Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

The North Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame has honored Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls Park during ceremonies at the 50th annual meeting of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, in Decatur. The Park has been at the forefront of the Mountain Lakes association since the 1970’s. Noccalula’s 250 acres was once owned by R.A. Mitchell, who gave it to the city of Gadsden. Nearby Mitchell Elementary School is named in his honor. Noccalula Falls Park was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in May of 1976.
 
The city of Anniston has begun a restrictive media policy recently that requires city employees to receive permission from their city bosses before talking with journalists. Before the policy change, media members could talk freely with department heads and other city officials. Now, city officials say department employees are not being censored, rather the new policy will improve government transparency and the city's relationship with the media.  To borrow a phrase, “We report - you decide.”
 
The city of Gadsden has been upheld by the 11th Circuit Federal Court in their decision to increase city employees contributions to their retirement. The ruling, rendered Tuesday, confirmed that the city did not violated the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, or the Alabama Constitution. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by some Gadsden firefighters after the City Council passed a resolution that increased the amount contributed by employees to their retirement by 2.5% over two years, while reducing the city’s contribution.
 
The city of Anniston is hosting "Shaping the City;” it’s a workshop to get community input as to what Anniston should look like in the future. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th at the Anniston City Meeting Center from 6 pm to 8pm. The meeting will both answer questions about what the city's current zoning looks like, and gather information from residents. Anniston city officials say the current zoning code is out-of-date, and in need of revision to jump start economic development.
 
The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help in identifying a woman suspected of stealing a prescription September 1st from the CVS Pharmacy. The black and white photo can be seen on the Departments Facebook page. If you recognize the woman in the surveillance photo, private message the police department through its Facebook page or call 256-435-6448.
 
Jacorrie Antoine Staples, 20, of Sylacauga and a juvenile were arrested by Sylacauga Police and charged with first degree robbery and first degree kidnapping. The arrests stem from an incident that happened about 11:30pm Wednesday at the Brown Bag convenience store at the intersection of Highway 21 and Main. At gunpoint, the two made the clerk return to the store, open it; then robbed it. They were later arrested. Both are in the Talladega County Jail without bond.
 

SPORTS!

 
Matt Ryan threw for 286 yards and 3 touchdowns, Julio Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a TD as the Falcons routed Tampa Bay 56-14 Thursday night.
 
In one of the ugliest games of the Gus Malzahn era, the fifth-ranked Auburn Tigers held on for a 20-14 win as #20 Kansas State charged back from a 13-point deficit with under 4 minutes remaining, scored a touchdown but couldn't stop Auburn through the air.
 
So far this season, JSU is averaging just 326.5 yards a game. Last year they averaged was 442.5 yards. Saturday at 3pm in Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium, the ninth-ranked Gamecocks (1-1) host West Alabama (2-0) and ranked #17 in Division II.