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This Week in Alabama Politics

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Well, folks, the field is set for the sprint to fill the open U.S. Senate seat of Jeff Sessions.
The primary is less than three months away on August 15. There will probably be a run-off on September 26 and the winner of that GOP run-off will be our Junior Senator from Alabama. In the Heart of Dixie, winning the Republican nomination is tantamount to election. The December 12 General Election will be a coronation for the winner of the September 26 Republican primary. Continue reading This Week in Alabama Politics

TOMMY ARTHUR IS DEAD

 

 

 

Tommy Arthur (ALDOC)

MONTGOMERY-Tommy Arthur was pronounced dead at 12:15 am Friday at Holman Prison.  Prison officials said Arthur was moved to the death chamber prior to the execution.

Arthur was convicted of killing Muscle Shoals resident Troy Wicker, whose two sons were in attendance late Thursday night at Holman Prison to witness the execution. Continue reading TOMMY ARTHUR IS DEAD

BREAKING: SCOTUS lifts temp stay, Arthur being prepped for execution

Alabama’s Death Chamber

MONTGOMERY–State officials are prepping inmate Tommy Arthur for execution after the temporary stay issued by the Supreme Court has been lifted. The death warrant expires at 12 midnight. Officials have until midnight to execute Arthur. Continue reading BREAKING: SCOTUS lifts temp stay, Arthur being prepped for execution

Don’t sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving

(BPT) – Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You’ll need careful planning and smart packing to ensure your summer move goes smoothly and safely. Before you do anything call Charlie at Moving Helpers at 256-412-9327. He will assist you and show you the ropes. He is a good Christian man and will save you some money.

These 10 tips can help:

1. Rent the right size moving truck.

Choose a truck that’s too big, and you’ll waste gas and space, plus empty room inside the truck means your belongings are more likely to shift in transit. Choose one that’s too small, and you could face multiple trips or the hard decision of what to leave behind. Penske Truck Rental professionals recommend you allow 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully furnished room you’ll be moving. A 12-foot truck that offers 450 cubic feet could move three rooms — the equivalent of a one-bedroom apartment — while a 26-foot truck affords 1,400 cubic feet, approximately enough to move a two- or three-bedroom house.

2. Perfect your packing schedule.

Pack too soon and you’ll be living surrounded by boxes, some of which might contain stuff you need right now. Pack too late and scrambling at the last minute could mean you make mistakes that lead to damage. Pack out-of-season and non-essential items several weeks before moving day. Donate or sell anything you won’t need in your new home. Wait until the day before or morning of your move to pack essentials like personal necessities and basic cookware.

3. Protect packed items.

Nothing’s worse than opening a box at your destination only to find something broken. Use plenty of paper and bubble wrap to protect packed items. Towels, socks, pillows and other soft materials can help protect breakable items, too.

4. Reserve your rental truck early.

It’s no surprise that truck rental places get very busy during summer months. Reserve your rental truck at least two weeks prior to the move — earlier if you’ll be moving during a peak month like July or August. You can reserve a truck from your smartphone at PenskeTruckRental.com.

5. Clearly label all boxes.

Remember to label every box with what’s inside it and the room it will go to in your new home.

6. Have plenty of help on hand Or Call Charlie at Moving Helpers at 256-412-9327

Having help loading and unloading boxes will make the move go more smoothly — and reduce the risk you’ll get hurt trying to do everything yourself. Enlist friends and family to help out. If you have large, heavy or very delicate items, consider hiring professionals like Charlie to help load and unload those items. Hiring Charlie will be your smartest move of all. He is called the husband helper.

7. Load the truck efficiently.

How well you load the truck will affect the safety of your belongings. Load heavy items like big furniture pieces and heavy boxes first, then stack lighter boxes and items to fill the remaining space. Be aware of the possibility that contents can shift in transit, so try to eliminate excess space that might allow the load to shift.

8. Lift carefully.

Improper lifting can cause injury. When lifting, bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back. Get help lifting heavy items and use hand trucks and moving dollies to move heavy or bulky items. Take plenty of breaks and stay hydrated.

9. Schedule your drive to avoid peak traffic times.

You already know when peak traffic times occur around your current neighborhood, and a simple online search can help you identify rush hour at your destination. Schedule your drive so you won’t be on the road during the worst traffic times. Leaving very early before morning rush hour can help you avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic, and give you extra time to unload at your destination.

10. Learn safe truck driving practices.

Most people don’t have a lot of experience driving moving trucks, so take extra care to ensure your own safety and the security of your belongings. Ask your rental professional to familiarize you with the vehicle. For safe driving tips, visit pensketruckrental.com.

University of North Alabama Makes Chronicle of Higher Ed List of Private Gifts Thanks to McKinney Donation

Ms. Connie McKinney

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama is among some impressive company, ranking #57 on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list: Recent Private Gifts to Higher Education (May 2017).

The ranking came in response to a recent $1 million gift made by brothers Joe McKinney and Chester McKinney Jr., in honor of their late mother and UNA alumnae, Connie D. McKinney.  Continue reading University of North Alabama Makes Chronicle of Higher Ed List of Private Gifts Thanks to McKinney Donation

Have You Seen This Man? If You Do Call Muscle Shoals Police or Call 911

Derick Montez Robinson

WANTED–The Muscle Shoals Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding this offender and the harassment of women at local businesses.  Muscle Shoals Police have identified the offender as Derick Montez Robinson B/M 12/05/1973. MSPD has obtained an arrest warrant for misdemeanor harassment. Robinson is a registered SEX OFFENDER in Lawrence County, AL. Robinson has been seen driving a 1999 Black Chevrolet pickup truck tag# 42AS196. If anyone has information on his whereabouts please contact the Muscle Shoals Police Department 256-383-6746. Continue reading Have You Seen This Man? If You Do Call Muscle Shoals Police or Call 911

ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE MARSHALL LEADS GEORGIA AND FLORIDA ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN URGING SENATE TO CONFIRM ALABAMA NATIVE TO U.S. ELEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

Kevin Newsom

MONTGOMERY – Attorney General Steve Marshall led his counterparts from Georgia and Florida in voicing support for the nomination of Kevin Newsom, former Solicitor General of Alabama, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

“We write in support of President Trump’s nomination of Kevin Christopher Newsom to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit,” Alabama Attorney General Marshall, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and Florida Attorney General Pamela Jo Bondi wrote in a joint letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Continue reading ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE MARSHALL LEADS GEORGIA AND FLORIDA ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN URGING SENATE TO CONFIRM ALABAMA NATIVE TO U.S. ELEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

Couple allegedly went on shopping spree with lost card

William Lanon

FLORENCE–The couple is charged following an incident on 04-21-17 where a victim lost her credit card at Walmart Neighborhood Market on Florence Blvd.

Crystal Lanon

After losing the card, the victim contacted her credit card company and found multiple fraudulent transactions. She contacted police and an investigation was opened. Continue reading Couple allegedly went on shopping spree with lost card

BROOKS TO STRANGE: “REIN IN YOUR DC SWAMP RATS”

US Congressman Mo Brooks

This week, Luther Strange Forces began preparing to unleash millions of dollars in negative attack ads against Congressman Mo Brooks and Judge Roy Moore. An Alabama citizen received a brushfire poll by Strange, took notes, and reported its contents to Congressman Brooks. Brushfire polls help a campaign draft attack ads. Continue reading BROOKS TO STRANGE: “REIN IN YOUR DC SWAMP RATS”