The Trussville Tribune All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:18:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No. 1 Clay-Chalkville gets back into Super 7 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:10:37 +0000 By Erik Harris

DECATUR – The run continues.

No. 1 Clay-Chalkville, following a 45-35 win at No. 8 Austin, is bound for its second consecutive birth in the Alabama High School Athletics Association Super 7. The Cougars (14-0) will battle Spanish Fort for the Class 6A crown in Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama next Friday night.

Clay-Chalkville senior wideout T.J. Simmons pulled down four receptions for 116 yards and a score in Friday night's 45-35 semifinal win at Austin. photo by Ron Burkett

Clay-Chalkville senior wideout T.J. Simmons pulled down four receptions for 116 yards and a score in Friday night’s 45-35 semifinal win at Austin. photo by Ron Burkett

“I just thank God for this opportunity, because if it wasn’t for him, we would’ve never been here,” said Clay-Chalkville defensive lineman Qutavius Barber. “Our plan was to be physical and show everyone what we can do.”

Getting there was not easy, as Austin (10-4) did its best to stop Clay-Chalkville’s 29-game winning streak. A tightly contested game saw the knockout blow delivered late in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Ty Pigrome led a season-defining drive.

Pigrome and the potent Cougar offense broke the huddle with 4:31 remaining on the clock, grasping to a 38-35 lead. He never put the ball in the air. Instead, they kept it grounded six times in a row, concluded by a 9-yard quarterback keeper through the middle of the Black Bears’ defense for the final score of the night with 2:05 remaining.

Austin did manage to move the chains three times on the following drive, but eventually saw its season fade on Victor Garth’s 23rd incomplete pass of the semifinal contest.

Garth, a dual-threat senior, was the challenge for Clay-Chalkville coming into the game, and he didn’t disappoint. The senior, fresh off a seven-touchdown performance, was the centerpiece of the Black Bears’ offense. He finished the night with 336 total yards of offense and four scores, three of which came through the air.

However, Pigrome was just better. The righty improved his overall record as a starter for the Cougars to 29-0 with a five-touchdown performance that culminated with another invitation to the 6A state finals.

He went 9-of-18 passing for 166 yards and two scores (one to T.J. Simmons and the other to A.J. Walker) while pulling it down for another 87 yards and three scores.

The two offenses combined for 56 points in the opening half, but it was Clay-Chalkville that scored in the closing seconds to claim a two-touchdown lead going into the locker room. Pigrome rolled right and found Walker from three yards out to convert the visitor’s sixth third down of the evening and spark the halftime festivities with a 35-21 lead in hand.

The hosts wouldn’t flinch, though. They received the second half kickoff and took it 12 plays to the end zone. Nine of those plays were of the running variety, which set the table for Garth’s 27-yard touchdown strike to Eric Washington off a play-action fake to pull Austin to within a touchdown with 6:20 remaining in the third frame.

Clay-Chalkville would respond with two punts, which were separated by an Andrew Van Winkle field goal of 21 yards. The door was cracked open and Garth took advantage.

He bought time with his legs and found T.C. Lowe from 19 yards out to finish another 12-play drive in the end zone. That throw updated the score to 38-35, Cougars late in the fourth and set the stage for the defending champions’ memorable drive to Tuscaloosa.

One thing Clay-Chalkville will take into Bryant-Denny next week will be efficiency when it matters most. The Cougars executed on third downs and in the red zone on Friday night. They converted eight of their 12 third down opportunities against Austin. They also went 5-of-6 in the red zone with four touchdowns and a field goal.

Erik Harris is the Sports Editor for the Trussville Tribune. Follow him on Twitter@jeharris2 or email him at

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One arrested after homeowner confronts burglars in Center Point Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:53:31 +0000 From staff reports

CENTER POINT — Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary alarm at a residence in the 2600 block of Ranier Drive NE in Center Point just after 11 a.m. Friday morning when the homeowner arrived at the residence and called to report his home had been broke into, and two people were still inside.

Niheem Lee Anderson Photo courtesy JCSO

Niheem Lee Anderson Photo courtesy JCSO

The homeowner said the suspects came out of the house carrying a television when he confronted the two suspects. According to the report, the suspects ran back into the residence and out another door.

Deputies arrived and broadcast a description of the suspects to others in the area. One suspect was located at his residence on nearby Oxford Acres Circle. He was positively identified by a witness as one of the men who committed the burglary. The second suspect was not located.

Nihem Lee Anderson, 20, of Center Point, was arrested and charged with burglary third degree and theft of property first degree. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he remains with bond set at $45,000.

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Women’s Connection East Christmas brunch scheduled Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:10:05 +0000 From staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — The Women’s Connection East annual Christmas Party and brunch has been scheduled for Wed. Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.

The group will host special guest speaker Nancy Williams with music and an inspirational message, entitled “You are Priceless”.

The event will be held at the Grayson Valley Country Club, located at 2201 Grayson Valley Dr. Tickets are $14 and are all-inclusive. Reservations are requested. Please contact Cathryn at 205-640-6182 to make reservations.

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Contraband seized in search of Alabama jail Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:25:36 +0000 From staff reports

MONTGOMERY — On Sunday, Nov. 23, Barbour County Sheriff’s Office received reports of weapons in the Barbour County Jail and requested assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and Department of Corrections (DOC) with tactical search of the facility which resulted in the recovery of contraband items including cell phones, cell phone chargers, synthetic drugs, and tobacco.

police car“On Saturday, Nov. 22, two inmates, Ladaries Tredel McNabb and Jessie Starks, escaped from the jail. Starks returned to the jail and rumors circulated that he smuggled a weapon into the facility. We placed the facility into lockdown and we contacted ALEA and DOC for assistance in searching the facility.  We appreciate the partnership and swift support from the State,” Barbour County Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw said. “Although a weapon was not found, we recovered several contraband items.  Also, McNabb turned himself in around midnight.”

“Our specialized units regularly provide assistance to county and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout the state,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said.  “ALEA’s Tactical Team and State Troopers provided assistance in this potentially volatile situation. We will continue to partner with county and municipal law enforcement agencies.”

“Strong partnerships between law enforcement agencies at all levels of government are essential for public safety,” Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said.   “The AL DOC was pleased to coordinate with Barbour County and ALEA to resolve the incident safely.”

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Trussville Planning and Zoning to set downtown regs Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:10:41 +0000 From staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Trussville’s Planning and Zoning Board will hold a public hearing at Trussville City Hall on Monday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. to consider and make a recommendations on zoning regulations needed to implement the downtown master plan.


This will set the regulations for downtown businesses, and will allow a uniform code for new businesses and those who upgrade their look for the redevelopment.

The Trussville City Council will hold a second hearing on these regulations on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 at 6 p.m. that will set these standards officially.

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The Black Friday cure Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:13:01 +0000 A pop-up shop at T-Rex Tiny Gallery featuring Rainy Day Studio jewelry. Photo by Rebecca Sheehan.

A pop-up shop at T-Rex Tiny Gallery featuring Rainy Day Studio jewelry. Photo by Rebecca Sheehan.

As thousands of Alabamians rush to the malls to stand in line for hours to score minimal deals at big box retailers, local shops are urging the public to spend their holiday shopping dollars stimulating their hometown economy and supporting small business. Small Business Saturday 2015 arrives the day after Black Friday and several Birmingham shops will be holding specials to entice shoppers to spend their money where it counts.

“Since American Express started promoting local businesses as a holiday shopping destination the day after Black Friday in 2010, Small Business Saturday has emerged as a day for smaller shops and boutiques to capitalize on those things that set them apart,” according to Alabama Newscenter.

“No matter the day of the week or time of the year, when you shop local, you are returning the most to a local economy,” Alabama Retail Association President Rick Brown told Alabama Newscenter. “Including small, local retailers in your holiday shopping plans supports local salaries, other local businesses and local charities and causes.”

That means when someone chooses to visit Chat Hellmers at Charm or Glimmer, her new pop-up shop on Second Avenue North, or Véro Vanblaere at Naked Art Gallery, and spends money with these unique local retailers, the profits help employ Birminghamians, fund Alabama-based manufacturers and go back to making Birmingham a thriving community for entrepreneurs and artists.

“Studies show that for every $100 spent with a locally owned business, $68 stays right here in our economy,” explained “$43 stays if you spend it with a chain, and nearly $0 stays if you spend it with a business headquartered outside our area.”

For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit

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A little extra stuffing Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:12:34 +0000 The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1912–1915) is reflective of many Americans' historically inaccurate perceptions of the first Thanksgiving. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1912–1915) is reflective of many Americans’ historically inaccurate perceptions of the first Thanksgiving. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I’m always looking for new things to be thankful for, and this year, I’m particularly thankful I’m not a refugee, Syrian or otherwise, mainly because of all the people in our fair state who are thankful they’re not obliged to take in strangers in distress. Thanks, but no thanks is their holiday greeting.

As you wait for that button to pop in the thorax of your roasting bird this Thanksgiving, remember that you have a damn Yankee to thank for your day off in the first place. None other than Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first official Thanksgiving in 1863. I know Republicans are fond of saying they’re in favor of less government intrusion, but it’s hard to top a federal decree mandating gratitude.

I’m all in favor of it, mind you. As a nation we tend to take our bounty for granted, and as individuals we have just about forgotten our manners altogether. We seem to need a nudge to express any sort of appreciation, unless we have won an Academy Award, in which case we cannot stop thanking folks even after an entire orchestra has limbered up to drown out our soliloquy.

Way before Honest Abe got out his proclamation pen points, the so-called “First Thanksgiving” took place up in Massachusetts, where friendly Indians supposedly joined unwinterized Pilgrims for a feast in the winter of 1621. It’s a lovely picture: noble savages and well-starched white folk in one big happy buffet line talking about how good the pemmican is and passing around second helpings of dried elderberries.

Thanks to the Center for World Indigenous Studies, we have an alternate evaluation of the tableau. Its historians observe that the Pilgrims were not just refugees fleeing religious persecution in Great Britain, but a sub-sect of the Puritans, religious revolutionaries out to overthrow the government. When they set out for America, the Puritans planned to set up a “holy kingdom” in the New World, the kind prophesied in the Book of Revelations.

Not a caliphate. Just a holy kingdom.

To accomplish this, though, they would have to evict the existing tenants. In the Plymouth Rock vicinity, that’d be your Wampanoag Indians, a hard-bitten crew who had been at odds with the Iroquois for 600 years or so. They had encountered Europeans before and mistrusted them, goodness knows why, although at least one Wampanoag, the famous Squanto, had indeed converted to Christianity before the Mayflower berthed.

Good timing for him for him, for the Pilgrims were a fundamentalist and somewhat bigoted bunch, engaged in what we might call a jihad against Satan. After they purified themselves, the Pilgrims were apt to purify anybody else that got in their way, and that included heathens like the Wampanoag.

Until a few more boats and artillery arrived, the outnumbered Pilgrims were in no position to launch a preemptive strike. Besides, the pale-faced newcomers weren’t assimilating their new digs very well. The Indians were wary, but because of their pagan beliefs, they had to treat the less fortunate among them with kindness and hospitality.

When Captain Miles Standish invited Squanto and some of the other Wampanoag leaders to bring their families to dine, he didn’t realize how many folks would show up, a Thanksgiving custom that persists to this day. Squanto alone brought 90 relatives, and before long, the Pilgrims made the Indians go Dutch. A Wampanoag chieftain, Massasoit, sent some of his people back to bring provisions. They returned with venison, wild turkeys, fish, beans, squash, corn soup, corn bread, and berries. (There is no historical mention of pumpkin pie or Bundt cake.)

The CIS historians note that it may have been the first American business lunch, since the Pilgrims used the occasion to swing a deal that would make the Plymouth Plantation their property. After three days of feasting and fanfaronade, the natives and the visitors negotiated a treaty of peace and friendship, including a deed to the land that eventually became the town of Plymouth.

That peace and friendship lasted about as long as it took reinforcements to arrive, bringing with them some other surprises for the native dwellers, like virulent pestilence. In his Thanksgiving sermon of 1623 in Plymouth, one Mather the Elder gave thanks to God for a smallpox epidemic that wiped out most of the Wampanoags who’d brought the feast two years before, “chiefly young men and children, the very seeds of increase, thus clearing the forests to make way for a better growth.” Meaning more Pilgrims, of course.

Between microbes and musketry, the new settlers managed to clear New England of most of its heathen population, making the world safe for baked beans, cream pie and the Red Sox. Interestingly, the people in charge of pageantry invited a surviving member of the Wampanoags to speak during festivities in 1970 marking the 350th anniversary of the Plymouth Rock landing. What he said then is still pertinent:

“Today is a time of celebrating for you — a time of looking back to the first days of white people in America. But it is not a time of celebrating for me. It is with a heavy heart that I look back upon what happened to my people. When the Pilgrims arrived, we, the Wampanoags, welcomed them with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end, that before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would no longer be a tribe, that we and other Indians living near the settlers would be killed by their guns or dead from diseases that we caught from them. Let us always remember, the Indian is and was just as human as the white people.

“Although our way of life is almost gone, we, the Wampanoags, still walk the lands of Massachusetts. What has happened cannot be changed. But today we work toward a better America, a more Indian America where people and nature once again are important.”

Put that in your peace pipe and smoke it.

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Slow down and be thankful Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:19:57 +0000 By Buddy Champion
First Baptist Trussville

The hardworking Mom was about to attempt her first turkey for Thanksgiving. She called her husband and son together and said, “Now I know this is the first turkey I’ve ever cooked. If it isn’t right, I don’t want anybody to say a word. We’ll just get up from the table without comment, put on our hats and coats, and go out to eat for our Thanksgiving dinner.” She then went into the kitchen to get the turkey. When she returned to the table, her husband and her son were standing there with their hats, gloves, and coats already on!

buddy champion mugBefore you give it all up and grab your hat and gloves realize how blessed we are. Sure, we could all agree life is crazy. Each time we see the news from around the world, we are deeply troubled. Every newscast begins with something shocking that we never dreamed would be possible. The state of our country causes deep concern and our future is troubling at best. Then we quickly run out the door to work, shopping, activities and hobbies, and life never slows down. However, the truth still remains that we live in the most blessed country that perhaps has ever existed. Compared to the rest of the world, we have so much to be thankful for, yet we can walk through this season and never recognize the great blessings in our lives. I am always intrigued that we can travel to a third world country and observe more joy in those who have very little than we experience on a daily basis in our own lives.

On Oct. 3, 1789, George Washington stated in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, “…that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country…” In this busy time of year, don’t just throw on your hats, gloves and coats to get busy with all that needs to be done before you pause and give thanks. The Bible teaches us in James 1:17 that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” This year, look back, count your blessings and give thanks to God for every good thing.

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Salvation Army hosting Thanksgiving dinner Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:16:23 +0000 From staff reports

BIRMINGHAM –The Birmingham Salvation Army will provide a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless this Thursday, Nov. 26 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in their Social Services Dining Room located at 2130 11th Ave. North. The non-profit will serve a traditional Thanksgiving lunch, complete with turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie.

The_Salvation_Army.svg“We are thankful for the opportunity to serve a special Thanksgiving lunch to our clients and guests. Our volunteers and staff do everything in their power to make our guests feel special on Thanksgiving day,” Area Commander, Major Bob Parker said. “Thanksgiving is a holiday when we take a moment to be thankful for our blessings. We are thankful to our donors and volunteers who have given their time and support to make this holiday meal possible.”

There will be 35 volunteers serving meals for an estimated 100-200 guests. Last year alone, The Salvation Army served 170,486 meals to families and individuals in need. An easy way to help all of those we assist throughout the year is to donate to the Red Kettle located at more than 100 locations in the Greater Birmingham area until Christmas Eve, or donate online by visiting

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Man slain early Thursday morning in Birmingham Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:07:31 +0000 From staff reports

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department reported this morning that detectives are conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred Thursday, Nov. 26, in the 700 block of Huffman Road around 2 a.m., officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to the listed location on a person shot.

When officers arrived, they discovered a Hispanic male lying on a balcony suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest area. The victim was treated at the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue and transported to St. Vincent’s East where he was pronounced deceased.

The preliminary investigation suggests the victim was arguing with an unknown female before the shots were fired. This female left the scene prior to officers arriving.

This is an ongoing homicide investigation. The victim’s name is being withheld pending next of kin notification, and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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