The Trussville Tribune All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:50:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Highway 11 shut down in both directions Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:50:47 +0000 more »]]> From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

TRUSSVILLE – Highway 11 has been shut down in both directions near Tutwiler Farms subdivision.

Capt. Jeff Bridges with the Trussville Police Department said there is a gas leak in the area. Emergency personnel on are on the scene, but motorists are recommended to take alternate routes until the road is reopened.


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Leeds man wanted for receiving stolen property Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:24:37 +0000 more »]]> From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

LEEDS – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Jamie Wade Banks, 36.

Banks is wanted on a felony warrant charging him with receiving stolen property in the first degree. He is described as 5’10”, 220 pounds, and has hazel eyes and brown hair.

Banks’ last reported address was the 1200 block of Robert E. Lee Drive in Leeds.

Anyone with information on Banks’ whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 254-7777. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Public comments heard during Center Point City Council meeting Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:11:36 +0000 more »]]> By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune

CENTER POINT— Thursday night’s City Council meeting included a number of public comments by members of the community addressing a variety of concerns.

Center Point resident Linda Mewbourn addressed the council concerning notices that she and her family received for the presence of litter and uncut grass on their properties. She claimed that notices are unfairly distributed, as the litter did not belong to them and the grass was not high enough to merit citation in comparison to other properties.

“We feel like we’re being harassed a little bit,” Mewbourn said. In order to address the issue, Councilor Leesburg directed her to speak with Chief Inspector Ricky Hinkle.

Resident Ronnie Allen proposed the addition of a speed bump to Polly Reed Road, citing concern after a number of accidents on the road.

“A simple speed bump, it doesn’t cost a lot, but it does save a lot of lives,” Allen said. Public Works Director Bobbie Loggins explained that the decision cannot be made by the city, as the roads are the property of Jefferson County.

“Jefferson County will not allow the city to place speed bumps on their roads,” Loggins said.

Resident Sharon Wilbourn inquired about the addition of sidewalks and lighting to Center Point Parkway in order to increase safety. In response, Loggins gave a brief update on the process of installing new street lamps in the city, stating that 80 percent of the approved light are up.

“It’s an ongoing process at the moment,” Loggins said.

Resident Dale Cordar questioned the council concerning the ordinance which prevents residents from parking on their lawns while allowing for the presence of vehicles on grass at businesses.

“I think we need to tweak the ordinance,” responded Councilor Kennemur, who promised that the council would look into his concern. “We’re going to come back and answer you,” she said.

Also during the meeting, the council voted to approve resolutions for the restoration of several structures in the city, including the historic Patterson House located on Hill Crest Road.

The council also voted unanimously to increase the hourly rate for the law firm Russo, White & Keller, prosecutors for the city, and to approve a new rental tax for the city.

Later during the meeting, the council voted to approve a resolution expressing support for Amendment 14 on the November 8 ballot.

“This is an amendment that is very important to all the municipalities throughout the state of Alabama,” Leesburg said. “It’s correcting some errors that were done by the state legislature in dealing with local amendments over the years.”

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Charles Henderson presented Councilors Danny King and Raymond Olan with plaques recognizing their service for the city.

“They have done really, really good work for us, and we’re proud of what they’ve done,” Henderson said.

The next Center Point City Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

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Fox’s Pizza in Argo smashed into with sledgehammer Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:09:27 +0000 more »]]> From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

ST. CLAIR COUNTY – The Fox’s Pizza at 750 Highway 11 was burglarized on October 16 at 1:45 a.m.

foxs-2Detectives said the pictured suspect and suspect vehicle were captured on surveillance footage during the incident.

Detectives said the suspect used a sledgehammer to smash his way into the business, before getting into the vehicle and driving south on Highway 11. Detectives believe the same suspect is involved in another burglary, which occurred at Bowling’s BBQ in Odenville on September 12 around 1 a.m.

If anyone has information about the crime contact Crime Stoppers at 254-7777. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Trussville music program recognized during BOE meeting Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:53:46 +0000 more »]]> From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

TRUSSVILLE – At the October 24 Trussville City Schools Board of Education meeting, the music education teachers of Trussville City Schools were honored with a proclamation from Governor Robert Bentley recognizing the City of Trussville as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. The Award is from the NAMM Foundation.

The proclamation further commended the music educators as “truly committed to educating and helping our young people”. Four hundred seventy six school districts in the nation were recognized for the honor with only four of the those recognized in Alabama: Albertville City Schools, Homewood City Schools, Hoover City Schools and Trussville City Schools.

Trussville City Schools is proud of the commitment of our music educators in Trussville and thank them for their dedication and service to the students of Trussville.

TCS Music Educators are: Chris Byars (Magnolia Music), Kay Carter (HTMS Choir), Brian Cocke (Paine Music), Stephanie Ezell (HTHS Band), Tina Fortenberry (Cahaba Music), Allen Gillespie (HTHS Choir), Corinth Lewis (HTMS Band), Natalie Owens (Paine Music), Brandon Peters (HTMS Band), and Scott Waid (HTHS Band)

Additionally HTMS Assistant Band Director Corinth Lewis had an article published in the October edition of Teaching Music. Teaching Music is a magazine/journal distributed to music teachers nationwide from the National Association for Music Education.

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Congressman Gary Palmer presents Magnolia Elementary U.S. flag Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:41:09 +0000 more »]]> From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

TRUSSVILLE – On October 24, Congressman Gary Palmer presented the U.S. Flag to Dr. Autumm Jeter and the students of Magnolia Elementary School.

Representative Danny Garrett, Trussville City Councilman Perry Cook, Mayor Elect Buddy Choat, Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Diane Poole and all the students of Magnolia Elementary were also in attendance.

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Argo officer helps deliver two babies roadside Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:20:40 +0000 more »]]> By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune

ARGO – Sgt. Mike Jennings of the Argo Police Department is thankful that he was on duty when the calls came in. Both came in the early hours of the morning, both involved roadside deliveries and both happened within days of one another.

The first call came in on Thursday, October 20, when a couple coming from the Gadsden area were forced to pull over. Jennings arrived in time to offer support to the new parents until the paramedics arrived.

“She did most of the work at that point, we were just standing there looking silly,” said Jennings, who responded to the second call at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning. This time, he performed the delivery of a baby boy in the parking of lot of Jack’s.

The experience wasn’t an entirely new one for Jennings, who has performed three in-ambulance deliveries during his time as a paramedic. It was, however, a little more stressful.

“It was different being on the side of the road and not in a controlled setting,” Jennings said. “The other three births were in the back of an ambulance. Very controlled. This, I had no gear or no anything, so it was a little more nerve-wracking. But it was still a great experience.”

Because of his previous experience, Jennings was happy to be able to respond to both scenes.

“It wasn’t the perfect venue for them, but it happens,” Jennings said. “Luckily enough, they had somebody with a little bit of experience, which calmed the mothers down, I believe.”

As a father of two, Jennings made sure not to take all of the credit.

“Like I told everybody, mothers do all the work,” Jennings said. “We just kind of stand around; they do all the work, and they did perfect.”

One of the mothers, who wished only to be identified as Emily, extended her thanks to Jennings and the rest of the responders for their quick response and comfort.

“Just the support and everything was great,” Emily said. Both she and her baby girl are doing well.

For Jennings, it was an opportunity to show the community that he and the rest of the Argo Police Department are happy to serve.

“I like the positive outlook for police,” Jennings said. “This is what we do. We serve the public like we’re supposed to, and that’s what I feel like policing is all about.”

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Mayor-elect, small business awards draw huge crowd at monthly luncheon Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:06:45 +0000 more »]]> Special to The Trussville Tribune

TRUSSVILLE – Trussville mayor-elect Buddy Choat was the featured speaker for the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) monthly luncheon on October 20 at the Trussville Civic Center.

Choat talked about the three P’s: 1) Preserve. Let’s not take for granted what we have here in Trussville; we have to take care of it. 2) Protect. ‘Husky pride’ is not just a saying; it’s what we are. 3) Plan. We have to plan to grow in the right way and not too fast. We have plenty of good things going on. Downtown redevelopment was a big focus during the election and will continue to be a major focus. Construction on our new library is about to begin.

Two of the things Choat campaigned on were keeping our city financial stable and keeping the citizens of Trussville safe. He added that the quality of life, affordability of homes, and great schools are why people move here. He also credited Mayor Melton for all he has done to make Trussville a great place.

The chamber presented several awards at this month’s luncheon. First, its October Customer Service Award recipient was recognized. The nominator had this to say: “I ran in to Publix in the Shoppes at Deerfoot one evening. I just needed a few things, and once I found everything on my short list, I looked for the shortest check-out line. Every line had 2-3 people with large orders until Melanie opened up a new register.

There were still two people in front of me but it didn’t take long. Melanie Pope greeted each person with a ‘Hello. How are you?’ and ‘I’m sorry about your wait.’ She carried on brief but seemingly genuine conversations with each of us. She clearly wanted to make each shopping experience a positive one. It’s refreshing when a cashier has a pleasant outlook and doesn’t act like you’re a bother to them.”

TACC’s ambassador of the quarter was also recognized. Ambassadors work hard for the chamber. They earn a point every time they help with an event or recruit a new chamber member. Usually the top ambassador has 10 or 12 points for the quarter but October’s recipient had 22. It was a very busy month at the chamber, especially for ambassador of the quarter, Deanne Billingsley from Bryant Bank.

A highlight of this month’s luncheon was the announcement of the chamber’s inaugural small business award recipients. Nominations were judged on community involvement, chamber participation, business success and overall deservedness. The recipient of the Emerging Small Business Award (in business for less than five years) was Brik Realty. Bryant Bank received the award for the small business category with 1-10 employees. Massey Stotser & Nichols PC was presented the award in the 11-50 employee category. The winning nominations have been forwarded to the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama for consideration for the statewide awards.

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Funeral arrangements announced for CPHS student killed Sunday Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:32:47 +0000 more »]]> From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

CENTER POINT – Funeral arrangements have been announced for the Center Point High School senior struck and killed by a car on Sunday.

CPHS students gather in prayer for fallen classmate, Jeremiah Glass. (via Jefferson County BOE)

CPHS students gather in prayer for fallen classmate, Jeremiah Glass. (via Jefferson County BOE)

The victim was identified as 18-year-old Jeremiah Glass.

Viewing will be October 28 from 2-8 p.m. at Faith Memorial Chapel, located at 9012 Parkway East in Roebuck.

The funeral will be October 29 at 11 a.m. at New Rising Star Church, located at 7400 London Avenue in Birmingham.

A prayer ceremony was held at CPHS on Wednesday morning. Four ministers attended and Mayor Charles Webster was in attendance.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 1600 block of 1st Street NW around 1 p.m. Sunday to investigate a pedestrian struck.

Officers arrived to find Glass suffering from critical injuries. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Information at the scene indicates the victim was walking along the road when he was struck by the car.


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First Baptist Trussville to host Rush of Fools for free concert Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:18:29 +0000 more »]]> By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE – Birmingham natives Rush of Fools will be putting on a free concert at First Baptist Church Trussville on November 2.

Prior to the concert, 6-12 graders are invited to a hangout at the church, which will include dinner, as well as drinks and candy available for purchase, beginning at 5 p.m. The concert will follow from 6:30-8 p.m.

“They’re kind of becoming a big deal in the Christian contemporary world,” Kasey Summers, student ministry associate, said. “All youth groups in the area have been invited to attend.”

Rush of Fools was formed in 2005, when the band began traveling as a worship band and writing songs together. The band’s first album was released in 2007, and shortly after, they started hearing their songs on the radio.

The band has released four full-length albums, including “Carry Us Now,” “We Once Were,” “Wonder of the World” and “Rush of Fools.”

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