Friday, February 25, 2011

It was my pleasure to be able to deliver several grants in the senate district today. In Russellville grants were presented to Russellville Middle School for the media center, Russellville High School for the volleyball team and Robotics. Grants were also presented to Phil Campbell High School, Tharptown Elementary, Franklin County Junior High, East Franklin Junior High and Northwest Shoals Community College.

It is a pleasure for me to be able to announce that on February 25, the Alabama Department of Transportation will take bids for 4 highway projects in our legislative district. It is important that we do all that we can to improve the quality of our highways. Especially after the ice and snow caused freezing of the highways. In Colbert County, the lighting of the intersection of County Road 312, commonly called Haley Drive and County Road 35, commonly called Garner Lane in the Barton Riverfront Industrial Park. This lighting will greatly improve the safety, as well as the looks of this area. There are 3 projects in Marion County with the first being the resurfacing from State Road 142 from State Road 118 U.S. 278 to State Road 171. This is Phase 1 of the resurfacing program set for FY211. The second project in Marion County is the resurfacing of County Road 35 to State Road 17. The third resurfacing project in Marion County is the resurfacing of State Road 253 from State Road 74, U.S. 278, to County Road 49. This is Phase 1 of the FY211 project. I have been over all these roads and I know that they need the resurfacing and lighting projects. I know that this will help improve the overall safety of travel in these areas. You may rest assured that I will continue to fight to see that we get our fair share of highway dollars returned to our senate district. We are making our roads safer, it also improves tourism and the ability of our districtís industries to get their goods to market.

This past week I received an update from the Senior Rx program. You will recall that this is a free drug program which I originally created and was known as TEMP, The Elderly Medication Program in our Senate District as a pilot project. Since the programís inception in Region 1(2001), I am pleased to report the following numbers for this program: Clients served in Region I, 4,487. Savings to Clients in Region I, $21,819,706.00. Statewide clients served, 42,729. Savings to Clients statewide, $206,433,783.29. FY2010 Region I: Savings to clients=$2.4 million, SeniorX Funding Statewide= $2.5 million.

Please continue to contact me about your views and concerns at the following:


Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 738

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