North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 27, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, November 27

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's Wednesday, time to start getting ready for the Thanksgiving meal – and The Most Epic Iron Bowl Ever is three days away...

Weather: Frigid. The cold front has moved through Alabama, and behind it comes a windy day, with temperatures topping out in the upper 30s; the wind chill will make it feel like it's in the 20s. Tonight's low will dip to the lower 20s as winds die down. Thanksgiving Day will be sunny with highs in the middle 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Keep an eye out this morning for patches of ice, mainly on bridges and overpasses.

Early holiday. The winter weather turned out to be little more than a few snowflakes in most of Alabama, with parts of east Alabama getting a light accumulation. But the possibility of ice on roads led Blount County Schools to cancel the half day of classes that was planned for Wednesday. Schools in Jefferson County were already dismissed for the thanksgiving break. Meanwhile, if you are traveling today, be advised that weather from Tennessee northward and eastward will be treacherous, and flights to and from those areas will face delays on one of the biggest travel days of the year.

Douglas loses another round. A Jefferson County circuit judge ruled to deny a motion to reconsider his summary judgment against John Douglas in his lawsuit against the city of Fultondale. Douglas, who is fighting the city's decision regarding repairs to his tornado-damaged Home Field Sports Grill, will now have to rebuild the business according to current building codes, and will also have to pay Fultondale's court costs. Douglas had no comment until he discusses next week his avenues of appeal with his attorneys.

Sports: Rockets advance to championship. Gardendale got a double-double game from Austin Hicks, who scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as they defeated Hueytown 88-63 in the Clay-Chalkville Thanksgiving tournament semifinals Tuesday night. The Rockets will now play the host Cougars in the championship game tonight at 7. Elsewhere, Pinson Valley's girls took the third-place game in the Bryant Bank Thanksgiving Tournament at Hewitt-Trussville, thanks to a 46-43 win over Pelham. On the boys' side of the tournament, the Indians lost the fifth-place game 55-54 to Oak Mountain, thanks to an Eagle free throw with 47 seconds left. And Hayden thrashed Susan Moore in both the boys' and girls' games on the Bulldogs' home court.