Alabama Money – Cedars Inn Auburn Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alabama Money – Cedars Inn Auburn 32 32 Country music star Jamey Johnson to become commercial pilot | Alabama News Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:01:00 +0000

By SHANNON HEUPEL, Montgomery announcer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Look up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it an airplane? Is it a… beard?

You might not know it, but country music star Jamey Johnson and his unmistakable mustaches spent a few days here and there and above Montgomery during the pandemic.

After all, this has been Johnson’s hometown since he was three years old. The Grammy-nominated artist, who was born in Enterprise and lived in Troy at an early age, began singing at Calvary Baptist Church in Montgomery. He learned a lot about music from his father, a French horn player, and school instructors Floyd Jr. and Jeff Davis. Life in Alabama‘s capital also made him want to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves, which he did from 1994 to 2002. He even wears a piece of Montgomery to all of his concerts – a guitar covered with signature called “Old Maple” which he obtained. in 1995 from Bailey Brothers.

For the past year and a half, Montgomery is also where he did some of his flight training to become a commercial pilot.

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“So during the pandemic, I went to Montgomery a few times, especially when I was there doing checks (FAA exams),” Johnson said. “I did all my checkrides there. And while I’m in town, I’ll be visiting people and things like that.

Johnson will be much more down-to-earth on Sunday at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium, where he and several musician friends are gathering for Johnson’s annual Homecoming concert. This is a fundraiser for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, which helps families facing a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at Standing tickets at court level only are $50 and bowl seating is $35.


People often ask Johnson when his next album will be released. Her last – “Living For a Song” was in 2012. But recording just isn’t where her heart has been.

“No, I have nothing in preparation. I’m not doing anything,” Johnson said. “You know, right now I’m a touring musician. That’s what I do. Yes, that’s what I appreciate. »

It’s not an easy life. Touring, and everything associated with it, came to a halt last year during the pandemic. This year has been better for Johnson, who said he and his group have been busy. Some other artists are not so lucky.

“People who want to go on tour always find that’s not even possible,” Johnson said. “Sometimes because we now have a shortage of bus drivers and truck drivers, to go along with the pandemic concerns that are already there. We want to make safe shows for our listeners, but at the same time, we also have a band and a crew that we’re trying to protect. To ensure their safety, it is necessary in particular to make them earn money. When you put them in the house and they don’t make money, it doesn’t protect them. It keeps them broke.

He said there must be a “middle ground” with safety precautions. He said they had that kind of balance in September when he performed during Farm Aid. Johnson said the concert was a hit with the public and was “as safe as it gets”.

He hopes to strike that kind of balance at Sunday’s Homecoming concert.

“You know, the thing that’s there this year that wasn’t there last year is this vaccination,” Johnson said. “It’s not a panacea. It is not a 100% secure protocol. But it is something. It’s something that wasn’t there last year and is there this year. »

So why did Johnson become a pilot during the pandemic? Honestly, he thought it would be cool to be able to fly himself whenever he wanted. Johnson has already been flying on tour for nearly six years, studying and training with others, and logged just over 500 hours.

“I spent my free time while studying COVID,” Johnson said. “I am a private pilot. A multi-engine private pilot. I got my instrument ratings on single engine and multi engine. I’m working on getting my publicity. At the moment, I have already passed the written test. I have to find some time to go do this check-ride. I will get my business license.

So no, that bearded man you might spot flying over Montgomery again isn’t Santa Claus on a morning jaunt.

So what’s Johnson going to do when he gets his business license?

“I can fly away for vacations and whatever I want to do. There’s always somewhere to go,” Johnson said. “I keep dreaming about loading up fishing gear and getting on a plane to Montana or Alaska or somewhere. Landing on a river or going fly fishing or that sort of thing. Who knows? Maybe this dream will come true too.

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GoFundMe Page Raises Funds For Local Teen’s Funeral Expenses Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:27:38 +0000

BIRMINGHAM, AL – A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for the funeral costs of De’Undray Haggard, the 18-year-old Birmingham teenager who police say was shot dead on Wednesday night in the western part of the city.

Candice Banks, Haggard’s girlfriend started the page Thursday, writing, “We want to be able to put it to rest the right way.” By Friday morning, the Page had received $870 of its $10,000 goal.

“(Haggard) always had a smile on his face that brightened the room,” Banks wrote. “Everyone who knew (Haggard) knew he was staying out of trouble, all he wanted to do was get out of Birmingham. He was planning on going to college and becoming an entrepreneur, owning his own business.”

Banks added: “De’Undray will be missed, we love you.”

According to the Birmingham Police Department, just after 8pm on Wednesday officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of John Bryant Road after a report of a shot person.

Officers arrived to find Haggard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue.

Police said their preliminary investigation indicated Haggard met the suspect at this location. During their interaction, the suspect shot Haggard several times before fleeing on foot.

As of Friday, the police department had reported no arrests related to the case, which police said was the city’s eighth murder investigation in 2022.

According to, Haggard was an old person at AH Parker High School, despite being from Selma.

“Once again we have lost a student at Birmingham City Schools to gun violence and we are deeply saddened,” Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Mark Sullivan told “Our thoughts and prayers are with De’Undray’s family as well as the Parker High School family.”

On Saturday, another local high school student, Yasmine Wright, 16, was killed after police believe she was caught in gunfire as she returned home from work at Birmingham Zoo. Wright was a student at Wenonah High School.

Ed Franklin Harris, 49, was also killed in this incident.

Police interviewed a person of interest in the case, but did not press charges against him, reported Wednesday.

Police are asking anyone with information about either case to contact the BPD Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. Anonymous information may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Birmingham Police Service mobile app.

Alabama House Democrats want COVID-19 funds spent on health care, oppose unlicensed portering Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:41:00 +0000

The Alabama House Democratic Caucus released its legislative platform on Wednesday that urges Republicans who enjoy supermajority status in the Legislature to spend federal relief funds on health care.

The caucus also renewed calls to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, repeal the state’s 4% grocery tax, implement early voting and offer wage increases to retired teachers and educators.


The agenda, titled “Pro-Growth, Pro-Innovation, Pro-Alabama,” was announced at a press conference at the State Capitol in Montgomery. It was rolled out a day after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, during his annual state of the state address, called for a 4% pay rise for teachers and urged lawmakers to act quickly by prioritizing how the pot of more than $1.5 billion from the US State Rescue Plan Act funds should be allocated. Lawmakers were due to begin discussing how to appropriate the funds on Wednesday.

Discussions over ARPA funds come after Alabama leaders agreed to allocate $400 million of ARPA funds toward a $1.3 billion plan to build two large prisons in state in Escambia and Elmore counties. State officials are analyzing whether federal funding rules will prohibit them from using it for a prison expansion project.

“I think it’s important to get advice from Treasury and the White House on our limits with COVID dollars,” said state Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville, the Minority Leader at bedroom.

Daniels said he urged lawmakers to consider any grant programs they authorized with federal funds. He said local matching funds, while often available in cities with a high revenue base, are often not a solution in cities where budgets have been hit hard during the pandemic.

“There are communities across the state of Alabama that are not getting revenue at the level they had in the past,” Daniels said. “We need to look at this problem holistically so that communities have a fair chance at all levels and not just communities that can afford it.”

Daniels said he supports ARPA funds for health care, and Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, advocated using the new money to incentivize doctors to move to Alabama. She has also pushed for proposals to increase telemedicine and help struggling hospitals avoid closures.

‘We know that a healthy Alabama is the foundation of our well-being,’ she said, warning of a shortage of healthcare workers and calling for the expansion of Medicaid to meet the needs . “Simply put, there has never been a more important time to expand Medicaid. We must do everything we can to ensure access to quality, affordable health care.

Democratic lawmakers also criticized Republicans for backing anti-vaccine legislation during last fall’s special session. Daniels said the GOP activity amounted to responding to federal vaccine mandates “with an added mandate and tax.”

The new measures allow employees to seek civil penalties against employers who follow through on the authorization of federal vaccination mandates.

Daniels said lawmakers must find a way to help small businesses and minority-owned businesses recover from the pandemic.

“We saw about 40% of minority businesses not being able to come back because the pandemic evaporated them,” he said. “We need to find out how to help these businesses survive, but also in a way to withstand the pandemic and we haven’t discussed any of that.”

Daniels also criticized Republicans for focusing on issues like banning critical race theory and promoting unlicensed carry. Republicans in Alabama have made it a priority this session to make the state the 22nd in the United States to remove the requirement to purchase a license to possess a concealed handgun.

The measure is opposed by a bipartisan coalition of sheriffs, who say permits are an essential tool for providing background checks. Sheriffs also receive revenue each year from annual permits.

“It is detrimental to our public safety,” Daniels said. “This is the issue that we are on the side of law enforcement and we are working with them. It’s dangerous.”

Betting on the CFP National Championship, a popular business at Atlantis Tue, 11 Jan 2022 02:54:00 +0000

RENO, Nevada (KOLO) – Alabama or Georgia?

The 2022 National College Football Championship took place on Monday evening and a number of people have come to the Atlantis Sportsbook to try and make some money.

“Looks like it’s going to be a close game. I’m looking for Alabama to take it out at the end, ”said punter Mark Churchman.

Both teams entered the contest with identical 13-1 records.

But one loss carries more weight than the other.

Alabama defeated Georgia 41-24 in the SEC Championship game in December.

The numbers for Monday’s Natty in the book caught the attention of punters. Despite losing 17 to the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs were a 1.5 or 3 point favorite depending on when someone placed their bet.

Atlantis Race and Sports Director Marc Nelson weighed in on the numbers during pound and line adjustments hours before kick-off.

“Sometimes the results of previous events don’t necessarily match what might happen in the next event,” he said. “Georgia’s defense is very, very good – one of the best ever. We think it’s going to be a lot closer.

The most popular bet was the Alabama money line at plus-135 – meaning that an outright win by the Tide would net the bettor $ 135 for every $ 100 wagered.

“You get a lot of people going out and only making two or three bets a year and they find out that they can make more money on the moneyline than coming back on the points line,” Nelson said.

It’s no secret that SEC powers like Bama and UGA have been part of the headlines game for years.

Nelson wouldn’t say if seeing the same teams over and over again affected business.

“Until someone comes over and beats some of these guys, what are you supposed to do?” They beat the teams that are put in front of them. It’s like that.”

At Atlantis, the popularity of domestic championship betting rivals that of the NBA Finals.

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Nick Saban’s shift to a modern coaching style led Alabama to the National Championship game Sat, 08 Jan 2022 21:41:59 +0000

As things went badly against Tennessee on the night of Oct. 25, Alabama coach Nick Saban knelt in front of Bryce Young for a brief discussion on the sidelines. Their foreheads almost touched, as Saban calmly and intimately gave his 20-year-old quarterback some advice, things finally improved, with a 28-point fourth quarter scoring a 52-24 victory.