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- Two killed in area holiday accidents
- Supreme Court hearing landmark case
- New Tenant takes over Cock Diesel location
- SHULA FIRED!
Two killed in area holiday accidents
Troopers from the Jacksonville post report that
an Anniston teenager was killed early Sunday morning in a one car
accident near the Calhoun/ Cleburne county line on county road 55.
According to troopers the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am left the roadway and
struck trees near 1 am Sunday morning. 17 year old Caitlin Victoria
Graeff was killed in the accident. The accident occurred some four
miles east of the Calhoun County Line in Cleburne county on county
road 55. A 57 year old Etowah County woman was killed Friday
afternoon when her bicycle was struck by a pickup truck. According to
troopers, 57 year old Jackie Battles and her 60 year old husband
Archie Battles were riding bicycles on the sand valley road some five
miles north of Attalla when their bikes were struck by a 2000 Chevy
pickup driven by Jason Hallmark of Attalla. Troopers reported that
Jackie Battles was killed in the accident and her husband Archie was
taken to Gadsden Regional Medical Center. The driver of the truck
was not inured and troopers say that the cause of the accident remains
Supreme Court hearing landmark case
A former employee at Gadsden’s Goodyear plant is
asking the Supreme Court to uphold a jury verdict in her pay
discrimination lawsuit in a case that employers and civil rights
groups are watching closely. Justices were to consider today how to
apply a 180-day deadline for complaining about discriminatory pay
decisions under Title the federal Civil Rights Act. After 19 years at
the Gadsden Goodyear. plant , Lilly Ledbetter was making $6,000 a year
less than the lowest-paid man in the same job. She filed a pay
discrimination lawsuit in 1999, arguing the disparity existed for
years and was primarily a result of her gender. A federal jury agreed
and awarded Ledbetter more than $3.8 million. A judge reduced the
award to $360,000.
Goodyear appealed and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals overturned the verdict. The appeals court said Ledbetter
mainly was complaining about decisions made by her supervisors long
ago, well after the deadline for raising allegations of
discrimination. In Ledbetter's appeal to the Supreme Court, her
lawyers said each paycheck represented a violation of civil rights law
by Goodyear, even if the lower pay resulted from discriminatory
decisions made years earlier. Supporting Ledbetter, the NAACP, AARP
and other rights groups said employers would not suffer any
consequences for recurring discrimination if they could rebuff
allegations merely by arguing the deadline for complaining about the
first episode passed.
Goodyear denied discriminating against Ledbetter.
The company said that She received periodic raises despite being
ranked near the bottom of her group of workers. The U.S. Chamber of
Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business said that
if the court rules for the worker in this case, employers would be
subject to damages for innocent decisions made years ago that would be
difficult to defend because of the passage of time.
New Tenant takes over Cock Diesel location in
Recent actions by the Jacksonville City Council
dashed the hopes for the re-opening of the cock diesel night club just
off the square in Jacksonville. But the building will not remain
vacant as Steven Ray, owner of Jacksonville Tae Kwan Do Academy, is
renovating the building for a planned December opening. Ray said he
signed a two-year lease on the building and plans to host junior
classes for six-year-olds and adult classes for students 13 and older.
The Cock Diesel was a concern for both the city and JSU officials
after an athlete was seriously injured in an incident at the club.
Alabama coach Mike Shula was fired Sunday night
following a 6-6 season that ended with three straight losses,
including a defeat by state rival Auburn. University of Alabama
Athletic director Mal Moore said today that defensive coordinator Joe
Kines would serve as interim head coach and a national search would
begin for "a proven head coach with a proven record of achievement."
Alabama is bowl-eligible but it has not been determined if the Tide
will receive an invitation to a post-season game.
Shula, who is a former Alabama quarterback, had
no head coaching experience when he was hired in 2003. Shula was
winless in four tries against Auburn, his team's biggest rival. Moore
praised Shula for providing "stability for our program through four
years of NCAA probation" that ends Feb. 1, 2007. Moore said "However,
we did not make progress on the field this season and have not been
able to maintain the positive momentum necessary to return Alabama
football to a place among college football's elite programs,". The
firing of Shula means Alabama is looking for a head coach for the
fourth time since 2000. The Tide has had seven coaches in the 24 years
since legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's last season in 1982. Bryant
had directed the Alabama program for 25 years.
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