The Trussville Tribune http://www.trussvilletribune.com All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:37:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.12 Darter Dash to raise funds for educational programs at TCNP http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/darter-dash-to-raise-funds-for-educational-programs-at-tcnp/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/darter-dash-to-raise-funds-for-educational-programs-at-tcnp/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:37:25 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33386 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports PINSON – Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is hosting the Darter Dash 5 mile/5k on Saturday. Runners will get to see the new trails at the Preserve, and trails include some moderate elevation, as long as some stretches alongside Turkey Creek. The race begins at 8 a.m. and will include more »

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PINSON – Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is hosting the Darter Dash 5 mile/5k on Saturday.

photo by Ron Burkett

photo by Ron Burkett

Runners will get to see the new trails at the Preserve, and trails include some moderate elevation, as long as some stretches alongside Turkey Creek.

The race begins at 8 a.m. and will include a post-race awards ceremony, with “unique” awards. Post-race refreshments will be provided by Good People Brewing Company. Registration is $25, and all proceeds go to fund educational programs at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.

The Preserve protects a stretch of creek that is the only place in the world where the Vermilion Darter, as well as other Darter species live.

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Ms. Senior Trussville to compete in state pageant http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/ms-senior-trussville-to-compete-in-state-pageant/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/ms-senior-trussville-to-compete-in-state-pageant/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:25:55 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33373 By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE — At age 77, Jean Brakenburry Taylor is more adventurous than most when they’re in the “prime” of their lives. Taylor is preparing to compete in the Ms. Senior Alabama Pageant in Cullman August 6, after winning the Ms. Senior Trussville title. The kicker is Taylor didn’t get involved with more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE — At age 77, Jean Brakenburry Taylor is more adventurous than most when they’re in the “prime” of their lives.

Taylor is preparing to compete in the Ms. Senior Alabama Pageant in Cullman August 6, after winning the Ms. Senior Trussville title.

The kicker is Taylor didn’t get involved with pageants until she was 73-years-old.

photo by Megan Miller

photo by Megan Miller

Taylor said she never even went to school dances growing up, so entering a pageant never crossed her mind. Taylor was working on a quilt in her friend’s shop in 2013, when an organizer for a senior pageant approached her saying she should compete.

“I told her, ‘I don’t have any talent, I don’t sing, I don’t dance,’” Taylor said. The organizer came back at Taylor saying quilting could be her talent.

After taking the application home and reading it over with her now late husband, Taylor decided to give it a shot. It was a love affair from day one.

Although there is preparation required to compete in the Ms. Senior Alabama Pageant, Taylor is always excited by the competition.

“It’s always such a fun thing to meet all the new ladies in each pageant and catch up with the ones you’ve known from the past,” Taylor said. “I love meeting them and getting to know them. You make lifelong friends, ladies you’ll never forget.”

Taylor competes in Age of Elegance Pageants, for ladies 60-years-old and above.

“It’s to show we still have something to offer the world,” Taylor said.

Competitors arrive to each pageant to have meetings and go over protocols, as well as have rehearsals. Each competition has an interview portion, speeches, a talent competition and an evening gown competition. Taylor said the senior pageants are typically 1-2 day events, whereas other pageants are much longer.

For the Ms. Senior Alabama competition, Taylor has made a quilt she calls “Stars Fell on Alabama,” which is comprised of 30 embroidered blocks with the name of each winner since the pageant’s inception, as well as the year they took home the title. Taylor will be raffling off the quilt and donating all proceeds directly back to the pageant.

Taylor said that competing in pageants is one of the greatest things she’s ever done.

“It shows the world there’s still life out there, there’s still fun out there, and things you can contribute,” Taylor said. “It helps to build your ego, your self-esteem, and it makes me so much more aware of my posture.”

Beyond competing in pageants and regardless of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago, Taylor is always going on new adventures.

Since 2013, Taylor has gone skydiving twice, ridden a mechanical bull, ridden on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle in her son’s motorcycle club in Florida, gone to Las Vegas to compete in a bowling tournament and she was the first person across the Guntersville State Park zipline on grand opening day.

“I’m going to go just as hard and fast as I can go,” Taylor said.

The Ms. Senior Alabama Pageant will take place August 6, and the winner will go on to the preliminary rounds of Ms. Senior America, to be held in Atlantic City, NJ beginning October 18.

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JeffCo Schools HR director indicted on child porn charges http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/jeffco-schools-hr-director-indicted-on-child-porn-charges/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/jeffco-schools-hr-director-indicted-on-child-porn-charges/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:33:25 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33370 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports BIRMINGHAM – Jefferson County Schools’ human resource director now faces federal charges of enticing a minor and receiving and possessing child pornography. The announcement was made on Friday by U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger Stanton, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven D. Anderson and Hueytown more »

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BIRMINGHAM – Jefferson County Schools’ human resource director now faces federal charges of enticing a minor and receiving and possessing child pornography.

Brett Kirkham

Brett Kirkham

The announcement was made on Friday by U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger Stanton, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven D. Anderson and Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler.

A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Brett William Kirkham, 40 of Tuscaloosa, with child enticement and receipt and possession of child pornography between 2008 and 2016. The indictment was made on Tuesday and unsealed on Thursday. Kirkham is scheduled for arraignment in federal court on August 11.

The maximum penalty for child enticement is life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000; the maximum penalty for each count of receiving and possessing child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

An indictment only contains charges. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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HTHS graduate opens West Ave Boutique http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/hths-graduate-opens-west-ave-boutique/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/hths-graduate-opens-west-ave-boutique/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:09:16 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33363 By Megan Miller, Editor TRUSSVILLE – One HTHS graduate is chasing down her dreams only two years after finishing high school. Ashlyn West is the owner of West Ave Boutique, located at 77 Cedar Lane #101 in downtown Trussville. West has been fortunate enough to turn a love of shopping into an entrepreneurial endeavor. “I more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

TRUSSVILLE – One HTHS graduate is chasing down her dreams only two years after finishing high school.

Ashlyn West is the owner of West Ave Boutique, located at 77 Cedar Lane #101 in downtown Trussville. West has been fortunate enough to turn a love of shopping into an entrepreneurial endeavor.

Ashly West (owner), Allie West (sister/employee) and MaryGrace (employee)  Submitted photo

Ashlyn West (owner), Allie West (sister/employee) and MaryGrace (employee)
Submitted photo

“I didn’t think it would ever be possible,” West said. “I love helping people, so it’s been a lot of fun.”

West has been making the store her own little by little, decorating to put a personal touch and a twist on everything.

West Ave carries everything from tshirts, to shoes, to dresses and other fashions, and West’s favorite, jewelry.

“It’s hard for me not to keep everything, but it helps with my shopping addiction because I can buy from myself,” West said. “I love jewelry because I love all the little things you can add to your outfit.”

West said she’s thankful for the support of her family, as well as the community.

“I’m pleasantly surprised at the amount of great responses I’ve gotten back from people,” West said. “I love to see returning customers.”

West said to anyone unsure of whether to take the plunge and follow their dream, they should “just go for it.”

“You never know what’s out there, I’ve had great support,” West said. “We said we were going to do it, and we did it.”

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UAB Golden Girls, Cheerleaders host cheer camp for Clay youth league http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/uab-golden-girls-cheerleaders-host-cheer-camp-for-clay-youth-league/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/uab-golden-girls-cheerleaders-host-cheer-camp-for-clay-youth-league/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:00:54 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33312 By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune CLAY — The Golden Girls and the UAB Cheerleaders hosted a cheerleading camp for the Clay Youth cheerleading squads from July 14 to July 16 at Clay-Chalkville High School. “This is our first time to have UAB come, and this is the first year that UAB has done a more »

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By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune

CLAY — The Golden Girls and the UAB Cheerleaders hosted a cheerleading camp for the Clay Youth cheerleading squads from July 14 to July 16 at Clay-Chalkville High School.

“This is our first time to have UAB come, and this is the first year that UAB has done a youth camp,” Clay Youth Cheerleading director Candi McEvoy said.

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Clay Youth cheerleaders from pre-K to 6th grade were taught basic sideline cheers from the UAB Cheerleading Squad. The UAB Golden Girls taught each CYC squad their halftime routines.

“It was a really good experience for our girls. It really helped our squad,” McEvoy said.

According to McEvoy, part of the reason that UAB hosted the clinic was because this will be the first season that Clay Youth cheerleading squads will be allowed to stunt and tumble on the sidelines.

“We’re very grateful that they were willing to do this for our city and for our girls,” McEvoy said.

CYC will also be offering tumbling classes, which will meet on Thursdays. While registration for this football season has already closed, registration for basketball season will open shortly. Anyone interested in signing their child up for basketball cheerleading can go to http://www.clayalabama.org/sports-recreation/ for more information.

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BREAKING: Bentley calls special session for state lottery, expected to fund Medicaid http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/breaking-bentley-calls-special-session-for-state-lottery-expected-to-fund-medicaid/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/breaking-bentley-calls-special-session-for-state-lottery-expected-to-fund-medicaid/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:47:18 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33361 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY –In a video released Friday morning, Alabama governor Robert Bentley announced that he will call for a special session of the legislature to consider a vote for a statewide lottery. The announcement had been expected for several days. According to the governor’s statement, it appears the purpose of more »

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MONTGOMERY –In a video released Friday morning, Alabama governor Robert Bentley announced that he will call for a special session of the legislature to consider a vote for a statewide lottery. The announcement had been expected for several days.

According to the governor’s statement, it appears the purpose of the lottery would be to fund an $85 million shortfall in the Medicaid budget.

Gov. Robert Bentley . photo courtesy of the Alabama Governor's Office

Gov. Robert Bentley .
photo courtesy of the Alabama Governor’s Office

Bentley, who had previously gone on the record opposing a lottery, said all other funding options had been exhausted.

Other than mentioning the underfunded healthcare needs, the statement was short on details with no mention of who would administer the lottery, how all of the proceeds would be spent, or whether the proposed bill would allow casino gambling.

The special session is expected to begin on August 15.

Former governor Don Siegelman proposed a lottery in 1999. The measure overwhelmingly failed on a statewide ballot when it was revealed that Siegelman’s bill would give lottery administrative control to donors and cronies.

Siegelman loaned $1 million dollars to the lottery campaign and was later convicted accepting payoffs for board appointments to pay for the campaign. He is currently serving his sentence in state prison.

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Hood looking forward to watching Cougars grow http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/hood-looking-forward-to-watching-cougars-grow/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/hood-looking-forward-to-watching-cougars-grow/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33306 By David Knox, Sports Editor GARDENDALE – As much fun as it was having a team loaded with known quantities the past two seasons, Clay-Chalkville football coach Jerry Hood sounds pretty excited to be coaching a team that looks to be fun in a different way. “I know we’ve gotten very much better from the day more »

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By David Knox, Sports Editor

GARDENDALE – As much fun as it was having a team loaded with known quantities the past two seasons, Clay-Chalkville football coach Jerry Hood sounds pretty excited to be coaching a team that looks to be fun in a different way.

“I know we’ve gotten very much better from the day we started spring football practice,” Hood said. “I did not expect us to play as well as we did in the spring game (a domination of Gadsden City). The growth in that few days of practice was astounding.

“That’s what’s going to make it so fun for us as coaches. Our coaches are going to experience for the first time in a good whole the joys of taking young kids from Point A to wherever we get them to. Because when we boil it all down, the fun in coaching is seeing your kids improve. That’s what’s been the most fun so far this spring and summer.”

Cougars coach Jerry Hood, center, flanked by Keilend Clayton, left, and Nico Collins, right, talks to members if the media on Monday at Gardendale Civic Complex during High School Football Media Days. Photo by David Knox

Cougars coach Jerry Hood, center, flanked by Keilend Clayton, left, and Nico Collins, right, talks to members if the media on Monday at Gardendale Civic Complex during High School Football Media Days. Photo by David Knox

Hood’s Cougars have won 29 of their past 30 games, with one 6A championship trophy and one 6A runner-up trophy to show for it. It’s tough even for the most silver-and-blue optimist to predict a run like that in 2016.

Hood has just a mini-helmetful of starters back from last season, but one of them is clearly a big-time player in five-star wide receiver Nico Collins.

Collins, who said the three finalists for his collegiate abilities are Michigan, Alabama and Georgia, is a nice piece to build around on offense.

The big receiver said there’s no added pressure on him, however.

“It’s time to ball out on Friday nights,” Collins said. “They don’t know we have other receivers on the other side just as good as me.”

Collins had 60 catches for 1,103 yards and 16 touchdowns with Ty Pigrome, now at Maryland, chunking him the ball. He’ll have a sophomore throwing to him this season in Willie Miller, who Collins said will be a good one.

Hood said he won’t mind if opponents double-team Collins. He said they’ll go to him anyway at times, because of his long 6-foot-5 frame and solid 205 pounds. “He’s hard to get around. He’s strong enough to have somebody hanging on him and still make the catch.”

Other times they’ll take advantage of some improving counterparts – wide receivers Rodrick McCloud and Terill Cole among them.

On defense, returning starter Keilend Clayton will help anchor a big defensive front. Junior Jamarlin Sewell is back as a starter in the secondary, though he’s coming off an injury that sidelined him most of the spring and summer.

“It will be important to keep everybody healthy,” said Clayton, who holds offers from Mercer, Georgia State, Gardner-Webb and Eastern Illinois. “We’re going to be young on defense. We have two returning starters on defense. So that means our young guys need to be ready to step up into their roles as starters. I think we’re going to be real good on defense because we do have a lot of talent.”

“We’ll be sneaky good,” Hood said. The defensive line will be “stout” and go eight-deep. Linebackers are fast and the secondary is young but fast and improved immensely during the 7on7 efforts. He said the defense really seemed to finally grasp their concepts in the most recent 7on7 in Tuscaloosa.

And truth is, while some Cougars fans might have yawned while Clay-Chalkville piled up points like a pinball machine, those big leads gave Hood a chance to play younger players.

So the guys who tee it up Aug. 19 vs. Florence will have some idea of what it’s been like to play under Friday night lights.

No doubt, Hood is looking forward to watching these cubbies grow into full-grown Cougars. And is he loose? He sneaked into the media room while Oak Mountain coach Cris Bell was holding forth, identifying himself as a media member from “oldfootballcoaches.com.” He asked Bell about his shot at becoming the winningest coach in Oak Mountain history, what the celebration plans were. Hood has the record, going 28-26 from 2004-08. Bell is 26-17 since taking over in 2012.

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NATION: Two police officers shot, 1 killed in San Diego http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/nation-two-police-officers-shot-1-killed-in-san-diego/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/29/nation-two-police-officers-shot-1-killed-in-san-diego/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:32:51 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33356 SAN DIEGO, CALIF. –Two police officers were shot overnight in San Diego, Calif. and one has died, according to the San Diego police department. The other officer is undergoing surgery at a local hospital. According to police, the shooting took place at 3800 Boston. One suspect is in custody and police are searching the area more »

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. –Two police officers were shot overnight in San Diego, Calif. and one has died, according to the San Diego police department. The other officer is undergoing surgery at a local hospital.

According to police, the shooting took place at 3800 Boston. One suspect is in custody and police are searching the area for more suspects.

A police officer was shot and killed in San Diego, California on Thursday night.

A police officer was shot and killed in San Diego, California on Thursday night.

Residents have been asked to remain indoors and shelter in place as the search continues.

Police chief Shelly Zimmerman was reportedly at the hospital with the wounded officer who she says is expected to survive.

The San Diego incident follows widely publicized police killings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Incidents of police officers killed in the line of duty continue to rise at an alarming rate in 2016 which has seen an increase of over 80 percent, so far.

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Man with Trussville ties wanted on felony arrest warrant http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/28/man-with-trussville-ties-wanted-on-felony-arrest-warrant/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/28/man-with-trussville-ties-wanted-on-felony-arrest-warrant/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:30:26 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33353 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports TRUSSVILLE – Albert Lee Weems, 45, is wanted in Jefferson County on a felony arrest warrant for theft of property in the first degree. Weems is described as 6’3”, 290 pounds and he has hazel eyes and brown hair. His last known address was the 7600 block of Happy more »

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TRUSSVILLE – Albert Lee Weems, 45, is wanted in Jefferson County on a felony arrest warrant for theft of property in the first degree.

via Crime Stoppers

via Crime Stoppers

Weems is described as 6’3”, 290 pounds and he has hazel eyes and brown hair. His last known address was the 7600 block of Happy Hollow Road in Trussville.

Anyone with information on Weems’ whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Man with Pinson ties wanted for fraudulent leasing http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/28/man-with-pinson-ties-wanted-for-fraudulent-leasing/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/07/28/man-with-pinson-ties-wanted-for-fraudulent-leasing/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:10:52 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=33350 From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports PINSON – Brannon Manuel Nix, 36, is wanted for theft fraudulent leasing on a Jefferson County warrant. Nix is described as 6’1”, 200 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was the 5800 block of Cheryl Drive in Pinson. Anyone with information on Nix’s more »

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PINSON – Brannon Manuel Nix, 36, is wanted for theft fraudulent leasing on a Jefferson County warrant.

via Crime Stoppers

via Crime Stoppers

Nix is described as 6’1”, 200 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was the 5800 block of Cheryl Drive in Pinson.

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

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