Saturday, March 25, 2017

Amber Alert,... Gordo Alabama

AMBER ALERT .... 11 month old baby boy from Gordo, Pickens County Alabama. Gordo is southwest of the Fayette, AL area near Hwy 43. Please read these descriptions of the subjects involved in case they travel north on Hwy 43 into our area. Click the link below.
Click here,...

Found,.... UPDATE: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins.
The boy has been located and is safe.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

University Dealerships,... Part Two,...

Well part one of this blog drew a little bit of attention. You can view it by clicking here.

Sheldon Hayes, the general manager from the Chevy dealership chose to comment and I certainly appreciate him for doing that,... and trying to do a little damage control (for lack of a better term). I'll let you decide if indeed he accomplished that by viewing his comment,...

SheldonHayesMarch 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM
My name is Sheldon Hayes, I am the General Sales Manager at University Chevrolet. I can tell you this from personal experience, the University company is a great one. One thing a lot of people forget to mention is that all Mr. David Brady has done has bought out a bunch of failing local business and restimulated (sorry, restimulated doesn’t show as a word you might just try stimulated next time,… OB) the market. He has put tons of money back into the local community between advertising and sponsorships. I was at the same location for the last 3 years Jim Bishop Chevrolet was open and have been here from day 1 with University. The company does get some negative publicity, but it comes from trying to help every single person that comes in regardless or race, age, religion or any other bias. Sometimes we can't help and instead of just shunning those people we try to explain why. For anyone who has a question about the group I would personally answer any questions you might have. David Brady is a good Christian man that just so happens to own a successful business in the community. I am born and raised right here in the Shoals area, I grew up learning how to treat people right and I know this is a tight nit community so I would never put my name out there or work for a company that was bad. So I encourage anyone to contact me with any questions or anything at all. This company has provided a better life for me and my family and never once put any pressure on me to do anything unethical or illegal.

He states that the company does get some negative publicity and that it comes from trying to help every single person? I'm guessing they can't sell to everyone because of credit issues and those people don't understand that and get upset,... okay I'll give him that but the facebook post I saw and referred to in the initial blog post had nothing to do with that. It had to do with sales tactics. Here is a comment left by a potential customer in his comment back to Mr. Hayes,..

unclegusMarch 17, 2017 at 1:03 PM
Mr. Hayes, thanks for you reply. Please note that the high pressure sales tact that was tried on me will never work and until I hear of something changing I will never consider trading with your company. I am sure Mr. Brady is a good person as well as yourself but only the fact that he has bought out most of the local dealerships alone is an indicator of greed to me. I have no problem with a man desiring to make all the money he can but my personal experience has given me a bad taste. While that is not impossible to overcome it does put up a hurdle. I am a businessman myself and regularly am buying work vehicles and would like to know I can buy from a good reputable company, not just one with high numbers.
I want to see that you are good people and not you tell me you are. Results speak volumes.

And then we have the issue of one of their employees contacting a place of business that I have listed below on a business card. Tammy Sharp, an employee of University did just that. She called and asked how his card ended up on my blog. She also contacted a cousin of hers to tell them to get me to call her. She supplied a phone number for me to call. I do not do that. Here is my facebook message to her, which she hasn't read yet,..
Hi Tammy, I do the blog and if you want to leave a comment on there, you are certainly welcome to. Mr. Hayes left one and I appreciate him doing so. Joni said you wanted me to call,... I don't usually make it a point to do things like that. But again, you are more than welcome to leave a comment on the blog. Or, if you can't figure out how to do that, comment here and I'll post it for you. I'll include your name and job title if you would like. Thanks and have a great day!!

I'm going to just say this once,... Do not contact any of the businesses listed on cards below concerning this blog. You want to talk to me,... email is on the right. By Ms Sharp doing what she did it makes me wonder even more about their sales tactics.

Just a reminder,... if you want to leave a message,... you are most welcome to do so. If  you cannot figure out the hows and whys,... my email address is on the right. Send it to me with your name, nick name, screen name or no name and I'll be glad to copy/paste it for you.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I wish this had been a law 20 years ago. This will take two parents working together to make it work. But it is a start. This is being voted on Wednesday March 13,… Call your Senator now!!


The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider SB186 (Children’s Equal Access Act) for a vote Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm.
We would ask individuals to take a moment to call or email the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote “YES” on SB 186.
  • The Children’s Equal Access Act, SB186 incorporates the latest research and creates “a rebuttable presumption in favor of a division of equal or approximately equal time between two fit parents and children”.
You can read the bill in its entirety here.
Ward, Cam (Chair)                             334-242-7873    
Williams, Phil (Vice Chair)                  334-242-7857    
Albritton, Greg                                     334-242-7843    
Coleman-Madison, Linda                    334-242-7864   
Figures, Vivian                                    334-242-7871    
Orr, Arthur                                           334-242-7891    
Reed, Greg                                         334-242-7894    
Sanders, Hank                                    334-242-7860    
Scofield, Clay                                     334-242-7876    
Singleton, Bobby                                 334-242-7935    
Smitherman, Rodger                          334-242-7870    
Stutts, Larry                                        334-242-7862    
Whatley, Tom                                     334-242-7865    
Thank you for taking a moment to stand up for social equality, families and for the innocent children who do not have a voice in this matter.

University Dealerships,... Good? or Bad?,...

Seeing a facebook post with not so great reviews of local University dealerships, it got me to thinking. Actually I was already thinking about them since they seem to have monopolized the local new car market. Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Florence along with the Nissan dealership and over in Tuscumbia, Toyota and Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and in Sheffield, the Kia Dealership. So that pretty much has the local new car business sewn up except for Ford. If I remember correctly University did close a Hyundai dealership on Florence Blvd.

On this particular facebook post there were no "pro" comments made at all. Everything was negative, from the way the salesperson tried to pressure the sale to stopping short of saying the salesperson harassed them.  

So does University management apply pressure to these sales people to make a quota or is it just the salespersons way of doing things. Surely each negative comment made about the salesperson wasn't referring to the same one. My guess is it is management. But that is just a guess. I don't know. But the good people of the Shoals are going to purchase new vehicles and they seem to be going out of town to do so. Unless it is a Ford product.

People that know what I blog about know I promote buying local as much as you can. Tax dollars benefit our communities.

So if you have a comment to make, good or bad or even indifferent, send me a comment and I'll post it in another blog post along with this one. I'm curious. As stated earlier, I had already wondered about them.  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tear Down The Mall,... And Build A,.....

Yes,... tear down the Florence Mall, aka the old Regency Mall and build a,... heck build a large Hooters. The mall is a waste of retail space with Legionaries Disease just waiting to be had. Oh wait,.. that was in the Sears part of the mall that will be closing soon. Yeah, tear it down anyway. The building has served its purpose to the local retail world and now it is time to bury it. In a pile of rubble. Like I said, a waste of retail space.

A strip mall isn't a good replacement either so as an alternative, I would go with adding streets and individual shops, something along the lines of Bridge Street in Huntsville. Might even add canals like in Venice Italy, but a much smaller version of course. But a Hooters would be nice,...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

What Does Downtown Florence Need?,.....

Yesterday I ran across on Facebook the question, "What does downtown Florence need?". Some of the answers were a bit "off" as one I remember being a Starbucks and Zoe's Kitchen. Even a Steak n Shake. I would personally hit the gong on all of those answers and send the ones that suggested it to the corner with a dunce cap on. Downtown Florence is all about small, local business owners. Not corporate owned places of business. I'm not including Zoe's in that statement because I have no clue what it is.

There were several answers that were the same though. Parking. Downtown Florence does desperately need more parking. With the work of the city planning commission expanding the downtown area, downtown Florence will need even more parking as hopefully new investors and businesses look to build and buy into the new downtown areas. My suggestion would be a parking deck on the old Sears lot that sits empty. Even just a parking lot placed there would help with parking in the downtown areas. I personally have no problems walking a few blocks. Most of us need the exercise anyway. Heck, we even go for walks in our neighborhoods, parks and I'm sure people still go to the mall to walk. So walking distance shouldn't be that much of a problem.

It is an exciting time for the downtown area and hopefully our city leaders can look ahead, plan and make this area attractive for new business and growth.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tom Hendrix,.. Thank You,...

Thank you Mr Hendrix for what you did for the Shoals area. RIP sir,... You will be missed by many.

For those of you that don't read comments or don't know how, here is a link from a comment that has some great photos of The Wall,... Paul's photos of The Wall