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- Jacksonville resident continues battle to
- “Operation Clean Sweep”
- Gadsden State affected by double dipping
- Honda Pilot sales decline
Jacksonville resident continues battle to
resident Barbara Wilson was back in her front yard Monday, chained
to her trees. Wilson said she received a letter from the power
company Saturday regarding the public service commissions
determination that they had no authority to halt the power companies
tree cutting in the city. Wilson said the letter said they would be
in contact with her soon to cut the trees. Alabama power contractors
continue to trim and cut trees elsewhere in the city. Wilson says
she will not give up her battle, Wilson said they are looking into
hiring an attorney to continue their legal battle. The Jacksonville
Mayor and Council are expected to be given an update Monday evening
on what action, if any the city could take.
“Operation Clean Sweep”
Authorities with 40 law enforcement agencies
concluded a three day roundup Friday. Representatives from the FBI
held a press conference Friday afternoon in Boaz to comment on the
conclusion of “Operation Clean Sweep.” The 40 agencies worked
together in DeKalb, Marshall, St. Clair, Blount and Etowah counties
to round up criminals during the week. Ken Kaiser is with the
criminal division of the FBI Headquarters in Washington D-C. He says
their efforts were impressive. A total of 350 people were arrested
over the three-day period. 120 of those arrests were made in Etowah
County. Officials say their message is a simple one. They have zero
tolerance for drugs, gangs or any other type of crime. Authorities
said they seized almost 30 guns, including several assault rifles
and sawed-off shotguns, along with illegal drugs such as cocaine and
crystal meth. Among those arrested were two previously deported
illegal immigrants and a convicted sex offender.
Gadsden State affected by double dipping policy
Postsecondary education chancellor Bradley
Byrne said he'll ask two-year college presidents who employ
legislators to review their work policies to see if legislators
followed them. Gadsden State Community College will be most
affected by Byrne's review and by new policies because it employs
two legislators, Reps. Blaine Galliher, R-Rainbow City, and Jack
Page, D-Gadsden. The new policies are being challenged by a lawsuit
by the Alabama Education Association, a lawsuit that ultimately will
be decided by the Alabama Supreme Court. University of Alabama
political science professor emeritus Bill Stewart said because of
abuses in the two-year college system he believes the public
supports banning legislators from two-year college employment.
The work schedules of Galliher and Page show that neither took sick
leave to attend legislative sessions this year. Galliher, a
plaintiff in the AEA lawsuit, and Page, said they oppose the new
policy that would require them to either leave their jobs or the
Legislature in 2010. Galliher said he would support a policy
allowing legislators who work for two-year colleges to attend
legislative sessions but lose their college pay on those days.
Galliher is the director of training for business and industry at
Gadsden State, filling a position that existed before he was hired
by then-Ayers State Tech College President Ed Meadows. Ayers State
Tech was merged with Gadsden State and Galliher's position that pays
$72,337 morphed into his current one.
Galliher was a senior manager at Gulf States Steel before being
elected to the Legislature but he lost his job, pension and benefits
when Gulf States Steel closed. He was hired at Ayers Tech after he
was elected to the Legislature. Page is community and external
affairs liaison whose job is to assist college administrators in
securing local, state and federal grants, and appropriations, among
He was hired at Gadsden State soon after being elected. He was one
of three finalists who was forwarded to Culverhouse, who approved
Honda Pilot sales decline
Honda's Alabama-made Pilot sport utility posted
a dramatic drop in sales last month, as consumers are increasingly
shifting their tastes from light trucks to smaller cars in search of
better fuel economy. The Pilot, manufactured at the companies
Lincoln facility, is widely expected to undergo a redesign next
year. It saw its August U.S. sales fall to 9,504 from 19,100 a
year ago, a drop of 50.2 percent, according to Honda's daily selling
rate. Honda's Odyssey minivan, assembled alongside the Pilot at the
Lincoln plant, saw its August sales rise by 2.9 percent over the
year-ago period. Meanwhile, year-to-date sales are behind nearly 10
percent. The Pilot, which is in its fifth model year, is expected to
undergo a redesign next year, according to automotive trade journals
and Honda business practices.
Pilot also will be powered by a bigger V-6 engine, according to the
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