Author: Jerome Jones

Butler County Ad Valorem Tax Special Election

Butler County voters are headed to the polls on January 29. The special election is  for an Ad Valorem Tax Bill, that would help fund the Butler County School System. The bill proposes a 6 mill tax increase on property taxes. Butler County currently has a tax rate of 12 mill.  A 6 mill increase would raise property taxes to…

Local Federal Employees Work Without Pay

Willie Preston is the President of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 4058.  AFGE is a union that represents federal prison workers and other federal workers. Willie and his co-workers are considered essential employees. That means they must come to work, even though they are not getting paid. It was a few days before Christmas the last time Willie…

Wetumpka Tornado Response Has Been Phenomenal

The clean up effort has been amazing in Wetumpka. On Saturday an EF-2 Tornado struck in Downtown causing extensive damage to at least 25 structures. First responders and Utility Crews were on the ground Saturday night and have been working non-stop to restore essential services to customers. Power poles were snapped in half Saturday, and most of the area was…

MLK Community Celebration

The 5th annual MLK Community Celebration took place at the Davis Theater Friday. The theme for this year is “because of them, I am.” Dr. Tommie Stewart is the director and founder of the celebration. She says that in staying true to the theme of this years event,  they  want those persons to know that we have not forgotten what debt…

Montgomery Launches Smart City Living Lab

The city has launched the latest initiative in its Smart City plan. Mayor Todd Strange, County Commission chairman Elton Dean, and Leslie Sanders of Alabama Power made the announcement Wednesday. Together with Alabama Power and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery Smart Community Alliance announced the formation of a smart corridor in areas of downtown Montgomery. Progress can…

Historic Inauguration Parade

Hundreds of people lined both sides of Dexter Avenue to witness the inauguration parade. Kay Ivey became the first elected female republican governor in the states history. It was a cold morning but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance. There were people from all four corners of Alabama to witness the historic moment. Bands from Auburn University,…

Alabama Fans React to National Championship

Most fans were shocked and surprise at the outcome of Monday nights championship game. The Clemson Tigers pulled away to a 44-16 victory in  convincing fashion to become the only undefeated champion in the history of the College Football Playoff era. Some fans say they expected a close game, but no one expected the game to be some one-sided. Here…

Keeping New Year Fitness Resolutions

According to a survey by NPR, exercising more is the number one New Year’s resolution. Every year millions of Americans go through their annual “join a gym” routine.  People go to the gym at the onset of the new year with hopes to build a better body , but many of them fall short. I spoke with Donna Ellis, she…

ASU Marching Hornets Return Home

Millions watched them lead the Rose Parade on New Year’s day, now the Marching Hornets have returned to Montgomery. The Hornets returned from the palm trees and sunny skies of Pasadena on Wednesday night. Dr. James Oliver says it was experience he will never forget. Many of the band members expressed the same thoughts. The Marching Hornets had an issue…

Funeral Held for Well-Known Pastor

Jared Decker, the pastor of Grandview Pines Baptist Church in Millbrook was laid to rest today. Decker died suddenly on December 28 after fainting in his home. He was 35 years old. Friends and family gathered into the gym at Stanhope-Elmore High School to say their last goodbyes. The Millbrook Police department, where Decker was a chaplain, were also at…