North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 27, 2012

NJN/am for Thursday, September 27

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News


It’s Thursday, hope yours is a good one (and it is if you are an NFL fan) …

Weather: Rain, but not yet. Our nice pleasant dry spell comes to an end, but the first clouds won’t roll in until Friday night. But for today, another warm sunny day and cool night. Today’s high will be around 86, with tonight’s low in the lower 60s.

Threatening Tweets. A Birmingham man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday of threatening President Obama — via Twitter. Jarvis Britton, 25, was indicted for knowingly threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm on the president, after Britton tweeted “Let’s kill the president, F.E.A.R.” on Sept. 14.

Superintendent hire today — maybe. The Jefferson County Board of Education may name its replacement for the retiring Dr. Phil Hammonds at its meeting this afternoon, or it may wait until a special called meeting Friday afternoon. Either way, Gardendale native Dr. Julie Hannah is one of five candidates up for consideration, and the only one with existing ties to the county system.

Tonight: Burkett Center open house. The William Burkett Center for Multi-Handicapped Children will host an open house tonight at its new home, the former Mortimer Jordan High School campus in Morris. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Sports: The real refs are back. The National Football League reached a tentative agreement with its referees’ union late Wednesday night, and union members will be back on the field tonight for the Thursday night game between the Ravens and Browns at Baltimore. Referee Ed Hochuli said his colleagues are ready, as they’ve been staying prepared in case they were called back on short notice. The NFL Referees Association will vote to ratify an eight-year deal later this week. The agreement marks the end of a tumultuous first three weeks of the regular season, which came to a head in Monday night’s Green Bay-Seattle game that was decided on a disputed touchdown catch in the end zone as time expired… Speaking of that game, a sports book at a Las Vegas casino has decided it will refund losing bets on Green Bay. D Las Vegas (formerly Fitzgerald’s) owner Derek Stevens said he was “disgusted” by the outcome, according to the Associated Press, and could not accept the outcome. Seattle bettors will still receive their winnings.