Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
The Anniston City Council is considering giving a 10 year sales and use tax abatement to an industry in the city that is planning a 13 million dollar expansion.   That was discussed in Monday’s city council work session, but the name of the industry and how many jobs the expansion would create was not revealed.    The city council is expected to vote on the tax abatement at next Monday’s meeting.   Full details of the expansion are expected to also be released during that meeting.
 
Governor Robert Bentley was in Etowah County Monday and made a stop at Hokes Bluff High School to talk to students there.    The Governor visited with FAA students and answered questions the students asked him.   The governor wanted to meet students in the career tech program at Hokes Bluff but their bus arrived after his time was up.   Bentley’s administration has put extra emphasis on dual enrollment programs and career tech programs in high schools to help increase Alabama’s skilled work force for industry recruitment.
 
The 36th annual Calhoun County Business Expo was hosted yesterday by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce at the Anniston City Meeting Center with hundreds of area businesses manning booths to show off their products and services to other area business owners and managers.    The Anniston City Meeting Center and it’s parking lot stayed packed most of the day.
 
The Jacksonville State University board of trustees Monday approved a new budget of 1 hundred 10.7 million dollars that would include revenue from a 5 percent tuition hike that the trustees will vote on in April of 2015.   Trustee members say the increase is not a sure thing and they hope to raise revenue by increasing the number of students at the university instead.    The University’s budget was increased by about 100 thousand dollars.   Trustees say the tuition increase could also be avoided if the state allocates more money for the university.
 
The Anniston Police has released a series of pictures on their facebook page of a person wanted for questioning in a series of credit card theft cases.   The woman is seen ordering food at an area restaurant and in a few of the photos appears to be looking up at the survelience camera.   If you recognize the woman in the photos you are asked to call Anniston Police with any information you might have at 256-240- 4 thousand.
 
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard held a press conference yesterday following 23 indictments being issued against him on Monday by a Lee County Special Grand Jury.   A number of Alabama republicans were on hand to support Hubbard at the press conference including Senator Del Marsh and Representative Randy Wood.   U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers also attended and spoke in Hubbard’s defense calling the indictments Chicago style gutter politics.   Rogers did not use Luthur Strange by name but said someone who wants to be governor and wants Hubbard out of the picture is behind the indictments.

 
SPORTS!
 
The 2014 World Series features 4 players with Alabama ties, 3 of them pitchers for San Francisco; Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy, and Sergio Romo along with Kansas City outfielder Josh Willingham.   Game one went to the Giants as they scored 3 in the first inning and added 4 more runs to win 7 to 1.   Game two is in Kansas City tonight.
 
Nebraska football coach Bo Peleni Monday questioned ESPN’s relationship with the SEC saying he doubts ESPN’s ability to be unbiased since they own the SEC network and stand to gain financially from the SEC succeeding.   Peleni’s comments come one day after 4 of the top 5 ranked football teams were announced to be from the SEC and two of those teams Alabama and Auburn are one loss teams.   Peleni’s one loss Nebraska Cornhuskers are ranked 16th
 
With a team that barely defeated Arkansas two weeks ago this is probably news Nick Saban would rather not hear, but odds makers have put the Crimson Tide along side Ole Miss as the favorites to win the National Championship.   Vegas odds makers have the Tide and Rebels at 13 to 1 favorites, followed by Michigan State at 7 to 1,  Florida State, Mississippi State, Georgia, and Oregon are at 15 to 2 odds.   Ohio State is a 9 to 1 favorite and Auburn is a 12 to 1 favorite.