect was using a fake identification. Detectives obtained surveillance video images of the pictured suspect; described as
a black male, bald, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with an average build. If you recognize this person, or know anything about these crimes, please contact the Trussville Police Department or Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. You can 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.
Car crashes into building in Trussville From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE – The phrase “crashing into a building” took on a new meaning Friday afternoon when an SUV who was trying to park at Moe’s BBQ crashed into a doctor’s office in Trussville. An image submitted shows damage both to a silver Lexus and the side of the Birmingham Integrative Health building. “It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced,” said a patient who was waiting inside an examination room located underneath the window by the crash site. “I was in a room reading a magazine around 12:20 p.m. when I heard a loud crash. It was so loud and the sound kept continuing.” The patient said a million things were running through her mind and once she opened
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will turn right onto Gadsden Highway and right again onto Chalkville Mountain Road. The parade will end at the Mall. For more information, contact the Chamber at 6557535 or email diane.poole@ trussvillechamber.com. Immerse yourself in the magic of the season while shopping in downtown Trussville for holiday gifts and treats at the Christmas in Downtown Open House following the parade. Tula J Boutique will be participating as a host for the event, so be sure to stop by. Enjoy performances by the Christmas Carolers, LLC,
performing from 5-7 p.m. The store will be open until 8 p.m. There will be cider and cookies for your enjoyment. While you’re there, have your kids drop off a letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox. Tula J’s is decorated so beautifully and is a great location to capture a few quick Christmas pictures. Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win a $50 Tula J gift card. There will be three drawings. Dec. 14: Leeds Christmas Parade The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Leeds Christmas pa-
rade on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. There is no cost to participate in the Christmas Parade, but an application is required to organize the lineup. Commercial floats are available for purchase through the Chamber office. Participants in the parade should be in the lineup by 6:30 p.m. The parade begins at 7:00 p.m. A reception will be held at the Chamber office for dignitaries at 6 p.m. before the parade. For more information about this event, please contact Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at 205.699.5001 or Sandra@LeedsAreaChamber.com.
4th person dies in St. Clair County crash, 1 identified From The Trussville Tribune staff reports ST. CLAIR COUNTY –A fourth person died as a result of the St. Clair County crash that killed three on Friday night, according to Corporal Steven Smith of the Alabama State Troopers Office. “All the fatalities were from the same vehicle and there was one survivor in that vehicle,” Smith said in a statement released Saturday morning. “The adult who died was Chester Earl Robinson age 43 from Birmingham. There were
three small children who died ages one to two years of age.” Smith said the mother of two of the children survived and she was the aunt of the other deceased child. “We are not releasing the mother’s name at this time or the names of the children,” Smith said. “The driver of the other vehicle was injured and I do not know the extent of his injuries and I do not have his name at this time.” The crash remains under investigation and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the St. Clair Coun-
ty District Attorneys Office, Smith said. Previously reported on Friday night: Alabama State Troopers were n the scene of a multi-vehicle fatality crash on Interstate-20 eastbound at the 158 mile marker. There are at least three confirmed fatalities and others who are injured and have been transported for medical attention. The interstate was shut down to eastbound traffic at the crash site and east bound traffic was being re-routed at the Odenville 156 exit.
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the door to the hallway is when she saw a nurse who had discovered the crash. “She looked into the area and screamed. She yelled, ‘A car just crashed into the building!’” Shortly after the crash, occupants of the building were asked to quickly vacate due
to a gas leak which occurred from the accident. Trussville first responders were on the scene. No one was injured. The patient added that the staff remained professional and effectively took care of their patients before and after the accident.
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Hand in Paw to hold campaign for Animal-Assisted Therapy on Nov. 27 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – There are over 100 sites waiting for Hand in Paw services and their goal is to one day reach them all, but they can’t do it without the help of their loyal supporters. That’s why Hand in Paw has once again joined the Giving Tuesday movement, a global day of giving and philanthropy, in hopes of raising more than $5,000 to expand their reach in North Central Alabama. The nonprofit has created a crowdfunding campaign where anyone can donate and spread the word to help Hand in Paw recruit, train and manage more volunteer Therapy Teams as they strive to reach every site on their waiting list. The Hand in Paw Giving
Tuesday campaign page can be found at give.classy.org/ hipgivingtuesday . Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S., Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Giving Tuesday encourages people to give back in an impactful way and to share personal stories of how their favorite charities have made a difference in their lives. It’s still a relatively new holiday but has grown quickly. Last year alone, Giving Tuesday raised over $274 Million for nonprofits. Hand in Paw invites their supporters to give the gift of Animal-Assisted Therapy on November 27th in honor of this special holiday. Hand in Paw volunteer handlers and
their therapy animals bring joy and comfort to those dealing with emotional and physical life challenges in local medical centers, schools, and human service organizations. Their life-changing visits would not be possible without the generosity of the community. To encourage the spirit of giving, Hand in Paw has announced some exciting incentives to donate to their campaign. “There are so many great reasons to donate to Hand in Paw on Giving Tuesday, but a really exciting one is that anyone who donates over $10 to our campaign will be automatically entered to win a pair of Mutt Strut registrations, our annual dog-friendly 5k and fun run. We’ll be giving away 5 pairs total, which value at $60 per pair, so there
Owners announce the closing of the East 59 Vintage & Cafe BIRMINGHAM – Owners announced Monday, Nov. 11, that the East 59 Vintage & Café will close the café at the East Lake location on Nov. 18. Due to resolutions of building conditions with the building owner, a viable solution could not be reached. Owners sent a press release stating their plans to closing. ”Though a difficult decision, we concluded it was the
only way to remain true to the highest standard of quality. However, we will continue to offer catering services and honor previously booked events through the end of the year.” During the three and a half years of operations in East Lake, the Café has served hand-crafted coffee and espresso drinks as well as breakfast, sandwiches, and
salads to over 65,000 customers. The shop has also served as a venue for many parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and corporate gatherings. The concept of East 59 was introduced during a weeklong pop-up shop as part of the October 2013 REVIVE Birmingham event, sponsored by See OWNERS, Page 10
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are plenty of chances to win,” said Brittany Jennings, Director of Communications at Hand in Paw. Those who are interested in joining Hand in Paw’s Giving Tuesday initiative can get involved in several ways: • Donate online at give. classy.org/hipgivingtuesday to help expand Hand in Paw’s reach in the community. • Create a Facebook fundraiser and with the support of friends and family, fundraise so more people
can experience the joy and comfort of Animal-Assisted Therapy. • Donate their voice and use social media to raise awareness about Hand in Paw and their participation in Giving Tuesday. Supporters can share Hand in Paw posts to their page or create their own. A social media toolkit that contains graphics and sample verbiage is available for downloading at www.handinpaw.org/campaigns .
ABOUT HAND IN PAW: With a mission to improve human health and well-being, Hand in Paw is Alabama’s premier Animal-Assisted Therapy provider and a national leader in this growing field. Hand in Paw’s corps of professionally-trained volunteer handler and animal Therapy Teams serve people of all ages in more than 100 medical centers, schools, and human service organizations throughout North Central Alabama. For more information, visit www.handinpaw.org.
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public and retired officers that wish to return to law enforcement. Officer Lawrence Billups became the first officer rehired under the plan and will start his tour of duty on Monday, November 12, 2018. Officer Billups was presented his badge today in a small ceremony with his wife, family and fellow officers at the Birmingham Police Department Headquarters. He was first hired with the Birmingham Police Department in March 1991 until his retirement in October 2017. Billups will return to the familiar area of North Precinct where he last patrolled before he retired. “I’m excited to return and I look forward to returning to work with the public,” he said. Currently, the Birmingham Police Department has another 35 retired officers in the rehire process. There are 11 officers in the BPD lateral academy and 24 recruits in the Birmingham Police Academy. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick D. Smith stated, “Combined, if all are successful, will add an additional 71 officers to our patrol and detective operations,” said Birmingham Po-
Nov. 21 - Nov. 27, 2018 The Trussville Tribune Birmingham Police conducting an unclassified death investigation into an incident that left a 2-year-old dead From the Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – Detectives are conducting an unclassified death investigation into an incident that left a two-year-old boy dead, according to the Birmingham Police Department. Police are reporting that the incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 10 a.m. Officers from the
Photo of Officer Lawrence Billups and Chief Patrick D. Smith. Photo provided by the Birmingham Police Department.
lice Chief Patrick D. Smith. “The Birmingham Police Department is on the move by using creative hiring practices and ensuring our officers have the resources to perform their duties.” Since his arrival, Smith has implemented several
operational plans for the overall department and restructured the patrol work schedules to better meet the needs of the citizens. All laterals indicated they were attracted to the BPD 4 day 10 hour work scheduling plan.
DEMOPOLIS — On Thursday Nov. 15, District Attorney Greg Griggers was shot in the face, allegedly by a
former Alabama state trooper, according to WIAT. Hale County District Attorney Michael Jackson told WIAT that Griggers has been transported to the hospital and is ok, whereas the for-
black male, of BIrmingham. Investigators are still attempting to determine what occurred in this case. The investigation is still ongoing. No suspects are in custody. If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.
Two-vehicle crash claims the life of a Dora man From The Trussville Tribune staff reports WALKER COUNTY – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has reported that a two-vehicle crash on
Nov. 13, has claimed the life of a Dora man. Allen Dale Talley, 34, was killed when the 2006 Suzuki Aerio he was driving collided with a 2016 Hino Truck driven by Terry Wayne Tid-
well, 69, of Double Springs. The crash occurred on Sipsey Road, approximately six miles east of Jasper. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.
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West Alabama district attorney shot in face by former AL state trooper, according to officials From the Trussville Tribune staff reports
North Precinct were called to 3006 31st Street North. When officers arrived, the victim was located in the living room area unresponsive. Members of Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to the scene to provide aid but were unsuccessful. The victim was transported from the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner’s office. Authorities have identified the victim as Ke’Anthony Jelks Jr., a 2-year-old
mer trooper was fatally shot. Jackson did not elaborate. Griggers is the district attorney for the 17th judicial court circuit.
REV Birmingham. During an extensive renovation of two formerly vacant shop spaces, the “Welcome to EAST LAKE” mural was designed and painted on the exterior of the building by East 59 staff. This later led to the creation of a courtyard in the space adjacent to the mural, by a group that included REV Birmingham, East Lake Initiative, local churches, and neighborhood volunteers. The establishment was
opened in March 2015 by the Tolbert, Glenn and Bates families, seeking to establish a community-focused café and retail establishment in the East Lake community’s commercial district. The early success of this location lead to the opening of an additional café location at the Hoover Public Library in January 2017. ”It has been our great privilege to serve this community and we appreciate each and every customer that gave us an
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Councilors Scales, Tyson gives parting remarks of gratitude, service during final day on Birmingham City Council From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – Today the Birmingham City Council and Mayor Randall Woodfin bid farewell to Councilors Sheila Tyson and Lashunda Scales, both of whom will be sworn in as Jefferson County Commissioners on Wednesday. “I want to thank them for their service and for being part of the collective effort to make this city the best it can be,” Woodfin said. “I wish you the very best and look forward to working with you in your new roles as county commissioners.” “I stand before this Council with a grateful heart,”
Scales said, during her heartfelt remarks to the council on Tuesday. “I’m very grateful for the gift god has given me to be a voice for the people for nine years. To the residents of District 1: Thank you for believing in my leadership. You will always have a voice in me. City of Birmingham residents, you too have a voice in me. Many have said, ‘why does she talk a lot.’ Well, you don’t pay an attorney to go sit silently in front of a job. My job is to speak up for my district and this city.” Scales was first elected to the Birmingham City Council in 2009, when she beat a field of four other candidates, including the in-
cumbent, to become the first African-American representative of her district. She thanked her family and all those who have helped her in both her career and private life. “My grandmother always said ‘you’re either gonna keep running to find a better place to live, or you stand up and fight for where you live now.’ That always stuck with me and that’s what I think about when I’m fighting for those who put me in office,” Scales said before reciting Maya Angelou’s poem, “And Still I Rise.” The councilors took turns speaking to Scales from the dais, expressing their gratitude for her hard work and
service to the city. “This is truly an awesome day,” Councilor John Hilliard said. “I am happy for you. Your voice should be ringing all over the world. You are a model for black women in Birmingham. Your skill set has surpassed where you were. Now you can impact people all over the world. I have learned that your voice is truly for the people you represent. I’m going to miss you. I look forward to us continuing to work together.” Tyson also had some parting words for her colleagues and constituents. “Y’all know I don’t talk a lot. I can’t do nothing but be serious because when you’re
looking at people every day and see all this negativity and damage in the communities, it’s hard not to be serious about it,” Tyson said. “I was a community activist before I got up here. I used to come up here fighting y’all and trying to get things done. I do want to make sure I send a big hug and thanks to everyone I’ve worked with here.” Tyson said that among her proudest moments were getting the ball rolling on the development of Larkway Gardens, a senior living facility, and also bringing on a healthcare facility in District 6. As a Commissioner, Tyson said she will continue to fight for Cooper Green and
indigent patients in need of access to healthcare. Councilor Steven Hoyt gave some parting remarks to both Tyson and Scales as the meeting wound to a close. “I have the same respect for you that you’ve shown to each of us. I served with you as a neighborhood officer and I got to serve with you on the Council,” Hoyt said to Tyson. “I know District 6 is in a better place because you represented them…. These are two women who are going to change the trajectory of Jefferson County for the good. That spirit of hard work cooperation has helped this city and we are all better for having worked with them.”
Motor vehicle accident leaves Fatal injury in Walker County crash one dead in Birmingham From the Trussville Tribune staff reports
From the Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — A motor vehicle accident in Birmingham, just after midnight on Wednesday, has left a woman dead, according to the
Jefferson County Coroner/ Medical Examiner’s office. It was reported that Ronda L. Williams Wells, a 47-yearold black female from the Bessemer area, lost control of her vehicle which then rolled over several times and ended
up off of the road. The accident occurred at Jefferson Avenue SW and 54th Street. The cause of the accident is currently unknown. The Birmingham Police Department is investigating the incident.
WALKER COUNTY — A two-vehicle crash, occurring on Friday at 2:35 p.m., resulted in the death of a Cor-
dova man, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Authorities have reported that the crash occurred on Cordova Cutoff Road, two miles south of Jasper. Gary
Wayne Taft, 74, was injured when his 1994 Chevrolet Blazer collided with a Chevrolet Malibu. Taft died from his injuries on Saturday.
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Remlap man Governor Kay Ivey Launches wanted on felony Inaugural Committee, theft warrant announces staff From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY – On Nov. 15, Governor Kay Ivey officially launched the Inaugural Committee and announced Cathy Randall and Jimmy Rane as Co-Chairs who will oversee the festivities surrounding the inauguration along with committee staff. “I am excited to officially launch the Inaugural Committee, which will be led by Dr. Cathy Randall and Jimmy Rane,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “Cathy and Jimmy have embodied a spirit of service, in both their professional and personal life, and they have played a major role in the fight to keep Alabama
working. I am proud to call them both longtime friends, and I am grateful for their willingness to lend their expertise and support as we prepare to usher in a new era for Alabama.” Dr. Cathy Randall is Chairman of the Board of Tuscaloosa-based Pettus Randall Holdings LLC and former Chairman of the Board of Randall Publishing Company. Dr. Randall, who currently serves on the Alabama Power Board of Directors, is a former director of the University Honors Programs at the University of Alabama, where she earned two Ph.D. degrees. Among many other board positions, Dr. Randall also served as director of Alabama Girls State, where
she first crossed paths with Governor Ivey. Jimmy Rane (also known as “the Yella Fella”) is the Cofounder and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving. Since 1999, Rane has served as a Trustee at Auburn University, where he first met Governor Ivey while earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Rane also received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. While residing in Abbeville, Alabama, Rane actively works to raise money to fund college scholarships through the Jimmy Rane Foundation. Governor Ivey also announced several of her key campaign staffers will serve
on the inaugural committee, including: • Mike Lukach, Executive Director • Debbee Hancock, Communications Director • Anne-Allen Welden, Finance Director • Julia McNair, Deputy Finance Director • Julia Pickle, Director of Ticketing • Jonathan Hester, Director of Events and Production • Lenze Morris • Ryan Sanford • Henry Thornton More information about the inaugural theme and events will be announced in the coming weeks.
AG announces 2018 Safe Schools Initiative; invites nominations for awards of excellence From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY —Attorney General Steve Marshall is inviting public and private schools throughout the state to submit applications for the 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence. The Attorney General’s Office will honor private school
winners from north, central and south Alabama, in addition to the winners from each of the state’s eight public school board districts. “These awards offer a valuable opportunity to honor schools that are succeeding with outstanding safety plans, to recognize procedures that work well and to encourage implementation of these methods
throughout Alabama to keep our children safer,” said Attorney General Marshall. Attorney General Marshall plans to visit winning schools this spring to personally present the award in honor of each school’s accomplishment. Applications are being accepted now through February 25, 2019. More information about criteria for the
awards may be found at the Attorney General’s website at https://ago.alabama.gov/ Documents/2018-SSI-Nomination-Form.pdf. Please note that nominations are requested to be sent in a digital PDF, if possible, to ssi@ ago.state.al.us. The nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges.
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REMLAP –A Remlap man is being sought on a felony theft warrant by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Edward Blackman, 37, is wanted in Jefferson County on a felony warrant charging him with third degree burglary. Blackman is 6 feet tall and weighs 195 lbs. He has blue eyes and blonde hair. His last known address is Quiet Waters court in Remlap. If you have any information on Blackman or know
Christopher Blackman of Remlap is wanted on felony theft warrant.
his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Congressman Gary Palmer elected to House leadership position From The Trussville Tribune staff reports Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday Congressman Gary Palmer, the Republican representative from Alabama’s sixth district, was elected to the position of Republican Policy Committee Chair for the 116th Congress. “I appreciate the faith that my colleagues have placed in me and am grateful for their support.” Palmer said. “Throughout my career, I have focused on being a problem solver and developing and promoting sound policies, so I feel like I’m uniquely prepared for this role. I look forward to
working with my colleagues as we continue advancing and promoting ideas supported by the American people.” Congressman Palmer will serve in the GOP’s leadership team alongside Representative Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader; Representative Steve Scalise, Minority Whip; Representative Liz Cheney, Conference Committee Chair; Representative Mark Walker, Conference Committee Vice Chair; Representative Jason Smith, Conference Committee Secretary; and Representative Tom Emmer, National Republican Campaign Committee Chair.
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Tribune teams up with best-selling cookbook for new video series, Southern Bits and Bites By Tanna M. Friday Editor TRUSSVILLE — A south Georgia native has a love for all things delicious and values home cooking. Publishing a cookbook for USA Today’s best-selling author, Suzanne Johnson, began merely as a check off to her bucket list. Today Johnson’s love of cooking and sharing easy, delicious recipes has provided her an opportunity to connect with a vast number of hungry
readers and viewers through bits of family memories and bites delicious recipes. This week, Tribune Digital Media launched a new video segment from the monthly video series based on Johnson’s best seller, Southern Bits and Bites. The show features recipes from Johnson’s cookbooks, prepared by the author and host Brannon Dawkins. Visit www.TrussvilleTribune.com to view the latest. “This time of year is the season for parties, tailgating
USA Today’s best-selling author, Suzanne Johnson, pictured with Brannon Dawkins. Photo by Ron Burkett
and family visits,” she said. “Why not serve easy dishes from the oven that make your home smell nice.” Johnson shares that after cooking a meal she loves to see their response. “It is about the end product and putting a smile on their faces.” To read more about Suzanne Johnson, visit www. southernbitsandbites.com. She is also on Facebook at SouthernBits&Bites, and Instagram SouthernBitsand_ Bites.
Netflix releases new Christmas movie: The Princess Switch By Shaun Szkolnik • • • • •
For The Tribune The Princess Switch Year released: 2018 Directed by: Mike Rohl Written by: Robin Bernheim, Megan Metzger • Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Segar, Alexa Adeosun, Sam Palladio • Classification: TV-PG • Rating: B Had Netflix staid in their lane there is a good likelihood that Blockbuster would still be in business; but they didn’t. Netflix took an existing demand, found a novel
way to serve it and changed the world in the process. Netflix’ latest move is nowhere near as revolutionary, but it is not at all unfamiliar. Netflix is taking on territory long ago staked out by the Hallmark Channel and, this season, will be releasing four feel-good, comfy, cozy, lighter-than- air Christmas movies. The second of these films, released on Friday, is the Princess Switch. Lovers of the form will not be disappointed. The Princess Switch is a story exactly as old as Mark Twain’s the Prince and the
Pauper. With these things, however, the plot is never really important. What is important is that a stage is set for likeable characters to do likeable things until a mild conflict is introduced and an, equally as mild, solution sets all to right once more. Having dabbled with the formula a couple of times over the last few years Netflix knows exactly what they’re doing. In this version a young and lonely baker from Chicago travels to Belgravia for a baking competition and, of course, she is accompanied by her best friend, whom
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Sagar, Alexa Adeosun and Sam Palladio approach the material without a hint of cynicism, they’re believers and they’ll make believers of you as well . Each of these actors is invested in their characters and in the story. They each turn in a performance that is fun, whimsical and winning; in other words, they do exactly what should be done if a Hallmark type is going to work. Although, if Netflix keeps up the good work, there may come a time when we no longer associate this type of movie with Hallmark at all.
Recipe Pumpkin Spice Loaf with Spiced Icing 1- 8 count can flaky layer biscuits 1 can pumpkin filling 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice 1 stick butter, melted Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. On a large plate, mix together sugar and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl add the butter. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, making a total of 16 biscuit rounds. Dredge each biscuit into the melted butter. Then dip each side into the sugar mixture. On a second large plate place down 4 biscuit rounds a time. Top with 1-2 tablespoons of pie filling. Stack biscuits in 4 piles of 4 biscuits each. Place stacks on their sides in a row in loaf pan, making sure sides without filling are on both ends touching pan. Bake 50 minutes or until loaf is deep golden brown and center is baked through. Cool 10 minutes. Top with spiced icing to serve.
Spiced Icing 1- 8 oz block cream cheese, softened 1 stick butter, softened 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 3 cups powdered sugar In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, combine butter, cream cheese, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until blended. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until all 3 cups are blended.
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Nov. 21 - Nov. 27, 2018
November 26 American Girl Club The American Girl Club is back! The event will be on November the 26th at 6:30 p.m. The girl featured this month will be Julie Albright. Sign up for the event will close on November 19 at 8:00 p.m. The event is open to children aged 5K to 6th grade. There will be no waiting list this year so make sure to sign up before the cut off. Please go to website (https:// goo.gl/forms/jcIWoX5d3DRAm5GI3) sign up for the event. November 27 Comprehensive Diabetes Education If you have diabetes or prediabetes, this seminar at St. Vincent’s Trussville is a must. A physician’s referral is required. Pre-assessments are given proceeding the class time. Please call 9397248 to register. November 25 Holiday Healthier Appetizers and Desserts Cooking Class The holiday season is filled with parties and get-togethers, and what’s a party without food? Join Registered Dietitian, Donna Sibley, to learn how to prepare crowd-pleasing appetizers and sweet treats with less calories and more quality nutrition. The cost is $15/person. To regis-
ter, please call 408-6550 by November 26. Class will be held November 28, 11 a.m.noon at St. Vincent’s Trussville.
will be provided for this fun and festive event! Registration is required. Sign up online at http://www.trussvillelibrary. com/ or call 655-2022.
November 26 Knitting Class with Laura Reichert Monday night knit class! Beginners can come to learn the basics; experienced knitters are welcome to bring projects to work on or troubleshoot. We will also do a vest pattern knit-along - call the library 655-2022 for more information.
December 3 Knitting Class with Laura Reichert Monday night knit class! Beginners can come to learn the basics; experienced knitters are welcome to bring projects to work on or troubleshoot. We will also do a vest pattern knit-along - call the library 655-2022 for more information.
December 1 Christmas Pilgrimage to Eufaula Open Road Tours by Kim and Central Baptist Church will travel to one of the oldest “Tour of Homes.” We will enjoy lunch and a tour of one of the historical mansions and then tour two other mansions in Eufaula. It should be a great trip to get us in the holiday spirit. Trip includes motor coach with private driver, driver tip, tour guide, lunch, tour of 3 mansions. Cost is $107.00pp. To reserve a seat payment in full must be received by September 20th. Call for further details.
December 4 Santa’s Workshop Come see Santa at the Trussville Public Library on December the 4th. The event is open to all ages, so gather up the family and come do a several Christmas themed crafts. The event will run from 4:30 to 6:00 in the library auditorium.
December 3 Adult Holiday Craft Night at Trussville Library Join us at the Trussville Library as we make holiday ornaments! A hot chocolate bar
December 6 Inspirational Book Club Join us for Inspirational Book Club! Each month we will read and discuss a fiction or nonfiction book of an inspirational nature. Go here to register: http://www.trussvillelibrary. com/adult/adult-events/. Call 655-2022 for more information.
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December 8 Arlington Antebellum House and Gardens Holiday Open House Christmas at Arlington is Arlington’s gift to the City of Birmingham! Held the first full weekend in December (December 8-9, 2018), this Birmingham Christmas tradition is a great way to kick off the holiday season each year. Visitors are invited to “step back in time” as local decorators adorn rooms of the museum in seasonal period décor. Some of Birmingham’s finest decorators will make the past come alive in the rooms of Arlington with creative holiday decorations of Christmas Past. Friday, December 7, 2018 – Hanging of the Green, Candlelight Program and Reception, 6:00 pm. $20 admission. Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 10 am – 4 pm, free admission Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 1 pm – 4 pm, free admission Address: 331 Cotton Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211 Phone: 205-780-5656 Facebook Page: Arlington House and Gardens www. arlingtonantebellumhomeandgardens.com December 15 Wreaths Across America Jefferson Memorial is proud to be a partner with Wreaths Across America and Three Hots and a Cot. This year’s event will be on December
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December 17 Bolton Book Club – Trussville Library Adult Book Club – each month we will read a selection (fiction or non-fiction) and discuss. For the December meeting, we will discuss The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang. Contact the Adult Dept. if you need assistance getting the book (also available in Large Print, audiobook, and ebook formats) Register here: http://www. trussvillelibrary.com/adult/ adult-events/. Call 655-2022 for more information.
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Vera A. White
july 4, 1933 ~ november 14, 2018 (age 85)
june 21, 1957 ~ november 11, 2018 (age 61)
Vera White, age 85, of Birmingham, passed away November 14, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband Troy White, her parents, and 5 brothers and 1 sister. Graveside services will be Saturday at 1:30pm with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11am until 1pm Saturday. She is survived by her sons Ray White (Annette) and Randy White (Sharon), grandson Chris White, great grandchildren Auston and Taylor White and Chad and Brad Farris. In lieu of flowers make donations to your favorite charity.
Mrs. Sharon Motley, 61, of Pinson, AL passed away on November 11, 2018. Sharon enjoyed baking and loved animals. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Willie Mae Hancock. She is survived by her husband, Robert Motley; and son, Chris Motley. A memorial service for Sharon will be held at a later date.
Raymond J Spitzer
april 6, 1941 ~ november 12, 2018 (age 77)
january 30, 1924 ~ november 15, 2018 (age 94) Raymond Joseph Spitzer, age 94 of Pinson, AL passed away on November 15, 2018. He is a member of Faith Lutheran Church and he retired from Bell South Telephone after 35 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Spitzer; children, Sharon Patrick (David), David Spitzer (Andrea), Steve Spitzer (Barbara), Mark Spitzer (Debbie) and Jeff Spitzer; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Visitation will be on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Services will follow at 12 PM in the chapel. The burial will be at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing
Charles Joseph Sawyer Jr.
Mrs. Gala Delane Martin, 77, of Trussville, passed away on November 12, 2018. Delane was a Godly woman who enjoyed singing in the choir, was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Chalkville for over 50 years, and loved cooking, sewing, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Gertrude Parker. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, O. C. Martin; son, Charlie Martin (Sondra); and grandchildren, Will Martin and Lydia Martin. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. The funeral service will begin from the funeral home chapel on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00pm with a one hour visitation prior to the service. Interment will immediately follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East with Reverend Ken Daniel officiating.
july 18, 1941 ~ november 12, 2018 (age 77) Charles Joseph Sawyer, Jr., age 77 of Chelsea, AL passed away on November 12, 2018. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and he retired from the University Federal Credit Union. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley R. Sawyer. He is survived by his son, Joseph Sawyer (Leslie); grandchildren, Anna Sawyer, William Sawyer and Andrew Sawyer. Services will be on November 21, 2018 at 12 PM in the chapel and the visitation will be an hour prior to services. The burial will take place at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Dr. Danny Lovett will be officiating over the services. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
Caudell Clark march 6, 1927 ~ november 16, 2018 (age 91) Mrs. Caudell Clark, 91, of Birmingham, passed away on November 16, 2018. Caudell retired from CBI, loved to read, travel, and spend time with her family. She was a longtime member of Roebuck Drive United Methodist Church until its closing and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert J. Clark; son, Michael J. Clark; and parents, George and Lillie Mae Landers. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Cargile (Curt); grandchildren, Allison Cargile (Chris Johnson), Joe Cargile (Brittany), and Elizabeth Cargile Parnell (Andrew); and great-grandchildren, Emerson and Elliott Cargile. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. The funeral service will begin from the funeral home chapel at 2:00pm with Reverend Lassiter officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Episcopal Place Foundation at 1112 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205, (205) 939-0085 or to a charity of your choice.
Peggy Nichols november 8, 1946 ~ november 15, 2018 (age 72) Peggie Lucille Hicks Nichols, age 72 of Trussville, Al, went to be with the Lord and reunited with her husband Nelson on November 16, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her daughters, Barbie Williams (Roger), Pam black (Jeff), and Jenny Eaves (Randy0; sisters, Hilda Ivey and Paula Smith; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many friends and loved ones. Visitation will be held Tuesday November 20, 2018 from 9 am- 10am with service starting at 10 am at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Jefferson Memorial Gardens
Billy Nuss november 23, 1929 ~ november 13, 2018 (age 88) Billy Ray Nuss, age 88 of Birmingham, AL passed away on November 13, 2018. He was an activity member of North Clay Baptist Church, He never met a stranger or a meal he didnâ€™t like, He was preceded in death by his wife Estelle Nuss, and his sons Lynn Nuss and Michael Nuss, He is survived by daughters, Karen Nuss Sims (Mike) and Kathy Sullivan (Jeff) and sons Kent Nuss (Celia) and Michael Lindsey Nuss; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Visitation will be on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services follow at 3:00 PM at Forest Hill Cemetery. Rev Tim Evans will be officiating over the services, Jefferson Memorial Trussville will be directing.
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An Internal Political Assessment By Christian G. Crawford With the conclusion of the 2018 midterm elections, I have one question, specifically for the faith-based community: Where is your theology? If you conduct a quick Google search you will find out the word “theology” means “the study of the nature of God and religious belief.” If theology is the study of God, then how does an individual apply theology in the real world? How does what we know about our theology affect our personal and political views? Conceivably, what we study becomes a part of our outlook, infiltrates our system of thought and helps to shape our day-to-day life. According to the Pew Research Center (PRC), 80 percent of United States adults believe in God, 56 percent believe in the God of the Bible, and 33 percent of those surveyed believe in a “higher power,” but not the God of the Bible. Whether we want to admit it or not, much of what we believe, and the way in which we vote, has to do with our religiosity. The majority of individuals surveyed by the PRC claim to believe in a god. Of these individuals, 84 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of Democrats, and 76 percent of people with no political party leaning consider religion to be either a “very” or “somewhat” important part of their life. Our study of God, mainly the God we serve or do not serve, influences our morals, values, and belief system. And most
assuredly, what we believe impacts how we vote. Therefore, to my Democratic, Republican, and Independent friends, family, and colleagues, I say again, where is your theology? We live in a cultural climate that is not uncommon to man. Division has always seemed to creep into our institutions. Hate has always run marathons across our landscape. Racism has always plagued our societies like a never-ending disease. With these difficult realities in mind, I say again, where is your theology? We should not be surprised by what we see in our nation or our world. Division and dissension are a part of mankind. Trouble will always find its way into the hearts of man, and bad things will always happen as long as this Earth exists. The question now becomes: What should our response be? Should it be to treat your neighbor as yourself and to show mercy and compassion, love and respect, gentleness and kindness? Should your response be to be of good cheer when you face trials and tribulations because your joy does not come from things of this present age? Should your response be to let your light shine brightly in dark places? Should your response be to be alert and vigilant, to be set apart, to be not conformed to the behaviors and actions of this world? The answers are obvious, which is precisely why the question is not, “What is your theology?” but where. Many of us know what
Christian Crawford currently a senior at Auburn University at Montgomery and a graduate of Clay-Chalkville High School.
our theology should be. We know what our religious literature says about how we should operate in life. And through spiritual revelation, we know how our God has called us to live. But many of us have lost our way. Some of us have lost sight of compassion, love, and respect for our neighbor. Some of us have forgotten “The Golden Rule”. We have misplaced our theology—but there is hope. When politics gets involved, it seems as if answering questions regarding theology becomes difficult for people of faith. It seems as if our knowledge of God begins to take a backseat to the gods of greed, malice, anger, racism, temporary pleasures, and those many other things that take one’s focus off the one true God. This truth should cause us to pause and ponder. Where is your theology?
Who is your God? What do you know about him? Would your God be okay with your behavior? Would your God be pleased with how you treat the least of your community? Would your God be satisfied with the way you treat your friends, foes, and other fellows? How has your knowledge of your God influenced your vote and your life? How should it? I ask these questions because it seems as if people of faith can sometimes find themselves expressing their God with their lips, but their hearts are far from that very thing they claim to believe and worship. In America, especially during election seasons, we sometimes present God in two ways: a God of love or a God of hate. Sadly, even those who serve and represent a loving, merciful, compassionate God miss the mark sometimes. And their failure is understandable, for we all are merely human. This dichotomous image of a deity continues to project itself in various forms. For Christians, a misrepresentation of God is toxic to the society we claim to love and desire to reach. Our nation saw these images during slavery, where some who believed in the God of the Bible would use biblical references to subjugate a group of people. Instead of relaying the Words of God in the way they were intended, these enslavers presented apocryphal elements of God’s divine nature and desire, which led to a bloody, bloody war between the free and slave
states. We then saw these same misguided “Godly” expressions during the Period of Reconstruction, and then Jim Crow. In today’s political and social climate, we still see the complicated nature of theology play tug-of-war with right versus wrong, good versus bad, love versus hate. With this in mind, I must raise the question once more: Where is your theology? Is your knowledge of God exegetical in that it adequately represents the God you claim to serve? Is it committed to exuding what your God would find acceptable, reasonable, and honorable? Is your knowledge of God eisegesis, in that it has consciously or unconsciously pushed out the core principles and ideals of the theology you claim to know and believe? We should all examine the way we vote, how we treat people, if we support the least of these, and ask ourselves whether or not our actions are in line with our God’s will. Our nation is in trouble. There is hate, division, and intimidation around every corner. And, though these negative and tumultuous elements are not new to our society, I fear that we are on our way to digging a pit so deep, it will be nearly impossible to climb out of in the future. I also fear that people’s theological amnesia has caused this trouble. For generations, counterfeit religion has been used as a tool to control, oppress, and intimidate people. However, I believe that
rediscovering proper theology can be the solution to our nation’s problem. Peoples’ knowledge of God is mixed with numerous theological theories, hypothesis, and critical observations. As humans, we may not—and we will not—agree on everything. But one thing we should strive toward is the ability to respect each other, treating each other with dignity, and showing compassion to both our supporters and dissenters. Are we as believers in God doing that in the United States? Democrats, Republicans, and Independents: Where is our theology? Wherever it is, I hope we find it. Our nation’s future – our children’s future – OUR future depends on it. Christian Crawford is from Birmingham, Alabama. He is a graduating senior at Auburn University at Montgomery and will be receiving a Bachelor’s in Social Science and Liberal Arts in political science in December of 2018. In 2015, Crawford conducted an impromptu pray at his high school graduation that went viral across the country, and the world. That prayer led him to be featured in numerous news and media articles, and it also allowed him to appear on local and regional news outlets such as “Good Day Alabama” on Fox 6, “Good Morning America” on Fox and Friends, and more. Crawford has been a motivational speaker for eight years.
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Nov. 21 - Nov. 27, 2018
The Perspective Factor By Richard Harp At dinner, with our family of four gathered around the table, my boys were seated across from each other. My 4-year-old exclaimed, “I know my left and my right!” We watched as he properly pointed left and pointed right. My oldest son was adamant that his brother was wrong as he had pointed right for left and left for right. From his perspective, he was right, and his brother was wrong. Trying to explain the “perspective factor” is tough for little and big minds alike! The perspective factor is involved with life’s every inter-
action. Ironically, perspectives today are represented by the left and the right. What is conservative and what is liberal? Opinions are plentiful; therefore, being offended is commonplace. The question remains: What is right and what is wrong? Is there absolute truth? Is there truth regardless of perspective? This concept has leaked into the church. I have often heard in discussion, “That’s the way you read it. This is the way I read it.” Try using this same reasoning when you are pulled over by a police officer who asks, “Did you read the “speed limit” sign? Explain why you
were speeding.” “Well officer, I read that it said, ‘speed.’ So, I did.” You may just get hauled off to jail for contempt, as they will throw the book at you. Unfortunately, the book seems to be constantly revised because the Good Book has been thrown out of our schools, courtrooms, and many of our homes. Does this flawed reasoning apply to the Bible? Can it be rewritten or altered to fit with the present “standard” of today? The Hebrews writer explains that the word of God is unchanging and therefore, unchangeable. “Remember your leaders,
those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings (Hebrews 13:7-9a). The reason the word of God is unchanging is because the words that are found within its 66 books did not come from the perspective of man. God’s word is supernatural: “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star
rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:19-21). There are no “speed” signs that line our roads, even if we fail to read the bottom word “limit”. The police officer would consider that ignorance of the law. The word of God is the same. You will get the wrong message every time if you fail to approach God’s word with a desire to fully understand. Pay attention to
the context of every verse (the full thought before and after a passage in question). So many consider the context to be their own viewpoint, rather than the way God intended His word to be understood. Solomon said, “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil” (Proverbs 4:26,27). Do your very best to approach God’s word without swerving and strive not to allow the interference of your perspective factor. A Note From the Harp Richard preaches for the Deerfoot church of Christ
Kids Talk About God: What would you do if Jesus came to your house? (Part 2 of 2) By Carey Kinsolving and friends “Jesus would sit on the sofa and watch Monday Night Football. I would even let him eat in the den,” says Carson, 8. Would you be shocked at the idea of Jesus watching football with Carson? Thank God for a savior who experienced real life but without sinning. He always heard and obeyed the voice of his father. If Jesus had lived in modern America during his ministry, I wonder if the Bible might contain the parable of the Monday Night Football player or viewer. Bible parables contain scenes from everyday life, not monastery life. No TV viewing, however, for Jennifer, 8: “I would sit at
his feet and listen to what he had to say.” While Jennifer listened at Jesus’ feet, she might notice Justin and Jacob: “I would wash his feet with my water and dry his feet with my shirt,” says Justin, 10. “I would rub his feet, ask a couple of questions and give him good food. Then, I would ask for his favorite Bible verse,” says Jacob, 9. Washing feet sounds strange today, but it didn’t in Jesus’ time. Nikes hadn’t been invented. Feet in sandals picked up dust, mud and even animal refuse. Servants usually washed guests’ feet when they entered a house. The Last Supper began with an argument. Jesus humbly brought a washbasin and towel to wash his disciples’ feet. Peter resisted. He didn’t
want Jesus to perform a task usually reserved for servants. Servant leadership sounds like a contradiction, but not in God’s kingdom. The way up is the way down. Jesus came as a servant (Mark 10:43-45).
“I would run and jump in his arms and hug him all over. I would cook him everything he wanted,” says Ashley, 8. God desires unfettered love and joy from us. Children show their love and express their feelings freely. As the proverb says, “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed” (Proverbs 27:5). If you love God, express it with a childlike excitement. While Ashley would wait in wide-eyed anticipation for Jesus, Chelsie would feel uneasy: “It would be so embarrassing because a person who has seen everything you’ve ever done and every sin you’ve committed is at your house!” God knows everything about us: our actions, thoughts and motives. The Bible says, “And there is no creature hid-
den from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). All Christians turned to the light of the gospel when they believed in Jesus as their Savior. However, this doesn’t guarantee they’ll walk in the light (I John 1:6-9). When Peter responded to the Lord’s rebuke concerning his resistance to foot washing, he asked Jesus to wash his feet, hands and head. Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet” (John 13:10). Think about this: Even though Christians have received permanent cleansing from Jesus’ death on the cross, they need to confess their sins to God to maintain fellowship.
To walk in the light means to live openly before God. Keep short accounts by naming all known sins to God and thanking him for the cleansing of the cross. Memorize this truth: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Ask this question: Have you allowed Jesus to wash your feet so that you’ll be ready when he rings your doorbell? “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.
Clearbranch Associate Pastor retires, but not leaving ministry From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE – In October, Clearbranch UMC In Trussville announced that Rev. Jerre Rhoades was leaving Clearbranch and moving to North Alabama to live with family. This announcement, however, doesn’t mean that Rhodes is finished with ministry. As they settle into their new home, Rhodes plans to continue to spread the word to others while lending a hand where he can and using his gifts to help others. “If Jesus isn’t going to retire on me, I won’t retire on him,” said Rhoades. Rhoades came to Clearbranch in 2004 and has seen four lead pastors come and go. In that time, he has helped people in many ways.
From helping families through tough losses to overseeing the missions at Clearbranch, Rhodes has always been seen as someone that cares about helping other people. He is one of those people that always seems to find God’s hand in every situation. Rhoades worked in manufacturing before answering the call into ministry. He began his role as a pastor in Arab and moved to Albertville a year later.
In the years since then he has realized that being an associate pastor was a better fit for him because he liked having a more personal touch with the congregation during challenging times. As part of his role at Clearbranch, Rhodes has visited many members in hospitals and nursing homes. “I have a passion for one on one ministry,” said Rhoades. In the 18 years since Rhodes began his walk in ministry, he has always been someone that congregation members could turn to for prayer and comfort, but now, it is time for Jerre and his wife, Letha, to make another change. The Rhodes family will be honored in a church wide reception at the end of November.
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
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We are continuing to publish all the submissions on Thanksgiving. Last month we reached out to young readers and writers asking them to write about a “special Thanksgiving tradition in their family.” These are their submissions. DeDe’s Book Rack has partnered with The Tribune to award two $5 gift cards each week. The winners will be announced this Friday following the paper’s release on Wednesday via email. Each month, The Trussville Tribune invites students to submit stories to Tribune Kids for their own special column. The list of the upcoming topics will help you plan. Please also try these guidelines in order for students to have a better chance of having their writings published. Please send all writings to email@example.com or bring to The Tribune located at 190 Main Street, Trussville.
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Thanksgiv ing Submitted by Jamayla Embree, 5th grader My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is all the different foods because in my family, we love a good, huge plate of food especially on Thanksgiving Day. We always go all out on the food. We would have foods like ham, turkey, chicken, wings, nachos, tortillas, carrot cake, mashed potatoes, pies, corn on the cob, and stuffing. The night before, my mom, sister and I always have to clean the whole house , my room, and all of the other rooms because everyone always comes to my house to eat. We also have pretty Thanksgiving decorations, thanks to my mom and grandma.
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My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is when me and my family all come to Thanksgiving at my great grandma and grandpa’s house. Almost everyone on my mom’s side of the family comes there. We always go outside and play soccer or football. After, we go inside to find a big turkey and other foods prepared. There is a big table in the living room to eat on. When we leave, we sometimes watch a football game or go to my grandma’s house. I always have so much fun there every single year we go.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is when my great grandma brings the dressing. My great grandma is always assigned to bring the dressing almost every Thanksgiving. The dressing is my favorite thank to eat on Thanksgiving Day. Sometimes she cooks and sometimes she buys the dressing, I think. It is my favorite tradition because I don’t remember a Thanksgiving when my great grandma didn’t bring the dressing.
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My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is when my great grandfather made his yams because he let me taste one before everyone else. I love when he used to make a glaze for them. Then when no one was watching, I would take one before the prayer. Sometimes he would let me help him make them. They are brown, they are sweet, they are gooey, and mushy. They have brown sugar and white sugar. That is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is dragon eye ball yogurt. It’s called dragon eye ball yogurt because it’s blueberry yogurt with cream cheese and big purple grapes that look like dragon eye balls. It’s always really purple, really yummy and I hope that I finally get to help make it this year!
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My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is seeing my cousins and playing with them. We always go outside and play on the swingset. There’s a big backyard where we like to run and there’s a bench swing that we love to swing on. Then after we eat, we all go and eat dessert.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is how we always sit down in the living room and talk about all of our blessings. We always have a good and warm steamy cup of hot coffee. Guess what flavor it is? Pumpkin Spice! I’ve already made a puddle on the floor because I miss it so much. Plus, we watch football, which is kind of not my thing. Then we eat...zzzzzzzzzzzzz I am already asleep.
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Family Gratitude Scavenger Hunt This gratitude photo scavenger hunt is a fun way to recognize the small stuff and big blessings in life. Schedule it sometime before Thanksgiving or weâ€™re doing ours after turkey dinner to get everyone off the couch! 1. Divide into small groups (2-4 people). Each group needs a digital camera or camera
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Huskies fall to Thompson 37-13, season ends in the second round By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor ALABASTER— In the rematch of big time week nine matchup, Hewitt-Trussville found themselves on the losing side once again to the Thompson Warriors falling 37-13 in Alabaster. The loss has eliminated the Huskies from championship contention with a 8-4 record for the season. Thompson started the game hot scoring in two plays on their first possession with a three yard touchdown pass by Warriors quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa to receiver Michael Pettway to take a 7-0 lead with over ten minutes left in the first quarter. The Huskies then took over and after a long drive where the offense looked physical and precise ended with disastrous results as quarterback Paul Tyson was intercepted by a Warriors defender inside the redzone.
Thompson ended the drive with a field goal after the turnover to take a 10-0 lead which they held till the end of the quarter. The Huskies put points on the board in the second quarter after Tyson found Jamyre Reese for a 24 yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit down 10-7 with about seven minutes left before halftime. Thompson took the momentum for the rest of the half after a 24 yard touchdown run from Shadrick Byrd to give the Warriors a 16-7 lead with less than 2 minutes to go before halftime. On the ensuing kickoff, Huskies Ja’Varrius Johnson fumbled the return and the Warriors gained one more possession after recovering the ball. The Warriors turned the mistake into points after Tagovailoa found J.B. Mitchell for a 46 yard touchdown to put them up 23-7 heading into halftime.
Huskies’ Ja’Varrius Johnson tries to outrun a Warriors’ defender. (Photo by Ron Burkett)
The third quarter was very physical as both teams seemed to have their cleats in the turf and refusing to give one another an edge. The scoreboard remained the
same 23-7 as the fourth quarter began. The Huskies looked to make their comeback in the fourth quarter but Tyson was again intercepted by the War-
riors and returned all the to the Huskies’ 24 yard line. The next play, Tagovailoa took it in for a rushing touchdown to take a 30-7 lead with a little over 11 minutes left in the game.
The Huskies kept fighting and reached the endzone one more time as Tyson found Dazalin Worsham for a 37 yard touchdown but a failed two-point conversion left the game 30-13. The Warriors added what proved to be their final score after Jarrett Crockett ran for a 21 yard touchdown for a 3713 lead. The Huskies gained one more possession but also ended in an Tyson interception which effectively ended the game. He finished 13-of-34 for 163 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Tagovailoa completed 11 of 17 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for one touchdown. Runningback Shadrick Byrd rushed for 160 yards on 24 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run. The Warriors will advance to face the Hoover Bucs in the semifianls next week from Hoover.
Indians advance to round three, thrashes Muscle Shoals 45-21 By Justin Nails Tribune Sports PINSON—Despite taking a third quarter lead, Muscle Shoals couldn’t keep up with the high-powered Pinson Valley offense as the Indians scored 25 unanswered points to advance to the third round of the 6A playoffs with a 45-21 win. The Indians hopped out to an early 14-0 lead after Bo Nix connected with Gaquincey McKinstry on a 42-yard touchdown followed by a 34yard touchdown early in the first quarter. The Trojans Carson Ware answered with an 84-yard punt return that put Muscle Shoals on the board 14-6. Pinson’s John McKinney would give the Indians their first rushing touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run, giving the Indians a 20-6 lead. Trojans running back Terrell McDonald scored his own rushing touchdown on a 2-yard run to cut the Indians lead back down to one score going into the half 20-12. Muscles Shoals added a 38-yard field goal by Trey
Indians quarterback Bo Nix looks for an open receiver. (Photo By Steven Coleman)
Stoddard, as the Trojans only trailed 20-15. They also took advantage of a huge special teams play as they blocked a Bo Nix punt attempt that gave the Trojans the ball inside the Indians five yard line. Keevon Hankins would give the Trojans their first and only lead of the game
scoring a rushing touchdown and putting Muscle Shoals up 21-20. From there, it was all Pinson Valley as they scored 25 unanswered points in the second half. Bo Nix would score his first of two consecutive rushing touchdowns on a 3-yard run to give the In-
dians a 26-21 lead. The next drive, John McKinney took the ball on a handoff that looked to be a loss until he pitched the ball back to Bo Nix as he was being tackled. Nix took off from the left hashmark and scampered all the way to the right pylon on a 25-yard touchdown run that
extended the Indians lead to 33-21. When asked about the play after the game, Pinson Valley Head Coach Patrick Nix said, “ Oh sure, we practice that every day. No, it was a play by McKinney was is in his first year of playing football and he was just trying to make a play.” Pinson Valley would add two more scores as Nix connected with Demarion Holloman on a 22-yard touchdown pass and McKinstry on a 2-yard pass to give the Indians the 45-21 lead. When asked about how his team responded to going down early in the third quarter, Coach Nix said, “It’s a part of the game. They’re a very good football team and that’s just the flow of a game. We shot ourselves in the foot but our guys were able to steady the ship and make some big plays on both sides of the ball.” The Indians rushed for 248 yards on 34 carries, both game highs, and when asked about whether or not the game plan was to run the ball
more tonight Nix said, “The game plan went out the door about the third play of the night, they were completely different tonight than what they’ve been which is what we get every week and we had two game plans ready and we pulled out the other one and here we go.” For the night, Bo Nix was 21 of 38 for 370 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Kenji Christian lead all Indian rushers with 20 carries and 126 yards while John McKinney had nine carries for 75 yards. Gaquincey McKinstry lead all receivers with nine receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns while Demarion Holloman caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The Indians defense held their own after the third quarter push by the Trojans lead by leading tackler Dorian Henderson who had six tackles on the game. Pinson Valley will travel to Homewood to take on the Patriots next Friday night in the third round of the 6A playoffs.
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Cougars crash Hartselle’s perfect season By Chris Megginson Tribune Sports HARTSELLE, Ala. – Third-ranked Clay-Chalkville High School has advanced to the Class 6A Quarterfinals for the fourth time in five seasons after defeating previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Hartselle, 41-7, Nov. 16 on a muddy field at J.P. Cain Stadium. “We’re proud of our guys. It was one of those tough, physical football games. We thought they did a good job,” said CCHS Head Coach Drew Gilmer. “In a game like that
you don’t feel comfortable until it’s over. Our guys did a good job with protecting the football. We were able to move it and play on a shorter field.” Both teams were scoreless in the first quarter, but ClayChalkville put up 21 points in the second stanza to pull away from the Tigers (11-1). Willie Miller was the first to find the end zone from 8 yards out, and then Leroy King returned an interception 61 yards to make it 14-0 with 4:39 to play in the quarter. “You don’t have a lot of big plays in these type of
Cougars’ quarterback Willie Miller surveys the defense before he takes a snap.
games, and that was a big play,” Gilmer said. “It created a lot of momentum for our team, and we just kind of fed off of it. It was definitely a big spark for us.” Demarcus Burris broke a 41-yard screen pass with 2:03 to play to make it 21-0 at the half. The Cougars returned the opening kickoff to the Hartselle 34 and ate up three minutes of clock to start the second half on a drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown by D.J. Dale. and then added a late third-quarter score by Damione Ward from the 1.
Clay-Chalkville held Hartselle scoreless until the final two minutes. Hartselle senior Luke Godsey broke a 49-yard run to put the Tigers on the board, 35-7 with 1:54 to play. The Cougars (11-1) will host No. 8 Oxford (10-2) on Nov. 23 in the Class 6A Quarterfinals for the second-straight year. It will be the 15th alltime meeting between the two schools with CCHS holding a 10-4 lead in the series. The Cougars won last year, 31-15. The winner will meet either No.1 Pinson Valley (10-1) or No. 10 Homewood (10-2) in the semifinals.
Pinson Valley softball has Huskies’ Morgan Kirk signs three to sign scholarships with Tuskegee University By Justin Nails Tribune Sports PINSON—Pinson Valley celebrated with three of its softball players on Friday as Graci Graves, Savannah Mayes and Hope Cole all signed letters of intent to play college softball in a ceremony held in the Fine Arts Auditorium. All three players were in attendance to sign their letters and take pictures with family and friends and their new coaches. Graves, who will be attending Coastal Alabama Community College, said her decision to pick Coastal was made for a number of reasons. “I like so much about Coastal. Growing up it was always Alabama and UAB, do I want to go here or do I want to go there and then I attended a camp at Coastal and I just felt at home. Plus, headed toward the beach is always awesome.” Coastal coach Mallory Radwitch was also on hand and spoke highly of Graves. “Graci is a great kid with high charac-
ter and works extremely hard and I expect her to compete for a starting position in the middle infield for us next year. I know that Graci will push her teammates and she’s going to be a great asset for our team.” Savannah Mayes, who signed with Stillman College, said Stillman was right for her because first and foremost “They have my major, which is Occupational Therapy. I attended a camp and just fell in love with the campus, Coach Penfield and the girls on the team and I knew this was home for me.”
Coach Joel Penfield of Stillman had nothing but high praise for Mayes, “She picked us. We were looking for a middle infielder and invited her down to visit and we made her an offer but she definitely picked us. She’s very smart, high academics, and she will fill a need that we have in the middle infield and now I’m just looking forward to getting her down there,”he said. Hope Cole signed her letter of intent to play at Marion Military Institute. Cole said of her new school, “The campus was gorgeous, very secluded and to me it just felt safe.” Coach Jeff Venson also played a key role in Cole’s decision as she said, “Coach is going to make sure that I do what I need to do and I know he will get the very best out of me when it comes to softball.” Coach Venson said, “We’re excited to have Hope next year as a pitcher. She spins the ball well and we expect her to come in and contribute in the circle right out of the gate.”
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TRUSSVILLE— Hewitt-Trussville Huskies women’s basketball guard Morgan Kirk signed to continue her college career at Tuskegee University on Nov. 14. Kirk believed Tuskegee felt like the right decision from her first visit and loved the vision Golden Tigers head coach Trelanne Powell has for the future of the program. “She is a new coach and she reached out to me and made me feel like it could be done and I could be a part of something big,” she said. Head coach of the Hewitt-Trussville women’s basketball Tonya Hunter gives high praises to her once shy eighth grade player. “Morgan is a living testament of hard work paying off. She’s a leader on and off of the court and is going to be a part of something special in her time at Tuskegee,” she said. Kirk is no stranger to big
time basketball as she has been a part of the recent area championships and sweet 16 appearances in her time as a Husky and believes that winning pedigree will help her in her college success.
Hunter said, “Morgan is going to do whatever it takes to win. . . She’s a competitor, a leader and a wonderful teammate and the program would not be where it is today without her.”
November 21, 2018 – Alabama vs. Auburn Game By Steve Flowers Inside the Statehouse The only sport that Alabamians enjoy more than Alabama politics is college football. We especially love the Alabama vs. Auburn football game. Folks, this is Alabama/Auburn week in Alabama. The Alabama vs. Auburn annual event is one of the fiercest of college football rivalries. It is the game of the year. It is a state civil war that divides friends and even families. It is bragging rights for the entire year. The loser has to live with his boasting next door neighbor for 364 days. It seems that one must choose a side no matter if you despise college football and could care less who wins. Newcomers to our state are bewildered on this fall day each year. They cannot comprehend the madness that surrounds this epic war. It is truly that, a war. It is the game of the year. Young boys all over Alabama grow up playing football in their front yards and dream of playing in this big game. It is said that when these two rivals meet one can throw out the record books. However, that is not necessarily true. In fact, in 90 percent of the games the favorite has won. A lot of SEC championships and bowl games have been decided in the game. It has made many Alabamians’ Thanksgiving holiday either joyous or sad. I liked the rivalry better when it was played at Legion Field, but I am an old-timer in heart and age. The game was not played for 40-years between 1908 and 1948. Myth has it that the game was halted because of the intense rivalry. That is not the case. The true history of the ceasing and renewal is that after the 1907 games, the schools could not agree on the terms of the contract. The dispute involved meal money, lodging, officials and how many players
Steve Flowers Inside the Statehouse each side could bring. Football was not the passion it is today so the two schools let the matter rest and the fans did not seem to care. That began to change as college football grew to a major sport in the 1940s. When the series resumed, a popular myth was that the Alabama Legislature called a special meeting and forced the teams to play. This never happened, but the Alabama House of Representatives did pass a resolution in 1947 to encourage, not force, the schools to meet in football, and the officials at Alabama and Auburn agreed. The Presidents of Auburn and Alabama simply talked with each other and decided it would be in the best interest of the schools to start playing again on an annual basis. The contract was drawn up, the papers signed and the rivals literally buried the hatchet. On the morning of December 4, 1948, the president of each school’s student bodies dug a hole at Birmingham’s Woodrow Wilson Park, tossed a hatchet in and buried it. The series began again in 1948 with a 55-0 Alabama victory and the teams have squared off every season since. Alabama leads the series 4536-1. This record reveals that Alabama has not dominated the series, like it has against other SEC rivals and other national powerhouse programs.
In the political arena, the University of Alabama alumni have dominated the Alabama political scene. During the 60-year period from 1910 through the 1970s, almost every Alabama Governor, U. S. Senator, and Congressman was a graduate of the University of Alabama, either undergraduate, Law school, or both. Currently, our state’s most prominent and powerful political figure, Richard Shelby, is a graduate as an undergraduate and the Law School at the University. A couple of Auburn men broke through the ice to grab the brass ring of Alabama politics, the Governor’s office, Gordon Persons won in 1950 and Fob James, a former Auburn halfback won in 1978 as a Democrat and came back and won a second term as a Republican in 1994. In recent years, since 1982, Governors George Wallace, Don Siegelman, Bob Riley and Robert Bentley have all been Alabama Alumni. However, our current Governor, Kay Ivey, is an Auburn girl through and through. She and her best friend, Jimmy Rane, became political allies at Auburn. They both have turned out fairly well. Newly elected State Representative, Wes Allen of Pike County, was a walk-on wideout on one of Alabama’s National Championship teams. He was coached by Gene Stallings and Dabo Swinney. Wes’s father is State Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa. This is a first in Alabama political history, a father and a son tandem serving in the Alabama Legislature together. See you next week. Steve is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www. steveflowers.us.
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