North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 16, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, August 16

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's a fall-like Friday, so enjoy…

Weather: We could get used to this. It’s mid-August, we’re in Alabama, and this afternoon’s high temperature will be — around 78? Seriously? Yes, it’s true, temperatures are more like early October. There is a 30 percent chance of scattered storms, however. Tonight’s low will be in the upper 60s. Temps stay the same but storm chances increase Saturday and Sunday.

He’s not giving up. John Douglas, the owner of the tornado-damaged Home Field Sports Grill, isn’t quitting his battle with the city of Fultondale. Douglas told The North Jefferson News on Thursday that he will appeal Tuesday’s ruling by Circuit Judge Tom King which granted the city’s motion for a summary judgment, effectively throwing out Douglas’ lawsuit regarding the rebuilding of Home Field. He’ll sit down with his team from the Bradley Arant law firm next week to plan the next step.

Building comes down, parking goes up. The Pinson City Council approved the demolition of the former Billie’s Smoke Shoppe on Main Street, pending the removal of asbestos that is scheduled to finish by Monday. But the foundation slab will remain, forming the basis for some additional parking spaces — something that has been in short supply on Main Street for years.

No engine problems. Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that there is no indication that there was a fire or failure in the engines of the UPS cargo jet that crashed Wednesday just outside Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport. NTSB crews have recovered the “black box” flight data recorders from the wreckage, they are being sent back to Washington, D.C. to be checked out.

Sports: Are you ready for some eight-man football? The AHSAA schools won’t kick off regular-season play for two more weeks, but Tabernacle Christian gets its customary early start in eight-man play tonight at Gardendale’s Bill Noble Park, as they host the Hope Christian home-school team at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, several local teams will host “Meet the…” events this weekend. Among them are Gardendale’s “Meet the Rockets” tonight, Mortimer Jordan’s “Meet the Blue Devils” on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Fultondale’s “Meet the Wildcats” at 10, and Pinson Valley’s “Meet the Indians” at 5 p.m. All these events also feature appearances by youth and middle school teams… Baseball: The Barons finally completed Wednesday’s rained-out game at Jacksonville, which was suspended with a scoreless tie after two innings. They waited (or waded) through yet another rain delay Thursday, but Cody Puckett finally got to smash a two-run homer that accounted for all the game’s scoring, as Birmingham won 2-0. The two teams will play a doubleheader of seven-inning games today. In the majors, the Braves had the night off; they start a three-game series at home against Washington tonight, with Alex Wood schedule to start for Atlanta.