Monday, Nov 24, 2014
Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson says his department "will take immediate action" against any gambling establishments in the county. A brief statement was released Friday, saying Amerson will enforce the laws of the State of Alabama and that the state's laws dealing with gambling and lotteries have not changed. Amerson stated, "The Sheriff's Office will take immediate action for search warrants to close down any video or other gambling establishments within the boundaries of Calhoun County.” Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin has also warned that his office will close down gaming.
 
"Tigers for Tomorrow" animal reserve park is offering community appreciation tours Thanksgiving weekend. The park will offer the tours November 28th through 30th at 1 pm. The tours, usually $25 per person, will be offered at $10 for children and $15 for adults. This includes admission to the park before and after the tour. Photos are only allowed on tours. "Tigers for Tomorrow" is open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 p.m.
 
Oxford police are looking for William Scott Sprayberry who they say tried to run over a police officer Friday night. Oxford police responded to a burglary-in-progress at a storage facility in Oxford around 11:30pm. When confronted, the suspect jumped into his vehicle and tried to run the officer down in the lot. The man struck the officer's vehicle, and the officer shot into the man's vehicle. The vehicle was found later in Cleburne County. Sprayberry is wanted in several theft investigations. Anyone with information call Oxford Police at (256) 831-3121.
 
Governor Robert Bentley said he wants to be upfront with voters. The state is facing a budget crisis and fixing it may require changes that some people probably won't like. The governor says taxes are a last resort, but he believed the state could re-examine current tax deductions. Residents can now deduct their federal income taxes and FICA (Social Security and Medicare) taxes that they pay when calculating their state income tax.
 
The city of Gadsden will not offer any financial assistance to any group that may take over Riverfest.  According to City Council President Deverick Williams, the city will only help with security and assistance from the Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments. In July, the Chamber of Gadsden & Etowah County said it would look for another sponsor to take over RiverFest. The Chamber has turned the copyright of the event over to the city for the council to decide who might stage the festival in the future.
 
Authorities say the body of a woman who went missing during race weekend in October at Talladega Superspeedway has been found. The body of Theresa Benn, 42, of Calhoun County, was found by authorities in a creek near Jackson Shoals. Authorities did not suspect foul play in her disappearance. Lincoln investigators said that previous water and helicopter searches were unsuccessful.
 
SPORTS!
 
Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Dez Bryant, the winner from 13 yards with 1:01 remaining, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a comeback 31-28 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.
 
Florida State is #1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Alabama, Oregon and Mississippi State. The top four teams were unchanged for the first time since late September.
 
The contact between Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and an official in Saturday's Boston College game was "incidental and insignificant" and did not warrant an unsportsmanlike penalty, said the ACC's coordinator of officials.