Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Coming Thursday

Our eggs-periment now behind us, the metro staff is now focused solely on tomorrow's local news offering. Here's what we've got:
  • It's hot, and getting hotter. Staff writer Nick Cenegy spent the day sweating around Calhoun County with people who have the hottest of hot jobs: paving contractors, grocery-store cart retrievers and a guy in a gorilla suit selling pizza from the back of a truck.
  • Capital correspondent Markeshia Ricks is digging deeper into the roles two state representatives play at Gadsden State Community College. Reps. Jack Page and Blaine Galliher, both of Gadsden, each earn more than $72,000 per year from the school. Page's job as director of external affairs consists in part of securing government grants for the school. Galliher's job is similar but focused on the business community. Gov. Bob Riley and new college system Chancellor Bradley Byrne have proposed a new rule that would keep legislators from holding jobs with the system.
  • Thursday's the first day of school for many in Calhoun County. Education writer Steve Ivey looks at how teachers tried to keep kids from forgetting this summer what they learned last year. Meanwhile, intern Sara Polsky spent time with brand-new teachers who will be manning blackboards for the first time. How do they prepare for the first day of their new careers? Also, the staff will be fanning out across the area to capture the sights and sounds of the first day of school as a kickoff for our new education blog, Star Classroom. Check it out at