North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

January 14, 2014

NJN/am for Tuesday, January 14

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Tuesday morning, and it's very busy...

Weather: Nice today; snow tonight? Today we will see sunny skies with highs in the upper 50s. But tonight will be much different, as a front quickly moves through and pushes temperatures down, possibly bringing some overnight snow showers in the process with lows around 30.The chances of precipitation is 30 percent, and little or no accumulation is expected, as roads are still fairly warm and will melt any snow and ice. Wednesday will be cold and raw, with highs staying in the upper 30s and winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour.

A mysterious letter. Students at Mt. Olive Elementary were sent home Monday with a letter apparently signed by the school principal, stating that students would be moved into the feeder system for North Jefferson Middle School and Mortimer Jordan High School when Gardendale's new breakaway school system opens. But the newsletter did not appear to be printed on official school stationery, and when The North Jefferson News contacted the central office of the Jefferson County Board of Education for confirmation, a spokesperson there was not aware of the existence of the letter. The spokesperson said they would investigate the issue, and make an announcement this morning. We'll have that news as soon as we hear it.

Three finalists for vacant seat. Speaking of the county board, the four remaining members narrowed the field of applicants for the vacant seat down to three finalists, who were interviewed Monday morning. One finalist is from the north Jefferson area: J. Dean Taylor, a Morris resident who is vice president of Webb Payroll Services in Gardendale. The other finalists are Martha Bouyer, a consultant and former teacher from Lipscomb; and Ann Underwood, a former president of the Jefferson County Parent-Teacher Association Council who lives in Pleasant Grove. The board did not give a timeline for announcing their selection, but a new member must be in place by January 31. The vacancy was created when Ron Rhodes, a longtime board member from Corner who has served as its president on two occasions, stepped down for family reasons.

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday. That phrase has been used a lot in headlines across the nation today, as Ruby Tuesday Inc. closed down 30 of their restaurants, including the Gardendale location that closed unexpectedly on Sunday night. Crews were removing signage and equipment from the shuttered restaurant all day Monday. The location is company-owned (as opposed to being franchised), and will be sold by Ruby Tuesday.

Standridge stands again. State Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden) will run for re-election to his District 34 seat, this time for a full term. Standridge, the former Blount County probate judge and commission president, won the seat in a special election in December to fill the unexpired term of Elwyn Thomas. Standridge filed his election papers on Monday, the first day candidates could file for primary races.

Sports: Hardball on the hardwood. Three important area basketball doubleheaders are scheduled for tonight. Gardendale travels to Huffman, Pinson Valley hosts Springville and Hayden goes to Walker. Mortimer Jordan is at Pleasant Grove in out-of-area action.