North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 17, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, September 17

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's Tuesday, and our nation's capital mourns today...

Weather: May see some rain. There's a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today with a high in the upper 80s. Rain chances decrease to 10 percent tonight with a low in thr upper 60s. Better rain chances and slightly cooler for Wednesday.

Thirteen killed in Navy Yard shooting. A contract worker with a high security clearance entered a building in the Washington Navy Yard, then shot and killed 12 people and wounded several others before he was killed. The FBI and District of Columbia Police say that Aaron Alexis, 34, entered Building 197 and started shooting. No motive is yet known for the shootings by Alexis, who was in the Navy through December 2009.

The first step. The Gardendale City Council enacted a 5-mill property tax, the first in the city's history, during their regular session Monday night. The tax, which passed unanimously, is intended to go toward a new city school system that will break away from the Jefferson County Schools system, but that is contingent on voters approving an additional 5-mill tax in a referendum in November. The council also set two public forums prior to the referendum, in which voters can ask the council and supporters of the new school system about what's involved in the plan.

Trial date set for Greer. Jefferson Circuit Judge Tommy Nail has scheduled the murder trial of The Rev. Dr. Terry Greer for April 14, 2014. The date was set in a hearing Monday in which Nail also ordered that Greer be evaluated by two psychiatrists – one hired by the defense, the other appointed by the state. Greer, the former pastor of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church who is charged with killing his wife and attempting to kill his daughter in January, appeared in court handcuffed to a walker.

Sports: Baseball can wait. Monday's game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals was postponed because of the mass shooting at Washington Navy Yard, which is located less than a mile from the Nats' ball park. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader today, as the Braves close in on a division title.