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Alabama Teacher of the year shows commitment to Jefferson County

By Megan Miller, Editor CLAY – Becoming Alabama Teacher of the Year is no easy task, but Dana Jacobson is taking her title in stride. Jacobson, who has taught at Clay-Chalkville High School since 1999, said that CCHS has a teacher of the month program, and she happened to be the teacher of the month last November when the nomination process for the Alabama Teacher of the Year begins. “When I think about Dan ...

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9/11: 15 years later through the eyes of four Trussville residents

By Bob Davis, Special to The Trussville Tribune Where were you when the world stopped turning? Does it seem like it has been 15 years? Yeah, I know I stole the title from Alan Jackson’s iconic song that helped us get through the horror of the 9/11/2001 terror attacks. This was not unlike Kate Smith’s rousing rendition of Irving Berlin’s classic “God Bless America” that helped us get through World War II. He ...

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Trussville preschool receives accreditation

By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE – The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs recently announced that Noah’s Park Weekday Early [caption id="attachment_33882" align="alignleft" width="225"] submitted photo[/caption] Education has been awarded accreditation. Noah’s Park Weekday Early Education has been recognized as an early care and education program exemplifying excellenc ...

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Trussville physician combines career, love of outdoors to keep citizens active

By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- Dr. Mary Gilmer’s interest in medicine began on a school playground when she was 6-years-old. After a fall, a broken arm and a trip to the doctor, Gilmer started down a path that ultimately led her to medical school. Now, she’s a physician at Alabama Ortho Spine & Sports in Trussville. “Dr. Savage, who is our senior partner here, was actually the one who s ...

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Local couple turns cheerleading into family affair

By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE – For anyone who hears the names “Todd and Amy” in Trussville, Clay or Pinson, one word comes to mind: cheerleading. Todd and Amy Bragan met while cheering at UAB, and their love story, as husband and wife and as cheerleading coaches, surged forward from there. [caption id="attachment_33795" align="alignleft" width="200"] photo by Holly Hollis[/caption] “Our names are syno ...

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Trussville remembers beloved Lewis “Cooter” Simpson

By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE – Trussville lost two if its most notorious public servants, just one day apart. Lewis “Cooter” Simpson was known as a man who’d lend a helping hand anytime, and certainly loved by all who knew him. [caption id="attachment_33297" align="alignleft" width="203"] Lewis “Cooter” Simpson[/caption] Simpson stated his career in public service as a utility worker, then later a pol ...

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Lifelong public, community servant dies

By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE – Joe Hocutt Sr. may have acquired a great number of accolades throughout his career, but those that knew him were quick to associate the word greatness with Hocutt. The late Hocutt and his wife, Betty, moved to Trussville in 1963, and have called it home ever since. “They chose to make Trussville home, and that was the place he wanted to grow his roots, both deep and broa ...

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Trussville teen to represent Alabama in National American Miss pageant

By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE – Trussville resident MaKenzie Ward won the 2016 National America Miss Alabama Jr. Teen pageant held on June 24. Ward will now move on to the National Pageant, which will take place at Disneyland in California during Thanksgiving week. During this time Ward will represent Alabama while compete for her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes. [caption id="attachment_32636 ...

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LongHorn offering advice from Grill Masters for holiday weekend

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports While some consider themselves to be grill masters, others aren’t always so lucky. [caption id="attachment_32489" align="alignleft" width="300"] via LongHorn[/caption] For those that need a little help, LongHorn Steakhouse is bringing back its Grill Us Hotline for the 4th of July holiday. “Fourth of July is the most popular grilling holiday of the year and LongHorn ...

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Disaster coordinators want better and faster response to emergencies

By Ike Pigott, Alabama News Center Alabama has seen its share of disasters the past few years, but those in charge of planning and response aren’t coasting on experience. More than 140 emergency coordinators are in Florence for the Alabama Governor’s Preparedness Conference. Representing 55 counties and more than a dozen state organizations, the goal is improving the way we handle the unexpected. [caption i ...

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