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Ivalee students to attend West End next year

West End High School is 11.5 miles from Ivalee Elementary. Ivalee is on Gallant Road off Alabama Highway 77, and is just a few miles from the Attalla city limits. Ninety to 95 percent of Ivalee students transfer to Attalla City Schools, so it is unclear ...

Pauline Yates Newcomb

She attended Cherry Street Church. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don (Diane) Newcomb of Evansville, IN; a daughter-in-law, Laura Dell Newcomb of Carmi; one sister-in-law, Ann Yates of Attalla, AL; 11 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren ...

Wilson Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division Event on Lake Guntersville

five bass, 24-12, $764 8th: Jason Grape, Attalla, Ala., five bass, 24-7, $688 9th: Freddy Palmer, Estill Springs, Tenn., five bass, 24-5, $611 10th: Seth Davis, Decatur, Tenn., five bass, 24-1, $535 D. Murphy of Madison, Alabama, caught the biggest bass of ...

Attalla lights historic Alabama Power sign

On Friday, May 1, Alabama Power Company employees, Attalla officials and Etowah/Gadsden Chamber members and ambassadors gathered in downtown Attalla for a unique ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting was held for an antique sign, now displayed and lit like it ...

3 accused of attempted murder plot after victim attacked, seriously injured

ATTALLA, Alabama — Authorities say three people were accused of attempted murder charges as a part of a plot to kill a man in Attalla. The Gadsden Times ( reports 38-year-old Gregory Tavares Crews, 28-year-old Joshua Otey and 27 ...

Alabama fugitives arrested in Panama City Beach

Authorities said Wednesday that Elizabeth and Curtis Austin of Attalla, Alabama, were arrested after police spotted their car at Pier Park on Tuesday. The News Herald of Panama City reports Alabama authorities tipped off police that the pair was likely ...

36-year-old University of Alabama social work student dies

Jones, associate dean of students. She was 36 years old and a distance learning graduate student in the School of Social Work. Visitation was held Feb. 21 in Attalla, Alabama, and funeral services were held Sunday in Steele, Alabama.

Attalla man's murder conviction upheld

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of an Etowah County man accused of killing his wife in 2010. Roy Thomas Smith, Jr., was convicted in April for the murder of his wife Carla Smith. Prosecutors say Smith strangled his wife ...

Interstate 59 southbound lanes reopened after fatal crash near Attalla

ATTALLA, Alabama -- Authorities reopened Interstate 59 southbound at Exit 178 about 7:40 a.m. Monday, about five hours after a fatal crash that killed a Rainbow City man. The highway was closed after the wreck occurred about 3 a.m. Monday. Southbound ...

Three dead in early morning wreck in Attalla (updated)

ATTALLA, Alabama -- Etowah County Deputy Coroner Michael Head said three people died as a result of a wreck on Alabama 77 in Attalla this morning. The accident occurred in front of Wendy's near the Walmart Supercenter at 7:26 a.m. today. Head said multiple ...

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Ivalee students to be bussed to West End as agreement with Attalla Schools ends

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Gadsden Man arrested following break-in

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Swap - Holiday Inn Gadsden-Attalla

The very fine Holiday Inn in Attalla, Alabama.  143 units-swimming pool-restaurant-air conditioning-free tv-meeting and banquet rooms to accommodate 276 persons.  Thanks, Jason! 

Three arrested in Attalla murder for hire plot

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Three people arrested in murder-for-hire plot in Attalla

ATTALLA, Ala. (WIAT) — Police said the person who was hired to kill Terry Carter showed up at his house, claiming to be a bounty hunter or officer, and claimed Carter had outstanding warrants. At fir…

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Attalla assault arrest

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What do you think about "clemency" being aplied to criminals in ATTALLA ALABAMA?

Based on its commitment to address issues of injustice in judgment, President Obama awarded 22 commutations today people serving time in a federal prison. If they had been condemned by the current laws and policies, many of these people would have already served his time and paid his debt to society.Because many were convicted under a regime of obsolete sentence served years - in some cases more than a decade - more than individuals convicted today for the same offense.

In total, 22 commutations granted today underscore the President´s commitment to use all the tools at their disposal to achieve greater justice and fairness in our justice system. We further demonstrate how the exercise of this important Instituition can remedy imbalances and correct errors in judgment. Added to its previous 21 commutations, the President has granted 43 switches in total. To put the actions of President Obama in context, President George W. Bush commuted 11 convictions in his eight years in office.

To further this progress, the President has established a leniency to encourage people who were convicted under laws and policies obsolete switch request initiative. In his address, major reforms have followed, including the enactment of new criteria for potential candidates switching to satisfy even those who pose no danger to public safety, have a clean record in prison, and have been convicted in out of date laws. The Department of Justice has raised awareness about applying switching to ensure that each federal prisoner who believe are worthy of this second invaluable opportunity have the opportunity to ask for it.

Emphasizing the responsibility that brings a switchover, the President wrote a letter to each of the 22 people who received clemency today, recognizing its potential to overcome the mistakes they made and encourage them to make good decisions moving forward.

While today´s announcement represents a major advance, there is more work to delante.La Administration will continue to work to thoroughly review all requests for clemencia.Y while switching is an important tool for those seeking justice and equity in our criminal justice system, it is almost always an option of last resort, which comes after a long trial and years behind bars. That is why President Obama is committed to working with Democrats and Republicans in sensible to our criminal justice system aimed give judges greater discretion over mandatory minimum sentencing reforms. As the Department of Justice has pointed out, sometimes mandatory minimum sentences have resulted in more severe penalties for nonviolent drug offenders that many violent offenders and are not necessary for processing at this level.

Now, a major reform became law. In 2010, the President signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the disparity in the amounts of powder cocaine and crack need for the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences. The President is encouraged by the bipartisan support for improving our criminal justice system, including the promise of legislation to implement front-end changes in sentencing.It also supports bipartisan efforts to provide back-end support through education and work better training for those currently incarcerated and reforming our juvenile justice system to build on the significant reductions in the number Youth held in secure facilities.

Ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system will require ongoing efforts to invest in the types of programs that help prevent individuals turning to crime, such as education and employment, as well as changes in our sentencing laws to ensure that the punishment really fit the crime. As we work to make those improvements, the President will continue to use its authority leniency in certain cases where justice, fairness and proportionality so require, and give eligible and worthy people who have paid their debt to society the opportunity contribute in the sense ways. [7]


The Guardian and a warning to ATTALLA ALABAMA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Tips to Prevent Data Theft in ATTALLA ALABAMA

Today, it’s quick and easy to get a credit card approved, transfer money from one account to another, renew your driver’s license, fill a prescription from your doctor at your local pharmacy, use store loyalty cards, and purchase products online. But you pay for this convenience by providing more opportunities for your personal information to be changed, stolen, or reported inaccurately. Companies can also use the information you have shared to direct their future marketing efforts or can sell the information to other companies. To help protect your privacy, follow these tips:

  • Look for privacy statements on websites, sales materials, and forms you fill out. If a website claims to follow a set of established voluntary standards, read the standards. Don´t assume they provide the level of privacy you want.
  • Ask how your personal information will be stored and used.
  • Only provide the purchase date, model/serial numbers, and your contact information of warranty registration forms.
  • Discuss privacy with others in your home. Everyone, even children, should understand what information is not appropriate to share on the phone, while using a computer, tablet, smart phone and in other situations.

Check with your state or local consumer agency to find out whether any state laws that help protect your privacy. Some companies and industry groups have also adopted voluntary policies that address privacy concerns.

Creating Secure Passwords

The number of passwords that you need on a daily basis can be overwhelming. It is tempting to use the same password across several sites; however to get the most protection available, you should use different passwords on each site and change your passwords periodically. The goal for creating passwords is to strike a balance between being something that is easy to remember and unique. Some general tips for creating a secure password include:

  • Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • The longer password, the better it is.
  • Don’t use your name, birthday, license plate, favorite sports teams or other facts that are easily guessed.
  • Create a password based on a phrase. For example “A stitch in time saves nine” can be translated into the password “Ast!Ts9”. where each character represents a word in the phrase.
  • If you must use the same password on several websites, add a prefix or suffix. For example, use “Ast!Ts9:4bnk”for your bank account and “Eml: Ast!Ts9” for your email account.

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Specialty Consumer Reports

Credit reports are not the only reports that you can get for free. The same law that allows you to get a free credit report each year also allows you to get a copy of specialty consumer reports. Just like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion collect your credit information, there are other companies that collect information about your medical, insurance, rental/tenant and alternative credit histories. Landlords, insurers and other companies buy these reports to help them decide whether or not they will offer their services to you.

Just like your credit reports, you have the right to a free annual report from each specialty consumer reporting agency. Since there is no centralized place to order these reports (like there is for credit reports), you must contact each agency individually. If you are planning to rent an apartment, ask the landlord for the name of the screening company that they use and request a copy of your report in advance. Similarly if you are getting a new insurance policy, you can contact the consumer reporting agencies that collect related information. If there is a mistake on your report, you have a right to correct it.

For a list of specialty consumer agencies, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (PDF) or Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. If you need to file a complaint about a consumer reporting agency, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.



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