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Facebook to Invest $750 million in New Data Center in Huntsville

June 14, 2018

HUNTSVILLE – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Thursday that Facebook will invest $750 million to build a data center in Huntsville, creating 100 high-paying jobs. Governor Ivey was joined for the announcement by Facebook representatives and local leaders. The official announcement was made this afternoon during a ceremony at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. “Every day, millions of people […]

Tennessee Valley Strummers to Perform at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center

June 14, 2018

FLORENCE-Florence/Lauderdale Tourism and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area will host the Tennessee Valley Strummers on Friday, June 15 at the Visitor Center in McFarland Park.  The dulcimer group will play folk music in the Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. The Tennessee Valley Strummers will be performing at the Visitor Center the 3rd Friday of […]

The Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with a Live Raptor Program

June 13, 2018

TUPELO, MS – To celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host the Southeastern Raptor Center’s presentation of “Live Native Raptors” at 1:00 and 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 16 at the Visitor Center in Tupelo. Wildlife rehabilitators will showcase birds of prey including owls, eagles, and hawks and […]

SummerStock at the Ritz to present “Oklahoma!”…Classic musical set to take the stage following popular demand

June 13, 2018

SHEFFIELD-SummerStock at the Ritz will be presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s groundbreaking musical “Oklahoma!” 7:35 p.m., July 19-21, 26 and 27 at the Ritz Theatre, 111 W. Third St., Sheffield. “Oklahoma” is directed by SummerStock artistic director David Hope with music direction by Gene Anne Gifford and choreography by Matthew Kiel. Tickets are $20 for adults […]

Artistic collaboration between photographer and poet celebrating Helen Keller opens June 18 at Helen Keller Public Library

June 12, 2018

MONTGOMERY – Florence photographer Wayne Sides and poet Jeanie Thompson (formerly of Decatur) have teamed up to celebrate the adult life of Helen Keller in photography and poems.  On June 18 at the Helen Keller Public Library (HKPL) in Tuscumbia, Sides will debut I Wake from a Dream, his installation of photography and collage that was inspired by Thompson’s The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of […]

Florence City Schools to launch the Early College Program with NW-SCC this fall

June 12, 2018

MUSCLE SHOALS-Florence City Schools and Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) have partnered to offer Florence High School students (beginning in ninth grade) the Early College Program beginning this fall. According to Florence City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw, the impact this initiative can have on the lives of the students at Florence High School is amazing. […]

Two Fun Shows At The Z….Coming Soon!

June 12, 2018

FLORENCE-Coming up at The Z  Theatre this month a couple real fun events. The Last Five Years, a musical by Jason Robert Brown, will be presented at The Z, 416 N. Court St., Florence, on June 21-23 at 7:30 pm and on June 24 at 2 pm.  Directed by Martin Dean, the show stars Heather Bithell […]

The Natchez Trace Parkway Commemorated the Battle of Ackia on May 26, 2018

June 11, 2018

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway welcomed over 200 visitors on Saturday, May 26, 2018, to the Battle of Ackia Commemoration and Pioneer Days events. Joseph Smith, representative of the Chickasaw Nation, presented a special Junior Ranger program entitled “Chickasaw Culture and Life.” The program focused on how the Chickasaw people lived during the […]

University of North Alabama Encourages Timely Graduation with “Finish in Four” Initiative

June 11, 2018

FLORENCE– Officials with the University of North Alabama are hoping a new initiative will create additional pathways for student success, ensure timely graduation and reduce student debt.   UNA’s new “Finish in Four” campaign will incentivize students to graduate within four years while also increasing retention and improving graduation rates.  A central component of the […]

Alabama Wins 2017 Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development

June 10, 2018

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday that Area Development, a national publication, has selected Alabama for its Silver Shovel Award, a top honor recognizing the state’s economic development successes in 2017. In announcing the award, Area Development singled out several large-scale projects, including Mercedes-Benz’s plans to build a Global Logistics Center in Bibb County and Blue Origin’s […]

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