North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 19, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, August 19

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It’s Monday, but more importantly — BACK TO SCHOOL…

Weather: More scattered storms. It’s Pretty much the same forecast we have had for the past week — scattered showers and storms, with highs well below normal for this time of year. Today we will see a high in the upper 70s with a 60 percent chance of storms; tonight’s low will drop to 70 with rain chances of 30 percent. Tuesday will be slightly warmer, but still with scattered rain.

Parents rejoice! Today is the first day of the new school year for Jefferson and Blount counties, as well as most private schools. Take care if you’re out driving this morning and afternoon, as school buses will be back on the roads.

Crash investigation continues. The National Transportation Safety Board has brought in a UPS Airbus A300 cargo jet to test how the plane approaches and lands at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, an NTSB spokesman said. It’s the same model as the aircraft that crashed short of a north-south runway last Wednesday, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

Sports: Tharp hooks the big one. He doesn’t live in Gardendale anymore, having moved to Florida earlier this year. But with the money that pro bass fisherman Randall Tharp won on Sunday, he can live pretty much anywhere he wants. Tharp took the Forrest Wood Cup, the top tournament on the Walmart FLW Tour circuit, and a check for $500,000 — tied for the biggest payday in pro fishing, along with the Bassmaster Classic. He caught five bass weighing 14 pounds even on the Red River near Shreveport, La. for a four-day total of 53 pounds, 2 ounces, beating out defending champion Jacob Wheeler by four pounds… Football: Tabernacle Christian’s toughest eight-man games of the season are usually their first two, and form held last Friday night as Hope Christian came from behind to beat the Torches 41-36 in the season opener for both teams. They travel to Alabaster this Friday night to take on Evangel Christian… Baseball: Javier Lopez smacked a bases-loaded double off the right-field wall, scoring all three baserunners in the top of the eighth inning as the Tennessee Smokies beat the Barons 5-2 in the first game of a 10-game homestand, the last of the regular season. Birmingham has now lost four straight; they’ll take on the Smokies again tonight at 7:05.