By Melanie Patterson
The North Jefferson News
The following events were reported in The North Jefferson News during this week in 2003, 1998, 1988 and 1978.
Five years ago
• If there was any doubt as to whether a Jim ’N Nicks restaurant was coming to Gardendale, none exists following a council meeting Monday. Council members OK’d a restaurant retail liquor license application that will allow Jim ’N Nicks diners to have a beer with their barbecue.
• North Jefferson’s first home-improvement store could be open by late August. Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse construction slowed due to heavy rain, but the store is expected to be Fultondale’s biggest tax contributor at about $1 million annually.
• Mike and Kathy McDermott open their home to four siblings n the state’s foster care program. The couple has two older teenagers who also live at home.
10 years ago
• Challenger Scott Beason has forced incumbent Jim Townsend into a runoff for State House District 50.
• A program called Reading Renaissance has Hayden Elementary first-graders excited about reading. They are actually wanting to read as many books as they can and are asking to take tests.
• Gardendale native Doree Walker overcomes her early shyness and self-confidence problems in dramatic fashion by winning the Miss Alabama contest at Samford University. She will represent Alabama i the Miss USA Pageant in February.
• University of Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried was the guest speaker at last week’s Gardendale Chamber of Commerce meeting.
20 years ago
• Kimberly insurance rates are to see a drop after the fire department is rated a class four. The average fire insurance premium should drop by 20 percent.
• Gardendale City Council voted to hire a second building inspector, Ray Byrom, who is making a lateral transfer from Vestavia Hills.
• Warrior receives money for a police car. District 50 State Rep. Jim Wright presents the city with a check for $7,000 to be used toward the purchase of a new patrol car. The city expects to use about $6,000 in matching funds to complete the purchase.
By Melanie Patterson
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