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Former Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville visited Rainsville on Monday. His swing through the City included a sit-down with Managing Editor Marla Jones and Marshall Stiefel of Torch Talk and Morning Mayhem on K98. (Zach Hester | Southern Torch)

By Marla Jones Managing Editor RAINSVILLE, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) Former Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville made his first campaign stop in Rainsville on Monday. The stop included addressing a large

crowd at Kelly’s Kitchen and a sit-down interview on our very own Torch Talk. Tuberville, who spent nine years at Auburn University as head football coach, declared his candidacy for the United States Senate in April. After leaving Auburn, Tuberville coached at Texas

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Tech and Cincinnati, concluding his collegiate career after 21 seasons. “I want to see our state grow into something better, and — after more than a year of listening to Alabamians — it's time for me to step up, pay my dues, and play my part to help Make America Great Again.

Alabama needs leaders who support our conservative values, and I'm humbled to be taking the next step as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate,� Tuberville said on Facebook. For our full interview with Coach Tuberville, please see our Facebook.

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The DeKalb County Commission met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. (Zach Hester | Southern Torch)

By Marla Jones Managing Editor DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The DeKalb County Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

At the meeting, County Engineer Ben Luther requested three speed limits change on county roads. The first, County Road 106 in Commission District 1, will now be posted at 25 miles per hour (mph) from State Road 117

to 922 in Mentone; the second will go from 922 to 165 and be 30 mph. In District 3, Luther stated that the speed limit on County Road 107 from 81 to 176 (Colburn Gap) would be posted at 25 mph. Road Superintendent

Tom Broyles delivered a maintenance update on county progress with herbicides and surface treatments. Broyles also discussed equipment to be

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Last year, the Fort Payne Fire Department sold pink tee shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness. The department raised between $1,500 and $1,600. The Fire Department now moves to sponsor the annual Relay for Life Survivor Dinner, which will be held on May 28, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church of Fort Payne’s fellowship hall. The firefighters will serve as “celebrity servers.� We are proud that the Fort Payne Fire Department will be our sponsor for this year's Relay For Life Survivor Dinner,� said Fort Payne City Council President Brian Baine. “As the Survivor Chairperson, I am especially excited that they have agreed to sponsor this event for all the great survivors of DeKalb County.�

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COMMISSION from Page 1 put up in the upcoming June auction. Auctioning this equipment off would be more financially beneficial to the County than the maintenance they require, according to Broyles. In other business, the Commission approved: • The posting of Donny Lee’s job at the Road Department after his retirement • Roger Byrd to attend a law enforcement conference • Two annual transportation resolutions on behalf of the absent Emily McCamy The Council approved the following hires for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s

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Department: • Brian Folsom as dispatch to replace Daniel Willkie • Tabitha Franklin as a correctional officer in the DeKalb County Jail to replace Dusty Walker • Temporarily promoted Michael Gibson to Jordan McGinnis’s position and freezed McGinnis’s pay for thirteen months while he attends officer training The next meeting of the DeKalb County Commission will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at 10am in the DeKalb County Activities Building.

Sheriff's Office & BOE offer Criminal Justice courses

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: Beginning this fall, DeKalb County students interested in a career in law enforcement will be able to take Criminal

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County Sheriff’s Office and the DeKalb County School System,� said Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett. “I believe this program will allow our officers to increase their mentorship and educational influence within our schools while maintaining and promoting a safe schooling environment,� Dr. Barnett stated. DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the partnership: “This is a great way to strengthen the relationship between our students and law

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UPCOMING EVENTS Every Monday, By His Hands Outreach Ministry - The By His Hands Outreach Ministry will host a soup kitchen beginning on Mondays at 6pm. The Clothes Closet will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Both are at 2494 Church Avenue in Rainsville. Donations are greatly appreciated! Every Monday, Sons of Confederate Veterans - The Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the 2nd Monday of each month at Burnt Church at 6pm in Sylvania. Every Monday, Sons of the American Revolution - The Sons of the American Revolution meets the 3rd Monday of each month at Western Sizzlin' in Fort Payne at 6pm. Every Wednesday, Parents of Addicted Loved Ones - A new support group for Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is starting in Fort Payne at Word of Life Ministry, located at 3610 Gault Avenue North. The meeting will be held every Tuesday

from 6pm to 7:30pm. Any adult family member over 18 is welcome to attend these PAL meetings, however, for insurance reasons, no one under the age of 18 may attend and child care will not be provided. For more information, visit palgroup.org. Every Wednesday, Breakthrough Church free meal - Come and enjoy a free meal and hear the Word of God on Wednesday nights starting January 3 at 5:30pm. If you need a ride, please contact: Lynn Haas at (256) 605-7854 or Connie Holdem at (256) 605-1776. May 18, First Responders Day - The City of Rainsville will honor the First Responders of DeKalb County at a special ceremony on Saturday, May 18 at 2pm at the Rainsville City Park. May 18, 11th Annual Cody Renfroe Rod Run/ Poker Run - Come spend the day looking at vintage, street and hot rods, motorcycles and tractors at the 11th Annual Cody Renfroe

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Rod Run/Poker Run! The event will be held from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday, May 18 at Crossville City Park. All proceeds from the event go to the Crossville Volunteer Fire Department. May 18, TVRA at the Agri-Business Center - The Tennessee Valley Roping Association will present the Team Roping Competition at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 9am. Books will open at 8:30am. June 1, Memories of Mayberry - The Town of Valley Head will present Memories of Mayberry on Saturday, June 1! All proceeds will benefit the Valley Head Fire Department. It begins at 9am. June 15, 11th Annual Freedom Run 5K & 10K - Don't miss the area's largest fun run/walk! The Rainsville Freedom Run will begin at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville at 8am. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Pre-registration (before May 31) is $30 and after May 31 is $35. Registration will close at 1,000 walkers/runners. To register online, look at contact information and more, visit racesonline.com!

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By Staff Reports POWELL, Ala. — With the help of workforce funding and local support, Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) has begun a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) program. Key to the local support was the donation of a tractor truck by local businessman Samuel Noble of Noble LLC. The 160-hour program, which started May 6, will train students to earn their Class A CDL and endorsements. The program also is partially funded through a $285,000 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant, which will help support the program through June 2020. Priority admission is given to those who qualify for WIOA benefits; potential students may contact their local Alabama Career Center office to learn if they qualify. Local support for the location of the truck driving training center also came from Scottsboro Mayor Robin Shelton, Blake Wright and the Scottsboro Industrial Development Board, and the Jackson County Economic Development Authority. The training center is being housed in Scottsboro’s Goosepond Industrial Park. “This project is a great example of how a group can work together and establish a partnership that is beneficial to the community,� NACC President Dr. David Campbell said. “As many know, there is a great need for commercial drivers in our area, as there is in the state and nationally. We will begin to address this shortage with our program and at the same time create some great job opportunities for our people. I can’t thank Mr. Noble enough for his donation. This donation was the key piece that we needed to establish the program.� Mr. Noble stated, “We are excited about the new program. I have had to watch numerous friends leave our area to find good paying jobs. Most love our county for the obvious reasons, but move to be closer to better paying work. This program will help alleviate that problem.� Truck driving is one of the occupations with the

most job openings in Alabama. In Alabama and nationwide and the demand for truck drivers is expected to continue steady growth. Campbell noted that locally the great need for a truck driving program was first brought up at a meeting of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority, of which he serves as chair. Campbell also serves on the WIOA North Alabama regional workforce committee. Chris Peek, of Section, was hired to teach and operate the program. Peek comes to NACC with many years of over-the-road experience as an owner-operator and most recently drove for Noble. “Our grant of $285,000 from the Region 1 Workforce Council obviously was a key our getting this program started as well,� Dr. Campbell stated. “We are extremely grateful for this start-up grant. These CDL programs are very expensive to start and to operate. Financially, most programs are a break-even type of operation, but by establishing this program, we feel we are fulfilling a real community need for economic growth and for jobs for people in our area. We especially thank the Region 1 Workforce Council and the Alabama Department of Commerce for providing this grant.� Grant funds are provided through the federal Workforce Innovation and

Opportunity Act of 2014. “Our Dean of Workforce Development and Job Skills Training, Dr. Mike Kennamer, did just an outstanding job writing the grant for the program,� Campbell noted. “He worked very hard putting the pieces of this program together as well. His work was indispensable to this project.� Dr. Mike Kennamer stated that those interested in the program should contact Mrs. Julie George, Skills Training Coordinator at NACC, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2214 or via email at georgej@nacc. edu. “Because we want to assure that our program graduates have adequate behind-the-wheel time, we only accept four students at a time,� noted Kennamer. “We start and finish a new class every month and hope to start a weekend class soon.� Priority admission is given to those who qualify for WIOA benefits; potential students may contact their local Alabama Career Center office to learn if they qualify. Northeast Alabama Community College is a comprehensive community college that is consistently recognized as one of the top in the nation. Browse the college’s website at www. nacc.edu to learn about all the college offers or download the college’s free App at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Follow NACC on social media.

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE Infrastructure Package Passage Will Be Hallmark of Success for Governor Ivey & Legislature

By Steve Flowers AL Political Columnist MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The five day Special Legislative Session that addressed the increase in the gas tax to fund an Infrastructure Rebuilding Program for the state was a remarkable success. I still marvel at the adroitness, efficiency and expediency in which the governor accomplished this monumental initiative. She called for a Special Session on the night of her State of the State address and within one week it was signed, sealed, and delivered. I have seen some successful special sessions in my lifetime of watching Alabama politics. However, I have never seen anything

like this. George Wallace used Special Sessions continuously and regularly during his 20-year reign as King of Alabama politics. He got things accomplished this way. It is the way to go to crystalize the importance of an issue. Kay Ivey’s success made Wallace’s hardball ploys look minor league. She got her mission accomplished in the minimum five days. It was an amazing success story that will be told in political circles for years. She did her homework. She dug in and made it clear that infrastructure improvement was a must for Alabama. She had a plan, she worked it and she won and the people of Alabama won. She was not doing it

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for self-serving reasons nor was she doing it to secure her place in history. However, I am here to tell you as an Alabama political historian, she earned a place in my book. She has earned her spurs and earned the name “Governor.� She showed her leadership and the title Gov. Kay Ivey. Gov. Ivey was astute to address the issue in a Special Session within the Regular Session for several reasons. In a Special Session, Legislators have to address only the issue the governor calls them in for. By calling for the concentrated Special Session within the Regular Session it did not cost taxpayers any more. It also got them around the 3/5 vote needed to bring a bill up before the budgets which is required in the Regular Session. Her ability to reach across the aisle and garner Democratic support for passage of the program was noteworthy. She brought in all of the Democratic legislative leaders. She sat down with them and diligently worked to explain how important this agenda was to not only their constituents, but to the entire state. Her reaching out to them was not only important for passage of

this package, but it built the foundation for a successful and harmonious working relationship with all the members of the Legislature which has been missing for over a decade. The relationships Kay developed with state senators as presiding officer of the Senate for six years paid off with not only the Republican leadership but also with Democratic leaders like Bobby Singleton. She forged new friendships with both Republican and Democratic legislators in the House. She worked hard and developed a close working relationship with House Democratic leader, Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville), who is a bright young star. This friendship will be good going forward for Ivey and the state. Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) was the leader in the House that worked closely with Gov. Kay Ivey to align the stars for passage. Poole drafted the Bill, helped devise the strategy and fought for passage. He is probably the only House sponsor who could pull it off. Senator Clyde Chambliss did a brilliant job in the Senate. Both Poole and Chambliss are young with bright paths ahead in Alabama politics.

Expanding access to broadband internet in rural Alabama has been one of the cornerstone issues for Gov. Ivey and the legislature the last few years. This access to broadband today is as important as getting electricity was 60-75 years ago. This initiative has moved to the forefront for passage as the session evolves. The magic formula for success is engrossed in House Bill 400. This legislation would logically and effectively allow electric utilities to use their existing infrastructure to run broadband to areas that do not have service today. Opposition has arisen from big cable companies for obvious self-serving reasons. To allow these large out-of-state companies to thwart the passage of this important piece of legislation would

be bad for the state. The need to run new fiber optic lines at great expense would make the initiative almost cost prohibitive. Regardless, the cable companies and AT&T are working to kill this logical plan to extend broadband internet service to all Alabamians. They are also using some unsavory tactics in their attempt to kill Gov. Ivey’s initiative. Hopefully, their transparent efforts to derail this important legislation will be ignored by legislators who want what is best for Alabama. See you next week. Steve Flowers 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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DEATH NOTICES BURT Lorene Cooper Moses - 87, passed away on Monday, May 6. A graveside service was held at 11am in Gravel Hill Cemetery with Rev. Perry Jones officiating. Burial followed.

WT WILSON Pearl Evelyn Mize Hiland - 86 of Sylvania, passed away on Tuesday, May 7. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Saturday, May 11 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Revs. Melvin Dawson and Gary Haymon officiating. Interment will follow in Lusk Chapel Cemetery. Clyde Brown - 84 of Fort Payne, passed away on Thursday, May 9. A graveside service was held at 2pm on Monday, May 13 at Mountain View Memorial Gardens with Bro. Hoyt Gilbert officiating. Alaina Catherine Olivares - 4 of Collinsville, passed away on Saturday, May 11. Funeral services will be

held at 1pm on Friday, May 17 at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Corinth Cemetery in Fyffe. Charles Ray Allen 81 of Crossville, passed away on Sunday, May 12. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Tuesday, May 14 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bro. Ricky Fowler officiating. Burial followed in Macedonia Cemetery #2. Mary Elizabeth Clemons - 72 of Scottsboro, passed away on Monday, May 13. A visitation was held from noon to 4pm on Wednesday, May 15 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel. James Nolan Mashburn - 74 of Crossville, passed away on Monday, May 13. Funeral services were held at noon on Thursday, May 16 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bros. Chris Watkins, Robert Williams, and Jim Merrell officiating. Burial followed in Lusk Chapel Cemetery with military honors.

BURT Ricky Raymond Brown - 58 of Dawson, passed away on Saturday, May 11 at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.

WILSON Jessie Epps - 60 of Gaylesville, passed away on Friday, May 10. Funeral services were held at 11am on Monday, May 13 with Pastors Seth Stone and Scott Blizzard officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Angie Kendall King - 55 of Fort Payne, passed away on Friday, May 10 at Shepherd’s Cove. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Monday, May 13 at Wilson Funeral Home with Revs. Justin Bryant and C.L. Wilborn officiating. Sarah Elizabeth Dobbs - 95 of Fort Payne, passed away on Sunday, May 12. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Wednesday, May 15 at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.

CORNER STONE Bonnie Brewer - 82, passed away on Friday, May 10. A graveside service was held at Biddle Cemetery in Henagar on Monday, May 13 at 12pm. Wilma Underwood Bunns - 74 of Pisgah, passed away on Saturday, May 11 at her residence. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 14 at 3pm at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. Buddy Keith officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery. Buna Thurmond Lacy - 77 of Rosalie, passed away on Sunday, May 12 at her residence. Funeral services were held at 1pm on Wednesday, May 15 at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Moses officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery.

CROSSVILLE Judith Ann Smith 72 of Crossville, passed away on Tuesday, May 7 at Marshall Medical

Center South. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Friday, May 10 at Crossville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Andy Brown and Wes Ables officiating. Interment followed in Crossville Cemetery.

RAINSVILLE Joseph Mauldin - 82 of Grant, passed away on Wednesday, May 8 at his residence. No memorial services will be held. Angela Hatfield Whisenant - 59 of Pisgah, passed away on Wednesday, May 8 at her residence. Funeral

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On Wednesday, the Collinsville Lady Panthers defeated Leroy 8-6 in the first round of the 2019 Class 2A State Tournament at Montgomery's Lagoon Park. The Lady Panthers advanced to the second round to take on Sand Rock. (Submitted Photo)

On Wednesday, the Plainview Lady Bears were defeated by Prattville Christian 3-1. The Lady Bears faced Oakman in the second round of the AHSAA playoffs. (Submitted Photo)

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For the second year in a row, the Fort Payne Wildcats came up short in the Class 6A Boys Soccer State Championship. The Wildcats fell to St. Paul Episcopal, losing by a penalty kick, 3-2. (Submitted Photo)

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By Staff Reports HUNTSVILLE – St. Paul’s Episcopal and Fort Payne replicated the intense action of the earlier Class 7A boys’ championship match with its match that lasted almost 90 minutes from start to finish as the Saints squeezed out a 3-2 victory that rolled through two overtimes and concluded with a dramatic 5-3 edge in the deciding shootout. Tradition-steeped Fort Payne (17-9-1), coached by Tom Shanklin, took the early lead with senior Aaron Chavez delivering the first goal and a 1-0 Wildcats lead just 2:49 into the championship match. Kenneth Toledo got the assist. Toledo picked up his second assist of the match in the second period when senior Erin Escobar landed Fort Payne’s second goal to take a commanding 2-0 lead. The Saints (17-6-2) of Coach Chad Harrelson were not through, however. Senior Nicholas Alford drilled a pass from teammate Coleman Little for a goal at 70:07 to cut the Wildcats lead to 2-1. St. Paul’s then tied the match at 2-2 when Little, who earned Class 6A boys’ state championship MVP, picked up his second assist with a corner kick pass to Turner Boulo and the junior forward drove the shot home to tie the match at 2-2. Both teams had scoring opportunities in the overtime periods, but failed to score. Harrelson sent Nathaniel Hudson, Little, goalkeeper Grayson Myles, Oladipupo Fagbongbe and Matthew Clarke to the mark in the shootout with all five managing goals. Fort Payne’s Toledo, Ruben Robles and Chavez had successful kicks, but Miguel Reyes’ shot missed its mark. The state championship was the first boys’ state soccer title in St. Paul’s history. The Saints moved to 6A this season from Class 4A/5A. Fort Payne won state titles in 2011 and 2015.

THE ROAD TO NATIONALS

Congratulations to Canyon Trevino! Canyon is a student at Crossville Middle, who just won the Alabama Little Britches State Junior Bull Riding title! He will represent Alabama at the National Junior Bull Riding Competition in July. (Submitted Photo)

Congratulations to Zane Williams, a student at Geraldine. Zane was named the 2018-2019 ALBRA Jr Bull Riding Reserve Campion and will be heading to Oklahoma in July for the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals. (Submitted Photo)



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