The Trussville Tribune All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:49:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 One killed, another injured in accident involving overturned Corvette Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:48:03 +0000 more »]]> From Trussville Tribune staff reports

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred last night just after 10:30 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident in 3800 block of Industrial Drive just north of Tarrant. They arrived to find an overturned 2002 Chevrolet Corvette.

Information on the scene is that the Corvette had been traveling along Industrial Drive at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control and the car left the road and overturned.

The driver, 54-year-old Harbert Kuykendall of Oneonta, was pronounced dead on the scene. A 27-year-old passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There were no other vehicles involved and no one else was injured.

The Sheriff’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating.

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Lady Cougars take down Pinson Valley, clinch Area 12 title Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:28:43 +0000 more »]]> Clay-Chalkville head coach Justin Haynie talks to his team earlier this season. file photo by Ron Burkett

Clay-Chalkville head coach Justin Haynie talks to his team earlier this season.
file photo by Ron Burkett

CLAY — The past two seasons, Clay-Chalkville’s Lady Cougars have wound up in a tie for the area championship.

“We’ve had to flip a coin the past two years,” Lady Cougars coach Justin Haynie said. “Not my favorite thing to do.”

Seventh-ranked Clay-Chalkville removed any random factor from determining the Class 6A, Area 12 champion Friday night, knocking off Pinson Valley 64-42 and wrapping up the title with an area game yet to play. The Lady Cougars (19-5, 5-0) close out the area slate with a game at Gardendale on Tuesday.

Despite the lop-sided win, it wasn’t all pretty for the Lady Cougars. Fiesty Pinson Valley took the fight to them early and the Lady Cougars looked rushed offensively to put the Lady Indians away. An Aaliyah May 3-pointer cut the Clay lead to 10-6 before some good offensive board work and a fastbreak basket by Raven Omar pushed the lead to 14-6 at the quarter break.

The Lady Cougars settled down in the second period and put the game away. Center Alex Johnson scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the period on a variety of putbacks, turnarounds and point guard Omar added six points as the Lady Cougars outscored Pinson Valley 24-10 in the quarter for a 38-16 lead.

The Lady Cougars kept their margin above 20 for the most part, even as Haynie subbed liberally to rest his starters. Clay led 54-30 after three and withstood a 12-10 fourth-period burst by Pinson for the 22-point win.

Amiya Payne followed Johnson’s 21 with 12 as the only other double-figure scorer. Nine Lady Cougars scored.

For Pinson Valley, four players scored six points apiece: May, Kaylin Hamby, Kaitlyn Ambrose and Barryonna White for the Lady Indians, who are showing much improvement from the start of the season.

After the trip to Gardendale, Clay travels to McAdory for a Friday game and closed out the regular season with a home game against Shades Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and a road game at Mountain Brook on Friday, Feb. 3.

The Area 12 tournament will be the next week at Clay


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Pinson Valley boys race away late in impressive win over No. 6 Clay Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:24:37 +0000 more »]]> PVHSCLAY – in a showdown for the top spot in Class 6A, Area 12, it was a battle for three quarters, but the Pinson Valley Indians galloped away in the fourth quarter for a 59-37 win over sixth-ranked Clay-Chalkville.

In a raucous gym with fan and student support seemingly for the neighborhood rivals, it was the young Indians who took the fight to their more-experienced opponents. Clay-Chalkville’s senior standouts of Jalen Jordan and Anthony Holmes had their hands full with Pinson Valley junior Orion Morris, who scored 19 points, dished out 11 assists and had 10 rebounds. Freshman Colby Jones scored 12 points, 10 in the second half, and sophomore Geordon Pollard added 11, seven in the fourth quarter, and 10 rebounds. Christopher Lewis was a major contributor with 15 rebounds off the bench to go with his four points.

“We played well,” Indians coach Cedric Lane said. “We know Clay’s a strong team and a strong defensive team, so we worked a lot on making it hard for them to score.”

It was Pinson early, pulling out to an 11-4 lead after a quarter. The Indians led 16-5 after Pollard converted a three-point play before the Cougars mounted a first-half flurry, going on a 14-6 run, culminating with a steal and layup by Holmes, who had nine of his 10 points in the quarter.

The second half saw PV slip out to a nine-point margin at 30-21 lead before Jordan started a Clay surge with a pair of free-throws. Junior Otis Black knocked in a trey, his second of the game, Colin Bryant came up with a steal and a layin and Holmes made a free-throw – his final point of the night, however – to cut the score to 32-31 with 15 second left in the period.

But Morris came down and bagged a jumper with a second left to give PV a 34-31 lead after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was all Indians.

They continued with their full-court pressure defense and turned every mad shot, every missed shot and every turnover into a race for the basket. Morris started it with a steal and layup plus-1 to push the lead to 37-31. The Cougars managed just six points in the period while the Indians poured in 25, closing on a 16-4 run to finish off the home team.
“I think they kind of wore down a little bit and we made shots, and we made our free throws,” Lane said. The Indians were 15-of-25 from the foul line.

Holding Holmes and Johnson to five points in the second half was a big factor. Johnson scored eight in the game.

“Jalen is one of the best point guards around here,” Lane said, “We know how well he attacks, so we wanted to get help on him.”

Lane, in his first year at Pinson Valley, is rebuilding from a disastrous couple of seasons.

“I’m proud of my team, of the way they fought tonight,” Lane said. “We’re just trying to prove a point. Trying to peak at the right time.”
Clay dropped to (18-4, 4-1) and travels to Gardendale on Tuesday for the Area 12 finale. Pinson Valley is also 4-1 in the area, and closes area play with Gardendale on Thursday, Jan. 26.



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The Compassion Experience to give Trussville a chance to “change the story” Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:23:24 +0000 more »]]> Compassion-Experience-1

By Chris Yow, Editor

TRUSSVILLE — Wondering what living in poverty is really like? Not American poverty, but what it’s like to live in Uganda or Bolivia. Compassion International has teamed up with North Park Baptist Church to bring The Compassion Experience to Trussville.

The four day expo will be set up in the parking lot of the church from Jan. 20-23. The Compassion Experience is designed to educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country.

Visitors will be invited on a self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of two children living in Uganda or Bolivia. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope.

The experience includes more than 2,000 square feet of exhibit space, featuring replicas of the homes and environments of these two Compassion beneficiaries. The event is free and family-friendly.

“We built ‘The Compassion Experience’ in order to really bring the developing world to America,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “When people think of poverty, they often think of the lack of things, the lack of stuff, the lack of money. Those are all symptoms of poverty. The real issue of poverty is the lack of hope. Through our holistic child development program, Compassion stirs hope in children. And you’ll see that hope come to life at this event.”

The interactive tour uses iPods and headsets to give visitors a sense of what life in poverty really is. The World Bank estimates 700 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. In the areas Compassion serves, nearly one in five children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 124 million children worldwide do not attend school, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

Tour-goers will have the opportunity to “change the story” of children living in poverty by learning more about the issue, as well as Compassion’s child sponsorship program, which tackles global poverty one child at a time. Compassion currently serves more than 1.9 million children in 26 of the world’s most impoverished countries.

For more information about “The Compassion Experience,” visit, @compassion_exp on Twitter, and on Facebook.

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UPDATES Saturday: Storms moving out, Round 2 still to come Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:49:46 +0000 more »]]> From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE –UPDATE 9:29 a.m. – The system is making its way out of Jefferson County at this time. Round 1, why it posed a threat to much of south central Alabama, didn’t cause any problems for the local area.

Round 2 tonight could be a different story based on the current projections. Please remain weather aware through Saturday and into early Sunday morning.

UPDATE 7:58 a.m. – Tornado warnings continue to be issued in Alabama south of metro Birmingham. The most current is in Elmore County. Possibly more than one tornado is believed to be on the ground.

UPDATE 7:15 a.m. – Tornado warnings issued in Autauga, Lowndes and Mobile counties in Alabama.

UPDATE 6:58 a.m. – Multiple reports confirming the Forrest County, Mississippi coroner confirmed three people dead from the storms this morning. Coroner revised the death toll from four to three at 7:48 a.m.

UPDATE 6:52 a.m. – Per the NWS in Birmingham, the threat along I-20 is diminishing.

UPDATE 6:45 a.m. – A tornado watch has been issued for central and south Alabama. This does not include Jefferson or St. Clair counties. The watch area includes Shelby County southward to the gulf coast.

UPDATE 6:20 a.m. – All tornado warnings in Alabama have expired at this time. We will continue to update this story throughout the morning.

UPDATE 6:11 a.m. – We are monitoring multiple weather sources across metro Birmingham and the state. Locally, our main threat is lightning and potential heavy rains at times. The threat for tornadoes remains primarily in counties to our south. We will continue to update this story throughout the morning.

UPDATE 5:45 a.m. – Per James Spann, strong storms moving into the metro Birmingham area at this time, but they are not considered severe. The main threat for tornadoes remains south of the metro area.

PREVIOUS – Storms moving into Jefferson County from the southwest will arrive shortly. These storms have produced tornado warnings in Mississippi and southwestern Alabama counties. There are reports of extensive tornado damage in Hattiesburg and Pearl, Ms.

Here is today’s forecast from NWS.

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1 p.m., then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.. High near 68. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 56. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
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NWS Birmingham says risk of severe weather possible over the weekend Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:04:58 +0000 more »]]> From Trussville Tribune staff reports

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The rain chances this weekend continue to improve according to the latest from the National Weather Service, but chances of severe weather are steadily declining.

NWS Birmingham graphic

NWS Birmingham graphic

NWS Birmingham graphic

NWS Birmingham graphic

According to NWS Birmingham, the greatest severe threat appears to be with the first wave of showers scheduled for roughly 3 a.m. through noon on Saturday. Most of the severe weather, however, is set for south of Birmingham.

James Spann said the weather is likely to hit south of I-20 on Saturday morning. Those storms, however, will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes. For now, severe weather  north of Interstate 20 looks unlikely early tomorrow morning.

Storms on Sunday could form as early as 2:00 a.m., and the chance of storms will continue through the day, although by Sunday afternoon the stronger storms will shift down into areas south and east of Birmingham.

“Forecast wind fields are rather unidirectional, so for this round of storms it looks like the main threat will come from small hail and gusty thunderstorm winds. The tornado risk looks pretty low for now,” Spann said.

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JeffCo Supt. Pouncey says desegregation laws won’t allow PVHS students to transfer from ‘failing’ school Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:52:07 +0000 more »]]> By Chris Yow and Lee Weyhrich
For The Tribune

PINSON — Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Pouncey spoke with the Pinson City Council regarding the recent inclusion of Pinson Valley High School on the ‘failing’ schools list.

Pinson Valley High School. submitted photo

Pinson Valley High School. submitted photo

According to Pouncey, the issue is less reflective of the school and more reflective of what he calls the “injustice” of the Alabama Accountability Act. The act, which he classified as a “thinly veiled attempt at a voucher program” was enacted to allow scholarships for use at private and charter schools for students in failing schools. Unfortunately, the definition of “failing” the method of deciding which schools failed, and the misrepresentation of the test involved have unfairly labeled PVHS, Pouncey said.

Pouncey said the reasoning for the ‘scholarship program’ was to give students in these schools a chance to transfer to private schools with state funding, but Jefferson County students aren’t allowed to do so.

According to Pouncey, desegregation laws prevent them from doing so. The county is under a federal mandate that prevents the transfer of students from school systems with a high minority population. Pinson Valley’s student body is 51.6 percent African-American. The federal order, however, cannot force any student to continue their education in a public school.

Pouncey and Turner each stated the schools would now change their method of education, adding programs to focus more on passing these type of tests.

According to Pouncey, the issue began with the administration of the ACT Aspire to high school students. The school administrators and school board officials were led to believe the test would act as a baseline from which the school would be judged by in subsequent years, Turner said. The test itself was presented to the school and the board as something that would not count against them, he added.

Students at each school had to take the test on computers – something none of them had ever done before. The same test was given to every student, including special needs students who make up 16 percent of total students tested at Pinson Valley High School. 

For a school tp be labeled as a ‘failing’ school, it had to score lower than 6 percent. According to the wording of the legislation, even if nearly every school in the state were somehow able to make a perfect score and the rest scored one point below perfect, those schools would be considered failing.


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TPD arrests one following chase, crash in stolen car; two suspects at large Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:52:55 +0000 more »]]> From Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Trussville police arrested one suspect Friday morning in a brief car chase in the city. According to Captain Jeff Bridges, three suspects were in a stolen car, and attempted to elude police on South Chalkville Road before crashing.

Two of the suspects fled on foot, but  Javhon Marquis Robinson, 25, of Center Point, is charged with second degree receiving stolen property and attempting to elude. He is currently in the Trussville City Jail.

 Javhon Marquis Robinson  Photo courtesy TPD

Javhon Marquis Robinson
Photo courtesy TPD

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HT’s Mauldin named region, state baseball coach of the year Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:12:39 +0000 more »]]> The National Federation of State High School Associations has named Hewitt-Trussville baseball coach Jeff Mauldin both the Alabama Coach of the Year and the South Sectional Coach of the Year for 2016 after leading the Huskies to their first state baseball championship in March.

Hewitt-Trussville head coach Jeff Mauldin. File photo Ron Burkett/The Trussville Tribune

Hewitt-Trussville head coach Jeff Mauldin.
File photo Ron Burkett/The Trussville Tribune

The Southern section includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“It’s pretty humbling,” Mauldin said. “The letter came in the mail and funny thing, I get letters from the NFHS all the time — usually it’s selling stuff, or some product or video — and I almost threw it away. But I put  it in my bag and took it home. Opened up my bag and pulled it out, would’ve thrown it away but there wasn’t a trash can nearby, so I opened it up and just said, “‘Holy Cow!'”

He said looking at the state that the Southern Section comprises he started to realize how big of an honor it was.

He told his coaches that word might leak out, so he wanted them to hear it from him first.

“Without the coaches — and Jeff Schrupp and Guy Howard have been with me at Hewitt-Trussville from Day 1 — I said ‘None of this is possible without you guys. The state championship, any awards … and of course, the players.”

He said one of the most meaningful messages he got was from the father of Keegan Morgan. “He said ‘I just want to thank you. Please take the time to reflect on all the players and coaches and the impact you’ve made on their lives. … you have no idea how much we love you.'”

“And that really got to me, because that’s what it’s all about, impacting the kids. Wins and losses happen, and awards are nice, but having the chance to make a difference in a young man’s life is the ultimate reward.”






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Pinson council will fund maintenance for PVHS football team Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:04:28 +0000 more »]]> By Lee Weyhrich
For The Tribune

PINSON — The Pinson City Council voted Thursday night to fund some projects for the school’s athletic program.

The council voted to spend $10,416.81 to pay for football field maintenance, work to the field house, reconditioning helmets for football and an outstanding water bill of $2,471.81.

Pinson City Hall

Pinson City Hall

The Council, likewise, received a hefty check as a result of previous litigation. Several years ago, the council ran into an issue with a local subdivision. The roads were left unfinished in that subdivision, leaving the city with the responsibility of finishing and maintaining them. Since the roads were supposed to be finished by the original developer, by law that company is responsible for paying for the work.

Generally, there is bond money associated with a neighborhood development in the event the developer does not fulfill this obligation, but that was not the case in this instance. City attorney Shane Black reached a settlement with the developer that placed liens on various properties owned by the contractor until that debt could be paid. The developer managed to sell some of those properties and remove the liens, netting the City of Pinson $90,000.

Several years ago Mayor Hoyt Sanders applied for a FEMA grant for an emergency storm shelter. Sanders announced Thursday the grant was approved for $170,182.

In other business, the council:

  • Voted unanimously to abate a property at 4169 Powell Avenue. The cost of the abatement is $11,691.24 to demolish a burned structure at that location and clean up debris.
  • Created and hired the position of Mowing Crew Leader Assistant. The assistant will be responsible for assisting the mowing crew leader with mowing, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and management of part time and seasonal helpers. The job is a full-time, seasonal position.
  • Voted to authorize the mayor to receive bids for a tractor with a loader and a mower attachment, preferably one that can also accommodate a back hoe. The mower would be a boom-type with a brush blade. The front end lower would be useful not only for general maintenance but would also be used to load sand into city trucks for use in inclement weather.
  • Agreed to take part in the Emergency Preparedness tax holiday February 24-26.


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