AUGUST 13, 2010

This past week, I had the privilege to attend several teacher in-service meetings. It is always good to meet with our educators. I appreciate the fine job which they do at all levels from pre-k through our college level. I want to thank the Franklin County Schools, Winfield City Schools, Fayette County Schools, Marion County Schools, Lamar County Schools and Bevill State Community College for allowing me to visit with them.

I enjoyed meeting with the Alabama Farmers Federation membership of Lamar County this past week. They are an excellent organization and I appreciate all that the good they do for our farmers and our communities.

I also had the pleasure of traveling by rail for the Crescent Corridor Rail Trip hosted by Norfolk Southern. It was great to celebrate the heritage of the rail system which contributed so much to the opening up of our country and to industrial growth and development.

I want to thank the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments for allowing me to attend their annual fish fry. We had great food and fellowship. The Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments does a great deal to help promote economic growth and development and I truly appreciate the fine members for their hard work and dedication.

It was also good to meet with the football coaches of the schools of Franklin County as I shot a commercial this past week. I appreciate them taking the time to meet with me and discussing their plans for the upcoming football season.

I want to congratulate Dal-Tile of Fayette on receiving an ADECA grant to assist them with job training. Dal-Tile has been a good corporate neighbor in Fayette and I am pleased to see them receive this grant to help them continue their work in Fayette.

I also want to congratulate the Lamar County Commission on being awarded an ADECA grant of $120,000 to assist Steel Dust Recycling in expanding their recently completed Waelz Kiln plant by constructing an interconnection and gas metering station. Steel Dust Recycling will also construct a second kiln and additional rail spur to service the new kiln representing an additional $20 million investment in the Lamar County facility.

The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/Children’s Trust Fund announced the awarding of two grants to the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama. The first grant is for $18,000 for the Mothers parenting class and the other is $50,000 for their Fatherhood Program. Both programs work with courts, the Department of Human Resources and Safe Place referrals to provide nine on-going weekly classes in the Counties of Colbert, Lauderdale, Franklin and Lawrence.

Homeland Security has announced the awarding of a $20,000 grant to Winston County to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities by supporting flexible, sustainable, secure, strategically located and fully interoperable emergency operations centers with a focus on addressing identified deficiencies and needs.

The Alabama Forestry Commission has been selected to administer the Prescribed Burning and Hazardous Fuel Reduction Grant which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Private, non-industrial landowners who own 250 or less forest acres may enroll in the program. The sign-up period ends August 27, 2010. For more information you may visit your local forestry office or go online at .

The Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs has awarded the Winston County’s Children’s Policy Council $2,500 to assist them in a project to reduce school absenteeism.

I am pleased to see the awarding of these grant in our senate district. It is important to continue to fund programs that help our community not only economically but, through community programs as well.

I trust that all the students that have returned to school have had a successful start to the school year. I am looking forward to the beginning of football season. I know the players, band members and cheerleaders have been this summer preparing for the upcoming season and I know it will be a great one throughout the senate district.

Please continue to contact me at the following:

Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 730

Montgomery, AL 36130

Phone: 334-242-7862

Fax: 334-242-4736

Russellville Office

PO Box 370

Russellville, AL 35653

Phone: 256-332-6966, Fax: 256-332-6967