The Trussville Tribune http://www.trussvilletribune.com All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:05:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.12 Century-old church in Blount County catches fire http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/26/century-old-church-in-blount-county-catches-fire/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/26/century-old-church-in-blount-county-catches-fire/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:05:25 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33263 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports BLOUNT COUNTY – Valley Grove Baptist Church, which is more than a century old, caught fire this morning according to WIAT. According to Pastor Jeff Logan, he believes the church is a total loss, but hopes to find a new space to use temporarily.

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BLOUNT COUNTY – Valley Grove Baptist Church, which is more than a century old, caught fire this morning according to WIAT.

According to Pastor Jeff Logan, he believes the church is a total loss, but hopes to find a new space to use temporarily.

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Cougar recruiting notes: Barber may go prep school route http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/26/cougar-recruiting-notes-barber-may-go-prep-school-route/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/26/cougar-recruiting-notes-barber-may-go-prep-school-route/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:28:43 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33261 From staff reports CLAY – Recently graduated Clay-Chalkville defensive lineman Quatavius Barber may go an unusual path to college football for Alabama high school grads. Barber is exploring the possibility of enrolling at a prep school. Barber’s test scores fell short of getting him a college football scholarship. Oftentimes, players in his situation will go more »

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CLAY – Recently graduated Clay-Chalkville defensive lineman Quatavius Barber may go an unusual path to college football for Alabama high school grads.

Barber is exploring the possibility of enrolling at a prep school.

Barber’s test scores fell short of getting him a college football scholarship. Oftentimes, players in his situation will go the junior college route – but that does cost collegiate eligibility. A post-graduate year at a prep school does not, and it allows a player to play football and work on grades, test scores, study habits, all those things that can get you a scholarship.

FootballHe’s eyeing Alabama Prep Birmingham, a start-up prep school which will begin play this fall. The head coach, and the school’s director, is former Restoration Academy coach Dewayne Coker. The team, nicknamed the Panthers, will play in the East Atlantic Conference. The first game is at Palmetto Prep in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 28.

Edwards signs with Wallace-Selma

Clay-Chalkville right-handed pitcher Dayne Edwards has signed to continue his baseball career at Wallace Community College Selma.

Omar, Johnson get first DI offers

Clay-Chalkville point guard Raven Omar added a Division I offer to the DII one she received from North Alabama when Samford offered her a scholarship recently. She may have garnered more attention this week when she helped the Alabama Heat Elite AAU team to a championship in its bracket in the Basketball on the Bayou tourney in New Orleans. Teammate Alex Johnson also added an offer from DI Alabama A&M to go with an earlier offer from North Alabama.

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Irondale man wanted on sexual abuse charges http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/26/irondale-man-wanted-on-sexual-abuse-charges/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/26/irondale-man-wanted-on-sexual-abuse-charges/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:11:07 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33258 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports IRONDALE – Juan Carlos Cheran, 29, is wanted for allegedly committing four charges of sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old and sexual abuse by force, as well as one charge of attempted sexual abuse by force. Cheran is 5’7”, 155 pounds and was last known residing in more »

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IRONDALE – Juan Carlos Cheran, 29, is wanted for allegedly committing four charges of sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old and sexual abuse by force, as well as one charge of attempted sexual abuse by force.

via Crime Stoppers

via Crime Stoppers

Cheran is 5’7”, 155 pounds and was last known residing in the Eastwood Mobile Home Village on Alton Road in Irondale.

Cheran is wanted on a Jefferson County warrant by the Irondale Police Department. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 254-7777. All defendants are assumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Trussville resident receives prestigious honor at Jefferson State http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/trussville-resident-receives-prestigious-honor-at-jefferson-state/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/trussville-resident-receives-prestigious-honor-at-jefferson-state/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:09:09 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33253 By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE — Jefferson State Community College honored Trussville resident Erin Georgia for her exceptional academic achievements at a reception on Wednesday, July 20. Georgia was recently named one of the top 20 community college students in the U.S. She also recently became a member of the 2016 U.S.A. Today more »

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By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune

TRUSSVILLE — Jefferson State Community College honored Trussville resident Erin Georgia for her exceptional academic achievements at a reception on Wednesday, July 20. Georgia was recently named one of the top 20 community college students in the U.S. She also recently became a member of the 2016 U.S.A. Today Community College All-Academic Team.

The reception was held on the first floor of the Fitzgerald Student Center at Jefferson State’s campus. Georgia was presented with a commendation letter from Gov. Robert Bentley and resolutions from the Alabama State Senate and House of Representatives. Members of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees and Chancellor Mark Heinrich were also invited to attend.

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Georgia, who previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps., has maintained a 4.0 GPA as a wife and mother of three children. She plans to begin at Samford University in the fall, complete her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, and will eventually earn a master’s of divinity degree.

“I would not have received this honor without Jefferson State,” Georgia said. “I served in the Marines and was out of school for 15 years.”

Georgia is the first Jefferson State student to be selected as a U.S.A. Today Community College All-Academic Team member within the past 24 years. Keith Brown, who was selected in 1992, now serves as the Interim President of Jefferson State.

The U.S.A Today Community College All Academic Team selects students who display community service achievements, as well as academic ones. Georgia was selected out of 1,900 nominees from 1,000 community colleges across the nation. Each nominee was evaluated on community service experience, academic achievements, leadership skills and extracurricular activities.

Georgia was also named Alabama’s Coca-Cola New Century Scholar, which is a program that awards a scholarship to a student from each state with the highest Community College All-Academic Team application score.

“I needed the personal support that Jefferson State provides. My instructors cared about me and they encouraged me to reach my goals,” Georgia said.

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Springville Community Theater flying high with production of “Mary Poppins” http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/springville-community-theater-flying-high-with-production-of-mary-poppins/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/springville-community-theater-flying-high-with-production-of-mary-poppins/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:51:16 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33248 By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune SPRINGVILLE — Something is happening in Springville Middle School that can only be described with one word. And that word is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Springville Community Theater’s 40th anniversary show, Mary Poppins, will open on Thursday, July 28. Directed by SCT founder June Mack, the musical combines elements from the classic more »

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By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune

SPRINGVILLE — Something is happening in Springville Middle School that can only be described with one word. And that word is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

Springville Community Theater’s 40th anniversary show, Mary Poppins, will open on Thursday, July 28. Directed by SCT founder June Mack, the musical combines elements from the classic movie with brand new concepts.

photo by Ron Burkett

photo by Ron Burkett

“It’s such a rich story,” cast member Amanda Hudson said. “You’ll cry.”

While the show will include the classic songs that the movie is known for, it also features new numbers which cast member Brooke Buxton believes will delight the audience.

“Almost every scene in the play is a musical number with singing and choreography,” she said, “so I think they’ll really enjoy that.”

The show features an 80 person cast, each of whom brings something unique to the performance—whether it’s singing, dancing, or flying through the air courtesy of Pat Bosworth and On the Fly Productions.

“Every actor that is in the show is fabulous,” Assistant Director Beth Bolton said. “Our lead Mary Poppins — who’s Jennifer Lewis — she is a fabulous actress.”

According to Lewis herself, portraying the famous nanny is an exciting experience.

“I love playing Mary Poppins because she’s just so completely opposite of everything I am, and it’s quite refreshing,” the SCT veteran said. “She’s so confident, assured, certain, vain (but somehow in an adorable way), she makes no apologies, and she’s just plain Practically Perfect.”

From getting Bert and Mary airborne to creating Mary’s magic carpet bag, every aspect of the production has had a touch of the enchanting.

“It’s lots of fun, and it’s just wonderful,” cast member Lori Hebson said. “The halls and this whole place comes to life for two months, and for a week in July, it’s a magical place.”

Mack, whose experience includes 50 theatrical productions and 70 films, is confident that the audience will find the show magical, as well.

photo by Ron Burkett

photo by Ron Burkett

“This show is full of passion, magic, and high spirits (you can’t top Chimney Sweeps in that category!),” Mack said. “On our tiny stage, with no fly space and no backstage, we will have a cast of 80 dancing, singing, and flying — the whole thing is a miracle.”

So whether you know every song by heart or you’re hearing them for the first time, the cast and crew of the SCT invite you to come have “a jolly holiday with Mary.”

Mary Poppins runs Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. Springville Middle School is located at 6691 Main St. (U.S. Hwy 11). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. To reserve, call Donna Smith at (205)937-0646 or Candace Eskew at (205)965-2946, or purchase tickets online at Springvillecommunitytheater.com.

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Pinson Council puts emphasis on schools during meeting http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/pinson-council-puts-emphasis-on-schools-during-meeting/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/pinson-council-puts-emphasis-on-schools-during-meeting/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:10:37 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33246 By Lee Weyhrich PINSON — Pinson City Council met at Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center Thursday morning for their annual daytime meeting. According to Councilman John Churchwell, the primary focus of the meeting was in regards to Pinson area schools, and how the Council could help. Since taking over as principal of Pinson Valley High School, more »

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By Lee Weyhrich

PINSON — Pinson City Council met at Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center Thursday morning for their annual daytime meeting.

According to Councilman John Churchwell, the primary focus of the meeting was in regards to Pinson area schools, and how the Council could help.

Since taking over as principal of Pinson Valley High School, Michael Turner has made incredible strides in improving the school, Churchwell said. In recognition of this the council voted to raise Turner’s salary by $10,000. The money will go to the Board of Education for this purpose.

PVHS head football coach Matt Glover recently announced that he coordinating with the coaching staff at Rudd Middle School to ensure that the program is consistent throughout the district.

To help do this he asked for help from the Council. Roughly 50 football helmets at Rudd need to be re-certified or replaced at a cost of roughly $8,000. The council will provide the necessary funds from their annual allocation to the schools. $4,000 will come from each of the two schools’ allocated funds.

The council also voted to replace the risers for the high school choral department at a cost of roughly $6,000. The old choir risers will be sent to the middle school for use by their choir program.

Pinson Elementary and Rudd Middle will also see a few new paving projects this year. The council allocated approximately $8,000 to paving at the elementary school and $2,640 to the middle school for this work.

Not everything the council discussed was school related, however.

For more than a year the council has discussed the state of the current city website. The site, as it now stands, is not properly updated and lacks the horsepower to do everything the council wants it to do. The council voted to allow VC3, Inc. of Columbia, South Carolina, to provide web hosting, website creation and updates,and tech support at a cost of $1,200 per month. The new website will allow the public greater access to public records and increase transparency.

Though the election is still some time away, four incumbent council members have been “re-elected” to office by virtue of being unopposed. Place 1 will continue to belong to Dawn Tanner, Place 3 will remain Robbie Roberts’, and John Churchwell and Joy McCain will remain in Place 4 and 5 respectively.

Place 2 councilman Joe Cochran recently announced his candidacy for mayor against incumbent Mayor Hoyt Sanders. Shannon Galamore and Brad Walker are each hoping to fill the vacancy left by Cochran.

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Young Cougars face down adversity at national tourney http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/young-cougars-face-down-adversity-at-national-tourney-2/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/young-cougars-face-down-adversity-at-national-tourney-2/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:56:33 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33238 By David Knox, Sports Editor HOOVER – It’s a lot of fun for a football program when you’ve gone 29-1 over the past two seasons. How much fun is it for a bunch of youngsters playing in 90-degree heat after you’ve gone 0-6 in a 7on7 national tournament? That’s when you grow up from cubs to more »

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By David Knox, Sports Editor

HOOVER – It’s a lot of fun for a football program when you’ve gone 29-1 over the past two seasons.

How much fun is it for a bunch of youngsters playing in 90-degree heat after you’ve gone 0-6 in a 7on7 national tournament?

That’s when you grow up from cubs to Cougars.

Clay-Chalkville rebounded from a woeful start in pool play to finish in the top 16 of the USA Football 7on7 National Championship July 14-16.

“I’m proud of them,” said coach Jerry Hood. “They turned it around.”

The relative youth of this new group of Cougars could have derailed the weekend. Only seven seniors were on the 7on7 roster, and possibly only a few of them played. Thank goodness one of them was Nico Collins. The five-star recruit was unstoppable. But it was the more consistent quarterback play from sophomore-to-be Willie Miller that turned things around. In a game where an interception is three points for the defense, early mistakes by he and backup quarterback Tyrese Sewell had a snowball effect. Miller pulled it together in bracket play for the Cougars’ strong finish.

Coming off their own 7on7 tournament just one day before, pool play was not pretty. The Cougars lost to Central of Phenix City 27-16 and Wheaton Warrenville South of Illinois 27-16 on Thursday. Friday afternoon, they dropped contests to Albertville 24-16, Glendale, Mo., 28-13, Warren Central of Indianapolis 23-10 and Florence 33-12.

They were seeded 46th of the 48 teams after pool play.

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file photo by Gary Lloyd

But they rallied against 19th-seeded Opelika for a 19-17 win. The Cougars broke out on top on a Miller-to-Collins TD pass and a two-point conversion. Miller tossed another TD pass, but Opelika rallied to cut the score to 19-17 with 33 seconds left after a TD. The Cougars foiled the two-point try and Miller hooked up with Collins for a crucial first down to seal the win.

The Cougars then knocked off Wenonah, the 14th seed, 30-19. Leading 23-19, Miller converted a big third-down pass to Collins, and the Cougars added a TD with 25 seconds left for the final margin.

That sent Clay into the winners bracket for Saturday play, where they ran into eventual champ McGill-Toolen. The Cougars broke out early 8-7, but a costly interception and quick touchdown gave McGill a 16-8 lead.

Miller and Collins responded with a TD to trail 16-14, but McGill again struck quickly for a 22-14 lead with three minutes left. The Cougars had one last chance to tie it, but a drive ended in the final seconds, giving McGill two more points for the 24-14 final.

The elimination game against Enterprise was a similar game. Clay led 13-6 halfway through, but Enterprise converted a third down for a touchdown and a 21-13 lead with three to play.

Still with a chance to tie, the Cougars’ drive ended with an interception with a minute left and the Cougars went home with a 24-13 loss.

“I think we showed a tough mentality that we are going to fight no matter what,” Hood said. “I think we learned a lot and got better.”

Collins was named to the all-tournament first team.

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Young Huskie pups are 7on7 champs http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/young-huskie-pups-are-7on7-champs/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/young-huskie-pups-are-7on7-champs/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:38:36 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33234 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville’s eight-and seventh-grade football teams swept the Spain Park 7on7 competition recently. The Hewitt-Trussville eighth-grade football beat Berry in double-overtime and the Hewitt-Trussville Middle School seventh-graders made it a sweep with their tournament championship.

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TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville’s eight-and seventh-grade football teams swept the Spain Park 7on7 competition recently.

The Hewitt-Trussville eighth-grade football beat Berry in double-overtime and the Hewitt-Trussville Middle School seventh-graders made it a sweep with their tournament championship.

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Judge turned author to host book signing in Trussville http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/judge-turned-author-to-host-book-signing-in-trussville/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/judge-turned-author-to-host-book-signing-in-trussville/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:10:29 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33230 By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE — Although Debra Goldstein spent 23 years on the bench as a judge, she’s now making a full-time career of being a writer. There will be a celebration of the release of her new book, “Should Have Played Poker,” at DeeDee’s Book Rack on July 30 from 1-3 p.m. “I more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE — Although Debra Goldstein spent 23 years on the bench as a judge, she’s now making a full-time career of being a writer.

There will be a celebration of the release of her new book, “Should Have Played Poker,” at DeeDee’s Book Rack on July 30 from 1-3 p.m.

“I love independent and small book stores,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein said she’s known the store owner, Debbie, for a number of years, and wanted to support her business.

Should Have Played Poker“Even if they don’t buy my book, they come in and become familiar with the store, and that’s a win-win for everyone,” Goldstein said. “I’m looking forward to it because I know Trussville, it’s right by my own home community (of Birmingham), but we don’t always cross over as easily, so it’s my pleasure to go there.”

Goldstein came out of her undergraduate career with the goals of going on the game show Jeopardy and getting a job in publishing, but along the way started filling out law school applications, and decided to pursue becoming a lawyer.

“I decided I wanted to go to law school because I didn’t want to be at the bottom of the pecking order in publishing,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein said she had always written skits and other works for fun, but kept saying to herself that she’d like to write a full-length novel.

“I didn’t have the confidence anymore,” Goldstein said. “Something about being out in the work force, and you learn things aren’t as perfect as they may have seemed.”

After writing a skit for Leadership Birmingham, Goldstein said she received a compliment from a friend’s husband, saying she should write more.

“He was one of those people who didn’t pay compliments easily,” Goldstein said. “I got the confidence from his compliment.”
From there, a friend offered Goldstein her beach condo and Goldstein’s husband offered to keep their kids for a weekend with the idea that she would be able to use the weekend to write.

“I wrote 85 pages just that weekend,” Goldstein said. “Only five of those pages actually made it in the book, though. I could see a beginning, middle and end, and knew I could do it.”

Goldstein persisted in writing and that persistence has developed in her the ability to write more quickly. However, Goldstein said it was at this point where it became difficult to keep her career as a judge and career as a novelist separate from one another.

“Picture being in a courtroom, me in my black robes, and as we’re having closing arguments, I ask both lawyers if they had anything else to add, and the defendant said he did,” Goldstein said. “The defendant said ‘however you rule, I’ll buy your book,’ and I knew at that point I really needed to make a decision to keep the two careers separate.”

Goldstein was appointed to the bench at age 37, and said at that time most judges were in their 50s, and retiring in their 80s.

“I thought if I could stay healthy, I could have another career for another 23 years,” Goldstein said.

Through her journey as a novelist, Goldstein has gotten to meet new writers and join various organization that have connected her to writers that produce similar content to what she writes. She’s on national and local boards for Sisters in Crime, YWCA of Central Alabama, Alabama Writers Conclave, the Alys Stephens Center, Mystery Writers of America, Forum and Zonta.

A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of the book will go towards YW of Central Alabama’s domestic violence program, and the Collat Jewish Fanily Service’s C.A.R.E.S. program. Goldstein also donated the advance for her book and the first two months worth of proceeds to the organizations, divided equally.

Goldstein said she chose the two charities because of what they do in the community.

“I’m very fortunate between having a husband and having worked we have it pretty easy consequently, so it was my pleasure to take something I’m enjoying so much and give back,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein said YW provides services like day cares and domestic violence assistance to the community, which many aren’t aware are available resources. The C.A.R.E.S. program is only a few years old, and supports Dementia, which is near to Goldstein’s heart as her mother-in-law suffered from it.

“We were fortunate to have care for my mother-in-law, but that program (C.A.R.E.S.) came along and I saw how much good it was doing because there’s such a need for it in our community,” Goldstein said. “It’s funded by the community and volunteer based.”

“Should have Played Poker” follows Carrie Martin and her fellow sleuths, the Sunshine Village Retirement home Mah Jongg players, as they work to solve the mystery of her mother’s murder.

“I want to give people an escape,” Goldstein said in a press release. “’Should have Played Poker’ provides readers fun while exploring characters from different generations and the concept that truth and integrity aren’t always exactly what we were taught.”

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Woman killed by train in Chelsea http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/woman-killed-by-train-in-chelsea/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/25/woman-killed-by-train-in-chelsea/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:24:13 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33228 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports SHELBY COUNTY – A crash at 11:50 p.m. on Sunday has claimed the life of a Chelsea woman. Bernadette Shires, 39, was killed when the 2009 Lexus she was driving was struck by a CSX train. Shires was transported to Grandview Hospital, where she later died. The crash occurred more »

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SHELBY COUNTY – A crash at 11:50 p.m. on Sunday has claimed the life of a Chelsea woman.

police lightsBernadette Shires, 39, was killed when the 2009 Lexus she was driving was struck by a CSX train. Shires was transported to Grandview Hospital, where she later died.

The crash occurred on Chelsea Road and County Road 39, just south of Chelsea limits. The crash damaged the crossing equipment, so the lights aren’t functional at this time. It is advised by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office that this area be avoided until the problem is fixed. In the mean time, drivers should use caution and use the “stop, look and listen” mentality when crossing the tracks. Drivers should also use caution because repairmen will be in the area.

State Troopers are contining to investigate.

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