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North Alabama Lifestyle, Arts, Business, & Gossip

GENERATION NEXT Shoals Young People Prove It’s Not “All About Me”

Ten Young People to Watch UNA’s Singing River Records 20 Questions for Two Generations Fashion [Fast] Forward

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Jade Tarpley (far left) gives some last-minute instructions to her student models for the “Fashion [Fast] Forward” feature. From l to r: Tarpley, Catie Bryan, Meagan Malone, Chrissy Shelton, and Tosha Paige


Cover: Ever hear someone say “there’s nothing to do around here”? It is simply not true. This issue includes a look at what the area’s young people find to do around here, including lots of time spent on the Tennessee River. Photographer and student intern Christopher Hughes took this self portrait as he leaped into the lake on a beautiful late summer afternoon. See more of this photo essay beginning on page 43.

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It’s a hit! UNA’s Department of Entertainment Industry has given birth to Singing River Records and two emerging artists.

From collapsible, to reusable, to recycled. We’ve got some cool stuff for the younger set and the young at heart! Ten students who are just working hard to make a difference, and just might change the world while they’re at it.

If you look down the street, around the bend, or over the bluffs, you’ll find that there’s lots to do for young people in the Shoals. From JFK to Marilyn Monroe, our fashion feature pays homage to the past, but with a nod to the present.

Two generations give their perspectives on our 20 questions, and their answers might surprise you!

The Pride of Dixie turns 60 and we’re tooting its horn!

One question, plus 20 twenty-somethings, equals dozens of interesting answers.

Bishop Alexander wants us all to know that his generation is “good to go.”

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September/October 2009 Volume 2: Issue 5 ••• C. Allen Tomlinson Editor-In-Chief David Sims Managing Editor/Design Director Contributing Writers Justin Bishop Alexander David Nelson Hart Marmann Amy Minnelli Jade Tarpley Contributing Photographers Christopher Hughes Danny Mitchell Contributing Designers Justin Hall Business Manager Matthew Liles Marketing Coordinator Jeff Linholm Printing and Distribution Printers and Stationers, Inc. ••• No’Ala is published six times annually by ATSA PO Box 2530, Florence, AL 35630 Phone: 256-766-4222 | Fax: 256-766-4106 Toll-free: 800-779-4222 Web: Standard postage paid at Florence, AL. A one-year subscription is $19.95 for delivery in the United States. Signed articles reflect only the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors. Advertisers are solely responsible for the content of their advertisements. © 2008-2009 ATSA, All rights reserved. Send all correspondence to Allen Tomlinson, Editor, at the postal address above, or by e-mail to Letters may be edited for space and style. To advertise, contact us at: 256-766-4222, or The editor will provide writer’s guidelines upon request. Prospective authors should not submit unsolicited manuscripts; please query the editor first.

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“Awesome.” What in the world is going on with the younger generation?


We’d like to thank our own twenty-somethings, Jeff Linholm and Matt Liles, for their tireless work behind the scenes on this issue (and every other one, too). To some, the work they do behind the scenes is just another job, but to these two, their passion for helping us get it right really shows. We’re lucky. Thanks, guys!

Jeff Linholm

Matt Liles

I admit to having those “oh-no-I’m-becoming-my-father” moments when I hear myself asking why an entire age group seems to look at things differently from me, sometimes, but in this issue we present some reassuring news. This younger generation is—well, to use their word, awesome! We took five UNA students (Amy, Jade, Hart, David and Christopher) and assigned them the task of educating the rest of us about what their peers are up to. What they gave us was a close-up look at ten students who they think will change the world, or at least who will continue to deserve our attention. They also put together a photographic look at the things students do in their free time, which successfully counters the argument that there is “nothing to do around here.” Hart asked the same twenty questions to three twenty year olds and to three who are forty or so years older, to give us a fascinating look at contrasting (but upbeat) views of the world in our “Twenty Questions” feature. And Jade translated vintage photography into a look at today’s fashion by recreating the pictures using local models, local scenery, and clothes from local retailers. There’s more, of course, as you will discover. And here’s what we have learned, as we guided these interns through the process of putting together a magazine: with this next generation, we’re leaving the world in capable hands. I hope you are as impressed and optimistic as we are, when you see what they have to offer! There are a couple of items of interest we’d like to share with you as we end our first year of publishing No’Ala. We are humbled by the response to this magazine; our subscriptions have increased by 50% this past year, and our circulation will increase with this issue. (We ran out of copies of the July/August issue three weeks after it hit the streets, and we’re sorry we weren’t able to get copies to everyone who asked for one!) Our advertisers continue to report that you are visiting them after you see them in our pages, and for that we thank you; after all, one of our missions is to remind ourselves of all of the wonderful things available right here in the Shoals. There really isn’t a need to leave here and shop anywhere else! I have been asked if I think we will ever run out of ideas for No’Ala, and I’m actually surprised by the question. The answer is emphatically no—this place is rich with interesting people, and there’s enough material to keep us going for another century. David Sims and I might turn it over to someone from the next generation by then—but from the looks of this issue, that shouldn’t be a bad thing. Enjoy this issue. Remember to give us your nominations for our “Renaissance Awards,” patronize your local retailers, and give us your suggestions and comments. And visit our website at to read past issues online!

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Justin Bishop Alexander

Christopher Hughes

Hart Marmann

David Nelson

Jade Tarpley

John Walls

Justin Bishop Alexander was our student staff ’s unanimous choice to write our regular guest editorial, “Bless Their Hearts”—more than likely because of his talent for public and motivational speaking. It also came as no surprise when he was also selected by the students as one of our “Ten Students to Watch.” Christopher Hughes, a Florence native, served as one of our photographers for this issue. Christopher’s skills and artistic eye allowed him to get some impressive shots of local young people and the Shoals. Christopher will be graduating in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography. Hart Marmann is no stranger to the Shoals area, and her passion for writing and love of the Shoals is clearly shown in this issue. This 218 | No’Ala

year-old UNA senior took time off from her journalism courses to help us write this issue. Amy Minnelli was more than excited to leave her mark on the September/October issue of No’Ala. As coordinator for the issue, Amy tied up loose ends and made sure things ran as smoothly as possible. She is meanwhile pursuing a Marketing degree at the University of North Alabama. David Nelson is a recent graduate of UNA with a degree in Professional Writing and Journalism. Most recently, David has been performing music in the Shoals area and writing for other publications. While at UNA, David was best known for his stories on local musicians and venues for the studentbased newspaper The Flor-Ala.

Amy Minnelli

Wondering what to wear? Ask Jade. Jade Tarpley, a fashion major/journalism minor at UNA, has been writing fashion articles for The Flor-Ala and was responsible for planning and styling the “Fashion [Fast] Forward” spread in this issue. She even portrays Marilyn Monroe in one of the photos. Very stylish! John Walls is responsible for all of the fabulous retro looks for our “Fashion [Fast] Forward” feature. A 1979 graduate of Muscle Shoals High School, John has been creating beautiful hair for over 26 years. John is currently a designer with Dwight Cox & Associates in Florence. Prior to coming back to the Shoals, John had his own salon in Birmingham for 11 years. John is currently teaching for the Alabama State Board of Cosmetology.

Calendar of events September

September 17 On Stage presents the Alabama Symphony UNA’s Norton Auditorium, 7:30pm; Admission: $25-$25; Students $15 The Alabama Symphony Orchestra opens the On Stage season with a classical presentation which includes Brahm’s Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1.

September 1–18 Figurative Works and Urban Landscapes: Pastels by Margaret Dyer Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence. Free admission. (256) 760-6379 Based in Carrollton, Georgia, Margaret Dyer is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America.

September 18, 19 & 20 (14th Annual) Trail of Tears Commemoration & Motorcycle Ride Largest Motorcycle Ride in the South to commemorate the tragic history of the Indian Removal to the west. Free. Chattanooga, TN, Madison, AL, Florence, AL & Waterloo, AL For more information:

September 3 and 4 Center Stage Community Theatre Series: A Nice Family Gathering Ritz Theater, Sheffield, 7:35pm. A comedy by Phil Olson, directed by Juli Martin. Tickets: $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Students

September 22–27 75th Annual North Alabama State Fair Mid-way, rides, contests, exhibits and entertainment. Admission charged. Tuesday–Friday: 5pm to mid-night, Saturday–Sunday: NoonMidnight. South Woodward Ave/U.S Hwy 43 S, Muscle Shoals

September 4 First Friday, downtown Florence

September 26 Pets Are Worth Saving Adoption Day 12pm–4pm, Petco in Florence. Local rescue organization has pets available for adoption 12–4pm.

September 05 Rogersville First Saturday Lexington Founders Day September 7 Labor Day Coondog Graveyard Labor Day Celebration The Coondog graves are freshly decorated. Wonderful Live music, buck dancing and a liar’s contest. BBQ, official tee shirts, caps & magnets for sale. Very family friendly. Free. 1pm–4pm, off U.S. Hwy 72 W & AL Hwy 247, on Coondog Road September 10 Zodiac Players present Company 7:30pm, Shoals Theatre. Admission charged September 11 Wine Tasting at Noble Passage Interiors September 11–12 OKA KAPASSA—Return to Cold Water Native American Festival. Approximately twelve tribes return to their ancestral land in Southeast America at Tuscumbia. Events include hoop dancing, storytelling, drum, stone carving, flute-making, flintknapping, basket making, and pottery. Authentic Native American food. Special lighting of the torches along a banks of Big Spring in the park. Free. Fri. 9am–2pm, Sat. 10am–7:30pm, Spring Park, Tuscumbia September 13–October 30 The WPA: The Era, Art and Legacy Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia. Exhibition Hours: Sunday, 1pm–3pm; Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. Admission: Monday –

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Friday: $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Students; Sundays: FREE Works of art and craft created by artists and craftsman employed by the WPA (The Works Progress Administration). Exhibit will include photographs of structures as they stand now that were built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps).

October 1–27 Art Expressions: Works by the Shoals Artists Guild Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence. Free admission. (256) 760-6379 The annual exhibition by members of the Guild include works in a variety of media, styles and techniques. October 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 Center Stage Community Theatre Series: Southern Hospitality Ritz Theater, Sheffield, 7:35pm A comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, directed by Andrew Maples and Laura Connelly Tickets: $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Students

October October 2 First Friday in downtown Florence October 2–3 Octoberfest in St. Florian Each year the small town of St. Florian celebrates its rich German heritage with its Oktoberfest celebration-complete with music, artisans, children’s activities, an antique tractor and engine show, and of course German food! Free.

October 8–24 St. Francis Art Exhibit and Sale, Trinity Episcopal Church, Florence Thirty-two local and regional artists present work interpreting some aspect of the Prayer of St. Francis. Artwork is for sale, with proceeds going toward the St. Francis Fund’s goal of raising and giving away a million dollars to charitable causes.

give away a million dollars for charitable causes.

October 11 Shoals Symphony presents An Afternoon at the Opera UNA’s Norton Auditorium, 2pm. Mascagni’s “Calvalleria Rusticana”

October 2–3 Octoberfest in St. Florian Each year the small town of St. Florian celebrates its rich German heritage with its Oktoberfest celebration-complete with music, artisans, children’s activities, an antique tractor and engine show, and of course German food! Free.

October 22, 23, 24 and 25 Center Stage Community Theatre Series: Shadow and Substance: The “Twilight Zone” Ritz Theater, Sheffield, 7:35 p.m. Four tales from the “Twilight Zone” by George Clayton Johnson, directed by Terry Pace. Tickets: $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Students

October 24–25 Renaissance Faire Florence recreates authentic medieval Renaissance Faire. Faire includes authentic costumes, magicians, Knights on horseback, sword fighting, and unique arts and crafts. Free. Sat., 10am–6pm Sun., Noon–6pm; Wilson Park, Florence

October 17 Rogersville Fall Festival Car Show 10am–4pm

Award-winning author, screenwriter and playwright George Clayton Johnson will visit the Shoals for this production and attend selected performances. In addition to Twilight Zone, Johnson co-wrote Logan’s Run, Ocean’s Eleven, and episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Star Trek, Honey West and Kung Fu.

Renaissance Feast Wenches and Queens alike will enjoy this authentic Renaissance Feast prepared by world-renowned chef. In true Renaissance style, entertainment will be provided throughout the meal. Participants are encouraged to wear their finest Renaissance attire! Time and cost TBD.

October 24 St. Francis Faire, 9am – 5pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, Florence A White Elephant Sale, bake sale, craft sale, Children’s Carnival and Art Exhibit to raise money towards the St. Francis Fund’s goal to raise and

October 30 Shoals Young Professionals Association Presents the Boo Ball Marriott Conference Center, 8pm. Admission is charged; costumes expected!

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Mary Lynn Fraser, Jack Johnson, and Keith Fraser Maray Daniel, Jenny Mitchell, and Darrell Todd Bebe Ray, Dennis Morgan, and Jenny Ray Mr. and Mrs. Glen Jenkins

Jenny Ray, Scooter Muse, and Briana Dean

Judy Reeder, Dixie Carter, Becky Norvell, and Rachel Pitts

Judy and Linden Reeder, Lindsey Johnson, and Amanda Moore

Lou Pettus

First Southern’s Home Town Picks Party JULY 17, 2009  DOWNTOWN FLORENCE

Jim Graham and niece

Jessica Satkamp, Brittany Walker, Christy Williams, and Heather Hammond Emma Lee and Jack Johnson

Missy Kilpatrick

Joy Cockburn and Lisa Beck Lisa Niedergeses, Gail Morgan, and Frank Niedergeses 12 | No’Ala

Linden Reeder, Tom Rogers, Mike Johnson, Jimmy Glennon, and Charles Crowe

Sandra Johnson, Aubrey and Ann Taylor Wilson PHOTOS: JEFF LINHOLM/DANNY MITCHELL

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School of Rock

UNA’s Singing River Records gives students hands-on experience in every phase of music production

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“We have found a richness in the talent pool at UNA through this process, and I take a great deal of personal satisfaction in seeing our students become true professionals.” —Dr. Bob Garfrerick

ou can learn a lot from a textbook, but when it comes to learning the complexities of music production, there’s just nothing like hands-on experience. That’s just what students at UNA’s Department of Entertainment Industry (DEI) are getting, through Singing River Records, a student-based recording label. Just ask Lee Taylor. Lee is a contemporary Christian musician, and was the first student selected by Singing River for production. “A friend of mine, Jeanne Thomas, mentioned the selection process to me one day in passing, to see if I’d be interested. I had just recorded some songs with my good friend Timmy Ray for his production class, so I submitted the three tracks that he and I recorded, along with a song I crudely recorded on my laptop the night before. I really just wanted the opportunity to know what it was like to produce my own album.” Singing River received more than 15 submissions that first go around, and after listening to them all and determining their commercial potential, the students on the selection committee called Lee. “I was really surprised,” said Lee, “and during my first meeting with the label I made it a point to thank everyone for taking such a big chance with their first project, since I am a Christian songwriter with an unconventional style and message.”


Dr. Bob Garfrerick is the Chair of the Department of Entertainment Industry and Director of the Entertainment Industry Center. “The University of Miami was the first to start a student label, to our knowledge,” he said, “and the idea caught on with several institutions. It’s a great opportunity for students to experience the real world in a somewhat controlled situation.” The juniors and seniors involved with the label begin the artist selection process in the early summer, then do all the recording and marketing of the artist in preparation for a spring concert/album release party, which is usually held at semester’s end in mid-May. Lee Taylor was first; Rachel Pochop followed. “I heard about the try-outs through a flyer in my UNA mailbox,” she said. “I check my mail maybe once a year, and the day I checked it was the date of the deadline! I had always wanted to make a CD, but never really had the means to do it, and I knew this was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. I turned in a friend’s album that I had sung a song on, and hoped for the best. That day, the Singing River Team called me, and told me that they had narrowed it down to four people and that I was one of them. I had to meet with them for an interview and tell them what I was all about; then they called me and said they had narrowed it down to me and someone else. To make the final decision they asked us each to meet with the team and play them something, and I was chosen after that.”

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“The students involved with the label really step up to the plate, and I think they mature through this process.” —Janna Malone

Artist selection is not restricted to university students, but the amount of work to be completed in such a small amount of time is so great that signing a band or singer from Birmingham or Nashville would complicate and slow down the process. “If we don’t get the completed recording to the manufacturer by late October, we don’t have time to finish everything,” Dr. Garfrerick said. There is no cost to the artist for the service if he or she is selected. The studio at the university, and occasional sessions at affiliated Noise Block Studio, as well as marketing and disk production, is provided in the program. A percentage of the actual albums themselves are given to the artist. Singing River does not keep any legal copyrights of the songs they record, but they do maintain the master recordings. According to the Center’s Associate Director and Instructor, Janna Malone, “If an artist is selected that is not a songwriter, the record label will solicit songs from outside writers. This would give songwriters an opportunity to have their songs recorded and would allow greater participation with the label.” And Dr. Garfrerick adds, “The fact that our artists thus far wrote much of their material is by chance. We are very much open to all kinds of talent, writers or not.” “One thing that makes UNA unique is that we do not release compilation albums, as others do,” said Garfrerick. “We go out and find a real

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artist and devote ourselves to that project for a year, just as a real record company might.” So, what is it like to record your own album? “The whole thing was such a learning process!” said Rachel. “I had no idea how much work is really put into all of it, but even though it was a lot of work, it was fun. The hardest part was when any of us would mess up one note, we had to go back and do it all over again! Luckily I had amazing musicians and engineers to work with, and having that alone made everything go smoothly.” “Recording is hard work,” said Lee, “and anyone who says any different isn’t trying to make a good product. Still, it is extremely fulfilling, and most of the time really fun. I was working part time, leading worship, gigging every other weekend and taking sixteen hours of classes while I was recording, so for me it was really tiring and tedious at times. I’d say the most difficult part of it was not settling for second best in a take. I spent a few really late nights getting my vocal and guitar parts just right, but the hardest part was telling my session musicians that they needed to do another take. It’s not natural for me to ask so much of others, but I knew that if this was going to be the best it could be, I had to be picky.” Janna Malone loves the process. “It’s fun to see students come into the label with a knowledge of what a label is and how it works, but then learning first hand the day to day activities and

hard work that go into making a recording artist. The students involved with the label really step up to the plate, and I think they mature through this process.” Dr. Garfrerick agrees. “We have found a richness in the talent pool at UNA through this process,” he said, “and I take a great deal of personal satisfaction in seeing our students become true professionals.” So, what have the artists learned? “Patience!” said Lee. “That sounds bad, but working on anything with a bunch of inexperienced students like myself is hard. You have to be patient with others while they learn, and patient with yourself when you aren’t quite as capable as you may have thought you were. I also have learned one very simple lesson, and that is that no matter how much you think you can do on your own, you need others to help you do it well.” “I learned that recording is much more difficult than you might think,” said Rachel. “It’s a strenuous process, and not a lot of people see the kind of work that goes on behind the scenes. I have also learned that the people you work with can really make or break how much you enjoy making the CD. I was incredibly blessed to have been put with such an intelligent and talented team.” “One of the most common misconceptions about this industry is that finding talent or being talented is enough.” Said Dr. Garfrerick. “Whether it’s fair or not, or whether it’s great art or not is

Corey Lawson (2008 Co-Producer), Rachel Pochop (2008 Artist), and Lee Taylor (2007 Artist)

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The Faculty of UNA’s Department of Entertainment Industry: Janna Malone, Dr. Robert Garfrerick, and James Hearn.

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“Recording is hard work, and anyone who says any different isn’t trying to make a good product.” —Lee Taylor

beside the point. The artist and product must have a market out there somewhere, and they must be brought to that market in an efficient and profitable way, or it’s all for naught. No record company can survive sustaining only art no matter how good it is, unless there are some consumers out there willing to pay for it.” “The one thing everyone should know about Singing River Records is that it is first and foremost a student learning laboratory experience,” he said. “As long as we are able to break even or make money, we will continue to make records. Our first two projects have been slightly profitable, enough so to start up subsequent projects. Our supervising faculty and I do the best we can to stay out of the way and offer advice and counsel. We do not want a project to fail, but we do allow the students to make mistakes along the way as learning experiences, as long as we avoid a catastrophe.” Discussions have begun with the university’s film department, headed by Jason Flynn, about the possibility of music videos. There could possibly be tie-ins with other university departments as well, such as marketing, graphic design, theater and others. “In my opinion, the more synergistic we can be about this, the better,” said Dr. Garfrerick. “The ultimate goal is to have Singing River Records be the coordinator, the executive body that involves various people,” he said. Interested in being a recording artist for Singing River? “Go for it!” says Rachel. “ It’s a good experience to have. You learn a lot, and you find out what you are looking for in your music. Be yourself, musically, and people will love you for it.” According to Lee, “It ain’t a hobby’ as Chris Bethea (Noiseblock Studio’s house engineer and UNA DEI graduate ) likes to say. It’s hard work. I’d say to anyone wanting to be an artist: be willing to put in the time, dedication, practice, research, and long hours it takes to make a good product. Be willing to take criticism, to try new things and to ask people for help. For anyone wanting to be the next Singing River artist, be all these things as well as willing to have the patience it takes to learn as you go. The cool thing about Singing River is that it proves that students of the Entertainment Industry can be productive right now, so if you’re willing to do the work, do it while you can!” N

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TOMS Shoes ($48) Grass Roots Market (256) 764-9066

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Take a Look at Ten Young People Who Hope to Make a Difference


Colene Burns


Courtney Annerton


Bailey Pride

Bishop Alexander


Laura Milligan



Andrew Maxwell


David Austin


Kyle Lewter

Winn Brewer


Scotty Rainwater



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Justin Bishop Alexander is leading the way. Information

How many college students can say that they are an ordained minister? Not many. But with a nickname like “Bishop,” it is easy to see that this person is not an ordinary college student. “While I was in college, a lot of students didn’t know that I was a preacher,” said Bishop. “That’s usually something we expect from older people. Sometimes people I come in contact with are shocked when they find this out, but I use this as a way to help motivate and inspire other young adults who are in college, just like me.” Bishop founded Justin Bishop Alexander Ministries last year, and uses this ministry mainly as a vehicle for inspirational and motivational speaking, focusing on issues that college students face on a daily basis. He also mentors students who want to become leaders “I do this because my mentors did the same for me long ago,” he says. “I have a heart for college students to succeed just like me.”

Danny Mitchell

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Courtney Annerton is on a mission. Information

Sometimes your plans take you farther than you could have imagined. For Courtney Annerton, those plans took her halfway across the world. In July of 2008, Courtney was given the chance to spend two weeks in Ghana, West Africa. She, along with 25 others from Coast for Christ Ministries of Milledgeville, Georgia, spent two weeks doing carpentry for schools and other missionary work. “A little girl named Mary came up and asked me if I was coming back next year” says Courtney. “I said yes, hopefully, and the little girl asked, “If you do will you bring me a backpack?” I was really moved by that, because when people think of America they think of wealth, and all this little girl wanted was a backpack.” When Courtney returned from her trip she had an idea to host a backpack drive to collect new and gently used backpacks to send to children in Africa. She accumulated over 200 backpacks to take with her when she returned to Ghana this past July. “Through my experiences in Africa, I have gained love and respect for people of different cultures” said Courtney. “I will be happy if I can spend the rest of my life traveling the world, learning about new cultures, and making a difference in someone’s life. International missions are my passion.” After graduation from UNA with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Courtney plans to attend seminary so she can work in medical based missions. Danny Mitchell

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Renaissance Awards Now accepting nominations for Shoals area individuals who have made remarkable contributions in the following areas: Arts & Culture Business & Leadership Education Service & Spirituality Science Submit your nominees (with details) by email: Award winners will be featured in the March/April, 2010, issue of No’Ala.

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David Austin is more than just a tree hugger. Information

“Trees are one of the most important things on the planet.” That’s according to David Austin, an Environmental Geologist with a passion for these kings of the forest. His daily work in a logging internship has him counting rings, studying forest technology, and thinking a lot about how to educate landowners about their precious resource. David’s internship covers north Alabama and southern Tennessee. Along with his passion for trees, David is working toward an environmental career that will teach landowners the proper surveying techniques to use in order to be responsible overseers of the forest. Because of David and others like him, he hopes his great-grandchildren will be able to live in a world that still contains lots and lots of trees.

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Winn Brewer is waiting for the perfect shot. Information

Winn Brewer is a second generation UNA graduate, and a budding filmmaker. With a degree in Radio, Television and Film, he was hired as a production assistant at Cypress Moon Studios in Sheffield and is working on The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, in production now. “The film will be shot in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama,” said Winn, “and will tell a more fact-based story of this duo, with the danger, love and adventure these two had.” Winn hopes to have a hand in every aspect of feature filmmaking. Because the actors in the film have been named—Hilary Duff, Kevin Zegers, Sean Ashmore, Thora Burch, Cloris Leechman, and many others—there has already been a lot of publicity surrounding it, and Winn hopes to learn as much as he can to launch his own filmmaking career. Think his name is familiar? At UNA, Winn was Mr. Everything, including President of the Student Government Association and recipient of UNA’s Current Students Promising Alumni Award. Think you might hear from him in the future? Check those rolling credits at the end of the next film. You might just see him there!

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Thanks to the VA’s Aid and Attendance Benefit, veterans and their spouses will have one word to describe life at The Hilltop at Glenwood:

Home The VA has a special program for veterans and their surviving spouses, called the Aid & Attendance Program. This program provides financial help for veterans who need assisted living, and the helpful staff at The Hilltop at Glenwood can give you more information about the program and help you see if you qualify. Glenwood Healthcare has been providing exceptional care in the Shoals for over thirty years, and has been named one of the best providers in the country by U.S. News and World Report. We make care of veterans and their families a priority at The Hilltop at Glenwood, so please contact us if you’re considering assisted living. Let us show you why so many others are happy to call us home!

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SBS Electric is known for its full line of lighting fixtures, but you might not know that they also have a full selection of beautiful lamps, from contemporary to classic and everything in between. For all of your lighting needs, trust the experts at SBS. They have been helping Shoals area homeowners with the art of lighting for more than 60 years! 625 South Cherry Street, Florence, AL • 256-764-8481 September/October 2009 | 29



Colene Burns is more than just a pretty face. Information

She’s been volunteering since she was nine. She’s placed in the Miss Alabama pageant—placed, not just competed—three different times. She’s been awarded more than $40,000 in scholarship money, and she’s worn more crowns than you can count. She founded Community Youth League in 2003 to educate students about volunteerism. And she’s been accepted at Ole Miss into the doctoral program in economics, one of four accepted to an assistantship that more than one hundred applied for. If you live in the Shoals, you probably have already heard her name because of her involvement in the Miss America Organization and because of her volunteer work. We won’t be a bit surprised if the world keeps hearing from this energetic young woman, whose substance is as deep as her beauty.

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Kyle Lewter knows you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy. Information

Every parent dreams that their child will grow up to become a doctor. For Tim and Diane Lewter, that dream is coming true. Not only is Kyle Lewter a senior at UNA, he was also recently accepted into the Rural Pre-Medical Internship Program at UAB’s Huntsville Regional Medical Campus. The internship is taught by a Huntsville-based medical school faculty, practicing physicians who allow the interns to spend time working in their offices. The internship includes four weeks of clinical experience and is designed to allow students to experience rural primary care firsthand by providing experiences beyond those available in a large institution or urban environment. It is also designed to increase the interest of pre-med students in family medicine, and promote their return to their hometowns to practice medicine. “When I become a physician, I want to remain involved in the community,” said Kyle. It’s nice to know that there are doctors who are interested in returning to their home towns to practice medicine; the Shoals will be better for it.

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Introducing The Sweet Magnolia Café. Award-winning Hollywood producer/director Doug Johnson (originally from Elgin, graduate of Lexington High School and UNA), and Broadway entertainer Ken Shepski, have opened an exciting new cafe for the Shoals with an entirely new concept. Combining their talents for entertaining, cooking, and customer service, THE SWEET MAGNOLIA CAFÉ is the perfect new restaurant for a fantastic lunch or special gourmet dinner out with that special someone, or with great friends or family. The mixed styling of a NY Bistro with a Southern touch is the perfect setting for a wonderful dining experience any time of day or night! The sandwiches at lunch are NY-style gourmet, and the dinner menu is an eclectic mix of American and Italian cuisine. You can enjoy a wonderful glass or bottle of wine, or an ice cold beer from their fantastic and varied selection. And you have to save room for dessert—their freshly baked cupcakes and desserts are not to be missed. And don’t forget the NY bagels in the morning to go with a frothy cappuccino or a hot cup of coffee or tea! 1154 N Wood Avenue (Seven Points) Florence, Alabama · (256) 765-2234

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Andrew Maxwell is waiting for his turn in the spotlight. Information

Who would have guessed that a shy kid in the back of a classroom at Lauderdale County High School would someday be the star of UNA’s production of Amadeus? Certainly not the classmates of Andrew Maxwell. Andrew, a junior at UNA who describes himself as shy, knew he was called to acting during his senior year in high school when he played “Charlie” in Flowers for Algernon. This challenging role lit a fire in Andrew, and inspired him to come out of his shell. He has been performing ever since, earning two George Lindsey theatre scholarships in the process. Being on stage is “an escape from reality”, Andrew explains. “I am inspired to be anyone I want to be”. For now, Andrew is busy “being” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and as for the future, Andrew hopes to get his Masters in theatre and eventually work on Broadway or in the film industry. He’s likely to have his name on a marquee on the Great White Way—not bad for a shy kid from Rogersville.

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Laura Milligan is always on her toes. Information

“I did not choose my career path based on how much money I would make, or if I would be successful, but instead on what I enjoyed, or how I could make a difference,” says Laura Milligan, whose dream has always been to open a dance studio. Last year, her dream came true: Laura, 20, opened a dance studio in Muscle Shoals for ages two and up called Next Generation. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and tumbling. “Our first spring recital was so exciting!” she said, and there were close to 125 children, all of them Laura’s students, who performed. Laura has always held a special place in her heart for children. When she was just 15, she founded a program for special needs children called “A Chance to Dance.” All ages and abilities are accepted into the class. The class meets once a week and the children get to participate in a typical dance class free of charge. “I have always waned to make a difference,” says Laura. “I do what I do because it makes me happy— that’s the simple truth. I enjoy being around the children, mentoring them and inspiring them whenever I can.”

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Baily Pride wants a bite of the Big Apple. Information

Many students go to college having at least an idea of what they want to be when they “grow up”, but Bailey Pride changed her mind—and her major. Originally a nursing student, these days Bailey can be found most of the time at the Billy Reid store in downtown Florence. In 2008 she was asked to do a photo shoot for Billy Reid’s spring line, and once she got there everything started to fall into place—she had found her hidden passion. From working on the sales floor to sewing on labels for production, helping in the warehouse with transfers or cleaning the store, you name it and she’s done it—and she loves every minute of it. And Mr. Reid has become the person who has inspired her to reach for her dreams. “He has helped me in so many ways, giving me advice on my future, steering me in the right direction and giving me the opportunity to work in his store. Working for Billy Reid and the company is inspiring” says Bailey. “It really is like a big family here. I have so much appreciation for the opportunity to work here and to be surrounded by all these amazing people.” Bailey will transfer to Auburn University this fall and wants to move to New York City after graduation to work for a designer—maybe Billy Reid?— and eventually open her own store. There may be a day in the not-so-distant future when you buy your clothes from a store named Bailey Pride.

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Scotty Rainwater thinks it’s easy being green. Information

Scotty Rainwater, a senior from Guntersville, Alabama, received the Contribution to Campus Life award for proposing a GREEN Campaign on campus. The award gave him a full tuition scholarship for a year, but even better, according to Scotty, helped the University focus on its recycling efforts. “People believe it’s too difficult to be green, or they don’t understand why they should, and these GREEN programs will give them some of the information they need,” he said. “Right now, the University does a tremendous amount of recycling that no one really notices. Imagine what would happen if the entire student body tried to reduce their waste. It could make a huge difference!” Scotty is married and about to graduate, and has decided to center most of his attention to his GREEN Campaign. “The idea is that we can change mindsets about recycling by hosting programs that educate people about the importance and realities of being green,” he said. Pay attention, Shoals—it might just be time for a GREEN campaign for the entire region!

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{ guess who I saw }

The entire Long Lewis team Todd Ouellette and Ford Executive Al Brauer Ford Executive Ray Parrish

Eric Ware, Sharita Jones, Ray Parrish, Tricia Lane, Todd Ouellette, John McHardy and Al Brauer

Todd Ouellette and Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford

Vaughn Burrells

Long Lewis Ford Award Banquet for being named Ford Motor Company’s Top Dealer for Satisfaction

Tricia Lane

Ritz Theatre Facade Renovation Celebration


JULY 23, 2009  DOWNTOWN SHEFFIELD Marcia Bystrom, Roland and Jeanne Hauck

Installing the new marquee

Rebekah Alexander, Jane Pride, and Suzie Yarbrough

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Mary Settle Cooney, Steve Stanley. and Mildred Wright


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[ W E E K E N D T U B I N G , C YP R E S S C R E E K N E A R W I L D W O O D P A R K , F LO R E N C E ] Pictured: Warren and Mary McDaniel

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[G E O LO G Y C L A S S AT T H E R O C K P I L E , T E N N E S S E E R I V E R S O U T H S H O R E , M U S C L E S H OA L S ]

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Pictured: Kayla Brown and Tyra Newkirk Fisher with “Natty”

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[ W A L K I N G T H E D O G , D E I B E R T P A R K , F LO R E N C E ]

Christopher Hughes

[L AT E N I G H T, O N T H E R O C K S , D O W N TO W N F LO R E N C E ]

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Âť Hippie Chic A 1968 photograph of a Prague hippie inspired a similar turn by musician Andy Thigpen, pictured here at the entrance to GAS Studios in Tuscumbia.

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Fashions by Billy Reid

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A 1953 photograph of then Senator John Kennedy with fiance Jacqueline Bouvier gets an updated look aboard the “Lady Equity”, owned by Florence residents Alan and Cecily Wall. Fashions by Marigail Mathis and South Port, modeled by UNA students Emily Darby and Christopher Hughes

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» Camelot Casual

A vintage Burberry fashion shoot was inspiration for an updated shot of four UNA coeds anticipating inclement weather at The Laura M. Harrison Fountain and Plaza on the campus of the University of North Alabama. From left to right: Chrissy Shelton, Meagan Malone, Tosha Paige, and Emily Darby

Evening Standard

Fashions by Audie Mescal (Chrissy’s jacket, Tosha’s jeans), and Marigail Mathis (Meagan’s coat and Emily’s coat)

» British Pop

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A vintage photo of peace-loving hippies in the 1960’s drives the look of our 21st Century version. Here, UNA students (from l to r) Jade Tarpley, Christopher Hughes, Catie Bryan, Andrea Chowning, Arrie Moore, and Trey Chowning. Fashions by Frolic (Jade’s top, Andrea’s dress, Arrie’s dress), Billy Reid (Trey’s outfit), and South Port (Christopher’s tie). Car by Quint Langstaff

» Bohemian Rhapsody

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» Post-War Preppie Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic 1945 photo of a sailor and nurse kissing in Times Square on VJ Day was inspiration for our patriotic Shoals version featuring UNA students Ethan Lolley and Meagan Malone, pictured here, adjacent to the historic Ritz Theatre, Sheffield.

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Fashions by South Port (Ethan’s outfit)

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» Starlet Power In 1955, Marilyn Monroe was photographed atop New York City’s Ambassador Hotel. In our version, Jade Tarpley enjoys the view of downtown Florence on a late July afternoon.

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{ guess who I saw } John and Babs Campbell, Becky and Prueit Mauldin

Reginald Jackson

Lennon Bonds and Burgess Fox

Anna and Rusty Carbine The Pickwick Belle

Hisham Ba’albaki, Tina Neill, Dina Ba’albaki, and Allan Neill

Diana Osborn, Babs Campbell, and Myra Wilhite

Florence City Schools Educational Foundation FloTown River Cruise

UNA HES Department’s “Specialty of the Shoals” Fashion Show



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{ 20 questions }

20 Questions for Three Generation Nexters and Three Boomers BY


The person that I admire most is… …my mother. Through all the trials of my life and hers, she has been a peaceful, yet strong presence. She is always ready with a kind heart, a comforting word, and listening ear. (Rea, ‘Nexter) …my wife, Noel. (Beck, Boomer) …my mother. (Todd, ‘Nexter) …Queen Elizabeth II (Vines, Boomer) The words or phrases that I overuse are… …“like,” or “okay”. Those are two words that I picked up and have become a habit. (Watson, ‘Nexter) …“isn’t that cute…” (Vines, Boomer)

Keslie Rea

Katie Todd

Allison Watson

…“seriously”and “LOL”; Ironically, I started using both of these as a joke. They are now part of my daily lingo, and I still laugh when I catch myself using them. (Rea, ‘Nexter) …“you know.” (Beck, Boomer) I am happiest when I am… …with my family. Through the years, friends have changed and circumstances have added strain, but my family is with me always. They gave me the best beginning possible, and they continue to shape who I am becoming. (Rea, ‘Nexter)

Robert Beck

Cornelia McIntosh

Faye Vines

No’Ala usually chooses one person to ask twenty questions, but in this issue we felt that asking one person to speak for an entire generation was a little too much. Instead, we took three twenty-somethings from Generation Next (‘Nexters) and three Baby Boomers and asked all six some questions designed to highlight their different perspectives. Our ‘Nexters are Keslie Rea, Allison Watson and Katie Todd; our Boomers are long-time Shoals residents Faye Vines, Cornelia McIntosh and Robert Beck. The answers were fascinating—and lengthy—so here are the highlights.

… with friends and family. (Beck, Boomer) …surrounded with family and friends. Your family and friends are going to stand by you when no one else will. One of my favorite quotes that I have found is by Anthony Brandt: “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” (Watson, ‘Nexter) The greatest love of my life is… …children. I am a teacher, and teaching children is my passion. I love seeing their faces light up when they finally “get” something. They are very fun and energetic, and teach me something new every day! (Watson, ‘Nexter) …my sons and my grandchildren. (McIntosh, Boomer)

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…education. I have spent my entire life thus far in a classroom of some kind, and, within 18 months I will be the one in front of the students. There is no greater joy, in my opinion, than seeing the dawn of understanding in the eyes of a student. (Rea, ‘Nexter)

Reading glasses... (McIntosh, Boomers)

The one thing that I use every day is… …my computer. Whether it is to do homework, or check the news or weather, the computer is a type of modern technology that has transformed the way we do things. The world is now at our fingertips, and you can gain knowledge within an instant. We have come to rely so much on computers that I cannot imagine my life now without them. (Watson, ‘Nexter)

…1957 Bel-Air Chevrolet. (Beck, Boomer)

…my radio. (McIntosh, Boomer) The five things that I can’t live without are… …Cell phone. (all three ‘Nexters)

Flowers and Desserts! (Beck, Boomer) My first car was a… … Maroon Nissan Maxima ’94 model, with the shiny rims! (Todd, ‘Nexter)

My favorite U.S. President has been… …Ronald Reagan. He had the amazing ability to unite an entire nation with his words and actions. He had the power to bring long imprisoned American soldiers home with a few words. He had the knowledge to understand and say that, “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” He was a wise man, and he brought the country together in a way that few have been able to do before or since his reign. (Rea, ‘Nexter)

…Computer—Other than my cell phone, my computer is a form of communication. Email is as popular as ever, and an easier way to keep in contact with long distance friends. (Watson, ‘Nexter)

… Harry Truman (Vines and McIntosh, Boomers)

…Family—My family is so important to me, and will always be there! I definitely cannot imagine my life without them. (Watson and all ‘Nexters)

The greatest advancement in technology in my lifetime has been… … definitely the internet. I don’t know where we would be today without it. (Todd, ‘Nexter)

…Friends—My friends are a vital part of my life. They are always here for me, and constantly keep me laughing. Photos—I love photos because they are little reminders of what I’ve done and the fun I have had. (Watson, ‘Nexter) …Debit card—During my lifetime, I have seen the method payment from primarily checks and cash to debit cards. It is an item that I always have with me, regardless of the size of the errand I am running. (Rea, ‘Nexter) …Internet (Todd, ‘Nexter) Good friends… (All three Boomers)

… although many may think otherwise, I love him; George W. Bush. (Todd, ‘Nexter)

… Cataract surgery, lens replacement and lasik surgery. (McIntosh, Boomer)

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… Air conditioning and the dishwasher. (Vines, Boomer) The worst tragedy to happen to my generation… …was definitely September 11, thus far. I can still remember sitting in my 9th grade classroom and hearing the news. I think it was the first real tragedy that my generation has seen, and hopefully it will be the last. (Watson, and the other two ‘Nexters) … Vietnam. (Vines and Beck, Boomers)

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{ 20 questions } …September 11, 2001. (Todd, ‘Nexter) My hero is… …my Grandaddy. He is one of the most thoughtful and caring people that I have ever met. I have never heard him raise his voice. He also fought in World War II. Not only is he my hero, but everyone else’s as well. (Watson, ‘Nexter)

…Gavin Degraw’s “I Don’t Wanna Be.” I think it has great lyrics about always trying to be yourself. I love songs that send a great message to the younger generations. (Watson, ‘Nexter)

… Rosa Parks. (Beck, Boomer)

… “This Land is Your Land,” sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary. (Beck, Boomer)

…Eleanor of Aquitaine and Bessy Hardwick, both independent, successful women in history. (Vines, Boomer) The worst job that I ever had was… … unemployment—not having a job. I think every job I have had has been good and has taught me lessons. (Todd, ‘Nexter) … KP duty in the Army. (Beck, Boomer) The music that inspires me the most is… …anything acoustic. There is something so raw and passionate for a singer to sing with just their instruments, and without all the studio sounds! (Watson, ‘Nexter) …”Requiem,” by Andrew Lloyd Weber. (McIntosh, Boomer) …that which I know all of the words— so I can sing along with. (Todd, ‘Nexter) … pipe organ and choral music. (Beck, Boomer) My first date was… …to the movies, but we were still so young. My parents even had to drive us to the theater! (Watson, ‘Nexter) …eighth grade sock hop in Lenoir City, Tennessee—in the Dark Ages! (Vines, Boomer) The song that best defines my generation is… … John Mayer, “Waiting on the World to Change.” (Todd, ‘Nexter) …“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” or “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” (Vines, Boomer)

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…“If I Had A Hammer,” by Pete Seagar. (McIntosh, Boomer)

If I could live anywhere else, I would live… … Australia, so I could surf everyday. (Todd, ‘Nexter) …right here. (McIntosh, Boomer) …on an island in Hawaii. It has always been my dream to live someplace with sandy beaches, eternal sunshine, and breathtaking landscapes. I have always envisioned Hawaii as the place that would encompass all of my fantasy home dreams! (Rea, ‘Nexter) …in the English countryside, probably the Cotswalds. (Vines, Boomer) The biggest challenge for the world is… …communication and understanding. We are all from such different backgrounds and cultures so there is no common language. It is hard to accomplish anything without communication. (Watson, ‘Nexter) …feeding the hungry. (McIntosh and Vines, Boomers) If I could change the world… …I would stop the thoughts and comments that cause such a dividing line in cultures, races, and social classes. If we continue to support the stereotypes that cause such discrimination, then the world will never change. We will always be divided. (Rea, ‘Nexter) … I would become a full time missionary. (Todd, ‘Nexter) … I would have all people love and respect each other. (Beck, Boomer) …I would find a way to find out who is

telling the truth. (Vines, Boomer) My generation is known most for… …our attachment to technology. Everywhere I go, I see someone with an MP3 player, a phone in their hand, or a computer in their lap. We seem to be incapable of tearing ourselves away from modern technological devices. (Rea, ‘Nexter) …Woodstock, LSD and free love. (Vines, Boomers) …texting! We’ve grown more comfortable talking via text messaging rather than face to face—you can’t go anywhere without seeing someone texting on their phone. I think it is slowly becoming more common with older generations, but I think that it all started with ours. (Watson ‘Nexter) The most common misconception about my generation is… …that we are unable to plan and look ahead to our future. I think that too many older adults assume that my generation is too focused on parties, texting, or the latest fashion trends. While some of that may hold true, we are capable of deep thought and lifechanging ideas. We all have goals, we all have dreams, and we all want to achieve them both. Though we may not do so in a traditionally accepted time frame, we do to achieve them, and we dare to continue to dream. (Rea, ‘Nexter) …that we’re old. (McIntosh, Boomer) …that we are ultra-conservative. (Beck, Boomer) …that we are lazy. I feel that even though we are thought of as lazy, we really do want to make a difference in this world. It makes me smile to see young adults working towards something they are passionate about and trying to make a difference. (Watson ‘Nexter) N

Dixie I at Sixty

t doesn’t matter if you are a University of North Alabama fan or not—when you hear their marching band, it will send chills up your spine. This band is powerful, and precise… and impressive. When the Pride of Dixie Marching Band plays, people stop and stare and listen.


This year, the Pride of Dixie celebrates its sixtieth year. It has its roots in the Tri-Cities Band, formed in 1947 by Dr. William Presser, who was hired by Florence State Teachers College in 1949 when college president E.B. Norton brought football to the campus. Twenty-seven students out of a student body of about 1,400 formed the first marching band. Arthur Theil took over the band in 1965 and gave it the name “Pride of Dixie.” The band had 46 member when Theil took over, but more than doubled in size that first year. It was still growing when Dr. Ed Jones took over in 1978; his son, Lloyd, started assisting in 1996 and is now Director of Bands, assisted by Lain Moyer, and the band has over 200 members (which makes it the largest organization on the UNA campus). As a student-led organization, the Pride of Dixie Band is one of the few in the state that provide auxiliary members with scholarships. Not only does membership in the band involve marching, members can also take part in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, The Pep Band, Studio Jazz Band, and the Wind Symphony. To mark its 60th anniversary, the Band plans to put together an Alumni Band. With its new coach, the UNA football team will get a lot of attention this fall. But if you plan to attend a game, stick around during halftime. When the band performs, beginning its number facing the visitor’s stands, get ready for that moment when they slowly turn to face the home crowd and turn up the volume—it will thrill you beyond measure. You’ll know why this is called the “Pride of Dixie”! N

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“What are you doing to save the World?” COMPILED BY HART M ARMANN AND AMY MINNELLI

Robbie Burdine, 20 “I am saving the world by obeying our laws about littering”

John Cartwright, 28 Robbie Burdine

John Cartwright

Thomas Corum

Lizzie Cox

“I have ridden my bike to work everyday since November 17, 2008. I’m trying to do it for a year!”

Thomas Corum, 20 “I try to car pool as much as possible. This is better for the environment, and cheaper for me.”

Lizzie Cox, 20 Keely Finnegan

Allison Holt

Kristin Howell

Jane Guthrie

“I carpool whenever I can.”

Keely Finnegan, 24 “I’m an art major and I’m working on developing a line of recycled glassware.”

Jane Guthrie, 21 John Hood

Anna Johnson

Laurie Johnson

Leslie Johnson

“I save the world by buying more organic foods. Also, I have several pairs of 100% organic cotton jeans.”

Allison Holt, 21 “I save the world one can at a time by recycling. One can may not seem like much, but if everyone did it, it would make a huge difference.” Constance Kennedy

Randy Little

Robert Nabors

Brett Norris

John Hood, 22 “I hate to see a stray dog walking down the road. I try to always pick one up and take it to a shelter. It breaks my heart to see one get run over.”

Alicia Ridinger

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Colten Sherrill

Jenny Williams

Andrea Zills

Kristen Howell, 21 “I try not to use my AC as much—I use fans whenever I can.”

Anna Margaret Johnson, 20 “This past Christmas, I used wrapping paper that was made out of recycled paper.”

Laurie Johnson, 21

Paul and Allyson Hanson July 3, 2009

“I try to unplug things as much as possible. This cuts down on utilities and keeps things from drawing unnecessary power.”

Leslie Johnson, 24 “I am doing my best to save the world by being a nurse and helping people.”

Constance Kennedy, 27 “I talked my family’s business, Walls Construction & Remodeling, into going green.”

Randy Little, 21 “I honestly can say I’ve never littered.”

Robert Nabors, 21 “I have started walking everywhere I can.”

Brett Norris, 22 “I use [compact fluorescent lights] when I can— it’s easy and anyone can do it.”

Alicia Ridinger, 22 “I try to shop at a lot of our local, small businesses in the Shoals area. I hope that I can make a difference by spending money there instead of at Wal-Mart or Target.”

Colten Sherrill, 20 “I pray for our troops overseas everyday. It might not be saving the world, but it may save a life.”

Jenny Williams, 26 “I try not to use paper products as much and I recycle.”

Andrea Zills, 21 “I recycle all of my cans and plastic goods. At my apartment in Florence, there is a recycle bin right next to the dumpster. It’s very easy for me to remember to recycle.”

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Bride’s Name: Allyson Hughey Bride’s Hometown: Florence, AL Bride’s Parents: Davis and Linda Hughey Bride’s Grandparents: The late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hughey; the late Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jordan Groom’s Name: Paul Hanson Groom’s Hometown: Florence, AL Groom’s Parents: Quinton and Susan Hanson Groom’s Grandparents: Ms. Myra Jane Hanson, and the late Mr. Clarence Mayo Hanson; Ms. Mamie Dee Pettus and the late Mr. Arvel Pettus Bride’s Attendants: Mrs. Laura Watson Smith, Mrs. Alyse Wood Chambers, Mrs. Leslie Jordan Moffett, Ms. Jenny Nordness Yarbrough, Miss Kelley Lee Keeton, Miss Holly Ann Hanson Groomsmen: Mr. Jed Aldridge, Mr. John William Hanson, Mr. Williams Gregory Beadle, Mr. Mark Davis Hughey, Dr. Andrew Scott Gunter, Mr. Chad Edward Hess Flower Girl/Ring Bearer: Miss Isabella Reece Smith, Mr. Nicholas Camden Smith (Ring Bearer), Mr. Samuel David Yarbrough (Bible Bearer) Ceremony: July 3, 2009, 6:00pm, Woodmont Baptist Church Chapel Florence, AL Rehearsal Dinner Information: Dale’s Restaurant Reception Information: Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club Wedding Coordinator: Mrs. Cara Moody Dawson Bride’s Gown: Cherry Hill Lane, Florence Bridesmaid’s Gowns: Cherry Hill Lane, Florence Tuxedos: Cherry Hill Lane, Florence Wedding Bands: Grogan Jewelers Florist: Lola’s Gifts & Flowers Photographer: Vance James Videographer: Universal Sound and Video Caterer: Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club Hair: Tiffany, Fox Pass Honeymoon: Disney World Registries: Dillards, The Yellow Door Parties: Couples Shower given by friends; Bridal Tea at Highland Baptist Church given by friends; Bachelorette/Lingerie Party given by friends

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o you believe there is a generation gap right now? The dictionary defines a generation gap as a difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between young people and their parents. It is that thin line that separates not only the past from the present, but also the future. Do you think such a gap exists today? Growing up as a young child, my grandfather came to live with my family because he grew too old to be able to take care of himself. My mother and father decided to take him in. When he came to live with us, my brothers and I were very excited because this meant that we would be able to spend more time with him…but I learned what “generation gap” meant the minute he arrived. My brothers and I had to figure how we would connect with him, and he had to fig-

We watch every move you make. Why? Because, we so badly want to be just like you in all sorts of ways. You are our role models. ure the same thing about us. We wondered what we had in common. The age gap was a big difference, and how would we relate to one another and still show appreciation for each other? At first, it was very challenging for my grandfather to relate to us. In his opinion, we were young, immature, and didn’t have a care in the world. He felt that his generation had gone through so much in order for our generation to have the privileges we have today. Grandpa would often tell me stories of what he endured at my age, while urging me to be appreciative for not having to go through what he did, with the pressures of the World War, Great Depression, the economy, etc. I admit, we had many debates over supper about the difference between our generations. Still, I wanted to listen to everything that my grandfather had to say concerning his experiences when he was my age.



I think the biggest question on the hearts and minds of today’s older generation is whether they can put their trust in our generation, especially with the current shape of the economy and the future of America and the world. I did a little informal research, and some of the older generation I talked to feel at ease about trusting the next generation. But some feel that our generation is not stable enough to take the reigns of leadership; they think we are not focused enough, and not able to make a decision and stick with it. But I think that your generation and mine do the same things when we are young. I know that it might be hard to consider putting your trust and security in our hands, but just know that we are learning from watching you. All the knowledge that you have poured into us is the fuel that gives us the passion to continue following in your footsteps. I admit, sometimes we as young people don’t make the best decisions. But we are learning even when we stumble. We so strongly want to be like our parents. Admittedly, sometimes, we want what took our parents

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many years of work to achieve, within a matter of seconds. We want the big house, bank account, cars, prestige, all in the blink of an eye. However, I have learned that one must be ready and prepared to handle that type of lifestyle. It all comes with experiences, patience, learning, and above all else wisdom. Our generation is working hard to follow right behind you. The paths that you have left for us, we thank you so much for. Without it, what example would we follow? The generation before us serves as our role models and mentors. We face the exact same basic things that you did before us. Some of you made it through the Great Depression; we have to endure the recession we are currently in. Those who came before us had to take on World War I, II, and Vietnam, while our generation has to face the after effects of September 11th, nuclear wars, possible terrorist attacks, etc. But, the one thing that gives us the strength to make it through these similar situations is looking at how you made it through. I take wisdom from what my parents went through and apply it to my future. We need you to trust in our generation, because that is what gives us the courage, strength, and willingness to continue where you left off. This time period hasn’t been all that easy for my generation, because there is a lot out there that we have to face on a daily basis. That’s why we need you, our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, to put your trust in us. We don’t have all the answers ,and that is why we need your wisdom and strength to help us along the way. I admit, sometimes, that it’s easy to conclude that young people don’t listen. But I have learned that my generation is listening, even when you think that we aren’t. We watch every move you make. Why? Because, we so badly want to be just like you in all sorts of ways. You are our role models. Our biggest fear is that we will not be able to achieve what you have achieved. In a lot of ways, it’s like a child getting rid of the training wheels on the bicycle. The hardest part for the parent is having to let go of their child and trust that they are ready to ride on the bicycle all by themselves. Even though we are riding by ourselves now, we still want to know that you are there in our corner, supporting us and setting an example. My generation is walking in the same shoes you did before us. Without your wisdom, love, and patience in raising us throughout the years, we wouldn’t be the young men and women that you see today. We learned from you, and now that we are getting ready to accept the mantle you will pass to us, we are preparing to set an example for our children, who will one day take that mantle from us. I hope we can provide the same type of example for them that you have given us. N

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Sometimes there’s more than just a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Colored Diamonds at Jamie Hood



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