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July 19, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, July 18

It’s finally Friday…

Weather: Maybe rain, but not likely. We’ll have a 20 percent chance of scattered showers today and tonight. Highs will be near 90 with nighttime lows in the lower 70s. Rain chances increase Saturday and Sunday.

Dr. William Burkett passes. The former superintendent of the Jefferson County Schools, and before that principal at Mortimer Jordan High, died Thursday after extended health problems. He’s the namesake of the Burkett Center for the Multi-Handicapped, which is now located in the former Jordan facility in Morris. Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.

Time to float your boat. The third annual Float Your Boat Race and Festival gets under way Saturday morning at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson. Things begin with an 8-kilometer road race at 8 a.m., followed by balsa-wood boats and homemade boats racing to the finish. There will also be a children’s fun zone, plus the city will give away ice cream as part of their Beat the Heat program. For more info see the TCNP website.

And now, an explosion from our sponsor. Pinson’s annual Alabama Butterbean Festival has picked up a new sponsor for its fireworks celebration, but had to go all the way to the West Coast to get it. The California Lima Bean Growers Association will sponsor the fireworks blast this year, as well as supplying about 1,500 pounds of lima beans for the festival’s trademark pot of beans, and will also supply one-pound bags of beans to the first 5,000 attendees. This year’s festival takes place October 4-5 in downtown Pinson.

Sports: “I can’t answer of Johnny Manziel’s part. My name is AJ.” That was the answer (or part of it) from Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron to a question posed by NJN sports editor Robert Carter at Thursday’s last day of SEC Media Days in Hoover. McCarron was a roommate of the Heisman Trophy winner at last week’s Manning passing camp, where Manziel was famously asked to leave early. On Tuesday, Manziel — who has been very publicly enjoying his success since winning the Heisman — said he simply overslept in the morning because his alarm on his cell phone was dead. McCarron wouldn’t confirm or deny that, preferring to let Manziel handle the issue himself, but the Tide QB did detail how he has tried to keep his own nose clean off the field, so as to reflect well on himself, his family and his school… High school football: Pinson Valley’s Aris Freeman scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Richard of Madison County, but it wasn’t enough for their North team as the South came back to win 22-21 Thursday in the annual AHSAA North-South All-Star Game at Montgomery. The Indians’ Matt Gover was an assistant coach for the North team.

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