Resolution to Fire Financial Advisers

Resolution to Fire Financial Advisers, July 3, 2008.



Jefferson County Considers Firing Financial Advisers


Back-stabbing and underhanded are just a couple of words used on Thursday by Jefferson County commissioners as a majority says that it is prepared to fire the financial advisers they hired to help solve the sewer bond crisis. Three Jefferson County commissioners say they need to make a change because the current team has failed to provide a solution to refinancing the county's massive sewer debt. Those three believe a new team can make a difference, but two other commissioners say this change could force the county into bankruptcy.

Northport Sees First Homicide of 2008

Northport authorities are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. Officers were called to Valley Hills Apartments shortly before midnight Wednesday night. They arrived to find the body of a twenty-year-old man behind a building. Medics pronounced Roderick Hudson dead on the scene. Shafurs Lavar Bonner, a suspect in the case, turned himself in to authorities shortly after noon on Thursday. Bonner has not been formally charged at this time.

Two Men Remain in Etowah County Jail for Murder Charges

Two Etowah County murder suspects remain in jail without bond. Judge Wayne Owen agreed on Thursday to appoint attorneys for Troy Andrew Smiley, but will do that next week. Smiley and Nathaniel Lee remain in the Etowah County jail. The two are charged with the shooting death of fifteen-year-old Jeffrey Stone. Investigators say the Sardis High student was shot to death and buried in a shallow grave, before being moved to a freezer at Lee's home on Littleton Cutoff Road near Attalla. The sheriff says the two apparently murdered Stone just for a thrill.

Ruling Expected Next Week in Ray Bryan Challenge

Ray Bryan is challenging the Republican party's decision to decertify his election victory. Yesterday, GOP leaders voted to uphold their ruling to proceed with decertification. Bryan's case is currently before a Jefferson County judge. Attorneys on both sides had until 5:00 on Thursday to submit briefs. The judge is expected to make a ruling early next week.

Abandoned Houses Coming Down in Anniston

Houses are coming down and vacant lots are springing up as the city is demolishing condemned houses. City workers usually do the job, but in the warmer months, they are contracted out to companies that bid on the jobs. The city has more money that usual for the program, and will receive even more in the form of community development block grants. So far in 2008, the city has torn down more than 100 houses. It allows for more redevelopment and helps lower crime.

Some Gas in Birmingham Now More Than $4.00 a Gallon

Drivers will be paying record prices for gas over the holiday weekend. In some cases, that means more than $4.00 a gallon. At least two gas stations in Birmingham are selling regular for more than $4.00 a gallon - both are near the airport. AAA says gas in Birmingham averages a record high $3.95 a gallon. Alabama is one of only fourteen states that still has a gas price average below the $4.00 mark.

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