By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— Good Tuesday morning to you...
Weather: Chances of rain. We will see cloudy skies for most of the day with a chance of scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with lows in the middle 40s, with a 20 percent chance of rain. Wednesday will be sunny, breezy and brisk, with a high only around 60 and a low in the upper 30s. We may see a light freeze this weekend.
Scared kids, but no injuries in bus crash. A school bus carrying children bound for Fultondale Elementary School was struck in the rear by a car on U.S. 31 in northern Birmingham, near the southern edge of Fultondale. The car then crashed into a tree. No children were hurt, but they were all sent home with parents. The driver of the car was injured, but Birmingham Police would not release specifics or an identity. Ironically, the crash occurred just after National School Bus Safety Week, according to just-appointed JefCoEd Transportation Director Neal Underwood.
Crash claims second life. A three-vehicle wreck last Thursday morning has now resulted in two deaths. The county coroner's office has announced that Amber U. Smith, 28, died Friday at UAB Hospital from her injuries. Not long after the wreck, Christina Witherstine, 55, of Gardendale died while in surgery at the hospital. Witherstine's SUV collided with Smith's car as Witherstine was attempting to pass a third vehicle on Carson Road near Indian Valley Road, just outside the Fultondale city limits.
Help for long car-tag lines. The Jefferson County Commission has signed an agreement with neighboring Tuscaloosa County to use its software for processing tag renewals, a move expected to reduce hours-long waiting times significantly. The county is also upgrading its 14-year-old mainframe computer.
Sports: One Giant leap. The New York Giants have finally won their first game of the NFL season, thanks to a 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Eli Manning threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, while Josh Brown kicked three field goals... Titans mourn another loss. Bud Adams, the Texas oilman who held start the American Football League and owner of the Tennessee Titans franchise since it began as the Houston Oilers in 1959, died at his home Monday of natural causes. He was 90. It's the second death in the franchise's family in recent days; former Oilers coach Bum Phillips passed on Friday, also aged 90... Baseball: Leyland steps down. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who led the team to two World Series appearances, announced his resignation Monday. “I'm not totally retiring today, I'm just not going to be in the dugout anymore,” the 68-year-old Leyland said. He had been with the team for eight season, and had been a manager on the major-league level since 1986 with the Pirates.