Gordon Louis Alford III, 62, of Port Arthur, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Beaumont, Texas. Gordon was born January 29, 1955 in Orange, TX to Mary Mendoza Hartman and the late Gordon Louis Alford, Jr. Gordon lived most of his life in the Port Arthur area, and worked as a deckhand in the boating industry.Gordon is survived by his loving wife Pam Alford of Port Arthur; mother, Mary Mendoza Hartman; step-mother, Helen Alford; step-children, Amanda Mortera, and Casey Longoria; sisters, Denise Walker, Stephanie LeBlanc(Wayne), Angela Belaire (Van), Stacy Green, Christine McGaughan (Paul), and Erica Alford; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father.A Memorial service will be Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at New Covenant Church in Port Acres, TX with Rev. Robert Moore, and Rev. John Morgan officiating.In lieu of flowers, the family asked that the memorial contributions be made to Pamela Alford in memory of Gordon Alford and sent to Stewart’s Automotive, 1502 Spurlock Road, Nederland, TX 77627.
SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has appointed AECOM Singapore and a team of specialist consultants to conduct the advanced engineering study for the complete design of the Singapore section of the future high speed line to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.The contract includes the provision of architectural, civil engineering, electrical, mechanical and other design services for the Jurong East terminus, the tunnels and the bridge across the Straits of Johor.Specialist consultancy services will be provided by Farrells and Architects 61 (architecture), Applied Wayfinding (branding and signage), CPG Consultants (customs and immigration), Grant Associates (landscaping), Light Cibles (lighting), CBRE (property and commercial) and K&C Protective Technologies (security).Announcing the award of the contract on February 8, LTA said the tender process had been ‘highly competitive’. It said AECOM had extensive experience with high speed rail projects, including planning and design for Beijing Nan station, the West Kowloon Terminus for Hong Kong’s Express Rail Link and the High Speed 2 project in the UK. AECOM Singapore is currently carrying out an engineering consultancy study for the planned Rapid Transit System Link between Singapore and Johor Bahru.The governments of Singapore and Malaysia expect to complete the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur high speed line by the end of 2026, with a fastest end-to-end journey time of 90 min on the 350 km route.
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Junior, who celebrated his 55th birthday two weeks ago, has reached a point in his life where he could start taking it easy.His lengthy NFL career provided him with the financial stability for an early retirement.Junior could move back to Nashville, where’s he regarded as one of the city’s greatest high school athletes of all time.Or he could return to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where, as a two-time All-American, he helped Alabama win back-to-back national championships.The only thing keeping Junior from shifting into cruise control is the passion for football that still burns inside of him as intensely today as it did when he led Maplewood to the Clinic Bowl in 1976.“I’ve always wanted to give back and help teach kids a lot of the stuff that I learned from Coach (Gerald) Johnson and (Wes) Elrod at Maplewood, to Coach (Bear) Bryant at Alabama, to Coach (Don) Shula with the Dolphins and Tom Flores at Seattle,” Junior said.Junior was fired after five seasons as the coach at Central State in Ohio in 2013 and is actively trying to land a new job. He is a finalist for the vacancy at Florida A&M.“I look at the game now, and it just blows my mind by how less football-savvy we’ve become,” Junior said. “I don’t see a lot of kids playing with the passion that we played with. And I think it’s because there are not really mentors in the game anymore for these young men — guys like Coach Bryant and Woody Hayes, even though he had some negative things happen to him at the end of his career. I would like to be like those men and help today’s players not only develop their football skills, but help them get ready for life.”Junior was the fifth overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1981 NFL Draft. He was a two-time Pro-Bowl selection (1984 and 1985).After his 13-year NFL career ended in Seattle because of a knee injury in 1993, Junior started giving back to the game when he became the Seahawks’ linebackers coach the next season.He landed his first head coaching job at Central State in 2009; the program had been resurrected four years earlier after being dormant for 10 years.Junior was fired after Central State lost its last four games in 2013.“We have what I call the microwave institution now, which means you’ve got to win now and that’s all that matters,” Junior said. “But I have to ask, are these players graduating and what kind of men are they becoming? When they get through with their career, do they look back and say, ‘This coach helped me be who I am.’ I don’t see that or hear about it as much as I used to. Maybe it still exists and I’m just not aware of it.”Junior is careful, he said, about the jobs for which he applies because not all schools share his philosophy, which places academics and character-building on the same level of importance as winning.And if he has to sit out another season before the right fit comes along, that’s just fine.“I don’t want to jump from job to job to job,” he said. “I look at so many coaches now who have been at their respective places for several years and things start to go south and everybody’s ready for a change. Or they have some success and they start looking for the next high-paying job. I’d like to get to an institution and build a program and maintain that program so that when a parent sees that program they say, ‘OK, this is where my kid is going to get a quality education, be competitive on the field and graduate.’” Maplewood great played into his 30s Phellepe Hall was another Maplewood graduate who loved football.So much so that 18 years after graduating he still was playing.Hall was the starting quarterback in 2012 for the minor league Nashville Storm. At age 36, he threw for 3,452 yards and 33 touchdowns. He retired after that season.On Dec. 14, Hall, 38, was found shot to death in a car in Antioch.He was buried Friday.Anyone with information can call 615-74-CRIME, send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at nashville crimestoppers.com. Tenn. Tech win makes national news Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Sporting News and Deadspin were among the national media outlets that reported on Tennessee Tech’s men’s basketball win over North Florida on Monday.What was the big deal about a nonconference game?North Florida was assessed a technical foul for dunking during warm-ups.Tech junior Torrance Rowe, an 85.7 percent free-throw shooter, made two free throws to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead before tip-off.Tech went on to win 82-80. E.J. Junior Kat Saul, a junior at Harpeth Hall who is on the cheerleading squad for MBA, is set to release her first EP. Local cheerleader finishes EP When she’s not in class at Harpeth Hall, Kat Saul spends her time as a cheerleader for the Montgomery Bell Academy football and basketball teams as well as singing in the MBA Rock Band and her own band.All the hard work is about to pay off for the high school junior. Her first EP is due out Dec. 30.It’s titled “Dangerous” and includes all original music mostly written by Saul.“It’s country-pop and something I worked insanely hard on,” she said. “Being on the cheer team and in the rock band is a huge commitment because there are so many practices and games you have to be at. But on top of that, at night after practices, I will spend time writing, do recording sessions and play gigs around town.”Then, of course, there’s homework and school projects.“I’m not willing to sacrifice my academic development in order to pursue other things,” Saul said. “It’s been really tough. There are days when I skip lunch and go and take a nap in the library basement. But it’s all definitely worth it.”“Dangerous” will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Coming and going at CumberlandIt was a busy week in the Cumberland athletics department.On Monday, women’s soccer coach Gavin McKinney resigned to become the coach at Chattanooga.On Wednesday, wrestling coach Todd Allen quit.And on Thursday, Jim Seckel was hired as the men’s and women’s cross country coach.McKinney led the soccer team to a 17-4-1 record and to No. 6 in the final NAIA coaches poll.Allen quit in his third season with 11 events left on the schedule.Seckel was hired from Franklin Road Academy, where he was the boys and girls cross country coach and boys distance coach in track. Belmont announces Hall of Fame class Baseball coach Dave Jarvis, outfielder Grant Martin, basketball star Adam Sonn and soccer standout J.P. Rodrigues were announced Friday as the Class of 2015 to be inducted into the Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame.Jarvis has 820 career victories, including 496 at Belmont, where he is set to begin his 18thseason.Martin is a Franklin native who played at MBA and graduated from Belmont in 1997 as the school’s career leader in hits, doubles and at-bats while also setting the single-season standards for hits and doubles.Sonn played at Donelson Christian Academy and began his college career at Lipscomb.He transferred to Belmont and became a two-time All-Atlantic Sun selection and the 2003 player of the year.He is currently the boys basketball coach at Goodpasture.Rodrigues was the A-Sun defender of the year in 2005.Mary Lynne and Steve Hewlett were selected as recipients of the Chaney Memorial Award for their support of Bruins athletics.The inductees will be honored at a dinner Jan. 30 in the Maddox Grand Atrium of Curb Event Center.Admission is $15. Spaces can be reserved by contacting 615-460-6420 or [email protected] belmont.edu. Ex-BA hoops coach picks up 1,000th win George Pitts, who led Brentwood Academy’s boys basketball team to four state titles (2003-06), on Thursday won his 1,000thcareer game when he led King University in Bristol, Tenn., to an 88-49 victory over Virginia-Wise.Pitts won 820 games in 30 years on the high school level. Thursday’s victory was his 180th in nine years at King.Prior to his five seasons at Brentwood Academy, Pitts won three state championships (1990, 1994, 1995) at Science Hill and also coached at Knoxville Bearden, South Young and Young. Haines inducted into cross country HOF Lipscomb track great Joey Haines, who went on to coach the Bisons, Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri, was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame last week.Haines specialized in the javelin at Lipscomb (1967-69).Haines was named OVC coach of the year 20 times, NCAA Division II national coach of the year in 1985 and Division I region coach of the year in 1998. Wayne County alumnus named A.D. Greg Seitz, a graduate of Wayne County High, was named athletics director at Jacksonville State on Friday.Seitz has been at the school for 22 years, serving as media relations director. If you have an item for Midstate Chatter, contact Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 and on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter. SPORTS ON NASHVILLE TV The top five ratings for local sporting events on television for Dec. 8-14.1. NFL: Jets-Titans, 21.4 rating2. NFL: Cowboys-Eagles, 13.8 rating3. NFL: Bengals-Browns, 12.4 rating4. NFL: Falcons-Packers, 6.9 rating5. NCAA basketball: UNC-Kentucky, 5.3 ratingEach rating point is equal to 10,028 Nashville homes.Source: Mark Binda, WTVF-5 program & research director
The first racket of Latvian men’s tennis Ernests Gulbis on Monday overcame the first round of the Ostrava “Challenger” series tournament. Content will continue after the ad Advertising Swan, who is ranked 158th in the ATP rankings and placed fourth in the tournament, defeated 17-year-old Czech Dalibor Svrčin, who is in the 852nd position, with the result 6-4, 6-1. Svrčina is the winner of last year’s Australian Open Championship Junior Doubles Tournament.Achieving the second round gives Swan ten ATP ranking points.There he will meet with Russian Aslan Karacev (ATP 1406) or Czech Tomas Machach (ATP 246). It was Karacev who stopped Gulbi in the previous two Challenger tournaments in Prague.This “Challenger” competition for Gulbi is the first official tournament since the Davis Cup duel with Egypt, which took place in Latvia at the beginning of March. At the end of July, he participated in the Estonian-Latvian match in Tallinn, winning both singles and doubles.Before the Davis Cup, Swan triumphed in France in the Po “Challenger” tournament, winning his fifth title and the first since 2007. Also at the beginning of the year, he successfully competed in the Australian Open, where he qualified and competed until the third round. This season, Gulbis has gone to ATP level in 24 games, where he has won 18 games.Swan is expected to take part in another Challenger series in the Czech Republic.