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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Teen arrested after gun found in car
- Church purchases former Jacksonville
- Area counties show tourism growth
Teen arrested after gun found in car
A 16-year-old Weaver High School student was
arrested Tuesday afternoon after Sheriffs Deputies stopped him for
aggressive driving and tailgating a school bus, in addition
officers found a handgun in the glove compartment of the car he was
driving. The 16-year-old student was stopped by a deputy and the
school resource officer in Jacksonville near the Calhoun County
Career Technical Center. Officials said that a school bus driver
taking students to the center alerted authorities that someone was
tailgating and harassing the bus at a high rate of speed. The 16
year old was a student that spends half the day at Weaver High
school and the other half at the career center. According to
officials, the 16-year-old was driving a car that belonged to his
family, and upon searching the vehicle, Deputies found a handgun in
the glove-compartment. The teen was arrested and charged with
carrying a pistol without a permit. He was taken to Coosa Valley
Detention Center. Officials said that the student had been checked
out from Weaver High School earlier Tuesday by a family member for
an unknown reason. Deputies along with the school systems safety
and security officer are investigating.
Church purchases former Jacksonville
It is now official, The First Baptist Church of
Jacksonville is now the owner of the Old Henry farm barn
restaurant. The church purchased the historic property in a deal
with Don James Construction of Anniston. Church leaders say they
plan to target young couples and families, using the property as a
contemporary worship service and ministry organization named
EaglePoint. Church leaders say the upper floor of the barn will be
utilized as a worship center while the former restaurant on the main
floor will be converted into a bible study area and the lower sub
level will be used for storage. The church hopes to begin holding
services in the building by September.
Area counties show tourism growth
New statistics released this week by the
Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel indicates that Clay and
Cleburne Counties were increasingly popular places to be last year.
Both counties ranked high for tourism growth statistics for 2007.
Cleburne county led the state in tourism-related job growth,
increasing 24 percent over 2006, and in the amount of money visitors
were spending, jumping 49 percent over the previous year. The
figures, most of which were based on state and local lodging tax
records, also showed a 29 percent increase in the amount of money
local businesses earned from tourism and travel in 2007 over 2006.
Figures in Talladega County increased around 10 percent to 15
percent, with Etowah increasing between 5 and 10 percent in most
categories. Randolph County saw modest gains, while Clay County's
figures increased nearly as much as Cleburne. Tourism officials said
the sample size for Clay County was so small that one or two
construction crews could send the statistics through the roof.
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