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June 17, 2014

NJN/am for Tuesday, June 17

Good Tuesday morning to you...

Weather: More of the same. There's a 10 percent chance of an isolated thunderstorm, mainly in the afternoon – but as folks in Tarrant found out on Monday, those storms could bring heavy rain and not move around much when thy form. Today's high will be near 90 and tonight's low near 70. There's a slightly greater chance of storms on Wednesday.

Body found along I-65. A driver whose car broke down between Gardendale and Fultondale on Monday made a startling discovery – a woman's dead body found in the grass beside the road. The unidentified body of the white adult female was found at about 10:30 a.m., and the investigation of the scene caused a big traffic backup in the northbound lane. Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office say the woman was wearing only Spandex pants and a white bra with no shoes, but also wore a wristband from the Six Flags theme park near Atlanta.

Superintendent searches move along. The Jefferson County Board of Education will meet in special session this morning at 9, on the first day after the 30-day period for advertising their superintendent vacancy. The board could announce a selection in the meeting, or could defer the issue again. However, the term of interim superintendent Bobby Neighbors runs out on June 30 and can't be renewed, and Board President Jennifer Parsons has previously stated her desire to have a permanent replacement in place by July 1. Meanwhile, the new Gardendale Board of Education holds the last interview of candidates for the system's very first superintendent. Dr. Chuck Ledbetter, currently the head of the Dublin, Ga. school system, will be on the hot seat tonight starting at 6:15 at the Gardendale Civic Center. The interview is open to the public, and a meet-and-greet reception will follow.

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