Mike McCain, the executive director of the Etowah County Industrial Development Authority, died Monday. McCain, is a long time promoter of Gadsden and Etowah County and worked for 30 years to attract new business to the area. He was 64. McCain, originally from Kansas, previously worked in the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority. He was assistant director and chief of staff at the Alabama Development Office when McCain decided to come to Gadsden to lead the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority in 1985. Our condolences to his family.
Monday, a Calhoun County jury was seated to try a Jovon Gaston, 26, of Jacksonville for capital murder in the 2011 murder of Wellborn school teacher Kevin Thompson. Four women and 10 men, including two alternates, were picked. Gaston is one of three arrested in connection to the murder of Kevin Thompson. Nicholas Smith, 26, was sentenced to death in 2013 for the killing. Tyrone Thompson, 31, has been found competent to stand trial, and remains in the Calhoun County jail.
One month to the day after Dianne Bentley filed for divorce from her husband of 50 years the Alabama first couple agreed to a settlement in their pending divorce case.
The terms of the agreement were not immediately available but Governor Bentley has promised to release the settlement and unseal the case which was sealed sealed shortly after Mrs. Bentley filed for divorce. Monday, Bentley thanked the public for their continued prayers and support. He said, "I am truly blessed and deeply honored to serve as your governor.”
Meanwhile, Governor Bentley brought bad, but not unexpected news Monday that his administration is waiting for a list from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources of state parks that may be shuttered because of the austere general fund budget passed by the legislature last week. The department should give him the list today. Bentley said he is also meeting with the ALEA about closing some state driver's license offices. According to Bentley, 33 license offices are listed for possible closure. The governor also said that some National Guard armories will close.
Cleburne County commissioners held two meetings Monday and approved a $7,956,000 budget for FY2016 with no raises for county employees or any money in the budget to repair the county’s warning siren system. The second meeting, a continuation of the September 14th meeting, there was a request to include $25,000 for repairing the county’s warning sirens and a raise for county employees. The Commissioners passed the budget but not the other requests.
Howard Christopher Pruitt, 38, pleaded guilty Monday in the murder of Eddie Norton, 42, of Piedmont. The guilty plea ended a 2011 Cherokee County murder case. On August 17, 2011, Pruitt, who was hiding in the woods near the house of Norton’s girlfriend on Cherokee County Road 18, came out of the woods and shot Norton in the head with a pistol as he was walking to his car. Cherokee County Circuit Judge Randall Cole sentenced Pruitt to 30 years in prison.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers overcame a late rush by Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Rodgers threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Randall Cobb, and Green Bay beat Kansas City 38-28 on Monday night.
Alabama, ranked 13th, goes to #8 Georgia this weekend trying to pull off what odds makers say would be a minor upset. The Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) were installed as modest 2.5-point favorites to open the week.
Sunny Golloway is protesting his firing as Auburn's baseball coach. Golloway's attorney, John Saxon, released a statement Monday calling the dismissal "outrageous." Saxon says legal action is possible unless Auburn makes a severance offer to compensate Golloway.