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Gov. Kay Ivey Pardons Turkeys in Time-Honored Alabama Tradition

  Gov. Kay Ivey once again took part in a time-honored Alabama tradition. On the grounds of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion this morning, she pardoned two turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving. The turkeys, always named “Clyde” and “Henrietta”, came from the Bates Turkey Farm in Fort Deposit. They will get to live their lives in peace without worrying about…

Bates House of Turkey Celebrates 50 Years

A famous restaurant in Butler County is being honored for its enduring legacy and impact. Bates House of Turkey has been a staple in Greenville for 50 years.. On Wednesday, community members celebrated that special milestone. The family-owned restaurant started out as a free-range turkey farm in 1923… The Bates family then opened the doors of the restaurant in 1970….

Two Lucky Turkeys Saved from the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Governor Kay Ivey Hosts the 70th Annual Turkey Pardoning

Two lucky birds are escaping the dinner table this Thanksgiving, thanks to Governor Kay Ivey.  Monday Morning, Ivey hosted a long-time tradition, the annual Turkey Pardoning, at the Governor’s Mansion. Clyde and Henrietta are the thankful turkeys that will be heading back home after Ivey proclaimed “by the power vested in me, I hereby pardon you from the Thanksgiving dinner…

Bird Flu Hits Tennessee; Alabama Poultry Farmers on Alert

Pete Bates grew up around birds. His father owned the Bates Turkey Farm, and now Pete and his siblings share ownership and run the farm. Bates says a serious case of avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu, can devastate a poultry farm. He and his family had to deal with a bird flu outbreak two years ago. Bates…

Are There Any Turkeys Left for Thanksgiving?

Only a few days left to get your Thanksgiving turkey! The Bates House of Turkey’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing since the beginning of November. Owner and Manager Becky Sloane says people are calling to try and order a turkey before Thanksgiving, and some will still be calling for a bird right up until the day before the holiday. “People kind…

Booze Ban Bad for ‘Bama Business?

In a recent special session, Gulf Shores voted to ban alcohol on beaches. The ban is effective immediately and lasts until April 17th. Many are worried the ban will stop Spring Breakers from heading down south, possibly hurting cities where the economy depends on Interstate travel. Like the city of Greenville, where warmer weather means people start heading for sunny…