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Page A-4, The Tuskegee News, October 19, 2000 Let's show respect for Judge Ford Judge Aubrey Ford is without a doubt the best choice for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He has served in Tuskegee and Macon County with honor and distinction and he merits a massive show of support and confidence from the voters of Macon County. Without hesitation, we commend him to the voters of Macon Coun- ty. Let's make sure his winning percentage here at home is higher than any other place in the state. He has earned the right to take this giant step forward in his professional career. In an odd twist, he is running against an opponent, Kelli Wise, who has absolutely no background as a jurist. Judge Ford Jr. is a candidate for Place 2 of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He has served as a trial judge for more than 23 years and he has tried thousands of criminal cases. His oppo- nent has never spent a single day on the bench. Judge Ford is president of the Alabama Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a past president of the Alabama District Judges Association. In 1989, he was appointed co-chair of the Judge Aubrey Ford Commission of the Future of Juvenile Justice that completed the first compre- hensive study of Alabama's juvenile justice system. From serving on the board of directors of the Alabama PTA to serving on the deacon board of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, Judge Ford is active in his community. So strong are his credentials, Judge Ford went unchallenged in the Democratic primary. He has a solid record of experience and leader- ship: Trial Judge for more than 22 years Charter member and officer of the Supreme Court's Commission on Alterative Dispute Resolution Served as Co-Chair of the Alabama Commission on the Future of juvenile Justice Member of the Court Technology Committee *A Judicial Leader President of the Alabama Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Chair of the Supreme Court's Standing Committee on Rules of Judicial Administration Former Board Member of the National Center of State Courts Community Leader Former Board Chair, East Alabama Task Force for Battered Women Board Member of the Tuskegee-Macon County YMCA Deacon, Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church 0 =,, :.~,,)'~ IQ g It's News to Me Ou of li Is Nissan plant really coming to Ope, You better hold your breath on this one. Alabama, Opelika in particular, is still in the running for a massive new Nissan automobile manufacturing plant. It appeared for weeks that the deal was signed, sealed and delivered, but the giant project got put on hold when the Missis- sippi legislature recently went into special session to try to steal the plant for that state. Depending upon which politician with whom you discuss the plant, the answers differ. But they differ in only one respect-- the project is either a 75 percent a done deal or a 90 percent done deal. Several local political leaders have been briefed on the project which is discussed using a code name for the industrial project. They feel Opelika may, indeed, win the coveted plant. The code name is "Project Grey- stone." Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman made a With our votes on Nov. 7, let's show Judge-Pord~the ~ and .... quick, top-secret trip to Paris just daye honor which he has earned; ~ '"~' ......... ' '~ '~ '//~'~o'~meet with Nissan executives. The formerly highly troubled automake~ is now in a much stronger position since France's Renault Motor Company has purchased a 37 percent stake in Nissan. The proposed Opelika plant would be located on a 1,000-acre tract in the Opeli- ka Industrial Park near the new Walmart Distribution Center. It could be larger than either the Mercedes plant in Vance or the Honda Plant in Lincoln. Mercedes invested $300 million in Vance and is now more than doubling the size of that plant with a $600 million expansion. Honda is spending $440 million near Birmingham. Nissan is now considering Mississippi's massive offer. It tops Alabama's opening offer, dollar-wise, but the Opelika site is still on the table. The plant would hire as many as 4,000 workers and would result in a massive shakeup of the East Alaba- ma labor market. It could also provide jobs for laid off textile workers found in almost every East Alabama community. Even with the millions being offered by Mississippi, Nissan still likes the Opelika site's proximity to the interstate, rail- roads, the Atlanta airport, Auburn Uni- versity's School of Engineering and the off-site supplier network being developed in Alabama to meet the needs of Mercedes in Tuscaloosa, Boeing in north Alabama and Honda in Birmingham. And the Ope- lika site is ready. Plant construction could be under way in weeks instead of months It is doubtful that Alabama will seek to Paul Davis i match Mississippi's incentive dollars. Alabama is about tapped out on incen- tives with two new car manufacturers m the state, and Boeing. If Nissan still comes to Opelika, it will be a decision based on location and Alabama's job train- ing programs. A decision could come any day. Dr. David Bronner, head of Alabama's Retirement Systems has strongly indicated that the plant will become a reality with passage of a proposal to divert some of the annual revenue from the state's oil an gas royalty ~money to the project. Alabamamay notl, l~v~ to~a~ M i~it'slppt's,,dol~lr 'offe'r; since it has many other advantages. Opelika's C.C. "Bo" Tolbert is playing a key role in the negotiations. He is a for- mer state senator and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and a man who still exerts much clout. He has indi- cated to close associates that he believes Nissan will locate in Alabama. Amendment 1 important to all By DAVID G. BRONNER Executive Director, Alabama Retirement Systems state sen. George C y-V Di~ct 28 1201Lakeshore Drive Tuskegee, AL 36083 (334) 727-4709 (Home) (334) 727-6210 (Local O~ce) (334) 727-7868 (State Office) This is hard for me to say, but sometimes it is better to spend than to save. If you are having a problem with a tooth, getting the proper care early is a lot cheaper than allowing your whole mouth to become infected. Fixing a leak in the roof in your home before having to replace the whole ceiling will also save you money in the long run. The same logic applies to the status of Alabama's bridges. Nearly 5,000 of the 15,000 bridges in Alabama are unsafe. On November 7 Alabamians will vote on an issue that will directly affect the safety of Alabama's motorists. Amendment No. 1 will solve one of Alabama's numerous long-term problems that politi- cians have traditionally run from for decades. Besides wasting $7 million a year, the thought of having our school buses run an extra 17,000 miles per school day due to a bridge's inability to carry the weight of a school bus is absurdl Amendment No. 1 will also upgrade our state docks to help Alabama remain competitive with other ports and fund agricul- tural research at Auburn, Alabama A&M and Tuskegee. There is no sound financial or political reason not to support Amend- ment No. 1. There are two other important issues that deserve the atten- tion of all Alabamians. They are: 1. Alabama's Commission on Aging, which oversees the Meals- on-Wheels programs, received only $2.3 million from the state this year. That compares to $23 million injected into similar pro- grams in Kentucky and $45 million in Georgia. 2. Alabama State Troopers must have more funding. The troopers are grossly understaffed, underpaid and under- equipped. Having 500 troopers when a 1980 study showed a need for 900 is a sad commentary. Lives are at risk, and anyone who drives on Alabama's roadways should be alarmed.~ Governor Siegelman has authorized the first new trooper class since 1997, but the proof of commitment must be in the Governor's budget. During this month, the Governor's staff is putting the final touches on the state's budget to be presented to the legislature next session. Please take the time to contact the offices of Gover- nor Don Siegelman, Lt. Governor Steve Windom, House Speak- er Seth Hammett, and especially your local House and Senate members about these important issues. Your support is essential in making Alabama a better place to live for all of us. State Rep. Johnny Ford-D District 82 1203 Lakeshore Drive Ttmkegee, AL 36083 (334) 727-5753 (Home) (334) 727-4035 (Local Office) (334) 242-7600 (State Office) Gov. Don Siegelmsn.D Alabama State House 600 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36130 (334) 242-7100 (334) 242-0937 (fax) Lt. Gov. Steve Windom-R II South Union Street Suite 725 Montgomery, AL 36130 City and county officials in Lee have been briefed, to varying about the project. There were Siegelman would called special session to look at an package. Now, the betting money special session after the final made -- after the Opelika site is Some local lawmakers have been be prepared for such a call to Montgomery. A State Treasure Gone "Amid the rustle of Angel's hear the words ~Well done thy faithful servant...~ Those were the words of Dr, Philpott, former Auburn dent, as he closed a memorial week for one of the nation's standing men, Dr. Wilford Bailey. I don't know how it could have any better. Will Barley loved ' His t~i~cl, lfi~r f~i~ ~and sity. He served them all in a way equaled. We~l all miss this truly great man. (Paul Davis may be reached Tichenor, Auburn, AL 36830. or by at pauldavis@mindspring.com) Serving Macon County Since 1865 The Tuskegee News (ISSN: 644480) is published weekly by Tuskegee Newspapers, Inc. 120 Eastside Street, Tuskegee, Alabama, 36083. Phone (334) 727-3020. Second Class Postage paid at Tuskegee, Alabama. POSTMASTER -- send address changes to The Tuskegee News, P.O. Drawer, 830060 Tuskegee, Alabama, 36083. This newspaper is print- ed on 100 percent recycled paper to aid in the nation's con- servation efforts. Subscription rate in Macon County, $25 per year, outside of Macon County, $31.50 per year, outside state of Alabama, $35 per year. Paul R. Davis, Publisher Gayle Davis, Vice President and Treasurer Guy Rhodes, Am~dmte Publisher/Editor Paul LaPread, General Manager/Advertising Director Jacquelyn Carlisle, News Editor Adre' Grant, Office/Classified Ad Manager t II " " i I II II ' I III (334) 242-7900 (334) 242-4661 (fax) U.S. Sen- Jeff Sextons, R-Mobile 495 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-4124 (202) 224-3149 (fax) Email: senator@sessions. senate, gov Internet: www.senate.gov/-sessions U.~ Sen. R/chard Shelby R-Tuseuloo~ 110 Hart Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (2O2) 224-5744 ~Bob Riley T~t Congre~on~ District 322 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3261 (202) 225-5827 (fax) Emaih bobrlley@mail. One year ag~ No major infractions were found in a' audit of Macon County financial records. The audit was ed by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Accounts. There as an $800,000 deficit when the sion took office in 1996. The audit reflects that the has been in the black for the two-year period it covered new commission took office... Macon County receive raises of about $500 each in the new budget. received an $800 raise sven months earlier... Five years agc~ Na'Keeha q[knyell Ktug is Washington High School after a vote of the student Knight is first attendant and Quinesha Mahone is attendent... Ten years ago: Tuskegee School Community Ozganlzation (TSCCO) is dedicating its recentl3 shelter and is donating its 32-plus acres on Highway used for recreation by Macon County residents.. houn Enteprises of Montgomery was recently National Minority Retail Firm of the'Year for 1990. The was presented to Greg Calhoun, the companfs idemt George Bush. Calhoun owns Big Bear in