Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Friday, Jacksonville State University announced its fall enrollment as 8,659 students which is a decrease from 2013 and the fourth consecutive year of decrease. However, there were some bright spots including an all-time high in the average ACT exam score for the freshman class, and a record-high 72% of former freshmen enrolling for their sophomore year. Total fall enrollment at JSU is down 34 students from last fall. The  long-time goal of 10,000 students is still a part of the college’s plans.
 
Jamichael Stevenson Fleming, 34, of Rainbow City is in the Etowah County Jail on $50,000 bond following his arrest Friday on attempted murder charges after reviewing video evidence and interviewing witnesses. Rainbow City Police, after reports of shots fired, said officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 11am at South Town Apartments. Officers found Fleming in the parking lot and arrested him without incident.
 
Gadsden State Community College has a new interim president after a surprise announcement Friday by Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich. Martha Lavender will now head up GSCC until a permeant replacement is found. Her appointment is effective September 22nd. Dr. Helen McAlpine, who took over as Gadsden State's interim president July 1st is returning to her permanent job as president at J.F. Drake State Technical College in Huntsville.
 
The large expansion at Mercedes has the German automaker looking for more workers. In addition to the C-class, the Vance, Alabama, plant will also start production on an SUV. The recent expansion will bring overall production to close to 300,000 cars a year, and they’ll need workers to make it all happen. Several positions are available. Those interested in applying can do so at the company’s website mercedesbenzcareers.com.
 
Two Crossville High students were arrested after authorities say they allegedly smoked spice, or synthetic marijuana, at school. Investigators say a 15-year-old brought the spice on Friday and smoked it at school with a 16-year-old who had a medical reaction to the spice and was taken by ambulance to Marshall Medical Center South where he was treated and released. They were both charged and transported to Juvenile Probation in Fort Payne.
 
A report that tracks soil moisture across the country shows that drought conditions in Alabama have improved slightly over the past week. The U.S. Drought Monitor found that 64% of Alabama is still dealing with abnormally dry conditions but that the percentage is down from 65% percent last week. The latest report shows that dry conditions are most extreme in three pockets of the state -- one near central Alabama, another in eastern Alabama and a third area in the state's southeast corner.
 

SPORTS!

 
The #3 Crimson Tide managed seven touchdowns and 547 yards in their 52-12 win over Southern Miss. Even so, head coach Nick Saban believes his team got off to a "slow start.” Blake Sims earned the start for the third straight week over Jake Coker.
 
Colby Lewis pitched seven innings for his 10th victory, Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs and Texas finished off a three-game sweep of the slumping Atlanta Braves with a 10-3 win on Sunday.
 
The Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard picked up a depleted offense by running for 90 yards and turning Andy Dalton's under-duress passes into big plays on Sunday, leading the Bengals to a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.