Anniston is one of four cities selected for up to $250,000 in technical assistance through a federal program geared toward economic development and developing local food sources. The EPA, Appalachian Regional Commission and Department of Agriculture selected Anniston for the Livable Communities program. Other winning cities proposed creating or expanding farmers markets to fuel their local economies and feed needy families.
Pioneer Green Energy, which is developing two wind energy farm projects in Etowah and Cherokee County, will participate in an environmental forum at Birmingham Public Library December 12th. The POWER-UP Forum, sponsored by the Alabama Environmental Council, is being billed as an interactive event featuring panelists and representatives of companies talking about conservation, alternative and renewable energy and what the energy future of Alabama will resemble.
Keshawn Nicole Green, 33, of Anniston, was found guilty by a Calhoun County jury of burglarizing the home of Regina Grigsby in November of 2012. Green was found guilty of third-degree burglary, a felony. Grigsby was the victim of a violent burglary on November 9th. After the burglars left, Grigsby walked to her neighbor’s house. She was taken to Stringfellow Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Green could face one to 10 years in prison for third-degree burglary.
Another Facebook scam has law enforcement concerned. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department recently took a report from a local woman who was scammed out of a large amount of money. The woman went to school in Oxford with someone named Steve Hamilton which was the name the scammer used on Facebook. So, she began to trust him. At some point, the man asked her to send money so he and his son could return to the United States. She did so and later realized her mistake. Law enforcement officials remind you not to send money anywhere until you have throughly checked out if the request is legitimate.
Governor Robert Bentley says the Legislature will have to approve money for new industrial incentives if Alabama lands Boeing's new aircraft plant. Tuesday was the deadline for states to submit their offers for the 777X plant. Alabama is one of about 15 states competing for the project. Alabama got its offer in ahead of the deadline. Bentley isn't saying how big Alabama's offer was, but he says Alabama needs more incentive funding than it has now to recruit a plant that could provide up to 8,500 jobs.
A JSU grad brings new meaning to the term distance learning. Jacqui Edmiston will travel more than 6,000 to receive her diploma. Edmiston will graduate Friday with a master's degree in emergency management while living in Russia. She'll walk in person though, after traveling 6,130 miles to participate in Jacksonville State's commencement exercises. The ceremonies will be Friday in Jacksonville State's Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron says he doesn't believe coach Nick Saban will leave for Texas. McCarron made the comment Wednesday. Saban is reportedly targeted by Texas officials to be its next coach if current coach Mack Brown steps down.
Gus Malzahn will receive the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award. The award is part of The Home Depot College Football Awards that will take place on Thursday.
Wednesday afternoon's practice for the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Classic saw Oxford running back Roc Thomas leaving the field limping late in the session, but he is expected to be fine and to play in the game on Saturday.