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Downtown Gadsden to host sweet and spicy weekend


On Friday, February 6, the merchants of Downtown Gadsden will be hosting a Chocolate Stroll ...
I.C. Little is based off Philips herself, who recently moved from Atlanta to attend the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. “I.C. Little can do anything ...

Alabama task force hears ideas on prison overcrowding


COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — A prison reform group on Thursday suggested creating a new felony class for the least serious property and drug crimes as one of the solutions for Alabama's chronically overcrowded prisons. Drug possession, fraudulent use of a ...

Gadsden man, 44, charged with leading deputies on chase


ETOWAH COUNTY, Alabama -- A Gadsden man was arrested Thursday after allegedly leading deputies on a chase, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office said. Scott McKinly Meadows, 44, is facing charges in connection with an incident around 8 a.m. According to ...

Gadsden bans smoking in businesses, bars, restaurants on Sunday


GADSDEN, Alabama — A tougher smoking ordinance goes into effect Sunday in Gadsden. The ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed areas of employment in the city. That includes restaurant and bars. It also bans smoking within 20 feet of public entrances ...

Ross Dress for Less to Open a New Store in Gadsden, Alabama


DUBLIN, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross") will open a new store in Alabama on March 7(th). The store is located in the River Trace shopping center at East Meighan Boulevard and 5(th) Street in Gadsden. With this location ...

Gadsden's Walnut Gallery preparing to reopen in February


Gadsden's Walnut Gallery, after a year of fundraising and exhibits at the Hardin Center, is almost ready to reopen in a converted church. Director Mario Gallardo said renovation on the interior of the gallery's new location on Walnut Street is almost ...

WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Ladarius Tabb’s torrid start continues for Alabama A&M


Alabama junior forward Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro High School ...
recorded two points and nine rebounds in the Bucs’ 12-point win over Gadsden State. Shelton State sophomore forward Jykwentin Johnson (Sumter Central High School) tallied six points ...

Alabama Residents Recall Day Sinkhole Swallowed a Jeep


A geologist with the Geological Survey of Alabama drove from Tuscaloosa to Gadsden. It was determined that several factors could have played a role in the sinkhole, including the small indentation where the tree root had been, the geologist said.

Gadsden residents recall the day a sinkhole swallowed a Jeep


A geologist with the Geological Survey of Alabama drove from Tuscaloosa to Gadsden. It was determined that several factors could have played a role in the sinkhole, including the small indentation where the tree root had been, the geologist said.

Gadsden tries to revive canceled Veteran's Day parade


Etowah County's tourism board has voted to work with the Gadsden/Etowah Patriot's Association to hold a Veterans Day parade on Nov. 4. The parade wasn't held the last two years because of a lack of organization and participation. But tourism board director ...




SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR GADSDEN

Filing A Charge of Discrimination on GADSDEN

If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, you can file a Charge of Discrimination. All of the laws enforced by EEOC, except for the Equal Pay Act, require you to file a Charge of Discrimination with us before you can file a job discrimination lawsuit against your employer. In addition, an individual, organization, or agency may file a charge on behalf of another person in order to protect the aggrieved person´s identity. There are time limits for filing a charge.

Note: Federal employees and job applicants have similar protections, but a different complaint process.

If you file a charge, you may be asked to try to settle the dispute through mediation. Mediation is an informal and confidential way to resolve disputes with the help of a neutral mediator. If the case is not sent to mediation, or if mediation doesn´t resolve the problem, the charge will be given to an investigator.

If an investigation finds no violation of the law, you will be given a Notice of Right to Sue. This notice gives you permission to file suit in a court of law. If a violation is found, we will attempt to reach a voluntary settlement with the employer. If we cannot reach a settlement, your case will be referred to our legal staff (or the Department of Justice in certain cases), who will decide whether or not the agency should file a lawsuit. If we decide not to file a lawsuit, we will give you a Notice of Right to Sue.

In some cases, if a charge appears to have little chance of success, or if it is something that we don´t have the authority to investigate, we may dismiss the charge without doing an investigation or offering mediation.

Many states and local jurisdictions have their own anti-discrimination laws, and agencies responsible for enforcing those laws (Fair Employment Practices Agencies, or FEPAs). If you file a charge with a FEPA, it will automatically be "dual-filed" with EEOC if federal laws apply. You do not need to file with both agencies.

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Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in GADSDEN

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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Civil Rights pision

Office on Violence Against Women

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GET YOUR MEDICARE READY FOR 2015 IN GADSDEN

Do you make resolutions for the new year? Here are some easy ones you can keep that will help get you ready for 2015:

1. Check to see that you have the right insurance card to use when you go to the doctor in 2015. Did you change your health or drug plan during Medicare Open Enrollment? If you did and you haven’t received your new card or welcome packet by January 1st, contact your plan for help. If you need to fill a prescription right away, find out how to fill a prescription without your card.

If you changed from a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) back to Original Medicare, use your red, white, and blue Medicare card when you go to the doctor. Get a new card if you lost or damaged yours, or need to update your information.

2. Budget for next year’s Medicare Part B deductible.

Remember, if you have Medicare Part B and you’re in Original Medicare, you’ll have to meet your deductible before your Medicare coverage pays for services and supplies. Next year, the Medicare Part B deductible will be $147, the same as it was in 2014. Plan your health care budget to account for the increased cost of doctor visits for the time that it will take to cover your deductible. Find out more about Medicare costs in 2015.

3.  Schedule appointments to get any preventive tests or screenings.

Medicare covers all sorts of preventive services to keep you healthy and screenings to check for health problems, and many are covered each year at no cost to you. Ask your doctor when you should schedule your wellness visit and other screenings. You can also use MyMedicare.gov to track your visits and make a calendar of preventive services.

Talk to your doctor about these covered preventive services to find out what’s right for your health needs.

4. Make sure your drug or health plan meet your needs.

If not, Medicare has a way for you to get the coverage you want instead of having to wait for the next Open Enrollment. At any time during the year, you can switch to a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that has a 5-star rating.

Plan ratings are based on member surveys, information from doctors and health care providers, and other sources. The plan ratings are scores that show the quality and performance of the plan, on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest rated plans.

You can make this change once per calendar year. Find 5-star health and drug plans in your area.

Remember to check www.medicare.gov for the latest Medicare news and information, and have a happy and healthy new year!

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