North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

January 23, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, January 23

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's Wednesday, let's all get over that mid-week hump...…

Weather: Clouds moving in. Temperatures should reach the middle 69s today, but we will see clouds entering our area this afternoon, and chances of rain overnight and on into Thursday. Lows tonight will be in the middle 40s with a 20 percent chance of rain.

A “perfect storm.” The Rev. Dr. Terry Greer was facing a number of personal and professional problems when police say he killed his wife and shot his daughter, according to the pastor’s defense attorney. Henry Lagman, a defense attorney from Shelby County, told the Associated Press that the former pastor at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church was in “a very dark place” in his life when the shooting occurred on Jan. 10 at the church parsonage. Dr. Greer remains in UAB Hospital, where he was admitted after the incident for treatment of what police called multiple self-inflicted stab wounds; he now has pneumonia as well, Lagman said. When he is released from the hospital, Greer faces charges of murder and attempted murder, and will be held without bond.

Quieter afternoons for a while. Birmingham sports-radio titan Paul Finebaum won’t be heard on local airwaves for at least three months, according to multiple reports. Finebaum’s popular afternoon show was cancelled by WJOX Tuesday, after his contract with the station expired. The show was syndicated throughout the Southeast and also heard nationwide on SiriusXM satellite radio. Finebaum has a three-month no-compete clause, which means he will not be heard on his own show until April at the earliest. Where that will be remains a mystery; competitor 97.3 The Zone has publicly sought his services, but ESPN has also showed interest. Finebaum is scheduled as the featured speaker at the Greater Gardendale Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday night, which sold out yesterday.

“Real soon.” That’s the word from Morris Mayor Joe Pylant on when a new police chief will be hired for the town. Pylant said in Tuesday night’s council meeting that applications for the position had closed, and that he was looking over several candidates. The mayor aroused the ire of some local residents when he declined to re-hire former chief Brain Cochran after Pylant took office in December.

Sports: Jordan, Corner and Hayden advance. County schools basketball tournaments move on in both Jefferson and Blount counties this week. In the JeffCo small-school boys’ tournament, Mortimer Jordan advances to the championship game Friday against Corner, thanks to a 65-51 win Tuesday night against Oak Grove. The Yellow Jackets upended Fultondale to reach the title game, which will be played Friday at 6 p.m. at Hueytown. On the girls’ side at Shades Valley, Gardendale lost to Pleasant Grove by two points, as a late comeback effort ran out of time. They play in a consolation-bracket game today. And at the Blount County Tournament in Cleveland, Hayden’s girls rook down Appalachian 63-39. The Wildcats will face Locust Fork, ranked 10th in Class 4A, on Friday at 6:30 p.m.