By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
Congratulations! You made it to Friday …
Weather: Here comes the rain again. Those great sunny days we’ve enjoyed all week couldn’t last forever. A tropical air mass rolls in today, bringing with it a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Today’s high will reach the upper 80s, with nighttime lows in the lower 60s. Rain chances increase to 40 percent Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the lower 80s and lows in the lower 60s.
No new superintendent yet. The Jefferson County Board took care of routine business first during its regular session Thursday afternoon, then went into executive session to discuss candidates for the superintendent vacancy. But that session did not yield a vote for a replacement for the retiring Dr. Phil Hammonds, so they’ll meet again Monday morning at 9 a.m. Among the five candidates for the job is Gardendale resident Dr. Julie Hannah; if selected, she would be only the second JefCoEd superintendent to come from the county itself, behind Dr. William Burkett. Speaking of whom…
Burkett Center opens its doors. The William Burkett Center for Multi-Handicapped Children has now moved into its new facility, and on Thursday night held an open house for the public. The center has just moved into the former Mortimer Jordan High School campus in Morris, which gives it more than triple the space of its old location near Fultondale. The highlight of the event was an appearance by Dr. Burkett himself, who presented the center with a personal donation of $25,000. Burkett was the former principal at Mortimer Jordan (he preceded longtime principal Jimmie Trotter) before becoming the first JefCoEd superintendent to be a native of the county.
Here’s a visual aid. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned a few heads during his address before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday — not just because of what he had to say about the growing nuclear threat from Iran, but for the prop he brought along with him. Netanyahu showed a diagram of Iran’s nuclear capabilities in the shape of a bomb, putting a red line where he wanted the UN to stop the country before it is capable of a nuclear attack on Israel.
Sports: Halfway through. We’ve reached Week 5 of the AHSAA season tonight. The North Jefferson News Big Game this week takes us to Corner, where the Yellow Jackets host traditional rival Hayden. Elsewhere tonight, Gardendale travels to Briarwood Christian, Mortimer Jordan hosts John Carroll Catholic, and Fultondale goes to Tuscaloosa to take on American Christian. In eight-man play, Tabernacle Christian plays host to Wiregrass Christian of Dothan… Pro football: The NFL’s regular referees earned a standing ovation at the beginning of the Thursday-night game at Baltimore, as they worked their first game back since the league reached a tentative agreement with the NFL Referees Association, ending a lockout and a three-week-long debacle of replacement officials and sometimes horrendous calls. By the way, the Ravens beat the Browns, 23-16… College football: Alabama hosts its first night SEC game of the season, as they tangle with Ole Miss at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN). Auburn is idle.