North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 9, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, September 9

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Welcome to Monday, where it’s okay to change your mind…

Weather: Some rain possible. There’s a 20 percent chance of scattered showers today; otherwise it will be mostly sunny with a high in the lower 90s. Rain chances decrease to 10 percent tonight with a low in the lower 70s. The rain moves out Tuesday.

Pinson buys old school. The Pinson City Council ended an executive session Friday by voting to purchase the old Rock School, a part of the community since the early 1920s, for $975,000. The sale is contingent on the current owners, Solid Rock Church, moving out; they are trying to purchase the site where New Covenant Church used to meet on Pinson Valley Parkway. Mayor Hoyt Sanders said that the sale also includes the Triangle Park property across the street from the school. The council was split on a 4-2 vote; councilman Robbie Roberts voted against, saying he wanted more time to look over the purchase to make sure the city could financially handle both it and the new Pinson Park project.

Obama sells his Syria plan. The president is scheduled to go to six interviews today — NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN and Fox News — to try to convince the American public to go along with his plan to conduct military action against Syria, in retaliation for chemical weapon attacks against its own people. Obama has said he would seek congressional authorization for the action, but he faces an uphill battle in both chambers of Congress. In the Senate, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Fox News Sunday that he might stage a filibuster when the resolution comes up for a vote, while current vote counts in the House show that the resolution would likely face defeat — not just from opposition by the Republican majority, but a large contingent of Democrats as well.

Sports: Change of heart, change of venue. In case you missed it late Sunday night, Mortimer Jordan quarterback Devlin Hodges announced that he has changed his college commitment to Samford. Hodges told The North Jefferson News after Friday night’s loss at Pinson Valley that he was backing out of his previous verbal commitment to the University of Southern Mississippi, but at the time didn’t say where he was headed. Hodges made his announcement about the Bulldogs in typical 21st Century fashion — on Twitter. He later confirmed the move to the NJN via a conversation on Facebook Messenger. The full story can be found hereNFL: Tough start for the Atlanta Falcons to the new season on Sunday, as they fell at New Orleans 23-17. Roman Harper’s interception of a Matt Ryan pass in the end zone with seconds remaining ended the Falcons’ comeback hopes. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans defeated the Steelers 16-9 on three field goals by Rob Bironas and a 3-yrad touchdown run by Jackie Battle. The Titan defense sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times… Baseball: The Southern League North Division championship series comes down to a fifth and deciding game today in Knoxville, after the Smokies beat the Birmingham Barons 10-7 on Sunday. The winner will face the Mobile BayBears in the league championship series; Mobile knocked off Mississippi 15-0 Sunday to win the South Division series, three games to one.