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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather


    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 workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower


    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.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships


    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

LISTEN: Dr. Hormoz Shariat is reaching Muslims in Iran with Christianity

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Dr. Hormoz Shariat has a degree in Artificial Intelligence from Southern Cal, however, he has chosen to follow the call the Lord has on his life to reach people for the gospel instead of pursuing a career in that field.

Shortly after meeting Jesus for himself, Dr. Shariat lost his brother to a brutal execution in Iran. At that point, he had a choice. Was he going to follow his newfound faith, or was he going to seek revenge?  Listen in to find out how he chose to respond.

4 weeks ago

LISTEN: Interview with actor Peter Woodward about his new family film

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Peter Woodward comes from a family of actors. Born in England and currently living in Los Angeles, he is the lead role in the new family film “Dolphin Island.”

In this movie, Peter plays a grandfather trying to bond with his orphaned granddaughter who lost her parents to tragedy. Living in the Bahamas, the two are forced to deal with issues together, in order to keep their new life from being torn apart.

Peter has a passion for storytelling and entertaining people. It is certainly a gift from God.

1 month ago

LISTEN: Producer Shaked Berenson talks about his new family film ‘Dolphin Island’

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Shaked Berenson has produced over 40 movies and two television series. He has financed, marketed and distributed over 200 films across all genres.

With his new film, “Dolphin Island,” Shaked wanted to give back to the Bahamas after the area was devastated during recent hurricanes.

The film is about a grandfather and his granddaughter who are brought together after tragedy and learn to adapt to a new life. The heart-warming movie displays perseverance and adaptation after trials.

Shaked wanted to bring work to the people of the Bahamas and create awareness for the need for tourism in the area.

Shaked is an interesting guy, and you will enjoy what he has to say in this episode.

2 months ago

LISTEN: Dr. Alveda King shares about her life, conservative views, new movie ‘Roe v Wade’

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Dr. Alveda King is a renaissance woman that lives a life full of purpose.

Alveda is someone who was almost aborted as a baby, and then she had several abortions in her younger years. Thankfully, she was saved by God’s grace and now realizes how important human life is from conception to eternity. In this episode, we discuss her role as a pro-life advocate and c0-producer of the new film “Roe v Wade.”

Dr. King is an actor, author, conservative civil rights leader, evangelist, grandmother and producer. Her story is intriguing and will inspire you to be the best version of yourself.

2 months ago

LISTEN: Phenix City writer Ty Manns talks about his new film ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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Ty Manns is a veteran who loves the art of storytelling. After all of his years of service, he never lost the passion for bringing those stories to life.

In this episode, we discuss Ty’s new film “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is loosely based on his father’s experience after returning home from war.

Ty shares how he got into this business, his heart to serve our country, and the desire to help others overcome obstacles by embracing their faith.

3 months ago

LISTEN: Actor T.C. Stallings shares about his new movie ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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T.C. Stallings is an actor who wants to be known for much more than his on-screen talent. Stallings is determined to make an impact in the world, and he is off to a good start in his short time in the entertainment industry.

T.C. has been featured in the films “Courageous,” “War Room” and the newly released “My Brother’s Keeper” that has just arrived in theaters nationwide.

In the new film, Stallings plays Travis, an Army veteran struggling with PTSD and bitterness. The movie highlights his ability to overcome the issues he faces through newfound faith and friendships.

In this episode, we discuss the film, homelessness and what we can do to be the change we want to see in the world.

3 months ago

LISTEN: Actor, director Robert Davi talks upcoming film ‘Roe v. Wade’

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Robert Davi has been in over 160 films going back to 1977. His first film was with Frank Sinatra. He is a pro-life, conservative Christian who believes in speaking up for his values.

His latest film, “Roe v. Wade,” comes out in the next few months. It is a historical perspective of the law that changed things in America. This film is powerful because it shows the influence the media and entertainment had at the time the law was put in place and how they teamed up to manipulate the American public.

In this episode, we discuss the film, cancel culture, and other issues we face today as a country. Robert does a great job of sharing why we must continue to stand for the conservative values we hold dear if we want to continue having a great country going forward.

4 months ago

LISTEN: Actor Robert Ri’chard previews upcoming faith-based movie ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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Robert Ri’chard grew up in South Central Los Angeles in a very challenging environment. He had to make disciplined choices at an early age that would help determine his future and get him to where he is today.

Robert, an actor, entertainer, entrepreneur and mentor, lives with purpose every day.

In this episode, we discuss the choices we all need to make each day to become who God calls us to be. We also talk about the upcoming movie he co-stars in which will be coming out this month, “My Brother’s Keeper.” The movie deals with the struggles of PTSD and how God can help people overcome it. TC Stallings stars as a veteran returning from war and trying to reestablish a life back home. Robert plays his best friend, Donnie, and the two struggle to maintain their relationship after division arises between the two of them. The film also features Keisha Knight Pulliam and Joey Lawrence.

This is a great faith-based movie that is good for the whole family. Check local listings and online for viewing options starting March 19.

4 months ago

LISTEN: Adventures with Jesus, Today’s Lisa van den Berg speaks about her relationship with Christ, her battle with cancer

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Lisa van den Berg is a radical follower of Jesus. She will go wherever He asks her to go and do whatever He asks her to do. She wakes up every day and asks the Lord what He wants to do each day.

She is the host of the podcast “Adventures with Jesus, Today” and a prosperous purpose coach.

In this episode, she describes how she was transformed in Him and then how her relationship with Christ was strengthened through her battle with cancer years ago.

This is a powerful story of adventure and triumph over trials. Be encouraged by listening to her story today.

5 months ago

LISTEN: Artist Steve Skipper talks being saved from gang life, turning his life to Jesus

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Steve Skipper has never been trained professionally in art, yet he is one of the best Super Realism artists in America. God has gifted Steve with ability, and he has been given supernatural guidance in how to paint the way he does.

Steve was a member of a notorious street gang in Birmingham when he was radically saved by the Lord. He was on a path to nowhere and he knew it. However, God sent someone to save him from that life, and he chose to say yes to Jesus.

In “Colors of Character,” a recent movie based on Steve’s life, he shares his testimony in full. Steve has overcome racial struggles, gang violence and a lack of professional guidance to become one of the best in his industry.

This is an amazing story of God’s grace and redemption, as well as the power of an authentic relationship with Him. Listen to the story to learn more.

5 months ago

LISTEN: Alabama Pastor discusses faith in the midst of constant opposition

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Matt Scott is the pastor of The Gathering Place Church in Moody. In a season of shaking and uncertain rules and regulations for churches, Matt has chosen to stand boldly in his faith.

Matt left a high-paying sales career to pursue ministry full time. He understands that his purpose in life is to lead others into a relationship with Jesus, and he does that through sharing the full extent of the gospel without any sugar-coating.

In this episode, we discuss the challenges he has faced in this season and how he continues to stand firm in his faith in the midst of constant opposition.

If you need more courage and boldness to walk out your faith, you won’t want to miss this.

6 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 35: Interview with Mathew Meagher

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Christians are being persecuted all over the world. In India, that persecution is very prevalent, and it can lead to death or arrest.

Bishop Mathew Meagher is on the front lines of sharing the gospel in Hyderabad, India, and he has seen that oppression first hand.

Mathew is the founder and CEO of Grace TV and Jesus Way International. In this episode, he discusses the challenges he has faced living in India and how he has been able to overcome these things.

Mathew is a great example of someone fully living for Jesus daily. He is a breath of fresh air, and I believe you will be inspired by his message.

6 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 34: Interview with Bert Danner

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Bert Danner grew up in the projects in the deep South. He faced extreme adversity from a young age and was determined to find a way out. He joined the U.S. Navy in order to pursue his dream of becoming an officer.

Bert became a Naval pilot and had his career all planned out. That’s when he found out he was not in control of his plans. Relieved of duty due to budget cuts, Bert was left to find a new career path. It was a dark period in his life and almost lead to his demise.

Thankfully, Bert pressed forward and knew that God had more for him to do. In his new book, “Conquer,” Bert describes the difficulties he faced growing up and how he overcame them, and he offers practical applications for anyone else to do the same.

If you need to be inspired, listen to this great story of perseverance.

7 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 32: Interview with Sam Maniscalco

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A prayer room in a hair salon? Praying for people and seeing incredible things happen in a place of business? Does that happen in America today?

The answer is yes, and Sam Maniscalco is a man with bold faith who was willing to take these chances.

We live in a time where people believe that you can’t share your faith and be successful. Sam proves this incorrect in many ways.

Sam overcame alcohol, cocaine and porn addictions, along with divorce, to become a successful businessman who chooses to follow Jesus in all aspects of his life.

If you need hope and encouragement, listen to his powerful story to hear how you can overcome these things as well.

8 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 33: Interview with Barry Moore


Barry Moore is a candidate for Congress in Alabama. He has faced extreme adversity in his political and business career, but he is an overcomer.

Barry felt a call by the Lord to run for Congress and he lost the first time. He is running again because he loves America and wants to serve with purpose.

In this episode, we discuss his faith, his support of President Donald Trump and other issues facing this country currently.

8 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 31: Interview with Tony Cooper


Tony Cooper has spent 40 years helping others in ministry roles. For the last 30 years, he has been with the Jimmie Hale Mission, recently serving as the CEO.

In this episode, Tony talks about adversity being the beginning of growth. He describes the challenges he has faced in life and how his faith has helped him move him forward in those situations.

There is hope available for everyone. Tony discusses how people can find the hope they are desperately seeking and how “nobody is beyond hope.”

9 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 30: Interview with Chace Hatcher


We all face trials in life, but some are worse than others. Chace Hatcher had a choice at an early age: become a victim of his circumstances, or become a victor in life.

Chace endured an abusive dad who ultimately killed himself, a mom who was an alcoholic and also abusive, and a suicide attempt of his own. He had many demons to wrestle, and it was not until he met his now-wife and developed a strong relationship with God, that his life started to take a turn for the better.

A successful entrepreneur who has formed and sold several companies, Chace has a great story of triumph over adversity.

New business formation is on the rise in America, and if you are one of those thinking about starting your own company, know that you will have to overcome obstacles to be successful. Chace is a great example of the grace of God and the power of perseverance. Find out more in this episode.

9 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 29: Interview with Martin Briggs


Now is the time for people to take a stand for what they believe in. As a business owner, someone can choose the path of profitability over purpose.

Martin Briggs believes you can do both and serve your clients and customers with courage and conviction. He has started the ULECx Market that brings the body of Christ together and serves the business community to answer the call that we are facing today.

Martin is a serial entrepreneur and owns several businesses that allow him to model the love of God in all that he does daily.

10 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 28: Interview with George Shamblin

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Life is a journey for all of us. What we do on that journey is ultimately going to lead us more towards our purpose, or away from it.

George Shamblin is a teacher, pastor and author of the book “The Relay.” In this episode, George tells us a little bit about his journey and how he came to write the book, and how his book can help people grow in their faith.

George is full of energy and joy, and you will be inspired to hear what he has to say.

10 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 27: Interview with Greg Davis


Greg Davis lives life on purpose through leadership at First Priority.

With a lot of uncertainty in the school systems, I am thankful that Greg is helping raise up young leaders that will pray in school and bring God into the midst of a hectic time.

Many people believe that prayer is no longer allowed in school but Greg’s story proves otherwise. You can never stop people from praying, and I am very thankful for that. Hear what he has to say about the subject and be encouraged.

11 months ago

Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 26: Interview with Andy Mason


This is a challenging season for most people. Everyone needs hope. Andy Mason wrote a book called Finding Hope in Crazy Times, and he shares some of his experiences from the book with us here.

Andy is the founder of Heaven in Business in Redding, California, and is an author of several other books as well.

The stories shared in this episode, along with book itself, are great ways for anyone who is struggling to find hope in the crazy times we are living in.

11 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 25: Interview with Carol Bevil


Everyone needs hope, especially now. The best and only way to truly find it is through God’s word.

Carol Bevil found that out on her own journey. She decided to write a book based on the scriptures that have given her strength and hope over her life. A trainer, coach, author, and mom, Carol has found peace in God’s word, and now she is sharing it with others. You will be strengthened by her story.

12 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 24: Interview with Shae Bynes


Shae Bynes left a great job with IBM to follow God’s voice. She is the founder of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur, and she seeks God’s guidance for everything she does. She has grown an organization that empowers people to do the same thing in their lives.

If you need encouragement to step out of your comfort zone and follow a dream or vision God has placed in your heart, this message is for you.

You will be inspired and challenged to step out in faith after you hear Shae’s story and the things she has accomplished so far on her journey.

12 months ago

Season 2 Episode 2: Best Auburn athlete nicknames


As we continue to be without sports, hopefully for not much longer, the guys talk about their favorite Auburn nicknames from “Smoke” to the “Round Mound of Rebound.” They also discuss some of the recent happenings in recruiting, Auburn transfer news and Jared Harper’s new team.

Please note: As usual, this episode was recorded right before something newsworthy happened in the Auburn realm, so Cam Newton to the Patriots will be addressed in the next one.