UNA’s Spring Commencement to Feature Florida State Senator and Alumna Annette Taddeo ‘92

Senator Annette Taddeo

FLORENCE, Ala. –University of North Alabama alumna and Florida State Sen. Annette Taddeo ’92 will be the featured commencement speaker at the UNA spring graduation ceremonies. UNA will host two commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., in Flowers Hall. Taddeo will speak at both events.

Born to an American World War II and Korean War fighter pilot and a Colombian mother, Annette Taddeo’s family fled an unstable Colombia when she was 17 and relocated to Miami to build a better life. That decision would prove to be a life changer in many ways for Taddeo, culminating in her most recent election.

On Sept. 26, 2017, Taddeo was elected Florida State Senator for District 40. This was the first time in Florida’s history that a Democrat had flipped a seat from red to blue in a special election. She also made history by becoming the first Latina Democrat to serve in the Florida Senate.

However, her Florida beginnings were much more humble. Taddeo worked hard to learn English and earn admission to college. She was able to pay for school through Pell grants and waiting tables, and ultimately turned her experience into a business.

After helping her parents rebuild their home in Perrine in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, Taddeo set out to build her own business, providing translation services. Today, Language Speak provides translations in more than 240 languages and has been named one of the top 100 small businesses in Florida, and one of the top 500 small businesses in the United States.

Taddeo is the wife of Dr. Eric Goldstein and mom to their 11-year-old daughter, Sofia.

Helen Keller Hospital Births

SHEFFIELD-Here is the lists of most recent births for Helen Keller Hospital. Continue reading Helen Keller Hospital Births

Terry named Sheffield Interim Police Chief

Capt. Ricky Terry

SHEFFIELD-Mayor Ian Sanford has named Captain Ricky Terry interim police chief after the retirement of Chief Greg Ray. Continue reading Terry named Sheffield Interim Police Chief

Colbert County Man Arrested for Alleged Securities Fraud and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

Ronald Warren Powell

MONTGOMERY- Joseph Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) announced that Ronald Warren Powell, a resident of Colbert County, Alabama, turned himself in, April 5, 2018, to the Colbert County Jail upon an arrest warrant based on a five-count indictment returned by the March 2018, Colbert County Grand Jury. Powell was subsequently released on a $15,000 bond. Continue reading Colbert County Man Arrested for Alleged Securities Fraud and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

Etowah County Man Convicted for Drug Trafficking Crimes

Jeffrey Morris Beam

BIRMINGHAM- Today a federal jury convicted an Etowah County man for drug trafficking crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr. Continue reading Etowah County Man Convicted for Drug Trafficking Crimes

McDonald’s Fresh Beef, Made-to-Order Quarter Pounder Burgers Launches in Tuscumbia

McDonald’s now cooking fresh when you order

TUSCUMBIA– Today, McDonald’s USA announced that fresh beef, cooked right when ordered, in all Quarter Pounder and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers is now available across approximately 3,500 restaurants in select markets, including Tuscumbia, and is on track for rollout to all participating restaurants in the contiguous U.S. by early May. Continue reading McDonald’s Fresh Beef, Made-to-Order Quarter Pounder Burgers Launches in Tuscumbia

Ron Craig: Clothe ourselves with HIS victory

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Before we get to the meat of today’s lesson, I need to ask a very important question.  Why do human beings (even many Christians) automatically question the plain truths of many Bible passages? It is as though they are programmed to automatically take sides against God’s indisputable Word even before they give it an honest hearing. How many church members believe that 2 Corinthians 5:17 describes them? That they are new creatures in Christ? Colossians 2:20 addresses that very mindset: “Since you died with Christ [Romans 6:6] from the basic principles of this world [system], why are you subjecting yourselves to the regulations [of the old system of which you used to be a part, but are now no longer a part]?” In other words, you are still acting like you did when you were part of that broken system, even though God’s Word says that you are new creatures in Christ. Continue reading Ron Craig: Clothe ourselves with HIS victory

Florence man dies in early morning motorcycle crash

FLORENCE–An early morning motorcycle crash has claimed the life of a Florence man.  Continue reading Florence man dies in early morning motorcycle crash

Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray Retires

Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray

SHEFFIELD–Police Chief Greg Ray retired Monday and starts a new chapter in his life. City officials wished Ray well on Monday. Continue reading Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray Retires

Tourism boom expected following Crappie USA fishing tournament

Matthew and Caleb Tosh won the amateur division

SHEFFIELD – A Crappie USA fishing tournament held on Pickwick and Wilson lakes Saturday, March 31, confirmed what many local anglers have been talking about this spring.  Big crappie are more plentiful in the lakes than they have been in years.

Henry and Jo Haley of Carmi, Ill., won the pro division of the tournament with a seven-fish limit that weighed 13.20 pounds. It was the heaviest seven-fish limit ever caught in a Crappie USA event on Pickwick and Wilson lakes. Continue reading Tourism boom expected following Crappie USA fishing tournament

FORMER KINDERGARTEN TEACHER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Charles Mark McCormack

BIRMINGHAM – An Alabama man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for producing child pornography between 1997 and 1998, announced federal officials.

Charles Mark McCormack, 54, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, pleaded guilty on Nov. 27, 2017, to one count of production of child pornography before Chief U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre of the Northern District of Alabama. Continue reading FORMER KINDERGARTEN TEACHER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

ZOOM CAR WASH NOW OPEN IN SHEFFIELD, ACROSS FROM HOSPITAL

Let’s Talk Taxes: Home Office Deduction

Tax Specialist and Columnist Vickie Smith EA

You’ve decided to start a small business working out of your home. Life is great and you can’t beat the commute. Now, how will this affect your income taxes? Can you deduct expenses for use of your home? The answer is that it depends…on a lot of things.

First of all, the business must be for profit or an expectation of profit. Next, you must set aside an area that is used exclusively for this business. Perhaps you’ve set up a room with a desk, computer, file cabinets, and storage for your product. Use the room entirely and exclusively for business purposes and it will be deductible. Beware, however, that as soon as you add a sofa bed in the corner for your in-laws to use when they come to visit, the space is no longer exclusive and you lose the deduction. Continue reading Let’s Talk Taxes: Home Office Deduction

Hidden Beauty Salon & Spa OPENS MONDAY

Hidden Beauty Salon & Spa Opens Monday and they are looking for licensed nail techs.  Call 256-483-7732.

MORROW TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON SEX OFFENDERS AT FOUR WAY MOTEL

State Rep Johnny Mack Morrow

TUSCUMBIA–State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Tuscumbia City Hall. The public hearing will begin immediately following the Tuscumbia City Council’s regular monthly meeting which will begin at 5:30 pm. It is anticipated that the City Council meeting will be completed by approximately 7:00 pm. Continue reading MORROW TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON SEX OFFENDERS AT FOUR WAY MOTEL