Connect with us

News

Brett King Wins Straw Poll

Brandon Moseley

Published

on

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, May 10, candidate for Alabama State Senate District 17 (SD 17) Brett King joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and candidates from around the State when he spoke to Jefferson County Republicans at their 2014 meeting and Straw Poll event.

King ended the event with the most votes in the competitive straw poll.

Brett King told the gathered voters to look at his record and resume’ before they vote.  The Locust Fork attorney said that he has a small law practice dedicated to helping people and small businesses.

King said, “I have plenty of energy to do a good job for the people of District 17…I ran ten miles this morning.”

King said, “I am the King who wants to be a Senator.”

Alabama Senate District 17 (SD17) candidate Brett King also recently announced the establishment of the “Brett King for Senate Scholarship,” a $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors who will be graduating this year from a high school located within SD17.

Brett King said, “This time of the year, seniors and their parents are scrambling to find ways to afford college in the upcoming fall.  It was scholarships like this that helped me pay my way through school at Jeff State, Auburn, Yale, and Alabama. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ to help another deserving high school senior do the same. My father, a Blount County educator, instilled in me a true value for education at an early age and this scholarship is one way I am putting my money where my mouth is by showing my commitment to the education of our future leaders.”

Advertisement

The King campaign said in a written statement that any high school senior who will be graduating from a school located in SD17 is eligible to receive the scholarship. To apply for the $1,000 “Brett King for Senate Scholarship,” students can visit his site.

Brett King’s campaign manager, Matt McKinney said, “We are excited to offer this scholarship award to seniors from District 17.  We will be posting updates about the scholarship at brettkingforsenate.com and on our facebook page. Please help us spread the word to the families of any senior graduating next month. Good luck and congratulations to all of our seniors.”

To learn more about SD17 candidate Brett King and the “Brett King for Senate Scholarship,” visit brettkingforsenate.com or visit Brett’s facebook page.

Brett King is an attorney from Locust Fork.  King lives with his family on a 67 acre family farm in Locust Fork.

McKinney said, “The Brett King for Senate campaign is picking up support every day all across District 17.”
Brett King is endorsed by the Blount County Farmers Federation.

Brett King is running in a crowded District 17 Republican field that includes: Joe Cochran, a member of the Pinson City Council; Jim Roberts, a Gardendale attorney and former Mayor; former state Representative and insurance broker Jim Murphree; Trussville Realtor Shay Shelnutt; Gayle H. Gear, an attorney from Gardendale; and Adam Ritch, a consultant and businessman.

Brett King’s law firm, King & Green, LLC recently received the Business of the Year Award from the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.

Alabama Senate District 17 is currently represented by Senator Scott Beason (R) from Gardendale.  The popular Senator Beason is leaving his conservative Senate district to run for Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District where Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia is retiring after 11 terms in the U.S. Congress.

 

Advertisement

Health

Ivey awards more than $17 million in federal coronavirus aid to local agencies

Eddie Burkhalter

Published

on

More than $17 million in coronavirus relief aid has been awarded to 20 state community action agencies, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced Friday. 

“COVID-19 has disrupted lives in many ways and in varying degrees,” Gov. Ivey said in a statement. “It is my hope that the services provided by these funds will help people as they work toward a quick and complete economic recovery.”

The Community Service Block grants made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used by the various local agencies to provide aid to those impacted by the pandemic, including seniors,  the disabled and low-income families, according to a press release from Ivey’s office. 

“Gov. Ivey is determined to help Alabama and Alabamians emerge from this pandemic as strong if not stronger than ever,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA stands ready to be a part of that process with the funds made available through our programs.”

Agencies, amounts and coverage areas include:

  • Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. – $668,160 (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties)
  • Community Action Partnership Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties – $1.05 million (Limestone and Madison counties)
  • Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. – $1.35 million (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, and St. Clair counties)
  • Community Action Partnership of North Alabama – $775,602 (Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan counties)
  • Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. – $226,538 (Marion and Winston counties)
  • Walker County Community Action Agency Inc. – $273,782 (Walker County)
  • Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne counties – $1.02 million (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, and Talladega counties)
  • Community Action of Etowah County Inc. – $379,592 (Etowah County)
  • Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. – $117,329 (Pickens County)
  • Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. – $1.65 million (Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties)
  • Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity – $2.19 million (Jefferson County)
  • Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa – $351,259 (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties)
  • Community Action Partnership of Middle Alabama Inc. – $793,918 (Autauga, Chilton, Elmore and Shelby counties)
  • Montgomery Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. – $911,887 (Montgomery County)
  • Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. – $550,919 (Lee County)
  • Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. – $375,068 (Macon and Russell counties)
  • Organized Community Action Program Inc. – $806,165 (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes and Pike counties)
  • Community Action Agency of South Alabama – $1.24 million (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, and Wilcox counties)
  • Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc. – $827,944 (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties)
  • Mobile Community Action Inc. – $1.77 million (Mobile and Washington counties)
Continue Reading

Crime

“A horrific scene”: Seven found dead after Morgan County shooting

Brandon Moseley

Published

on

Seven people were found dead in a horrific scene at a home in rural Morgan County late Thursday night after gunshots were reported.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Friday morning said its deputies responded to the scene Thursday night. At approximately 11:23 p.m. deputies responded to a gunshots call in the 500 block of Talacuh Rd in Valhermoso Springs. Police confirmed seven adult fatalities.

“The scene is secure and no immediate threat to the public in the area,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement, but no suspect in custody.”

There are media reports that the victims include four men and three women.

“Morgan County Sheriff and Madison County Sheriff Crime Scene Units are processing the scene,” the Sheriff’s Department said in the statement. “The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is part of the FBI Violent Crimes Taskforce which is also assisting. Sheriff Puckett, Coroner Jeff Chunn and District Attorney Scott Anderson have been on scene throughout the night and morning.”

Upon arrival at the residence, deputies saw part of the home was on fire and later discovered seven bodies inside after the fire was extinguished. The deputies were able to put out the fire before the fire department arrived. A dog was also found dead in the home.

“It is a horrific scene and to be able to process it will take some time,” MCSO’s public information officer Mike Swafford told WAAY. “We don’t have a motive at this time. We don’t have a determined suspect at this time. Investigators are following leads to piece together exactly what happened and who was involved. We can say we don’t believe there is an active threat to anybody in the area.”

Advertisement

The neighbors called 911 to report the gunshots

Continue Reading

National

Mobile removes Confederate monument overnight

Chip Brownlee

Published

on

The city of Mobile removed a Confederate monument from downtown overnight following days of protest in Mobile and nationwide over police brutality and systemic racism.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said he ordered the statue removed from its prominent location in downtown Mobile overnight.

“Moving this statue will not change the past,” Stimpson said in a statement on Twitter. “It is about removing a potential distraction so we may focus clearly on the future of our city. That conversation, and the mission to create One Mobile, continues today.”

The 120-year-old statue of Admiral Raphael Semmes, a Confederate Navy admiral, is the second Confederate monument removed in Alabama since protests gripped the nation over the police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“To be clear: This decision is not about Raphael Semmes, it is not about a monument and it is not an attempt to rewrite history,” Stimpson said.

Stimpson said the statue has been placed in a secure location.

Last week, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin ordered a Confederate monument in Linn Park removed. That statue had been at the center of a years-long legal battle between the city of Birmingham and the Alabama Legislature, and Attorney General Steve Marshall has since sued the city a second time seeking a $25,000 fine for removing the monument.

Advertisement

It is likely that Mobile will also face a similar fine.

Continue Reading

Crime

More prison workers, inmates test positive for COVID-19

Eddie Burkhalter

Published

on

Four more prison workers and three inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Corrections announced Thursday. 

Workers at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, the Elmore Correctional Facility, the Kilby Correctional Facility and the Bibb Correctional Facility self-reported positive coronavirus test results, according to an ADOC press release. 

Fifty-one cases among prison staff remain active while 25 workers who tested positive have been cleared to return to work. 

One inmate at the Easterling Correctional Facility and another at Tutwiler prison were moved into isolated areas in the facilities’ infirmaries after testing positive for the virus, according to the release. There have been 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff at Tutwiler and 2 infected inmates. 

In addition to those two new confirmed cases, an inmate at the St. Clair Correctional Facility who had pre-existing medical conditions was taken to a local hospital after exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, where he tested positive for the virus. 

Thirteen of 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates remain active, according to ADOC. 

ADOC has tested 191 of approximately 22,000 inmates as of Wednesday.

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Authors

Advertisement

The V Podcast

Facebook

Trending

.