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04/30/2013 – DECATUR, AL – Alabama’s Largest Christian Music Festival is set for May 17-18, 2013, Point Mallard, Decatur, AL

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Two Days of Uplifting, Soul Searching Music at Point Mallard Park North Alabama’s Largest Christian Music Festival is set for May 17-18, 2013.

Decatur, Ala. – Organizers of north Alabama’s largest free outdoor Christian music festival have announced the theme and lineup for the 15th annual event set for May 17-18, 2013 at Point Mallard Park in Decatur. With a theme of “His Grace is Enough”, SoulStock 2013 features a five-time Dove Award-winning group, a rapper, a contemporary Christian artist with a jazz-infused pop/rock sound, a band with a deep connection to Hands and Feet Project, and other Christian bands.

On Friday, gates open at 6 p.m. and include performances by Jessa Anderson (www.jessaanderson.com), Noah Cleveland, and Grammy-winning Laura Story. Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday with music firing up at 3 p.m. Saturday’s line-up features rapper LP (www.iamlikepaul.com), Pardigm, Christa Jordan, Noah Cleveland (www.noahcleveland.com), Rush of Fools (www.rushoffools.com), Group 1 Crew (www.group1crew.com), and the two-day event comes culminates with Audio Adrenaline (www.audioa.com).

This year’s featured speaker on Saturday is David Nasser. At the age of nine, he escaped his native homeland of Iran with his family, leaving everything behind to find a new beginning in the United States. Desiring acceptance from his peers, and despite trying to find ways to fit in, he was always left feeling like an outsider. At the age of eighteen, he found true acceptance, when through the persistent witness of a body of believers, he received salvation and accepted a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Today, Nasser speaks to over 700,000 people each year through revivals, citywide rallies, camps, and school assemblies. For more information, visit http://www.davidnasser.com.

SoulStock has grown to be North Alabama’s largest free outdoor Christian music festival attracting over 20,000 children and adults to the Spirit of America Field located in Point Mallard Park for two days of uplifting contemporary Christian music and testimonials. Festival goers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and a pair or two of gently used shoes to give to Soles4Souls. A variety of food vendors will be available to suit any taste bud.

SoulStock’s Partners in Ministry for 2013 are Soles4Souls and Hands in Motion. Platinum Level Sponsors committed are ShowHope and Cooks Pest Control. For more information, visit http://www.soulstock.com.

Located along the Tennessee River, Point Mallard Park is a 500-acre family park and includes one of the South‘s best golf courses, a 25-acre, wooded campground, a waterpark with a new Lazy River, and a year round indoor ice skating rink. Point Mallard’s additional facilities include tennis courts, batting cages, hiking/jogging/biking trails, and a driving range. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted on the Point Mallard property. For more information, visit http://www.pointmallardpark.com.

About The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)
The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County. For information on special events and attractions in Decatur and Morgan County, contact DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit their website at http://www.decaturcvb.org.


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April 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM

04/29/2013 – Restaurant Ratings – April 22 – 26, 2013 – Sam LeMaster

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Bama-Q Pit and Grill (Hamilton) 91

Bill and Sons Supermarket (Carbon Hill) 94

Boomerang’s (Hamilton) 91

Byrdnest Daycare (Hamilton) 93

Cedar Landing (Winfield) 96

Hardee’s (Hamilton) 92

Huddle House (Hamilton) 95

Jack’s (Carbon Hill) 95

Kentucky Fried Chicken (Hamilton) 92

River Road Meat Market (Hamilton) 94

Subway (Carbon Hill) 98

Winfield Elementary Lunchroom 98

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April 30, 2013 at 4:59 AM

04/26/2013 – Hamilton Native, Kalisha Whitman, Covers VF / Wrangler Distribution Center Grand Opening in Hackleburg, AL for B’Ham’s NBC 13

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(Above-Right)Kalisha Whitman, WVTM Channel 13 B’Ham
(Above-Left) Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

(Left)Kalisha Whitman & Judy Mays (www.49countynews.net)
Hackleburg, AL – April 26th, 2013 – Birmingham’s WVTM 13 News Reporter, Kalisha Whitman, covered the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the VF/Wrangler Distribution Center in Hackleburg, AL. and I had a chance to get my picture made with a young lady that I am privileged to call my friend.
The facility is welcomed back after an EF5 Tornado destroyed the existing building two years ago on April 27th, 2011.

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April 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

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04/25/2013 – FT. PAYNE, AL – Homer Hickam, Author of “ROCKET BOYS” to Visit Fort Payne

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Fort Payne, AL – May 10th, 2013 – Homer Hickam to speak at Fort Payne High School, Lookout 2013 event celebrating Lookout Mountain region’s potential –

In conjunction with the presentation of the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest award, New York Times bestselling author Homer Hickam will make appearances at three locations in the Lookout Mountain area on May 10.

Hickam, who is best known for his memoir “Rocket Boys” that was made into a major motion picture starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Hickam, will speak at Fort Payne High School in the early afternoon before holding a public book signing at The Book Shelf from 3 to 4 p.m.

“We are very excited to have Homer Hickam visit our area and especially to have him speak to students at Fort Payne High School,” said Lookout Alabama Publisher Randy Grider. “His story is an inspiration to everyone. He grew up in a small town that relied on one industry as the backbone of the economy. He understands the challenges Fort Payne has faced with the decline of the hosiery mills.”

Following the afternoon events, Hickam will attend Lookout 2013, a dinner event at Cook Castle that will celebrate the Lookout Mountain region’s rich heritage, natural beauty and growing economic potential. The event is sponsored by Kamama, GH Metal Solutions, the Cancer Care Center of DeKalb, Mentone Realty and Pioneer Bridges and presented by Lookout Alabama magazine.

Hickam is scheduled to give a brief speech at Lookout 2013, which will also feature local tourism and economic development officials, business leaders and government officials, before a keynote address by University of Alabama Center for Economic Development Director Nisa Miranda.

Hickam was one of the judges for the writing contest, sponsored by Lookout Alabama, the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative, DeKalb Tourism and Greater Gadsden Area Tourism. The goal of the writing contest is to promote tourism through fictional short stories featuring real places. Alabama Sen. Clay Scofield, chair of the state Tourism and Marketing Committee, will present the winner of the contest, which featured stories set in the Lookout Mountain area, with a check for $500 from the Alabama Department of Tourism.

About Lookout Alabama:

Lookout Alabama is a quarterly, regional magazine whose mission is to celebrate and promote the unique culture, history and environmental treasures of the Lookout Mountain region, with a goal of facilitating job creation and economic development in the area by increasing tourism. The first issue of the magazine will be published in June. The staff of Lookout Alabama has more than 35 years of publishing experience. Publisher Randy Grider, a native of the Lookout Mountain area, started his career as a newspaper editor before taking the helm of a national trade magazine in 2000. Editor Olivia Grider has worked for newspapers, national trade publications and university publications. The Griders have earned numerous awards for newspaper and magazine journalism. They are the only husband and wife to each win the Jesse H. Neal Award – considered the Pulitzer Prize of business journalism – at different magazines.

About the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative:

SELTI is an organization that promotes tourism through literature. It offers readers short stories, poetry and book excerpts – along with companion travel guides – about real places to visit. Founder Patrick Miller’s suspense novel, “Blind Fate,” was the first in the nation to include an online tourism guide embedded in the novel with tourism links to all the real places. SELTI followed up “Blind Fate” with “This Side of Paradise: Interactive Tourism Edition,” a new version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1920 debut novel that now includes tourism links to the real settings in the story. The royalties for the Fitzgerald edition are being donated by SELTI to the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Ala., located in the Fitzgeralds’ only surviving family residence.

About Homer Hickam:

Homer Hickam is best known for his award-winning and New York Times best-selling memoir “Rocket Boys,” which was made into the movie “October Sky.” But he is also a prolific author of 14 other fiction and non-fiction books, including his popular “Josh Thurlow” World War II series and his latest, a novel titled “Crater” set on the moon in the 22nd century. More on Mr. Hickam and his books can be found at his website, http://www.homerhickam.com.


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April 25, 2013

Contact: Randy Grider

04/24/2013 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – Public Intoxication
1 – Violation Release Order
1 – Drug Paraphernalia
1 – Probation Violation
3 – Non-Support
2 – Menacing
1 – Bench Warrant
2 – Harassing Communication
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Menacing
1 – Reckless Endangerment


Name:  Sutherland, Heather
Age:  31
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Possession Controlled Substance
Prescription Meds Without Prescription
Marijuana 2nd
Health Violation
Date of Arrest:  04/23/2013
Amount of Bond:  $8,500
Date of Release:  04/24/2013
Arresting Agency:  County


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April 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

04/24/2013 – Hamilton, AL Police Department Weekly Report

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Hamilton Police Department
Weekly News Report
Date: April 17-23, 2013

Wrecks – 2

Incident / Offense –

3 – Burglary 3rd
2 – Theft of Property 2nd
2 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Criminal Mischief 3rd
1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

Arrest / Citation –

3 – Speeding
1 – License Revoked
4 – License Suspended
5 – No Insurance
1 – No Seatbelt
3 – Improper Tag Light
1 – Expired Tag
1 – Improper Lights
1 – Open Container in Public
1 – Resisting Arrest
1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd
1 – Receiving Stolen Property 3rd
2 – Alias Warrant
1 – Warrant – Other Agency

Parking –
2 – Parked Improperly

Hamilton Police Department
Felony – Weekly News Report
Dates: April 17-23, 2013

Date of Arrest: April 20, 2013
Name: Sanderson, Timmy Joe
Age: 39
City: Detroit, AL
Charges: Arrest Prior to Requisition
Status: Jail
Arresting Agency: Hamilton

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April 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

04/23/2013 – Inspection report for April 8-19, 2013 – Sam LeMaster

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Asian Wok (Hamilton) 75

Bama Food mart (Hamilton) 98

Bo’s BBQ (Hackleburg) 92

Brenda’s (Hamilton) 98

Brinkley’s Hilltop (Hamilton) 98

Cafe 30 (Winfield) Passed inspection for permit

Coop’s bears Den (Bear Creek) 88

Daddy O’s BBQ (Carbon Hill) 98

Daylight Donuts (Winfield) 95

Dollar General (Brilliant) 95

G&D’s One Stop (Hamilton) 93

Hamilton Drive-In 93

Hot Rod Subs (Gu Win) Passed inspection for permit

Jack rabbit Slim’s (Hackleburg) 92

La Taqueria (Hamilton) 91

Leonelli’s Coffee Buzz (Hamilton) 91

Lupton Jr. High Lunchroom (Nauvoo) 98

Marion regional Medical Center (Hamilton) 96

Sonic Drive-In (Hamilton) 93

Subway (Hamilton) 92

SuperValu (Hamilton) 91

Taco bell (Winfield) 98

Token No. 3 (Brilliant Chevron) 89

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April 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM

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