North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

December 12, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, December 12

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's Thursday, and 13 days before Christmas...

Weather: Clearly colder. Clear skies again today but colder temperatures, with highs just in the middle 40s. Lows tonight will fall to the upper 20s. Clouns begin to move in on Friday morning, with showers expected that night.

Plenty of interest for JefCoEd vacancy. The Jefferson County Board of Education has received letters of interest from 19 people regarding the opening on the board created by the resignation of Corner resident Ronald Rhodes. JefCoEd spokeswoman Nez Calhoun said the board would normally have been required by state law to fill the post by Dec. 21, but board president Jennifer Parsons asked for and received an extension from State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice until the end of January because of the Christmas holidays. The board is likely to discuss the selection process at its next meeting on Tuesday morning.

Federal budget compromise rebuffed by conservatives. A deal to end the federal budget sequester cutbacks, brokered by former Republican vice-presidential nominee and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, is getting a poor reception from the Tea Party wing of the GOP, and a handful of other lawmakers. While House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has publicly backed the bill and chastised its critics, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he was against it. Alabama Sen. Jeff sessions is officially uncommitted, but leaning toward opposing the plan.

Sports: Mack Brown is gone, or not. Depending on which report you read, the Texas head football coach will be out of a job soon, or will stay with the Longhorns. Brown himself denied he's leaving, texting a Longhorns-related website while on a recruiting trip to Florida. This all relates locally to Alabama coach Nick Saban, who's been the subject of persistent rumors that Texas will try to hire him away. Meanwhile, ESPN reports that sources say Saban has a contract extension from UA on the table, which would make him the highest-paid coach in college football. Athletic Director Bill Battle wouldn't comment to ESPN, and Tide quarterback A.J.McCarron told the Associated Press he expects Saban to stay put.