The Trussville Tribune http://www.trussvilletribune.com All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:51:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.12 Melton endorses Choat in runoff election http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/25/melton-endorses-choat-in-runoff-election/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/25/melton-endorses-choat-in-runoff-election/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:51:17 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34056 By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE – After 20 years as Trussville’s Mayor, Gene Melton has endorsed runoff candidate Buddy Choat. “I am most appreciative and very honored that Mayor Melton has decided to support me,” Choat said. “I really appreciate his commitment to support me in the upcoming runoff.” Melton said his primary reasoning behind more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE – After 20 years as Trussville’s Mayor, Gene Melton has endorsed runoff candidate Buddy Choat.

“I am most appreciative and very honored that Mayor Melton has decided to support me,” Choat said. “I really appreciate his commitment to support me in the upcoming runoff.”

Melton said his primary reasoning behind supporting Choat is he believes Choat’s heart is in the right place, and he will take good care of the people of Trussville.

Melton said Choat’s eight years of experience on the Trussville City Council serving in different capacities such as liaison to the Trussville Public Library and Parks and Recreation Department show his passion and commitment to serving the city.

“He’s tried his best between his work and trying to serve the city,” Melton said. “I think he’s done as well as anybody could to try to learn how a city actually runs and operates.”

MeltonChoatChoat said he has tried to build a great relationship with Melton over the last eight years, and thinks Melton has done a great job for the city of Trussville.

“What he’s done is part of my vision for Trussville moving forward,” Choat said.

Choat’s experience serving on the Trussville Downtown Redevelopment Authority will give him a greater insight into what the city is trying to do with the downtown area, according to Melton.

“He has a step up in the knowledge and experience being on that board during the time that it started out,” Melton said. “It will take a strong mayor to make sure they don’t lose sight of what they need to be doing.”

In addition to Choat’s experience serving on the council, Melton said he’s also been eager to learn as much as he can about other facets of local government.

“I’ve tried to make him a part of the decision making process, along with the rest of them, and offered to come in and act as a mentor if they wanted to learn,” Melton said.

However, just like with any new position, Melton said there will be a learning curve for whichever candidate is elected.

“It’s not just going out and shaking hands and patting people on the back and attending all these civic organizations, you have to take care of the city and be forward thinking,” Melton said. “If elected he (Choat) will get the chance to sit on this side of the table and deal with five independent thinkers and keep them corralled. I believe he can.”

Regardless of whichever candidate wins, Melton said he will be around to help. Melton remembered when he came into office in 1996, asking the previous mayor for help, but being told he was on his own.

“I won’t do that to either one of them,” Melton said.

Melton said the things that are most important for either candidate to learn quickly should he be elected is the day to day operations of the city, and how to stop what they’re doing to address a problem quickly. He said although the management of personnel is part of the job, as is hiring and firing, he hopes that Trussville continues to put its people first.

“I hope the mayor won’t lose that down home type of feeling,” Melton said.

The mayoral runoff election will take place October 4.

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Igbinoghene on track for breakout year http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/igbinoghene-on-track-for-breakout-year/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/igbinoghene-on-track-for-breakout-year/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:00:55 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34008 By David Knox, Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE – It was just a spring game, but Noah Igbinoghene wasn’t having any of it. His Hewitt-Trussville Huskies were primed to score a touchdown in their game against Minor when a running back had the ball knocked away from him by a Tenacious Tiger defender. The Minor defender scooped up more »

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By David Knox, Sports Editor

TRUSSVILLE – It was just a spring game, but Noah Igbinoghene wasn’t having any of it.

His Hewitt-Trussville Huskies were primed to score a touchdown in their game against Minor when a running back had the ball knocked away from him by a Tenacious Tiger defender.

The Minor defender scooped up the ball and saw nothing but Husky Stadium green turf for the 100 yards ahead of him.

By the time the Huskies realized what had happened, the Tiger was barreling into Hewitt territory.

But Igbinoghene is pretty fast. And pretty determined.

The track star blazed from behind to haul down the unsuspecting Tiger at the Hewitt 5.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Igbinoghene said. “Honestly, I just saw him running and I thought I could catch him and I did. Just wanted to give the defense a chance to get the ball back.”

Igbinoghene, the AAU national champion in the triple jump, runs the 100 dash and is a long jumper for coach David Dobbs’ Huskies, is that kind of athlete and that kind of person. Dedicated, disciplined and determined. There’s no quit in Noah.

And though he’s a 4.4 guy in the 40, it’s doing the little things, the overlooked things, the unselfish things that make him a lot more than a fast wide receiver.

Coach Josh Floyd loves having a fast football player. That’s a “HuskyFast” given.

But, Floyd said, “Another thing I like about him is he’s just a physical player. That’s actually how he won the job as a sophomore, with his blocking ability. It wasn’t because he was a great receiver. He was blocking his tail off as a sophomore. He does all those things, like the play in the spring game. You can see his highlight film several times where he’s blocking kids.

“I just think he’s a complete player. He’s not a selfish kid. If he’s not getting the ball, he’s not taking the play off. He’s actually trying to help his team win the game.”

Igbinoghene, now 6-feet and 194 pounds, has seen his stock rise since the spring game and summer 7on7 play. He is now a four-star prospect and has narrowed his list to Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Missouri and Maryland. He calls Duke and Notre Dame “co-leaders” but also says that list could change. Wherever he goes, he will be a two-sport athlete; he’s not leaving track behind.

The son of Olympians – dad was a jumper and mom a sprinter for Nigeria — football was not his first love. Mostly it was running and soccer. By the seventh grade, though, he got the itch to play football.

“I felt like I needed to play,” he said. “In seventh grade I wasn’t that good because I hadn’t been playing since I was a little kid like the rest of these guys. My mom wasn’t so happy about it but my dad encouraged me to do it. He thought I’d be big enough.”

As a junior, he racked up almost 1,000 all-purpose yards. He caught 33 passes for 522 yards and seven touchdowns, added another 151 rushing yards on 25 carries, and had 194 return yards on nine kickoff returns.

NoahFileUntil this year, Igbinoghene had seemingly flown under the radar of college recruiters.

“I think based on last year before the spring game, before the summer, recruiters thought I was just a straight-line speed guy, they didn’t think I can do all the stuff I did in the spring game. So I think that really helped interest in my recruiting.”

In the spring, Igbinoghene played some running back. Floyd knew he needed to get him the ball.

“I think the thing we’re going to do with him this year is we’re going to give him the ball more in the backfield,” Floyd said prior to the opener at Montgomery Bell. “He showed in the spring game that he can do that. We’ve just got to get him the ball in the open field. It’s not about just throwing the deep routes all the time.”

Floyd did just that in the opener. Running from the wildcat formation, Igbinoghene took the snap and raced around left end for a 38-yard TD run that gave the Huskies the lead they wouldn’t give back.

He finished with nine catches for 67 yards and another 78 yards on six touches. He also returned three kickoffs for 73 yards.

“He can make people miss in space,” Floyd said. “I think that’s something you can’t really teach. There are a lot of guys that are fast. … and he’s had to overcome this (stigma) because people know he’s a track guy, so the question is he just a straight-ahead guy, and a lot of track guys are, but he’s not.

“All you’ve got to do is watch his highlight film. He’s a guy that can make people miss in the open field and, again, I can’t teach that. College coaches at Alabama and Auburn can’t teach that. That’s just something that he was born with.”

Igbinoghene’s speed, elusiveness and physicality make him a difficult matchup for defenses.

Quarterback Connor Adair said his teammate’s ability to get open and run good routes is one of his strengths. The wide receiver agrees. “I’m not perfect catching, but I’m continuing to work on that and want to make that my ultimate strength. And put all that together with running good routes and getting open.”

Floyd said no matter how good Igbinoghene is today, just wait.

“I think he’s still just very raw and green,” Floyd said. “He’s only 16 years old. I feel like he’s just scratching the surface of what he’s going to be. His best days are ahead of him at the next level.”

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Cougars move to top spot in 6A poll, Huskies up to 6th in 7A http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/cougars-move-to-top-spot-in-6a-poll-huskies-up-to-6th-in-7a/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/cougars-move-to-top-spot-in-6a-poll-huskies-up-to-6th-in-7a/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:01:21 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34049 By David Knox, Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE – The Clay-Chalkville Cougars took advantage of a big win over Florence and Spanish Fort’s loss to McGill-Toolen to move to the head of Class 6A in the first regular-season Alabama Sports Writers Association football poll. By virtue of their 53-48 win over Florence, the preseason No. 2 Cougars more »

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By David Knox, Sports Editor

TRUSSVILLE – The Clay-Chalkville Cougars took advantage of a big win over Florence and Spanish Fort’s loss to McGill-Toolen to move to the head of Class 6A in the first regular-season Alabama Sports Writers Association football poll.

By virtue of their 53-48 win over Florence, the preseason No. 2 Cougars picked up 21 of 27 first-place votes to move past Spanish Fort. The Toros opened the season with a 24-3 loss to McGill-Toolen, the top-ranked team in Class 7A and now ranked No. 10 in the country by USA Today. Spanish Fort collected four Footballfirst-place votes but dropped to No. 3 behind Blount, which got the other two first-place votes in the balloting of sports writers who cover high school sports across the state.

Meanwhile, Hewitt-Trussville’s 33-24 win at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville moved the Huskies up one spot to No. 6 in Class 7A.

The Cougars (1-0) will be in a Top 10 showdown Friday at eighth-ranked Bessemer City. The Huskies (1-0) host Florida power Manatee from Bradenton.

Pinson Valley (1-0), despite beating highly regarded McAdory 15-8, did not receive a single vote in the poll. The Indians travel to Lawson Field to face Ramsay (0-0). The Rams, who are moving up to 6A this season, played a jamboree game against Helena last week.

Here are the top two classes in this week’s poll.

Class 7A

  1. McGill-Toolen (24) (1-0) 314
  2. James Clemens (2) (0-0) 236
  3. Hoover (1) (1-0) 229
  4. Spain Park (1-0) 182
  5. Bob Jones (1-0) 155
  6. Hewitt-Trussville (1-0) 130
  7. Murphy (0-0) 93
  8. Central-Phenix City (0-1) 90
  9. Auburn (1-0) 67
  10. Lee-Montgomery (1-0) 19

Others receiving votes: Gadsden City (0-1) 14, Vestavia Hills (0-0) 3, Buckhorn (0-0) 2, Foley (1-0) 2, Mary G. Montgomery (1-0) 2, Jeff Davis (0-1) 1. 

Class 6A

  1. Clay-Chalkville (21) (1-0) 305
  2. Blount (2) (1-0) 215
  3. Spanish Fort (4) (0-1) 205
  4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (1-0) 193
  5. Opelika (1-0) 174
  6. Oxford (1-0) 127
  7. Park Crossing (1-0) 110
  8. Saraland (1-0) 69
  9. Bessemer City (1-0) 45
  10. Benjamin Russell (0-0) 39

Others receiving votes: Florence (0-1) 27, Hartselle (1-0) 17, Hazel Green (0-0) 4, Southside-Gadsden (1-0) 3, Minor (1-0) 2, Gardendale (1-0) 1, Homewood (1-0) 1, Parker (0-0) 1, Wetumpka (1-0) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Will Gaines, Anniston Star; Jonathan Deal, Athens News Courier; Gary Estwick, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Tommy Hicks, Citronelle Call-News; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Rob Ketcham, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; John McWilliams, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Eric Bacharach, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Daniel Evans, Selma Times-Journal; Baker Ellis, Shelby County Reporter; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Cory Diaz, Wetumpka Herald. Not voting: Cathy Higgins, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home.

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No One Can Condemn http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/no-one-can-condemn/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/no-one-can-condemn/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:15 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34004 By Mark Gainey, Deerfoot Baptist Church With each beginning of a new school year, I think about all the great memories I had with friends in school. However, I also remember some not so great moments. One of those awful memories is a dreary fall day in my freshman year. My best friend and I more »

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By Mark Gainey, Deerfoot Baptist Church

With each beginning of a new school year, I think about all the great memories I had with friends in school. However, I also remember some not so great moments. One of those awful memories is a dreary fall day in my freshman year. My best friend and I had just gotten into a scuffle over—what else—a girl. We were foolish enough to let something like that get between our friendship and we were even more foolish to get into a fight over it.

Deerfoot Baptist Church (submitted photo)

Deerfoot Baptist Church (submitted photo)

The next thing we knew, we were in the principal’s office that morning. It also happened to be the morning of my first debate tournament. I not only had jeopardized my classes, my Christian witness, but I had also put my team in a terrible situation.

I’ll never forget the feeling as the principal walked in. That feeling of overwhelming dread. What would my parents say? What would my friends think? What would my debate coach do? To my amazement, the principal gave us a warning, told us we had a higher standard to live up to, and gave us grace. We went back to class, thankful for his grace and determined to never let it happen again!

Some of our classmates were angry, though. They couldn’t believe we didn’t get in trouble. But the reality was they couldn’t condemn us. There was only one person who had to power to do that—the principal. Since he decided to give us grace, no one could condemn us.

That is exactly the way it is with God. Romans 8:33-34 says “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised…”

That scripture explains a very important truth for those of us who are followers of Jesus. If we have a personal relationship with Christ, there is no one or nothing that can bring condemnation on us. At times in our lives when we sin, mess up, or blow it, we tend to feel guilt or shame. We feel like we’ve been sent to the principal’s office. The good news is that if you are a follower of Christ, you’ve been given grace and are forgiven. You’ve been reminded to live to a higher standard. And there is incredible news for those of you who don’t belong to Jesus. God offers you grace and mercy if you are willing to surrender to Him!

The next time you’re tempted to feel shame for your past mistakes, remember since Jesus died for you, if you receive His forgiveness, no one can condemn you!

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Nico Collins is one big, tough Cougar http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/nico-collins-is-one-big-tough-cougar/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/nico-collins-is-one-big-tough-cougar/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:00:45 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34006 By David Knox, Sports Editor CLAY — Clay-Chalkville offensive coordinator Stuart Floyd once said Nico Collins’ hands were so soft that you couldn’t even hear the football smack against them when he caught it. Nothing else about the Cougars’ star wide receiver falls into the “soft” category. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Collins is “a tough, thick kid,” more »

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By David Knox, Sports Editor

CLAY — Clay-Chalkville offensive coordinator Stuart Floyd once said Nico Collins’ hands were so soft that you couldn’t even hear the football smack against them when he caught it.

Nothing else about the Cougars’ star wide receiver falls into the “soft” category.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Collins is “a tough, thick kid,” said head coach Jerry Hood. “He’s a lot bigger once you stand by him in person. He’s a built-up, tough kid. His legs are big, he’s got big ol’ hips and big ol’ thighs. He’s just a big ol’ good-looking kid.”

Collins has been a starter since midway through his sophomore year, and he’d picked up offers from Alabama and Auburn before he’d turned 16. It certainly helped that he had highly sought after teammates in T.J. Simmons, now at Alabama, and Ty Pigrome, now at Maryland. But once they saw the big kid gliding across the field snagging passes, he was on the radar. With his size, he is deceptively fast, probably clocking about a 4.5 40.

nicocollins“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached, there’s no question about it,” Hood said of the five-star recruit labeled the best prospect in Alabama. “His hands are extremely soft. And his catch radius with his arms is a little longer than most kids. He’s 6-5, but he’s 6-5 with really long arms. Combine that with having really soft hands and having the ability to dish out punishment when he needs to, or take the blows when he needs to, makes him a little different. There are some 6-5 kids that are really skinny and the idea is to body blow them so you can knock them out in the 10th round. Nico’s not that way.”

With Simmons, Pigrome and a dozen or so other starters gone, the focus is clearly on Collins. As a junior, he hauled in 60 passes for 1,103 yards and 16 scores. With sophomore quarterback Willie Miller replacing Pigrome, it was difficult to forecast numbers for the big target this season. Collins claims that there are other receivers and defenses can’t always double-team him. “I am excited about being ‘the guy,’ but what other teams don’t know when they’re so focused on me, we got two other receivers on the other side of the field.”

The opening win over Florence bore that out to some degree. Rod McCloud hauled in four passes for 61 yards and a 40-yard TD pass from Miller. Courtney Braxton nabbed a 6-yard TD pass.

Still, defenses have to prove they can stop Collins. Friday night against the Falcons, he pulled in four receptions for 152 yards and a score, coming on an 83-yard strike from Miller.

Hood said that even if Collins is doubled, the Cougars might go to him at times regardless.

“His size creates an issue when he goes toward the middle because they can’t get around him. We saw that over and over this summer,” Hood said. “I think he’s a lot tougher football player than he was as a sophomore or even as a junior.”

Collins’ goal last year was to be a better blocker, and he accomplished that. “This year, I’m just trying to get better as an athlete,” he said. “Trying to run routes better. Staying low, because most defensive backs are shorter than me.”

Hood is emphasizing something else as well. “I think the thing that I want to see from him is the ability to catch the ball and break a tackle. A lot of times that’s hard for long kids because everybody is always hanging on their feet. But if he can get the mindset of catching the ball and exploding out of that, I think that would take his game to the next level.

“He’s so good on the sides. Where he can tap-tap. And we can throw him the post and jump balls in the end zone. He’s so good at it. I think the way we’re going to end up using him a lot is be a lot of times he’ll be somewhere around the middle and we need him to break a tackle from time to time. The explosiveness after the catch is where I’d like to see improvement.”

He’s been on the move all summer, whether it was “The Opening” or the barbecue at Michigan or 7on7s. He’s used to traveling, though. As an even-younger athlete, he was a highly rated basketball player on the AAU circuit.

And the recruiting battle continues for his services, although he said he is mostly just enjoying the process. He won’t announce his choice till signing day. His top three remain Michigan, Alabama and Georgia.

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Trussville Zales burglarized, $7k of merchandise stolen http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/trussville-zales-burglarized-7k-of-merchandise-stolen/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/trussville-zales-burglarized-7k-of-merchandise-stolen/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:47:24 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34040 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville Police Department is investigating the burglary of the Zales Jewelry Store at the Pinnacle shopping center. Captain Jeff Bridges with the Trussville Police Department said that sometime between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday or Monday Zales Jewelry Store at Pinnacle Square was burglarized. Responding more »

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TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville Police Department is investigating the burglary of the Zales Jewelry Store at the Pinnacle shopping center.

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Captain Jeff Bridges with the Trussville Police Department said that sometime between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday or Monday Zales Jewelry Store at Pinnacle Square was burglarized.

Responding officers said the front window had been broken, as well as five jewelry cases. Miscellaneous items had been stolen totaling approximately $7,000.

Both cases are under active investigation by the Trussville Police Department.

 

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Employee robbed at gunpoint in Red Lobster parking lot http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/employee-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-red-lobster-parking-lot/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/employee-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-red-lobster-parking-lot/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:40:28 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34037 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville Police Department is investigating a robbery in the parking lot of Red Lobster that occurred Sunday. Captain Jeff Bridges with the Trussville Police Department said an employee of Red Lobster on Roosevelt Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint at 10:20 p.m. on Sunday. The 51-year-old female more »

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TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville Police Department is investigating a robbery in the parking lot of Red Lobster that occurred Sunday.

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Captain Jeff Bridges with the Trussville Police Department said an employee of Red Lobster on Roosevelt Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint at 10:20 p.m. on Sunday. The 51-year-old female employee was walking to her car when she was approached by two black males, wearing bandanas to cover their faces. They pointed a pistol at her and told her to give them all of her money, and they took her wallet and ran off.

This incident is under investigation by the Trussville Police Department.

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Freeman to take place three on Trussville Council http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/freeman-to-take-place-three-on-trussville-council/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/freeman-to-take-place-three-on-trussville-council/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34022 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports TRUSSVILLE – Jef Freeman has been elected to place three on the Trussville City Council. Freeman ran against Tommy Brewer and Anthony Irwin, both of whom were making their first run for public office. Freeman, a native of Walnut Grove in Etowah County, has lived in Trussville since 1993 more »

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TRUSSVILLE – Jef Freeman has been elected to place three on the Trussville City Council.

Freeman ran against Tommy Brewer and Anthony Irwin, both of whom were making their first run for public office.

Jef Freeman

Jef Freeman

Freeman, a native of Walnut Grove in Etowah County, has lived in Trussville since 1993 and is a member of Trussville First United Methodist Church. Most recently, Freeman has served as the chairman of Trussville’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority (RDA).

Freeman’s background is in finance, as he serves as a Financial Advisor for Wells Fargo Bank. He began his career in finance at 19 years old with the Birmingham National Trust Bank, now known as Wells Fargo.

In addition to serving as chairman of the RDA, Freeman is also a member of the Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals, the Jefferson County Mural Review board and is a past President of the Rotary Club. He has also been involved with municipal finance through the years, seeing both the good and bad.

Freeman has been married to his wife, Regina, for 35 years. They have two sons Joe and John, one daughter Rebecca, and granddaughter Addie.

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UPDATED: Hewitt-Trussville students caught vandalizing high school http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/updated-hewitt-trussville-students-caught-vandalizing-high-school/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/updated-hewitt-trussville-students-caught-vandalizing-high-school/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:09:51 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34033 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports TRUSSVILLE – Trussville police captain Jeff Bridges said between 20 and 30 Hewitt-Trussville High School students were caught vandalizing school property at about 2 a.m. Wednesday before the first day of school was to begin. A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy spotted the activity and notified Trussville police. Officers arrived more »

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From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

TRUSSVILLE – Trussville police captain Jeff Bridges said between 20 and 30 Hewitt-Trussville High School students were caught vandalizing school property at about 2 a.m. Wednesday before the first day of school was to begin.

20160824_085209A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy spotted the activity and notified Trussville police. Officers arrived to find vulgarities written in spray paint and chalk on the roads and sidewalks, as well as trees rolled on toilet paper. The students told officers it was a “senior prank.”

Faculty members were seen picking up the remnants of toilet paper at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Some of the chalk had been washed off of the sidewalks, but the much of the toilet paper and spray paint remained.

“We called their parents and they came to get them,” Bridges said. “We have their names and we’ll turn over the information to the school system for possible prosecution as soon as our investigation is complete. Some of this, such as the spray painting, rises to the level of criminal activity because it’s considered destruction of property.”

Superintendent Pattie Neill said each student will be treated according to the student code of conduct where we will establish a finding and a disposition.

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Precautions for Contact Lens Wearers http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/precautions-for-contact-lens-wearers/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/08/24/precautions-for-contact-lens-wearers/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34002 We seem to see more and more people who want to ditch their glasses and wear contact lenses. Most patients are candidates for some type of contact lens. But there can be great risk with wearing this medical device on your eyes. Here are a few precautions for contact lens wearers.  Sleeping in your contacts more »

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We seem to see more and more people who want to ditch their glasses and wear contact lenses. Most patients are candidates for some type of contact lens. But there can be great risk with wearing this medical device on your eyes. Here are a few precautions for contact lens wearers. 

Sleeping in your contacts

Dr. Zack Steele is a 2003 Graduate of the UAB School of Optometry. His Practice, Trussville Vision Care, is located on Chalkville Road in downtown Trussville.

Dr. Zack Steele is a 2003 Graduate of the UAB School of Optometry. His Practice, Trussville Vision Care, is located on Chalkville Road in downtown Trussville.

Although some professionals and contact manufacturers say that it’s okay to sleep in certain types of lenses, I tend to advise against it. Continuous wear contact lenses were all the rage when I started practicing 14 years ago. Your cornea, the outside layer of your eye that the contact covers, needs oxygen. Wearing contacts deprives the eye of that oxygen, and sleeping in your lenses exacerbates the problem. In many patients, overnight wear will likely cause irritation and discomfort. At worst, it could lead to a serious infection. This being said, plenty of patients sleep in contact lenses for extended periods with little or no trouble.

Swimming in your contacts

It might seem like no big deal, but swimming and even showering with your contacts may not be the best idea. Most water sources – including lakes, pools, hot tubs, and bathroom sinks – contain the microorganism Acanthamoeba. If it finds its way into your eyes, acanthamoeba can cause an extremely painful infection and potentially even lead to blindness. The treatment is long and difficult.

Contact lens wearers are at greater risk for a number of reasons. The acanthamoeba is particularly attracted to the contact lens: Contacts cause minor scratches on the cornea, which make it more vulnerable to bacteria and microorganisms of all kinds. In addition, any bacteria living on the surface of the contact serve as a food source for the acanthamoeba, allowing it to survive in your eye. Again, plenty of patients swim in the pool or lake with contacts nd never have a day’s worth of trouble, but it is a risk.

Using plain water to clean your lenses

Even riskier than swimming while wearing contacts is storing your lenses in tap water. Even though tap water is pure enough to drink, it’s not sterile. Acanthamoeba also lives in tap water, so soaking lenses in water from the sink is an invitation to infection. Instead, you should always store them in solution.

It’s also important to wash your hands before putting your lenses in and taking them out – and never leave old solution from the day before in the case (use all new solution, don’t just top it off). Rub and rinse the contacts with solution after each use. Most contact lenses issues can occur by using dirty solution. Think of it this way- Would you wash your favorite coffee cup in a pan soaking in the sink?

Using a case for too long

I usually recommend cleaning your lens case thoroughly with solution every day, and replacing the case every other month. (The American Optometric Association advises replacing it at least every three months.)

An old case is a set up for germs growing on the case and on the lens. Besides the general griminess of a six-month-old contact case that you can probably see, invisible germs and bacteria are likely living there, too.

And keeping contacts and their cases clean and bacteria-free reduces vulnerability to all types of infection. A 2012 study in the journal Ophthalmology showed that the risk of eye infection was 6.4 times greater in those who didn’t properly clean their contact cases and 5.4 times greater in those who didn’t replace their cases frequently enough.

Wearing your contacts way past the designed time

Most people will admit that they keep their lenses longer than the recommended period. It pretty much happens every day. This is a similar hazard to a worn-out case: Old lenses become coated with germs and the build-up of solution, proteins, and other residues. This will make the lenses uncomfortable and can lead to infection. Contact lens overwear is the single most common thing a patient will do that can lead to problems.

Let me conclude by saying that plenty of our patients might do some or all of these things and never have a problem. I have found that some people are just less prone to problems in contact lens wear. But to make sure your eyes are safe and healthy, I advise you to follow these precautions.

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