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    Alabama Creative Sector Receives $814,100 for COVID-19 Recovery
    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is awarding $814,100 to the Alabama State Council on the Arts in the first distribution of funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). These emergency funds are designed to support and assist Alabama’s arts organizations and creative workforce as they recover from the devastating impact of COVID-19. A second phase of ARP funding will be awarded by the NEA directly to nonprofit organizations to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Faulkner Law Alumna Named Alabama State Bar Executive Director
    Faulkner Law alumna Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell made history as the first woman elected to serve as Executive Director of the Alabama State Bar since the organization’s founding in 1879. Graduating from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 1995 with her Juris Doctor, Lovell was admitted to the Alabama State Bar a few months later. She is the current Presiding Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit. The Alabama State Bar (ASB), the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama, announced the selection of Lovell as its new executive director on April 23, and she began her tenure in June.
    Sonesta ES Suites Montgomery Receives AAA Awards
    Sonesta ES Suites Montgomery has been awarded the prestigious 2021 AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping award. This award goes to AAA inspected and approved hotels that have received an “A” rating for housekeeping for two years in a row and have been AAA member complaint free. Approximately 25 percent of eligible hotels across the U.S. & Canada earn the Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Award annually, so this is quite a distinction. Sonesta ES Suites Montgomery was also awarded the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Award, which celebrates hotels that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe.
    Jackson Thornton Honored by Auburn
    Jackson Thornton has been named a “Top Tiger” by Auburn University and the Harbert College of Business. This year, the Top Tiger program honored 58 businesses for exceptional growth, revenue and entrepreneurial spirit. Honorees are among fast-growing companies either founded, led or owned by Auburn alumni. The compounded annual growth rates for nominees were measured over a three-year period and ranked according to total revenue and operations in a manner consistent with the Auburn Creed. At Jackson Thornton, the Firm’s current President & CEO, all previous Managing Principals and the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer are graduates of Auburn University in addition to 62 principals, professional and support staff.
    Huntingdon Professor Publishes Book on the Politics of “Peanuts”
    A book written by Huntingdon College Assistant Professor of History Dr. Blake Scott Ball, chair of the Department of History and Political Science, has been published by Oxford University Press. “Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts,” takes readers through the five decades of the Cold War as seen through the eyes of the Peanuts gang, the visual communication medium for the strip’s creator, Charles Schulz. “I wanted to dive in deep and find out, does this thing that is everywhere—Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty—does it actually say deep things about who we are as an American people and the things we were going through in the 50 years between 1950 and 2000?”
    Employee of Montgomery Homewood Suites Receives 2020 Apple Award
    Serenthia Pettway, Guest Service Representative at the Montgomery Homewood Suites was chosen for the 2020 Apple Award, an award presented by the Apple Hospitality Group recognizing associates who go above and beyond in taking care of the guests and other associates. Pettway is meticulous with her work and consistently goes out of her way to make each guest feel special from the moment they arrive by learning their preferences, working to accommodate their requests and recognizing special occasions. During 2020, Pettway stepped up in numerous ways to make sure the hotel ran seamlessly, taking on additional responsibilities from housekeeping and laundry to the coordination of breakfast and sanitization of entrances and public areas.
    Stamp’s Newest Hire Awarded ADDY® Student Designer of the Year
    Stamp Idea Group’s newest addition to the creative team, Ashley Reid, is also the 2021 ADDY® Awards Student Designer of the Year. In addition to the coveted Student Designer of the Year Award, Reid also took home a total of six ADDY® Awards in the Student Division for the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Montgomery Chapter 2020 – 2021 American Advertising Awards. Reid is a recent graduate from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
    Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 108 Bradley Attorneys and 34 Practice Areas
    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that Chambers and Partners has highly ranked 108 of the firm’s attorneys and 34 Bradley practice areas in the 2021 edition of the prestigious and independent Chambers USA legal industry referral guide. The firm also was ranked nationally in six practice areas and eight Bradley attorneys were ranked nationally in their various practice areas.
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