The Apopka news year in review: Mayor John Land a giant…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCity of ApopkaMayor John Land Previous articleThe Apopka news year in review: Apopka Police Department keeps stability during Hurricane IrmaNext articleThe Apopka news year in review: The Apopka Police Department is accredited Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Editor’s Note: This is the 13th in a series of 24 articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2017 that were among the most noteworthy. We will post all of them from December 26th and December 31st. Then on Monday, January 1st we will poll our readers and let them decide which is Apopka’s biggest story of 2017.Story #14: Bronze statue immortalizes 19-term mayor who led Apopka into the 21st centuryFirst published November 3rd, 2017OpinionBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceJohn Land was a giant.Don’t believe me? Take a look at the seven-foot bronze statue in front of the Apopka City Hall where Land was immortalized this morning at an unveiling and dedication ceremony where he served as Apopka’s mayor for seven decades.Need more proof? Keep reading about the life and times of this iconic figure in Apopka history.Land was Mayor of Apopka for a total of 61 years, from 1950 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 2014. He was the longest-serving mayor in the history of Florida and the second longest-serving mayor in US history.Land was mayor for 19 terms, and according to several sources presided over 1,483 out of the 1,488 City Council meetings that were scheduled in those 61 years. He worked alongside 40 different city commissioners in that time span.He was mayor when Apopka was a small town of 2,254 people, and when it grew to 45,000 residents and became Orange County’s second-largest city.But let’s put his astounding time in office into historical perspective.Land was mayor of Apopka through the terms of 12 U.S. Presidents. He was mayor during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis. He was mayor during segregation, integration, and when the Civil Rights Act was signed. He was mayor when the Apollo projects at NASA began, and when the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles exploded.He was mayor of Apopka for the entirety of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, both conflicts in Iraq, and the current war in Afghanistan. He was mayor during the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. He was mayor when President Ronald Reagan said: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”Land was mayor during assassinations, resignations, and recounts. He was mayor when America was described as a shining city on the hill… when police officers, firefighters, and first responders ran into the fire and smoke and rubble that the twin towers had become on September 11th, 2001, and he was mayor when the first black president of the United States was inaugurated.He was mayor during the good and bad times of American history, and he was a part of its history as well.John Horting Land was born in Plant City in 1920, but he and his family moved to Apopka soon after. He graduated from Apopka High School in 1938, and then went to the University of Florida before leaving college to join the Army during World War II.He served under General George S. Patton in Europe and was present at the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany in 1945.After the war, Land helped run the family business of Consumers Lumber and Veneer, which made wire-bound crates for various agricultural products grown in the immediate Apopka area. He also had a bulk oil business.But politics and public service seemed to be in Land’s blood.Soon after returning to Apopka, Land ran in the 1949 Mayoral election. He won, and in 1950 was inaugurated as the 24th Mayor of Apopka at the age of 29. 2018 will be the first time in 69 years his name does not appear on a mayoral ballot in Apopka.Pete Pasha was the sculptor who crafted the Land statues. He also spoke at the unveiling ceremony and seemed to capture Land’s essence both in the bronze figure and in his words.“When a sculptor fashions a person, it should do more than capture a likeness… but was John Land really seven-feet-tall? No…. he was taller. Mayor John Land rose to the occasion for the city of Apopka during his life. God made him that tall. He was larger than life.” Note: John Land’s Wikipedia page and the narrative in the John Land Trust website contributed to this story, and served as reference material as well.last_img read more

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Les Hautes Noues Housing / Vincent Lavergne Architecture Urban…

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/942873/les-hautes-noues-housing-vincent-lavergne-architecture-urbanisme Clipboard Les Hautes Noues Housing / Vincent Lavergne Architecture Urbanisme + Atelier WOA Social Housing Year:  Projects “COPY” Photographs Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Sfel, Sto, PREFA FranceArchitect In Charge:Pierre MauretteClients:ADOMAEngineering:INCET, CCVHCity:Villiers-sur-MarneCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Arnaud DelenteRecommended ProductsMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Text description provided by the architects. This operation of demolition-rebuilding of the Hautes-Noues social housing project, which will offer living quarters to over 9,650 people in the process of integration, fits into the current dynamic of renovation at work in the municipality of Villiers-sur-Marne. To take into account the future densification of the terrain, the new housing project is located at the back of the lot behind the existing one. Three evenly-spaced avant-corps on the street façade soften the effect that too harsh a frontality would have created. Save this picture!© Arnaud DelenteSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Julien HourcadeIn the outdoor public spaces surrounding the building as well as the interior spaces that open onto each other, emphasis is placed on bringing residents together. The social housing complex is indeed designed around common areas and private spaces with true interiority. The project also includes a clear and noticeable landscape element: the building’s morphology responds both to the urban outskirts project and provides for the creation of interior gardens which the units open onto. Save this picture!© Arnaud DelenteSave this picture!© Arnaud DelenteWith 2,400 m3 of wooden structure for only 45 tons of steel, the project currently represents the largest wood construction in France, with a floor surface of 6,836 m2. Using dry construction systems such as wood allows for rapid construction and drastically reduces the production deadline: many elements are prefabricated and ready for on-site installation. The association of traditional building techniques (post and beam systems) with innovative expertise such as the alliance of wood, metal and concrete, contribute to the improvement of building performance.Save this picture!© Julien HourcadeProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Modern Residential Towers / Elkus Manfredi ArchitectsSelected ProjectsLandscape Design: Drawings, References and ConceptsArticlesProject locationAddress:Villiers-sur-Marne, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyAbout this officeVincent Lavergne Architecture UrbanismeOfficeFollowAtelier WOAOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingBuildingsResidentialVilliers-sur-MarneOn FacebookFrancePublished on September 19, 2020Cite: “Les Hautes Noues Housing / Vincent Lavergne Architecture Urbanisme + Atelier WOA” 19 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream France ArchDaily Architects: Atelier WOA, Vincent Lavergne Architecture Urbanisme Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Les Hautes Noues Housing / Vincent Lavergne Architecture Urbanisme + Atelier WOASave this projectSaveLes Hautes Noues Housing / Vincent Lavergne Architecture Urbanisme + Atelier WOASave this picture!© Arnaud Delente+ 55Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs:  Arnaud Delente, Julien Hourcade Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/942873/les-hautes-noues-housing-vincent-lavergne-architecture-urbanisme Clipboard CopySocial Housing, Residential•Villiers-sur-Marne, France “COPY” Area:  6800 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

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Oxfam returns to Shoreditch with Halloween pop-up shop

first_imgOxfam returns to Shoreditch with Halloween pop-up shop  162 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Three more fundraising ideas for Halloween… Maidenhead Zombie WalkMaidenhead saw its fifth annual Zombie Walk this Saturday (28th October), when hundreds of people took to the streets dressed as zombies to raise money for local homeless charity The Brett Foundation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Everything in the store is a one off, and all money raised will go to support Oxfam’s work across the world.The Oxfam Festival Shop is behind the store. A travelling pop up shop raising money for the charity, it selects items from Oxfam’s textile recycling centre in Batley to suit each event. This year it has sold classic band t-shirts at Download Festival, hand-painted leather jackets at Glastonbury Festival, tropical shirts at Boardmasters Festival and flares at Bestival.https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWybSmFpUG/?hl=en&taken-by=oxfamfestshop Halloween for Bats appealRather fittingly, The Bat Conservation Trust is encouraging people to do some Halloween fundraising for bats. It has launched its Halloween for Bats appeal and has created a special pack full of ideas to encourage people to use their celebrations to raise money for the charity. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: charity retail charity shops Halloween Oxfam  161 total views,  3 views today Go Green for HalloweenThe NSPCC is encouraging people to Go Green for Halloween, by adding a splash of green to whatever they are doing, be it baking freaky cakes, throwing a spooktacular party, or dressing up in ghoulish green and raising funds for the charity Melanie May | 30 October 2017 | News Oxfam has returned to Boxpark Shoreditch again this year with its pop-up halloween shop.Open for a week from 24 October, Oxfam‘s halloween store stocks a range of preloved clothing and accessories, inspired by Victorian and Gothic style. This includes holographic and sparkly items for wannabe aliens, mermaids and glam ghouls, plus lux velvet and lace for the classic witch look.last_img read more

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Purdue Food Science Professor Receives National Teaching Award

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 14, 2017 Source: Purdue Purdue Food Science Professor Receives National Teaching Award Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHAREcenter_img Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Food Science Professor Receives National Teaching Award SHARE Purdue University professor of food science Suzanne Nielsen was honored as one of two recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences for 2017. Nielsen has been a professor at Purdue since 1983. She served as department head for 10 years, currently serves as a faculty fellow for the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships, and continues to teach her signature course, “Food Analysis.”“Dr. Nielsen lives our college’s mission every day. She is dedicated to the students she teaches as well as to her research,” said Karen Plaut, interim dean of Purdue’s College of Agriculture. “We are incredibly grateful to her and proud of this recognition of her extraordinary dedication and achievements.”Nielsen received this national recognition at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on Sunday (Nov. 12). Launched in 1992, the USDA National Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards are the product of a partnership among the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the University of Florida, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.In nominating Nielsen, associate dean and director of the Office of Academic Programs Marcos Fernandez wrote, “She is personable, establishes clear expectations and continually connects course and curricular topics to real-world issues to make her students become better problem solvers.”Fernandez also explains that Nielsen is the author of “Food Analysis,” a book and lab manual, now in its fifth edition, which is the most widely used book on this topic in the U.S., and is also used extensively worldwide.Nielsen, who grew up in central Nebraska, says her interest in teaching began in the one-room schoolhouse she attended. “One of my earliest childhood memories is lining up my dolls on a sofa and teaching them, just like I was being taught,” she said.Nielsen later discovered what she wanted to teach when, as a freshman at the University of Nebraska, she took an elective introductory food science class.Nielsen has received numerous teaching, research, and mentoring awards from Purdue University; teaching and achievement awards from the Institute of Food Technologists; and alumni awards from both of her alma maters, the University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota. She earned a B.S. from the University of Nebraska and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota.Praising Nielsen’s contributions, Food Science department head Brian Farkas said: “It has been said that ‘the influence of a teacher is infinite’ and this is never truer than for Dr. Suzanne Nielsen. She has inspired, motivated and educated students who have gone on to impactful careers, including in teaching, thus continuing her legacy.” Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for November 14, 2017Next articleAgriNovus Receives $4.2 Million Grant to Grow Indiana Agbiosciences Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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Court Admits Wikileaks Documents in Former Liberian President’s Trial

first_imgNews Judges at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor have admitted into evidence two Wikileaks documents that appear to question the impartiality of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img Organisation February 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court Admits Wikileaks Documents in Former Liberian President’s Triallast_img read more

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Further warnings over flu virus

first_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleQuestions asked over funding source for works in west DonegalNext article‘No pain no gain’ as more works planned for Donegal News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – December 20, 2019 Further warnings over flu virus Twittercenter_img Pinterest Google+ People are being advised to only go to Accident and Emergency Departments if necessary. The flu season is set to be worse than last year with eight people having died so far due to flu related illnesses.Both Donegal and Dublin are said to be the worst affected counties.The HSE is advising influenza activity can circulate for a least the next eight to twelve weeks.Older people are more likely to be affected.The Assistant National Director of Public Health at the HSE, Dr. Kevin Kelleher, says most people can treat their symptoms at home:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/flu9afdgfdgdgdm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Victim shot by back-flipping FBI agent says he initially thought an ‘idiot set off a firecracker’

first_imgABC News(DENVER) — A 24-year-old man accidentally shot by an FBI agent doing a backflip on the dance floor of a Colorado nightclub says he initially couldn’t believe he had been wounded while enjoying a night out with friends and thought “some idiot set off a firecracker.”In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America, Thomas Reddington said he remains “confused” by the bizarre incident that happened at the Mile High Spirits Tasting Room near downtown Denver around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.“We sat down at one of those picnic tables — I heard a loud bang and I thought some idiot set off a firecracker,” Reddington told GMA. “Then I looked down at my leg and see some brown residue … I’m still thinking it’s a firework … all of a sudden from the knee down my leg became completely red. And that’s when it clicked in my head, ‘Oh, I’ve been shot.”Cell-phone video of the incident that has since gone viral on social media shows the FBI agent, identified by sources as 29-year-old Chase Bishop, dancing on a dance floor in the crowded bar when he suddenly did a backflip. Bishop fell forward, his gun slipped out of his waistband and landed on the dance floor.When he went to pick up the weapon, it went off. A bullet hit Reddington in his outer left leg just below the knee and exited his inner leg, he said.“I like stand up and like start walking in a little circle saying, ‘Hey, I think I’ve been shot. Can someone call 911?’” Reddington said.He said he blacked out and either fell to the ground or sat on the ground. He said a good Samaritan used a belt to put a tourniquet on his bleeding leg.“I blacked back in on the ground. Blacked back out. And then I woke up to a paramedic putting a tourniquet on my leg.”He said he lost a lot of blood.“I soaked through several blankets, several towels, a few gauze pads,” Reddington said.The Denver Police Department is investigating the incident. Charges against the agent are pending the results of a blood-alcohol test.Sources familiar with the incident told ABC News that the agent is based in Washington, D.C.The agent “will be held accountable,” one FBI official told ABC News.But Reddington, who moved to Denver in January from the Chicago area, was reluctant to slam Bishop but said he would like a private conversation with him to clear the air.“I don’t want to blame anybody, throw anybody under the truck,” said Reddington, who has retained a lawyer to represent him.He said he’s still in a lot of pain.“It’s bizarre. It’s beyond bizarre,” he said of how he was shot. “It’s beyond comprehension I think right now for me just with all the factors involved.“It’s gone from being confused as to what happened. Being confused to what’s going to happen. Being confused as to what’s happening to me, where I am,” he said. “There’s been phases, but almost all of them have mainly just been shock, just various types of shock.”The owners of the Mile High Spirits Tasting Room say they’re just as stunned.“It is shocking that the only shooting to ever occur at our establishment came about as a result of an FBI agent entering our distillery tasting room carrying a loaded firearm without our knowledge, in violation of our rules,” the nightclub owners said in a statement. “As a result of his misconduct, one of our innocent patrons was shot.”“We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred and look forward to speaking with representatives of the FBI, so we can understand his presence and his need to be armed in our establishment,” the bar’s statement reads.The bar owners said Reddington is welcomed back any time to “enjoy complimentary drinks forever.”But Reddington, who works as an Amazon fulfillment associate packaging boxes and loading trucks, said he concentrating on getting better.“I just want to heal,” he said while putting ice packs on his wounded leg. “I just want to be able to walk.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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De Blasio administration lands on worst landlord watchlist

first_imgMessage* The list calls out landlords who have racked up the most HPD violations in a given year. When de Blasio launched it in 2010, just a few months into his term as Public Advocate, it drew widespread attention, which he welcomed.“We want these landlords to feel like they’re being watched,” de Blasio told the New York Daily News. “We need to shine a light on these folks to shame them into action.”But property owners have criticized its methodology, which does not account for larger portfolios having more violations by virtue of having more units, calling the data “outdated and inaccurate.”Private landlords who are included on the Public Advocate’s list may soon find themselves on another watchlist that could bring more than just bad publicity. Williams introduced legislation in October that would raise the penalties for property owners with maintenance deficiencies in their buildings and put those landlords on a separate list, also maintained by the Public Advocate’s office.Contact Georgia Kromrei Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has landed at the top of the Public Advocate’s list of the city’s worst landlords — which the mayor himself started 10 years ago.In the report, made public Dec. 15, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams lambasted the de Blasio administration’s management of the New York City Housing Authority, which made it to the top of the list for the third year in a row.Chief among Williams’ concerns is the level of lead exposure for children living in NYCHA buildings, which are home to nearly a million New Yorkers, although official rent rolls are much lower. The number of work orders for the agency — which does not receive violations from Housing Preservation and Development, as private landlords do — has also skyrocketed.“As [de Blasio] heads into his eighth and final year in office, the issues we have today are no longer about any actions taken by the prior administration, but the utter failures of the current one and the need to take ownership of those failures,” Williams said in a statement.A City Hall spokesperson told the New York Post that de Blasio has “invested more to improve conditions at NYCHA than any other mayor in our city’s history.”Read moreNYCHA cheated federal inspections for lead, mold, rodentsIndustry slams landlord accountability billsJumaane Williams announces new plan to crack down on landlords TagslandlordsNYCHAPolitics Email Address*center_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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Individual consistency in migratory behaviour of a pelagic seabird

first_imgMany animals migrate between breeding and wintering areas; however, whether each animal behaves consistently in space and time between consecutive years is less well understood. Furthermore, previous breeding state (successful or failed) is often not considered when attempting to understand consistent individual differences in behaviour that are likely to impact upon the subsequent behaviour. Between 2006 and 2010, we used geolocators to track the migratory movements of a pelagic seabird, the streaked shearwater Calonectris leucomelas, with individuals (N=46) being followed for two years or more, including 23 birds that had chicks in two seasons and 23 birds in just one season. All individuals, except for one bird, migrated to the same broad wintering areas, and their migratory route as well as the centre of wintering distribution did not change in relation to the previous breeding outcomes. Migration schedules (dates of departure from the breeding colony, southward and northward migrations, and first return to the colony) did not differ significantly between years for individuals that had chicks during both years, while failed individuals left the breeding colony and appeared to start the southward migration at an earlier date than the previous successful year. Nonetheless, the timing of the southward migration was consistent within individuals, including both males and females, over successive years regardless of the previous breeding outcome, and also the timing of first return back to the colony for females that had chicks in the both previous years and eggs in the both following season. This may imply the existence of individual-specific broad time schedules, possibly a circannual rhythm, though ecological conditions might affect the exact timing of the actual departure event. Our results present evidence for high levels of individually consistent behaviour for this pelagic seabird outside the breeding season.last_img read more

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High Cotton: A (Worthy) Tribute to Alabama…the band

first_imgIn 1976, when I was a bit more than four years old, my family packed up the car and headed west to California.  My father had been reassigned to Edwards Air Force Base, nestled in the barren Mojave Desert, and we would remain there for the next five years.During our time in California, we made two cross-country trips to visit family in Mississippi and Virginia.  The first, southern most leg of the trip – from California to Mississippi – took about three days, and I still have vivid memories of the homemade barbeque and baked beans that were packed to eat, our onboard portapotty (so we could keep on truckin’, even when nature called), and my mom and dad switching drivers while the our van was cruising down the highway.  They had this intricate system where the cruise control was set, the new driver perched between the two front seats and holding the wheel while the retiring driver slipped out.  In retrospect, this was highly dangerous.  At the time, though, I thought my folks were bad ass.The soundtrack to at least one of those trips was the legendary country band Alabama.  My folks were – and still are – pretty big country fans.  I can remember my dad feeding the cassette deck in the van those early Alabama tapes – records like  Feels So Right and Mountain Music – and, over the course of a couple thousand miles, I ended up knowing those songs frontwards and backwards.Over the ensuing 30 years or so, my interest in Alabama – and country music in general – waned.  I don’t think I have purposefully played an Alabama tune since I was in the fifth grade – 1982 – and Roll On was one of my favorite records.So, you can imagine that at the excitement I felt was somewhat surprising when I received High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama in the mail last week.High Cotton is a collection of some of Alabama’s signature tunes, recorded by some of Americana’s biggest names.  As I perused the track listing, I entered this bizarre nexus of time; my ten year old Alabama fan self met with my forty year old music junkie self and came to this conclusion: This is an amazing selection of songs from an amazing band redone by an amazing collection of artists.JD McPherson kicks off the record with “Why Lady Why,” and – on my first listen – I’ll be damned if I didn’t remember every word.  I ended up singing along with most every track, from Old Crow Medicine Show’s take on “Dixieland Delight” to Shonna Tucker’s “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler),” Lucero’s “The Closer You Get,” and even Todd Snider and Elizabeth Cook’s “Love In The First Degree.”Other contributors include Blind Boys Of Alabama, Amanda Shires, T Hardy Morris, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and more.High Cotton shakes up the nostalgia in me.  I am taken back in time to a beige Ford Econoline van, cruising across the deserts of Arizona and Texas, across the wide Mississippi River and the red clay of the Deep South, deep into the mountains of Virginia, all with tight country harmonies in my ears.Apparently, I am still an Alabama fan.I want you to have the chance to add this record to your collection.  Take a shot at the trivia question below and email your answer to [email protected]  A winner will be chosen from all of the correct answers I receive by noon tomorrow (Thursday, August 8th).In the meantime, check out Jason Isbell and John Paul White’s rendition of “Old Flame” on this month’s Trail Mix.Good luck!!Trivia question . . .According to the boys in Alabama, what do you have to have in the band if you are going to play in Texas? Remember to EMAIL your answers in!  No comments here!Thanks!last_img read more

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