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 Mark Mayfield was working as the executive editor of Southern Accents magazine when he made a bold inquiry to one of America’s most beloved authors ever – Nelle Harper Lee.

“I wrote to her, asking if she would consider writing an essay on southern photography to coincide with an exhibit we were featuring,” Mayfield said. “This letter is her wonderful response. She declined, but it’s the nicest turndown I’ve ever had.”

This letter exemplifies Lee’s charm and eloquence.

Students in Tricia Schuster’s art class at Holy Spirit Catholic School recently had the opportunity to learn all the different ways engineering is used to create Automata Artwork. Local artist Chris Davenport demonstrated pieces of her work to show the students they move by cams and crank power or pull strings. The students will get hands on experience by creating their own Automata designs in art class.

Photo: Laurie Mitchell


By Cokie Thompson

The storms that blew through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, had come and gone in a matter of hours, but residents have spent the years since trying to get back to normal. On January 6, the students, faculty and staff of Alberta Elementary School began a new routine on their old stomping ground--now The Alberta School of Performing Arts.

 

Principal Brenda Parker is excited to be back in Alberta.

 

“We looked at video clips later, and everyone--every teacher, every child--talked about a homecoming,” Parker said.


Josh Watkins, Attorney

Watkins Law Firm LLC brings real world experience to the table for their diverse clientele. With offices in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, they have the capability to handle cases in a variety of practice areas, including the following:

  • General Civil Litigation in all State and Federal Courts,
  • Business & Corporate Law,
  • Real Estate, and
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts. 

Full Name

 Joshua M. Watkins, esq.

Job Title

 Owner/Attorney with Watkins Law Firm, LLC

Current City of Residence?

 Birmingham, Alabama

Family (Names & Ages)? 

 Wife: Ann Watkins, Daughters: Emma (11) and Ella (7)

What is your educational background?

 BS in Accounting, University of South Alabama; Macc, University of Georgia; Juris Doctor, University of Georgia School of Law

Where did you grow up?

 In Oneonta, Alabama as a little boy and then moved to Birmingham in 4th grade.

What was your first job?

 Janitor for Law Lamar (CPA)...he was my basketball coach and it was actually a lot of fun.

Why did you choose your profession?

It seemed to be a logical choice that would be a good career, plus we did personality tests in school and it was always one of my top recommended careers.

In 10 years you’ll be?

 Hopefully, I will still be helping people build and maintain their businesses and legacies.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?

 Check my email and calendar.

What’s a hot topic in your industry?

 With the baby boomer generation retiring or thinking about it, succession planning is an important topic for many business owners.

What’s the most influential book you’ve read and how did it influence your career?

 I've read a lot of business books, but probably Steven Covey's 7 Habits is my favorite.

#1 item on your bucket list?

 Play in a PGA event.

What’s the first website you check in the morning?

 Gmail, then I usually check our Facebook statistics.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

 As a younger man I wanted to be a professional golfer.

What’s your guiding business principle?

 Find a way to be helpful.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

 Do your best and leave the results up to God.

What keeps you up at night?

 Processes...I'm a big fan of developing processes and since I work with so many new/small businesses they are always in short supply.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

 I have a bunch, but I really enjoy restaurants that use fresh ingredients. I'm a big fan of the Farm-to-Table movement.

What’s your favorite local or professional sports team?

 Roll Tide!

 

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Website:
www.watkinslawfirm.com

Email:
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Phone:
(205) 529-5723

 


Jim Page, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama on January 1, 2012. He is responsible for management of the professional staff and has oversight of all Chamber programs. Jim serves as lead spokesman for the Chamber on all public policy issues, economic development projects and strategic community initiatives. He represents the Chamber’s interests to the media, community leaders and elected officials as well as through active involvement in local, state and national organizations. Jim works directly with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, foundation and political action committee.

Full Name

 Jim Page

Job Title

 President and Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Current City of Residence?

 Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Family (Names & Ages)? 

 Wife: Sara,   Daughter: Elly (6)

What is your educational background?

 BS in Political Science from the University of North Alabama

Where did you grow up?

 Born in Huntsville, Alabama, then in grade school I moved to a family farm in Grant, Alabama.

What was your first job?

 Had some young person odd jobs, but first real job was working as the sole staff member of a Lucy Baxley campaign as a loaned employee from Fine Geddie and Associates.

Why did you choose your profession?

I was always interested in politics and public policy, then after transitioning into a government relations role within a Chamber, I found out I loved the other aspects of the job.

In 10 years you’ll be?

I don't think about it a whole lot.  I feel like there is a plan for me and I don't want to close the door on anything. My career with the Chamber is an example of that.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?

 Check my email and then get a cup of coffee, really just regular stuff.

What’s a hot topic in your industry?

 With the societal demographics changing, staying relevant and connecting with the newer generation.

What’s the most influential book you’ve read and how did it influence your career?

Its an obvious one, but the Bible.  It addresses and applies to so many different situations in life.  I also really like John Maxwell's leadership books.

#1 item on your bucket list?

 Even though I don't like to fly, I wold like to travel and see the world.

What’s the first website you check in the morning?

 Twitter, since I can check several news sources all at once with it.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

 Something in politics, since that was where I started.

What keeps you up at night?

 Having a child and wanting to make sure she has all her needs met...spiritual, physical and emotional.  I'm replaceable in the office, but that little girl only has one daddy.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

 ***(note) I didn't ask this one since I figured that was a loaded question for Jim :)

What’s your professional sports team?

 New England Patriots, although I'm not a die hard professional sports guy.

 

 

Website:
http://www.tuscaloosachamber.com

Email:

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Phone:
(205) 391-0562

 


Ken Gaddy, Director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum

Ken handle the direct operations of the museum and is dedicated to the collecting, display and research of the history of University of Alabama sports.

The Paul W. Bryant Museum opened its doors to the public October 8, 1988. The museum exhibits artifacts and memorabilia that trace the long history of University of Alabama football. State-of-the-art displays enhanced by videos highlighting great players, plays and games are produced from the museum's archives.

Full Name

 Kenneth Gaddy

Job Title

 Director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum

Current City of Residence?

 Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Family (Names & Ages)? 

 Wife: Scarlett, who is a teacher at Hillcrest Highschool. Son:  Michael (25)

What is your educational background?

 BS in Biology and Geology from the University of South Alabama

Where did you grow up?

 Born in Thomasville, Alabama

What was your first job?

 At 14, I worked in a veterinarian's office.

Why did you choose your profession?

It sort of choose me.  I worked for National History and it led me into this position.

In 10 years you’ll be?

 Still be here. [Good Lord willing.] Right.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?

 Check my email and then I check the exhibit hall to make sure it is ready.

What’s a hot topic in your industry?

 The digital world and how you manage it. We have 20,000 films and another 10,000 tapes, so how to move it all into digital, preserve it and pay for it is a huge challenge.

What’s the most influential book you’ve read and how did it influence your career?

"How to lie with statistics"...it was for a class and it really was all about understanding data.

#1 item on your bucket list?

 That's easy, visit the Grand Canyon.

What’s the first website you check in the morning?

AL.com

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

A veterinarian...all the way back to that first job.

What’s your guiding business principle?

 Don't ask anyone to do something that you aren't willing to do yourself.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

 Choose your battles carefully.

What keeps you up at night?

 Very few things, I'm not really a worrier.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

 (After a pause) Bob's Victory Grill

What’s your professional sports team?

 Atlanta Braves

 

 

Website:
http://bryantmuseum.com

Email:

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Phone:
(205) 348-4668

Bobby Bragg, CPA with Jamison Money Farmer PC (JMF)

JMF is Alabama’s seventh largest CPA firm with three offices in Alabama, was founded in 1920 by the late Carl C. Jamison, one of the first Certified Public Accountants in the state. JMF employs over 90 professionals and support personnel, including 14 shareholders. JMF serves privately held businesses and their owners, government and not-for-profit organizations and individuals in Alabama and throughout the southeast with a full range of accounting, tax, estate, trust and international advisory services. JMF was recently recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama and by the American Institute of Certified Accountants as one of the 500 largest firms out of 44,000 in the United States.

Full Name

 Bobby Bragg, CPA

Job Title

Director of Practice Growth and Marketing; CPA with JamisonMoneyFarmer PC

Current City of Residence?

 Birmingham, Alabama

Family (Names & Ages)? 

 Wife: Amy; Daughter: Becca (10) who is in 4th grade at Rock Quarry and Son: Beau (6, in 3 weeks) who is at Rise

What is your educational background?

 BA and Masters in Accounting, University of Texas

Where did you grow up?

 New Orleans, Louisiana, born and raised. Graduated from St. Paul in Covington.

What was your first job?

 First real job was at TCBY, but my brother and I used to cut lawns for $8 or $10 if was added edging.

Why did you choose your profession?

It really choose me. It was recommended to me by a Professor that would be a good career, plus it was a really good program and I just never left the field.

In 10 years you’ll be?

 I will have a child in college and one driving, so I will have a head full of gray hair.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?

 COFFEE, and that stops about 2pm.

What’s a hot topic in your industry?

 International markets and growth, plus direct investment from those markets too.

What’s the most influential book you’ve read and how did it influence your career?

 Most recent was "Go Giver" and the most influential was "Liars Poker", I've probably read it a dozen times.

#1 item on your bucket list?

 I don't really have one. If I really want to do something, then I set a plan and get it done.

What’s the first website you check in the morning?

 Wall Street Journal.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

 (Pause) I don't really know.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Do the right thing...whether anyone is looking or not.

What keeps you up at night?

 Kids...sometimes its actually them in the bed, but not that often anymore.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

Five.

What’s your favorite local or professional sports team?

 New Orleans Saints!

 

Website:
www.jmf.com/

Email:
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Phone:
(205) 345-8440


Andrea Mayfield, Ph.D., President

Shelton State Community College is part of a state system of public colleges. This system originated in the Alabama Trade School and Junior College Authority Act enacted by the state legislature in May 1963.

Shelton State Community College was established by resolution of the ASBE on January 1, 1979. That resolution combined two existing institutions: Shelton State Technical College, established in 1952, and the Tuscaloosa branch campus of Brewer State Junior College, an institution whose main campus was located in Fayette, Alabama. The Tuscaloosa branch campus of Brewer State had been in operation since 1972.

Full Name

 Andrea Mayfield, Ph.D.

Job Title

 President

Current City of Residence?

 Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Family (Names & Ages)? 

 Husband:George; Children: Michael (32), Kelly (28), Alex (26)

What is your educational background?

 BS in Biology, Livingston University; Masters of Arts in Teaching, University of West Alabama; Doctor of Philosophy, Mississippi State University

Where did you grow up?

Livingston, Alabama

What was your first job?

 Dental Hygienist Assistant for my Grandfather

Why did you choose your profession?

I always loved school and education.  I started teaching after I got my degree and then I knew.

In 20 years you’ll be?

 Governor

What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?

 Say good morning to everyone and ask about their weekend/evening, then I unpack and I'm ready for the day.

What’s a hot topic in your industry?

 It depends on your perspective, but right this instance it is budget, since we are in the middle of the legislative session.

What’s the most influential book you’ve read?

 The T.H. Kelly Handbook, "The Little Green Book"

#1 item on your bucket list?

 I'm not unhappy with things and I try to address them as I go.

What’s the first website you check in the morning?

 It depends on the day...mostly weather and national news, then email.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

 Politics

What’s your guiding business principle?

 Always do the right thing...and for the right reasons.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

 be patient

What keeps you up at night?

 Generally issues that revolve around money.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

 That's a loaded question, I'm a foodie and have a bunch. It really depends on the kind of food...I like Jalapeno's, Side by Side, Chuck's, Evangeline's...really there are a lot.

What’s your favorite local or professional sports team?

 [New England] Patriots

 

 

Website:
www.sheltonstate.edu

Email:
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Phone:
205.391.5880


By Marlena Rice

Mercer Mayer and his wife Gina could not have summed up a parent’s late night frustration any better than in their popular children’s book, Just Go to Bed. In the book, one in the Little Critter series, Little Critter attempts to bypass bedtime by becoming a robot, a cowboy and even a space cadet flying to the moon, all before finally giving in to his stuffed animal and bed. Does this sound familiar?

 

After countless nights of waking up after midnight after having fallen asleep on one of my living room couches with my son, not only do my back and neck hurt into the early hours of the morning, but I find myself wondering who in their right mind would air cartoons on TV after 8 or 9 p.m. The people who make this call must not have children, but, if they do in the future, I’m sure they will come to believe in karma. As my son nears age two, I’ve had to get creative when it comes to television rules and bed time.

Here are a few tips...

By Mike Green

Before I talk a little about parenting teenagers, please allow me a minute to share part of my story.

In the winter of 1983, I walked through the doors of the old Campus Life Teen Center off of 15th Street. It was a building I had been in as a kid when it was the Southern Grass Tennis Academy. I had spent many summers swimming in the pool and playing pinball with other youth my age. Now, as a college student, I was drawn back to these familiar grounds. That night I would meet a guy named Perry Liles. Perry was a volunteer with Campus Life and had invited me to learn more about what the organization was doing for area high school students. That night I began to learn the nuts and bolts of Campus Life, but what really impacted my life was the people I met.

 

Though I couldn’t quite label what this ragtag group of teenagers and adults had going for them, I sensed something unique. And I wanted to be a part of it. So, what was it that made this group so inviting? Yes, they were Christians, and that resonated with me. I had given my life to Christ in junior high. And this group gave me the opportunity to live out my faith. But there was more. They were fun. Campus Life in my college days was some of the most fun I have ever experienced. Trips to Gatlinburg, Scream in The Dark, Burger Bashes, the electric chair and more are the most vivid memories I have of my college days. But that wasn’t really it either. So what is it that made Campus Life, Campus Life?

There is one word that keeps coming to mind when I think of the people and relationships I made in those days, and it is “authentic.” These people were real. So much of my teenage and college years before Campus Life seemed to lack any of the honest relationships that I so eagerly desired. Many friends seemed focused on impressing me with the drinking escapades. My committed Christian friends wanted me to believe they were perfect and somehow had “arrived.” But here, I found others like me who were still trying to figure life out and were honest enough to say so. This place created a safe environment for teenagers and young adults to actually have honest conversations about life, God, church, and whatever the controversial issues were of the day.

I wish every person could experience what I found in Campus Life. I can’t imagine my life without these very special years of college. They have laid a foundation for my life and, of course, have a whole lot to do with why I still am a part of Campus Life 32 years later.

So here is my point: Help your teen find this authentic, safe, honest, challenging, and fun place to lay a foundation for life. Create this place at home. Find a youth group or youth ministry that will do the same. In doing so you will change the course of your child’s life.

Mike Green is Executive Director of Tuscaloosa Youth For Christ/ Campus Life. He and his wife, Laura, have two grown children.

 

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