Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.
Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.
“The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.
Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.
Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.
Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.
"Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11, the airline announced today. Frontier Airlines will start by offering direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39."
"At 87, Clint Eastwood is not only trying new things, he’s trying daring new things, and his new film 15:17 to Paris represents one of the most audacious gambits of his career. To dramatize the tale of three Americans who tackled and subdued a heavily armed Islamist terrorist on a train out of Amsterdam in 2015, Eastwood cast the young men, none of whom had professional acting experience, as themselves. It’s a decision with little precedent in the entire history of motion pictures."
Talking green on the greens at 2021 Junior Regions Tradition
Young golfers had a unique opportunity to kick off Regions Tradition week by participating in the first Junior Regions Tradition Sunday. But in addition to getting to tee off on the same course the golf pros will compete on later this week, junior players also got to hear from a financial pro.
Drew Miller, Financial Wellness relationship manager, presented Regions’ Next Step “Banking Basics for Students” seminar to the young players and their families as they enjoyed lunch following the trophy presentation. Miller, who has five children of his own, understands the importance of teaching money management skills to youths.
“It’s never too early to start thinking about saving,” Miller shared with the crowd. “By making savings a habit now, you’re setting yourself up for success later.”
He encouraged the young players to think about ways they could start saving today: by putting away half of any cash or check gifts they receive for their birthday; saving money they make from babysitting, cutting grass or other jobs; and even pocketing the money they may be considering feeding to a vending machine for a soda. After all, saving money, like playing golf, requires discipline.
In addition to sharing savings tips, Miller discussed the importance of using credit responsibly, avoiding identity theft, and setting both short- and long-term goals.
Several of the young Junior Regions Tradition players shared their personal financial goals. One of them was saving for a four-wheeler. Others were already putting money away and dreaming of their first car.
“It’s encouraging to see some of these kids already have savings accounts and are thinking about financial goals,” said Miller. “I’d love to see some of them in the Regions Tradition in years to come and want them to be financially prepared for their earnings.”