The Trussville Tribune http://www.trussvilletribune.com All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Fri, 27 May 2016 02:34:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.11 Senior missing out of Winston County http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/senior-missing-out-of-winston-county/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/senior-missing-out-of-winston-county/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 02:34:31 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31632 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports WINSTON COUNTY — The Winston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing senior. Linda Jean Hayes, 70, has been missing since Thursday. She was last seen at the Baymont Hotel in Huntsville, and may be traveling in a white 2015 Ford Escape with the tag more »

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WINSTON COUNTY — The Winston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing senior.

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Linda Jean Hayes, 70, has been missing since Thursday. She was last seen at the Baymont Hotel in Huntsville, and may be traveling in a white 2015 Ford Escape with the tag number 67AW837.

Hayes is 5’5”, 130 pounds, and has partially grey hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the Winston County Sheriff’s Office at 205-489-8765.

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James Douglas Morgan http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/james-douglas-morgan/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/james-douglas-morgan/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 20:55:21 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31619 James Douglas Morgan, a retired Battalion Chief with the Birmingham Fire Department, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. He was 67. Doug was born in Walker County on September 12, 1948 to the late Frances Juanita Dumas Morgan and late James E. (Jimmy) Morgan. He was a 1966 graduate of Minor High School and served more »

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James Douglas Morgan, a retired Battalion Chief with the Birmingham Fire Department, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. He was 67.

Doug was born in Walker County on September 12, 1948 to the late Frances Juanita Dumas Morgan and late James E. (Jimmy) Morgan. He was a 1966 graduate of Minor High School and served as a Sergeant in United States Army as an Airborne Ranger and Green Beret from 1966 to 1973. Doug was a 34-year veteran of the Birmingham Fire Department. While a firefighter, he completed the Certified Paramedic program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1980), an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Jefferson State Community College (1974) and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Athens State College (1988). He was a 2000 graduate from the Executive Fire Office Masters Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

In the last years of his life, Doug enjoyed traveling across the country with his best friend and love of his life, Shelia. He loved the rustic northwest of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and spent time fishing on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. He was active in the Birmingham chapter of American Poolplayers Association (APA) and played in the APA National championship in Las Vegas three times.

At home, Doug enjoyed spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren, as well as tending to his hydrangea garden and a variety of vegetables.

Doug is survived by his wife of 22 years, Shelia McKeever Morgan; children, Micah Morgan (Jessica), Matthew Morgan (Alison) and Amanda Morgan Pair (Allen); and grandchildren, Mark James Morgan, Hannah Jeanine Morgan, Ava Elizabeth Pair and Anna Caroline Pair.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Jefferson Memorial in Trussville, Alabama from 4-6 p.m. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.

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Great Smiles Orthodontics gets silly for Red Nose Day http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/great-smiles-orthodontics-gets-silly-for-red-nose-day/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/great-smiles-orthodontics-gets-silly-for-red-nose-day/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 20:44:19 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31628 Special to The Trussville Tribune TRUSSVILLE — Great Smiles Orthodontics gets seriously silly in an effort to raise awareness for Red Nose Day, Thursday May 26, 2016. According to Red Nose Day’s website, “Red Nose Day is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty and has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 more »

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TRUSSVILLE — Great Smiles Orthodontics gets seriously silly in an effort to raise awareness for Red Nose DayThursday May 26, 2016. According to Red Nose Day’s website, “Red Nose Day is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty and has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years.”

“We love having fun, and we also love giving back, so this was the perfect opportunity for our office,” Michelle Pierce, practice representative said. “We even got the patients involved by letting them take silly pictures while wearing a red nose,” Pierce said. “We spent the whole day laughing for a good cause.”

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Annual Big Dog Poker Run to raise scholarship money http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/annual-big-dog-poker-run-to-raise-scholarship-money/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/annual-big-dog-poker-run-to-raise-scholarship-money/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 20:38:26 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31625 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports TRUSSVILLE — The Big Dog Poker Run, an annual motorcycle ride to raise money for the Go Build Alabama student scholarship fund, will take place May 27 at 7 a.m. Go Build Alabama is able to offer scholarships to students every month who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, and more »

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TRUSSVILLE — The Big Dog Poker Run, an annual motorcycle ride to raise money for the Go Build Alabama student scholarship fund, will take place May 27 at 7 a.m.

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Go Build Alabama is able to offer scholarships to students every month who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, and show promise to be future leaders.

The ride will start at RentalWorks in downtown Birmingham, and finish at Riders Harley Davidson in Trussville around noon.

CraneWorks and Garrison Xc Steel Group organize the event. This year, there are over 120 bikers expected to show up for the 100 mile ride, which will include a stop at Talladega Superspeedway.

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More than 100 turn out to 2nd annual First Responders Breakfast http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/more-than-100-turn-out-to-second-annual-first-responders-breakfast/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/more-than-100-turn-out-to-second-annual-first-responders-breakfast/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 20:19:07 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31620 By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE — More than 100 supporters, firefighters and police officers were in attendance of Trussville’s second annual first responders breakfast. Breakfast began with a message of welcome from Melissa Jones, Chamber President, followed by the pledge of allegiance and the blessing of the food, before Friends of the Trussville Library served more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE — More than 100 supporters, firefighters and police officers were in attendance of Trussville’s second annual first responders breakfast.

IMG_5658Breakfast began with a message of welcome from Melissa Jones, Chamber President, followed by the pledge of allegiance and the blessing of the food, before Friends of the Trussville Library served breakfast to those in attendance.

As everyone dug into their meal, Diane Poole, Executive Director of the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce introduced Fire Chief Russell Ledbetter, Police Chief Don Sivley, Public Safety Chair John Griscom, and recognized all first responders in attendance. Senator Shay Sheluntt and Trussville City Councilmen Alan Taylor and Anthony Montalto were also in attendance.

Pete Blank with the Personnel Board of Jefferson County was the featured speaker. Blank has worked for CBS42 as a sports reporter, and also served in a variety of roles in the Walt Disney Company, with the most recent role being Learning Manager with Disney University.

After Blank and his family survived an F3 tornado in January of 2012, he is able to relate first hand to the importance of first responders and their sense of urgency.

Blank’s home was leveled in the tornado and subsequently he and his family were trapped below the rubble, relying on first responders to get them out. Blank said even after everyone was rescued, the police and fire departments hung around the neighborhood for months, keeping a watchful eye out.

Although we are trained from a young age about the importance of being first through practices like follow the leader, Blank made the point that for first responders, they haven’t chosen a career where they need to fight to be first.

“You haven’t chosen a career where you have to sell somebody on the importance you have of being first,” Blank said. “For everyone else being first is about the glory, being first is about being a champion, getting something for yourself whether it’s a trophy, an award, whatever it may be. For everyone else in this room who’s being honored today, it’s not about you and your glory, it’s about others.”

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Pete Blank and Diane Poole

With Blank’s background in news, he said for media, it’s all about being first, because there’s money being made when someone is first, but for first responders, they’re always first, even though the tasks they complete on a day to day basis aren’t always reported in the news.

“Being a first responder isn’t about you, it’s about everybody else,” said Blank. “You go into danger and deal with the risk head on.”

Overall Blank said he’s thankful to live in a community where first responders make Trussville a great place to live, work and play.

“Being first in your mind is about giving to others, taking care of others and giving your best each and every day to this fantastic city,” said Blank.

 

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Trussville man accused of murder gets reduced charge http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/trussville-man-accused-of-murder-gets-reduced-charge/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/trussville-man-accused-of-murder-gets-reduced-charge/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 19:34:22 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31616 By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE — The trial for Freddie Earl Patton, who was previously accused of the murder of 81-year-old Ken Millar, wrapped up on Wednesday. The trial began in October of 2014 after Millar was shot and killed in November of 2013. “We investigated the case and were very involved through the entire more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE — The trial for Freddie Earl Patton, who was previously accused of the murder of 81-year-old Ken Millar, wrapped up on Wednesday.

The trial began in October of 2014 after Millar was shot and killed in November of 2013.

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Freddie Earl Patton in August 2014
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“We investigated the case and were very involved through the entire process,” said Capt. Jeff Bridges with the Trussville Police Department.

Patton was initially charged with murder, but following jury selection and opening statements, the state of Alabama offered a plea to reduce to the charge to reckless manslaughter, meaning a lesser charge for Patton.

“Given the fact the state didn’t have any evidence to support an intentional murder under the circumstances, we felt that a reduction of the charge to a lesser offense was a fair solution,” said criminal defense attorney John Lentine.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Philpott said after consulting with the victim’s family and the Trussville Police Department, a decision was made that Patton would serve a 15 year prison sentence for manslaughter.

“Based upon all of the evidence that was gathered during the investigation of this case, it became readily apparent that this was a case of reckless manslaughter,” said Philpott in an emailed statement.

Lentine said in this case, Patton was on prescribed medication after having had four heart attacks, one of which was Xanax. Lentine said on the day of the shooting, Patton had overmedicated, subsequently causing him to lose control.

“When they came to the house, they found Mr. Patton trying to give him (Millar) first aid,” said Lentine. “I think the idea that his was an intentional murder is nonsense.”

Lentine said any person who commits a crime and receives a sentence of 15 years or less can get “good time,” and be released sooner than the full sentence. Since Patton has already served two years, Lentine estimates that he will potentially be released in two and a half more years, but could be considered for parole sooner than that.

“We don’t have a lot of violent crimes in Trussville and we’re fortunate in that area,” said Bridges. “We’re fortunate to have a district attorney we can work well with, and get to justice in all cases.”

Lentine said given Patton’s health, upon release he will likely be sent to a facility that helps people with chronic health issues.

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City supplements funds from ALDOT, declares fire truck as surplus http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/city-of-trussville-supplements-funds-from-aldot-declares-fire-truck-as-surplus/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/city-of-trussville-supplements-funds-from-aldot-declares-fire-truck-as-surplus/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 16:29:46 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31614 By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE — The City of Trussville resolved to supplement funds from the Alabama Department of Transportation and declared a 1994 fire truck as a surplus during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 24. Mayor Gene Melton initially asked ALDOT for extra funding to offset costs for a project more »

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By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune

TRUSSVILLE — The City of Trussville resolved to supplement funds from the Alabama Department of Transportation and declared a 1994 fire truck as a surplus during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 24.

Mayor Gene Melton initially asked ALDOT for extra funding to offset costs for a project on Edward’s Lake Road. ALDOT originally agreed to grant the city $50,00, and later added $560,000 to the project. The decision to accept these funds was unanimously approved.

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A 1994 fire truck was also declared a surplus. According to Trussville Fire Chief Russell Ledbetter, the fire department will most likely be getting rid of the truck. The decision was unanimously approved.

“It’s been a great piece of equipment for our fire department,” said Councilman Bryan Plant. “We’re very pleased that we were able to replace it.”

Councilman Buddy Choat reported that over 350 students participated in the track and field event hosted by Trussville Parks and Recreation.

“This is the first time we hosted the event. It ran smoothly, and everybody said it was probably the best statewide track and field event they have ever been to,” said Choat.

According to Choat, the Council is looking to reduce costs for the expansion of the Trussville Public Library.

Councilman Alan Taylor reported that the Hewitt-Trussville High School Baseball Team was recognized by the City for their state championship title. Taylor also proposed that track and field and wrestling state champions should also be recognized by the City in the future for their accomplishments.

Taylor also reported that Trussville Board of Education president Bill Roberts asked to not be considered for re-election during officer elections during a meeting on Monday, and Sid McNeil will be serving as president for the 2016-2017 academic year. Gayle Glenn will also be serving as the board’s vice-president.

“Schools are moving forward. I’m glad that Trussville has what we have,” said Taylor.

Councilman Anthony Montalto reported that signs were approved for the Serra Kia Car Dealership, Courtyard Restaurant, Grace School of Theology and Allstate Insurance. Two housing renovations were approved, and a renovation at Regions Bank was approved. Montalto also reported that Belk would be combining their stores to put men’s and women’s sections in the same building. They will also be adding an At Home store to the Pinnacle Shopping Center.

“That’s a good addition for us here in Trussville,” said Montalto.

Mayor Gene Melton reported that replacements for water and gas lines will be complete in four weeks.

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CrossPoint Church hosts Pickleball demonstration and clinic http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/crosspoint-church-hosts-pickleball-demonstration-and-clinic/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/crosspoint-church-hosts-pickleball-demonstration-and-clinic/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 16:19:41 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31610 By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE — CrossPoint Church is holding their first Pickleball Demonstration and Clinic on May 26 at 6:30 p.m., where participants can be taught the rules and techniques of playing pickleball by experienced instructors. They will also open their gym to participants every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. In addition, those more »

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By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune

TRUSSVILLE — CrossPoint Church is holding their first Pickleball Demonstration and Clinic on May 26 at 6:30 p.m., where participants can be taught the rules and techniques of playing pickleball by experienced instructors. They will also open their gym to participants every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. In addition, those who are interested can call ahead for opportunities to play during the day.

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According to organizer and U.S.A. Pickleball Association ambassador Jarick Rager, pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, racquetball and tennis. Pickleball is typically played on a badminton court with no more than two people on a team. Each player uses an oversized ping-pong paddle, which is about the size of a racquetball racquet, and there is also a seven-foot zone around the net where players cannot hit the ball.

The rules to pickleball are simple: each team flips a coin to determine who serves first. Every serve must be underhanded. Players are supposed to let the ball bounce once on their side of the court before hitting it. The team that reaches 11 points first wins.

“It’s like playing ping-pong, but you’re standing on the table,” said Rager.

Rager said that CrossPoint is using pickleball as a way to reach out to all members of the community.

“Come out. It’s free, and we’ll have all the equipment that you need,” said Rager.

Rager was first introduced to pickleball four years ago in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee while visiting relatives, and has been hoping to share it with others ever since. Pickleball. according to Rager, is becoming more popular throughout the Birmingham area. There are now four different places to play in around Birmingham, where there were none eight months ago.

“It’s one of those sports were you play one time and become addicted to it,” said Rager.

For more information, call CrossPoint Church at (205) 655-0364 or Jarick Rager at (205) 508-0003.

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VIDEO: Championship edition of Tribune Sports Live! http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/video-championship-edition-of-tribune-sports-live/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/video-championship-edition-of-tribune-sports-live/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 15:31:20 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31607 Tribune Digital Media TRUSSVILLE –Check out the video below for a special championship edition of Tribune Sports Live featuring the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies 7A State Baseball Champions.  We have interviews with the players, coaches and coaches’ wives, along with the action highlights of the Huskies’ championship weekend.

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TRUSSVILLE –Check out the video below for a special championship edition of Tribune Sports Live featuring the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies 7A State Baseball Champions.  We have interviews with the players, coaches and coaches’ wives, along with the action highlights of the Huskies’ championship weekend.

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Downtown Regions to open temporary location during renovations http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/downtown-regions-to-open-temporary-location-during-renovations/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/05/26/downtown-regions-to-open-temporary-location-during-renovations/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 15:00:28 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=31605 By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE — Renovations have been announced for the downtown Trussville Regions location at 193 Main Street. The branch will be transforming the store into a more modern facility. “This renovation is the culmination of extensive planning as well as close work with the City of Trussville to ensure our renovation will more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE — Renovations have been announced for the downtown Trussville Regions location at 193 Main Street.

RegionsThe branch will be transforming the store into a more modern facility.

“This renovation is the culmination of extensive planning as well as close work with the City of Trussville to ensure our renovation will support and enhance the ongoing redevelopment of the downtown area,” said Leroy Abrahams, North Central Alabama Area President of Regions Bank.

A temporary modular branch will be on-site to serve customers while renovations are underway. The modular branch will be open starting May 31 at 9 a.m. and will remain open until renovations are complete, which should be before the end of the year. The modular facility will function as a fully staffed bank branch, with Regions associates offering financial services, and there will also be an on-site ATM.

“The renovated branch will give customers expanded access to personal services, and we are also incorporating new technology to help us serve more people when, where and how they want to be served,” Abrahams said.

Customers can still access their safe deposit boxes by appointment, which will continue to be housed in the existing facility.

The exterior of the branch will be updated, while inside the traditional teller line will be replaced with an open layout, where customers will be greeted directly by Regions Universal Bankers. Universal Bankers will provide a variety of services to customers.

The renovated branch will also become one of the latest to offer Regions’ Video Banking ATMs. This will connect customers with a Regions representative through a two-way video, and will allow representatives to assist with typical transactions, account maintenance and general inquiries. Video Bankers are available expanded hours, including weeknights, Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays.

“We have been carefully planning this renovation for a long time,” said Brandon Greve, Consumer Banking Executive for Regions in North Central Alabama “We are excited to move forward, and we look forward to unveiling a completely redesigned, more modern facility that will reflect our continued commitment to quality service and technological innovation.”

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