Sessions is scheduled to address the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NOBLE) at a luncheon for the group’s executives. The event will be held at the downtown Sheraton, according to an announcement Wednesday by the FBI.
YHRadio: A millennial voice joins YH Radio and takes both sides to task on the recent Charlottesville violence
Candace Owens is gaining the attention in conservative social media with a recent video post on the Charlottesville protests. Owens spoke to YH Radio about what woke her up from the Liberal mindset months ago, and how she refuses to fall for the games of the left leaning media.
YHRadio: Columnist with the Washington Examiner says AL’s small state race has big implications for the future of the GOP and its leadership.
Philip Wegmann from the Washington Examiner talks about the DC involvement in Alabama’s senate primary, in particular who has the most to lose if their candidate doesn’t make the runoff. Wegmann also predicted a problem for other state campaigns seeking Senate backing, considering the massive amount of money poured into Alabama.
You can follow Phillip on Twitter @PhilipWegmann
YHRadio: A Washington insider weighs in on Alabama’s special election
Yellowhammer Radio, with Andrea Tice and Chris Reid co-hosting, had a chance to talk with Bob Cusack, the Editor in Chief of THE HILL, a media outlet that covers all things political in the Capitol. Cusack broke down this summer’s senate primary race from the standpoint of those in Washington. In particular Cusack pinpointed which GOP candidate the leadership in the National Republican and Democratic Party wants to win and why. He also explained why the Senate leadership committee is even taking an interest in this particular state’s primary election at all, calling it a highly unusual behavior out of Washington.
Yellowhammer Radio then talked with Cusack about the long term effects of the continuous Russia/Trump collusion coverage in the media when it comes to the new administration’s agenda, the Democrat party, and the American voter. When it comes to any future political gains for either party Cusack said its comes down to three things: messaging, messaging, messaging.
YHRadio: Urban Renewal program takes a distinctive approach to changing impoverished communities.
Pastor Alton Hardy sat down with YellowHammer Radio, Yellowhammer News CEO BJ Ellis and Fireseeds CEO Cord Sachs to share his vision for reaching the hearts and minds of those trapped in urban decay.
Hardy leads the Urban Hope community church and Urban Hope development located within the community of Fairfield. in particular Hardy says he is focused on the young urban men who are being overlooked and replaced within the urban culture. Hardy says that mindset is leading to longstanding dysfunction that no government program has been able solve. The goal of Urban Hope is to address the needs of a young men’s heart in Fairfield when it comes to God, authority, responsibility and hope for the future.
Alligator wrestling, pig racing, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, oh my! Alabama National Fair kicks off this weekend
A more than 60-year-old event here in Alabama is about to kick off this weekend and bring visitors from every part of the state. The Alabama National Fair in Montgomery will provide all the Fall activity a family can hope for from October 30th to November 8th. This year the event dates have been pushed further into the fall season, which will allow for cooler temperatures as families enjoys a walk through the mid-way to hop aboard rides like the Wipe-out, MegaDrop, or Himalaya.
In addition to the topsy-turvy fun, there will be different shows to watch like the acrobatic K-9s in Flight, Kachunga and his 250 pound alligator, or the Hambone Express, a trio of racing pigs.
A bright autumn day can also be simply filled with the live music acts, photography gallery, livestock competition, flower show, and various food stands.
School day for students will be on November 2nd with the rides opening up at 9 am on that day, otherwise the midway rides begin at 4pm.
Other exhibitions at the fair begin as early as 9:00 am.
One music act headlining this year’s festivities is Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Fair’s general manager, Randy Stephenson said getting this band to perform on November 7th was the biggest act the fair has ever done. The band has been creating southern rock since the 1970’s, even continuing on with its musical legacy despite losing three of its four founding members in a 1977 plane crash. Their classic hit “Sweet Home Alabama” will no doubt flow from the stage in Montgomery to the delight of all attending.
As for music to kick off the fair, Cole Swindell has been tapped to for the Saturday night opening act. Swindell has spent the last several months touring as the opening act for Luke Bryan as well as having been recently named New Artist of the Year at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
The fair is located at 1570 Federal Drive in Montgomery. General admission has a starting price of $10, with some variation in price due to scheduled events.
5 Alabama public schools receive prestigious Blue Ribbon award
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has awarded five schools in Alabama for their quality standard of education.
Those schools are:
Bear Exploration Center, Montgomery County Schools
Crestline Elementary School, Mountain Brook City School
Clark-Shaw Magnet School, Mobile County Schools
Old Shell Road School of Performing Arts, Mobile County Schools
Shades Cahaba Elementary School, Homewood City Schools
The award is bestowed every year on any school that exhibits academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps with student subgroups. Schools considered for the award are of every stripe and color: public, private, charter, magnet, Title 1, parochial and independent. The National Blue Ribbon Program is part of the U.S. Department of Education, and has awarded over 8,000 American schools for the past 32 years.
Schools that receive such a distinction by the Education Department have core elements present regardless of their differences in size, location, economic status, or style. First, the school leadership is able to articulate a vision of excellence and high standards but still remain engaged in the daily practical steps of teaching and learning. Mutual trust and respect is deep seated in the school’s culture. Educators are well supported in their professional development and in mentoring. Lastly, families and educators work together in mutual trust.
The Alabama schools honored will be awarded with both a plaque and flag at a ceremony in Washington, DC on November 9 -10th
District and state educators will visit these schools to observe the leadership and education strategies employed, and often the principal and teachers of a Blue Ribbon School are called upon to speak at state, regional, and professional meetings sharing the ideas and principles of education that have propelled their school above the rest.
All eyes on Joaquin for a wet weekend of Alabama football
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s too early right now to tell exactly how badly Hurricane Joaquin will hit the Northeast coastline and the Caribbean, but some Alabama meteorologists are already warning that it could have a significant impact on Saturday’s marquee football game between Alabama and Georgia.
While many weather models have the storm hitting the Bahamas and then taking a sharp right turn up to North Carolina by Sunday, one model is projecting no landfall at all. Instead Hurricane Joaquin could simply head out to sea and weaken while everyone on land breathes a sigh of relief.
But the fact that Joaquin’s winds have strengthened to 85 mph and are already being felt in the Bahamas while the hurricane is still 200 miles out, makes it advisable for those living along the East coast to take “worst case” precautions.
Meteorologist James Spann warned Wednesday of an increased chance for rain in Athens, Georgia due to Joaquin’s impending landfall this weekend, especially imprtant in light of the Alabama -Georgia game. Meteorologist Wes Wyatt also advising those with game tickets to take rain gear if headed to Athens. The game at Auburn could also have some showers as well.
— Wes Wyatt (@weswyattweather) September 30, 2015
Uncertainty due to Joaquin, but it looks like we need to increase the chance of rain for Saturday's Bama/Georgia game pic.twitter.com/0hyELSD0pS
— James Spann (@spann) September 30, 2015
So grab your ponchos and wear your boots if you’re planning on heading to Athens this weekend!
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Georgia Bulldogs will kick off at 2:30 Central Saturday afternoon.
Alabama lawmakers float a new Boat Tag proposal to help state parks budget
A looming financial shortfall may have been averted during the special legislative session this September, but three state lawmakers are not planning a relaxing picnic in the park just yet… At least not until there is a proposal to deal with the $3 million dollar transfer made from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to the General Fund.
Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville), Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Arab), and Rep. Maggie Wilcox (R-Mobile) are introducing a plan to develop specialty boat tags to help recover that loss to the state parks’ budget.
“One of the greatest things we have in Alabama is our state parks,” said Sen. Dial. “The recent General Fund budget again reduces funding for parks, so I have been looking for innovative ways to find additional funding to keep all of our state parks open. This plan doesn’t raise taxes, it’s just an opportunity for boat owners to purchase specialized tags, and a portion of the proceeds will go to state parks.”
The tags would cost around $50 dollars, and would included an insignia of choice by the purchaser. That insignia could be of universities, non-profit organizations, and special interest groups—the same idea behind specialty vehicle tags. The total price of the tag would be split between the state park and whichever entity chosen.
The bill’s authors estimate that if 13 percent of the 280,000 boat owners in the state, the same proportion as car drivers, purchase a specialty tag it would raise $5 million for the parks each year.
“Alabama’s state parks are a treasure, and I think this idea holds great potential to give an additional source of funds to the parks, without raising taxes,” Senator Scofield explained. “Tough economic times have meant many state agencies have had to make cuts, but I think this is an innovative way to restore some badly-needed resources to the operation and upkeep of our parks. I look forward to moving this proposal through the Senate in 2016.”
Dial and Wilcox both chair the legislative oversight committee that regulates boat tags, and came up with the idea as a way to offset the constant challenges to the state parks’ budget, which as Dial noted, had been cut for the fifth year in a row. He says the concerns expressed by his constituents are not so much about education or prison reform, but whether the parks are going to stay open.
“As a resident of Mobile County, I can tell you many boat owners would be excited to purchase specialty tags, if they were available, so I think this can generate a good bit of money for our parks,” said Rep. Wilcox Wednesday.
Dial and Wilcox are presenting the idea now to garner feedback from other members of the tag oversight committee at the next meeting scheduled for October 13th, 2015.
If the idea moves through regular session in Montgomery in February 2016, the boat tags would be available for purchase in the coming Spring.
Cam Newton’s acrobatic leap ensures Panther victory in a single bound
CHARLOTTE, N. Carolina — With just one minute left in the third quarter, Carolina Panthers QB and Heisman-winning former Auburn player Cam Newton made one Texas sized flip to bring the score to 17-10 and later lead his team to a 24 to 17 victory.
At the Houston 2 yard line, the Auburn star and two time Pro-Bowl player took an impressive head over heel flip, that minus a side clip to his landing by two pass rushers, would have impressed any coach on the sideline, football, Olympic, or otherwise.
Newton described his emotions in that snap decision more like an avid roller-coaster enthusiast than a NFL first round draft pick, telling reporters after the game, “my heart was in my socks.”
His teammates had their socks knocked off as well, when their fierce quarterback made the touchdown. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen saw the tail end of the flying feat on the Jumbotron, describing the acrobatic move as “unbelievable.”
Perhaps more unbelievable than Newton’s gutsy move was his dogged determination to stick with his players in the face of failure and flubs. Wide receivers Ted Ginn and Philly Brown were each called on by the quarterback to complete a 25 yard TD and 36 yard TD, respectively, despite numerous failed passes between the two in the pre-season and opening games.
Olsen said this mindset is part of Newton and the entire team culture, “We’re not going to panic. We’re not going to try and reinvent ourselves every time something goes wrong.” The Panthers made clear they are committed to the players and the plan even when unsatisfactory results inevitably happen.
In the case of Cam Newton’s most recent superman feat… satisfaction guaranteed.