The Wire

  • Editorial: ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ is not a conservative anthem

    Excerpt from The Roanoke Times:

    When Corey Stewart won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate last week, he appeared on stage to the sound of “Sweet Home Alabama.”

    This would seem a curious song choice for a Virginia politician. We are not Alabama and have never wanted to be Alabama. Granted, there’s a dearth of songs that mention Virginia, and “Sweet Home Alabama” is a rollicking little tune, so maybe we shouldn’t read too much into it.

    On the other hand, Lynyrd Skynyrd was a band that worked the Confederate flag into its logo and the National Review once hailed “Sweet Home Alabama” as one of “the 50 greatest conservative rock songs,” so it’s more likely that the song was picked intentionally. Stewart does love Confederate symbols. “Sweet Home Alabama” even takes a shot at Canada — more, accurately the Canadian rock star Neil Young —so it certainly seems to fit the current Trumpian zeitgeist.

    Meanwhile, the liberal website Slate cited Stewart’s song choice as just one more example of how he’s pandering to the most atavistic elements of the Virginia electorate. In the Slate writer’s words: “He’s a carpetbagger, but for racism.”

    Actually, both of them have it wrong. “Sweet Home Alabama” is not a conservative anthem, and it’s certainly not a cover song for racism. It is, though, one of the most misunderstood political songs of all time, one that’s even been the subject of scholarly study.

  • Man shot and killed at Birmingham gas station

    Excerpt from WVTM:

    The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead at a gas station early Monday morning.

    Officers were called to the 1800 block of Bessemer Rd. at about 3 a.m. on reports of a person shot. When they arrived they found one man dead. The victim was later identified as 30-year-old Denorris Rishard Barnes.

    Police on the scene said three men were at the gas station changing a tire when someone drove up and fired several rounds of gunshots. Barnes was fatally shot. The other two were uninjured. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived.

  • Failure to wear seat belt lands man in jail on heroin, hydrocodone trafficking charges

    Excerpt from

    A Center Point man stopped for not wearing his seat belt ended up in a lot more trouble.

    Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday afternoon stopped 36-year-old Anthony Ray Jenkins on Center Point Parkway. As they spoke with him, they spotted a prescription pill bottle on the floor of the car, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

    They asked him about it, and he said the pills belonged to his aunt and that she must have left the bottle there. Inspection of the bottle, however, showed the name had been scratched off. Deputies then called Jenkins’ aunt, who told them she had not left any medication in his car.

Alexander Shannarah’s “Shark Of The Week” – Brian Hornsby

Brian Hornsby was this week’s “Shark of The Week” powered by Alexander Shunnarah Law Firm. Brian went into length about how his start with the law firm began. He describes his first days at the Alexander Shunnarah Personal Attorneys, and how Alex helped him out before he got through his first week. Graduating from The University of Alabama, Brian was able to meet his wife and have a son.  Brian says he plans on spending Father’s Day with his wife and son on the lake and “riding around on the pontoon.” Brain shows what it means to be a “Shark” that helps people in need!


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If a car catches on fire who is responsible for it? Alexander Shunnarah’s “Shark Of The Week” breaks it down!

Andrew Schwartz joined The Ford Faction for Thursday’s Alexander Shunnarah “Shark of The Week” to talk about his work with the law firm.  Andrew mentions his history from graduating from Alabama and getting into this field.  He talks about a particular case from a local strip club when a car caught on fire.  In an entertaining interview, Andrew delivers on yet another great segment from Alexander Shunnarah law firm.

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Find out how Alexander Shunnarah is branching out into the Birmingham community

Ronnie Rice makes his return to The Ford Faction for Alexander Shunnarah’s “Shark of The Week” to discuss what he’s been up to lately. Ronnie talks about how busy it’s been at the Shunnarah Law Firm and what they’ve had going on. He mentioned his work with the community and the outreach they’ve been working on.

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Alexander Shunnarah to speak at two national conferences on marketing in the legal industry

Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C.,is excited to announce that President & CEO Alexander Shunnarah has been invited to speak at two upcoming national legal conferences.

As a nationally recognized marketing expert, Shunnnarah’s perspective on marketing within the legal industry is highly respected and the talks promise to be engaging, educational and inspiring.

The conferences take place in March and April of this year in Las Vegas and Orlando, respectively. 


— On Tuesday, March 20, Shunnarah will speak at John Romano’s Workhorse Seminar, which is hosted by the Florida Justice Association in Orlando, Florida. Accompanied by the firm’s managing attorney, Sara Williams, their topic is entitled “The Anatomy of a Winning Marketing Campaign for your Personal Injury Practice.” The conference has been around for 33 years and seeks to provide the best legal education to optimize attorneys’ work in civil litigation cases.

— Then, on Wednesday, April 11, Shunnarah will speak at the Mass Torts Made Perfect Spectacular Spring Conference. It is currently the largest gathering of plaintiff mass tort attorneys in the world. Speaking alongside Annesley Degaris, they will educate the 1,000 conference attendees on “Innovative Marketing Ideas for Your Practice.” Over 440 law firms will be present at the semiannual conference that takes place in Las Vegas from April 11-13.

“It is an honor to share my insight and learnings with my peers,” said Alexander Shunnarah, President and CEO of Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C. “Marketing has become a key proponent in furthering a firm’s presence in today’s culture, therefore I am happy to share my experience and takeaways.”

As a recognized leader in the legal industry for his entrepreneurship and innovative marketing strategies, Shunnarah has grown his firm’s name recognition across the Southeast.

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