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."
Scott Dawson talks Kanye’s faith, nation’s challenges – ‘Leadership begins at the feet of Jesus’
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Scott Dawson believes servant leadership is essential to spreading the gospel and healing society, and he highlighted famed musician Kanye West’s spiritual growth as one example of where that leadership can make a difference.
Dawson, founder and CEO of the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association, spoke on these topics and many others when he sat down recently with Matt Wilson on his “Living Life on Purpose” podcast.
As a former candidate for governor in Alabama, confronting the issues facing society and the nation is familiar ground for him.
When asked by Wilson what he viewed as the greatest challenge facing the country, Dawson was unequivocal in his response.
“Pride,” he stated.
He remarked that pride includes both arrogance and false humility.
“I sense that with all of us, including me,” Dawson said. “I’m speaking to you going, ‘this is my struggle’ because if we could understand how powerful the principle is to humble yourself before the Lord, things can happen.”
He cited Proverbs 16:18, which says, “Pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
“That’s the reason why I say it’s the greatest problem of our country because when we are so proud that we are not listening to anyone else’s counsel, we’re bent on doing it our own way, then we’re up to be left to our own destruction,” said Dawson. “And that’s what needs to take place in the country.”
He believes it will take Christ-centered leadership to overcome these problems.
“Leadership begins at the feet of Jesus,” he stated. “We have got to be servant leaders. We have got to exemplify that in our own lives. People say there’s one life in the church, one life outside the church. There needs to be just one life. Jesus is not what I do, He is who I am. Do I still have those struggles? Yes. But every day, I’m in a relationship with Him. I’m being molded into his image. John the Baptist said, ‘He must increase and I must decrease.’ That happens in that life transformation that we’re walking through. I’m not acting like I used to act. And, hopefully, in five years I’m not acting then like I’m acting now because I’m growing in that relationship.”
Having established his ministry in 1987, Dawson described his calling as an evangelist as “an exciting adventure” as he continues seeking ways to answer the question of “how can I present the gospel in unique situations?”
One of those unique situations is with 21-time Grammy Award winner Kanye West.
West, whose album Jesus is King was released late last year, is set to participate in Dawson’s Strength to Standconference. The event is taking place in Pigeon Ford, Tennessee, on January 18 through 20.
“Kanye has had this conversion experience and most people are talking about, ‘Well, is it genuine, is it genuine?’” Dawson explained. “I’m reminded that those are the same questions they had about Saul. Saul turned out to be the greatest missionary we’ve ever seen. Now, most people know him as Paul, but in the New Testament he was Saul of Tarsus.”
Dawson sees the spiritual walk for someone like West as a leadership opportunity for other believers.
“Even people that are cynics toward Kanye, they cannot get over the fact that his entire countenance has changed,” he said. “Something has taken place in his life. So us as leaders, let’s exemplify it. Let’s be quick to meet people where they are. Scripture does say very pointedly, ‘Without vision, the people perish.’ We’ve got to have some leaders around here that can see further down the road than past the end of their nose and say, ‘This is where we need to go.’ People don’t mind following a leader if they trust him or her and they believe that he or she has vision for the future.”
West’s growth as a Christian is something to which Dawson has paid close attention.
“His pastor, a young man from southern California, he’ll tell you,” he noted. “Kanye to his own admission, he’s a better husband, he’s a better father, he’s a better son because of what Christ has done in, and what he’s doing through, his life.”
And it has left quite an impression on Dawson.
“Jesus says ‘I have come that you have life and that you have it more abundantly’ and what I see coming out of Kanye right now is pure life,” he concluded.
Listen to the entire episode of Living Life on Purpose to hear Scott Dawson explain how he became an evangelist, how he handles life’s pressures, who he works to compare himself to in his ministry and much more.
For more stories of how people have lived their lives with a purpose, listen and subscribe to Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Play. Matt’s guests include Andy Andrews, UAB head football coach Bill Clark, Congressman Gary Palmer and many others.
Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 16: Interview with Scott Dawson
What is the greatest issue we are facing as a society, and how do we deal with it? Scott Dawson, founder of the SDEA, shares his thoughts on this and much more in this episode. He also shares information about the upcoming Strength to Stand event he will be hosting with Kanye West this week as we talk about his radical conversion and what it means to the world and believers. Listen to find out more!
Episode 40: Our New Year resolutions, Auburn on ‘The Bachelor’
New year, same DrunkAubie. The guys return to recap the Minnesota game, finish their bet on their Auburn predictions, talk Auburn basketball and introduce talking about “The Bachelor” since there’s an Auburn connection in Madison Prewett. DA also gives their New Year resolutions and asks for your resolutions.
Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 15: Interview with Dennis Daughety
Living a life of purpose doesn’t often make sense. In fact, more often than not, doing the most impactful thing is also the most difficult. Dennis Daughety, a franchise junkie, has chosen the path of an entrepreneur and allows the Holy Spirit to be his guide. He is a successful business owner but it’s how he has found the success that is intriguing. Listen to his story to find out how he got to this point, through the failure and trials, and how God has led the way.
After taking a week off, DrunkAubie returns to talk about Auburn basketball, kicks and giggles from the championship football weekend and recruiting.
– Should the Dr. Pepper halftime scholarship competition ban the chest pass?
– Georgia SEC Championship shirts leaving the stadium as LSU dominated the SEC Championship Game.
– Is this a news podcast now without football?
– How were Alabama and Auburn both ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll after they recently played?
– America is cheering for Auburn aka “Team Bloomin’ Onion” in the Outback Bowl.
Episode 7: Interview with Alabama Democratic Party Chair Chris England
Dale Jackson is joined the new chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, State Representative Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa). England describes how growing up as the son of two public servants in Alabama led him to where he is today, from leaving the state to attend Howard University to winning the contentious inner-party struggle within the Alabama Democratic Party.
Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 14: Interview with Andy Mason
Andy Mason sold everything he had and moved his entire family from New Zealand to Redding, California, having never been to the United States. He did this based on a word from the Lord and found his complete faith and trust in His word to be true. He went without income for three years before he started to see breakthrough.
Andy is the founder of Heaven in Business and he walks us through his journey of faith and obedience, along with some of the amazing things that are taking place in his organization. You don’t have to compromise who God has called you to be in order to be successful in life or business. Listen to this powerful story to see what walking out a promise looks like.
Episode 37: Iron Bowl champions — The second coming
DrunkAubie takes a second to recap the Iron Bowl which saw the Auburn Tigers take down the other school in the state that plays football. DA also breaks down how Gus Malzahn outsmarted Nick Saban, tells fans to quit getting stuck in bushes and laughs at the Egg Bowl fiasco.
In this edition, the guys answer reader questions, make a bowl game bet, discuss storming the field and laugh at Nick Saban.
Episode 36: Thanksgiving with DrunkAubie, SEC coaches
A special episode including a Thanksgiving dinner with SEC coaches. DrunkAubie shares what he is thankful for and recaps the Samford game. The guys also predict the Iron Bowl and discuss their favorite Iron Bowl memories.
Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 13: Interview with Sara Franklin
Imagine getting a diagnosis that would change your life, and how you would respond. Sara Franklin was diagnosed with Epilepsy in the midst of raising a child, being a wife and pursuing a successful career. When she found out she had this new disease, she had a choice: hide from it, or fight it with everything she had. Sara chose to turn her pain into purpose and became executive director at the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama. Her story is powerful and it shows that our perspective can have a huge impact on the situations we face daily.
Episode 35: This podcast is under further review — Reacting to the Georgia loss
DrunkAubie is back again to weigh in on the Georgia game, which had some questionable reviewed plays that, you guessed it, did not go in Auburn’s favor. DA discusses Nick Saban being a vampire, Georgia fans’ behavior on social media, Tua’s injury and more!
During this week’s episode, DrunkAubie discusses Arkansas firing Chad Morris and the never-ending rumors of Gus going back to Arkansas. The guys also react to the LSU-Alabama game, predict UGA/Auburn and hate on Georgia. Shout out to Bo Jackson.
Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 12: Interview with Chris and Sophie Corder
Many marriages go through difficult situations and end in disaster. Addiction, infidelity, anger and deception are just a few of the things that Chris and Sophie Corder walked through in theirs. However, through the grace of God, and His miraculous life-changing power, their marriage has been restored and strengthened. Now, they want to encourage other people through their triumph. They have turned pain into purpose and want to show how God can do anything if we will get out of the way and let Him.
Episode 33: Auburn beat Ole Miss, mean tweets, Dan Mullen’s wife kisses players
Drunk Aubie talks Auburn squeaking by Ole Miss, fans leaving early and more from the week. DA reads some mean tweets from people who take things way too seriously, discusses Alabama/LSU with the president in town and more like: Is Anders Carlson broken? Don’t fight Marquel Harrell. Are punters real people?
Episode 32: SEC referee boot camp, LSU holds Auburn off in Baton Rouge
This week’s episode opens up with a look inside the SEC officiating’s boot camp to get a better understanding of their ineptitude. Also, DrunkAubie discusses LSU holding Auburn at bay, rants about Gary Danielson and SEC refereeing and Big Kat Bryant getting sniped in the stadium and then booed by LSU fans.
Should Auburn have thrown a 50-50 ball in the endzone with little time remaining in the first half when they had the field goal guaranteed? DA argues the decision in their first-ever heated disagreement. The guys talk about Kelly Bryant not coming to Auburn, address the calls to fire Gus and predict the Ole Miss game.
Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 11: Interview with Lew Burdette, president of King’s Home
Kidnapped. Stabbed. Thrown into the bottom of a well. Shot in the head. Left for dead. All of this happened to Lew Burdette when he was 15 years old. How would you respond? How did he survive?
Listen to the powerful story of triumph over adversity. He never could have survived without God’s miraculous help, and now he provides help to those who face their own difficult situations on a regular basis.
Episode 31: Referee calls to the booth during the Alabama-Tennessee game, LSU week
DrunkAubie returns to talk the Arkansas win, the big games from the weekend and previews the LSU game. The show opens with the a reenactment from the Alabama-Tennessee game that sheds some light on the shady officiating. RIP the Sooner Schooner, Alabama fans really love lights, Joe Burrow shows his butt on national television and more from the week of college football.
Episode 6: Interview with former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna
Dale Jackson is joined former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna to talk about how he went from the life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll to leading the music department of Calhoun Community College in Decatur.
Vrenna describes how his love of music took him all over the world, granted him the awards and adulations of millions, and how it made him a better teacher in 2019 in Alabama.
Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 10: Interview with Congressman Gary Palmer
Imagine growing up with no running water in your home, and then becoming one of the top leaders in the United States Congress. Gary grew up in a small town in Alabama, but he has worked his way to the highest levels of the government because of his hard work and willingness to serve. You will be hard-pressed to find a more principled or dedicated leader than Congressman Palmer. In a time where morals and ethics are lacking, Gary continues to shine his light due to his faith. The American Dream is alive and well, and Gary is a great example of what that can look like for anyone who wants to apply themselves.
Episode 29: Auburn Fans Anonymous, RIP undefeated season
If you need help getting through the tough Florida loss, DrunkAubie is here to talk through Auburn fans’ problems through Auburn Fans Anonymous. DA reads the 2019 perfect season’s obituary, discusses Dan Mullen’s comments on Marlon Davidson, laughs at Texas players thinking the Red River Showdown is better than the Iron Bowl and predicts how Auburn will do on the bye week.