Mentone, Ala., is a tiny Lookout Mountain community that has thrived on tourism for more than a century. Today, local residents and people all over the Southeast are mourning the loss of the 130-year-old heart of the community, the historic Mentone Springs Hotel that burned Saturday evening.
At about 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, February 25, a deputy sheriff on routine patrol on Interstate 75 near Resaca stopped a suspicious automobile for a traffic violation.
Husband and wife political pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin will be the keynote speakers March 20 for the 2014 Shatto Lecture Series.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the scoreboards in high school gyms eventually will have to promote good health.
Moving beyond the lunch line, new rules that will be proposed Tuesday by the White House and the Agriculture Department would limit marketing of unhealthy foods in schools. They would phase out the advertising of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day and ensure that other promotions in schools were in line with health standards that already apply to school foods.
That means a scoreboard at a high school football or basketball game eventually wouldn't be allowed to advertise Coca-Cola, for example, but it could advertise Diet Coke or Dasani water, which is also owned by Coca-Cola Co. Same with the front of a vending machine. Cups, posters and menu boards which promote foods that don't meet the standards would also be phased out.
Ninety percent of such marketing in schools is related to beverages, and many soda companies already have started to transition their sales and advertising in schools from sugary sodas and sports drinks to their own healthier products.
The proposed rules are part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to combat child obesity, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary this week. Mrs. Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce the new rules at a White House event.
"When parents are working hard at home, they need to rest assured that those efforts aren't being undone when kids are out of their control at school," Sam Kass, White House senior nutrition policy adviser, said ahead of the announcement.
The rules also would allow more children access to free lunches and ensure that schools have wellness policies in place.
The proposed rules come on the heels of USDA regulations that are now requiring foods in the school lunch line to be healthier.
Rules set to go into effect next school year will make other foods around school healthier as well, including in vending machines and separate "a la carte" lines in the lunch room. Calorie, fat, sugar and sodium limits will have to be met on almost every food and beverage sold during the school day at 100,000 schools. Concessions sold at afterschool sports games would be exempt.
The healthier food rules have come under fire from conservatives who think the government shouldn't dictate what kids eat — and from some students who don't like the healthier foods.
Aware of the backlash, the USDA is allowing schools to make some of their own decisions on what constitutes marketing and asking for comments on some options. For example, the proposal asks for comments on initiatives like Pizza Hut's "Book It" program, which coordinates with schools to reward kids with pizza for reading.
Rules for other school fundraisers, like bake sales and marketing for those events, would be left up to schools or states.
Off-campus fundraisers, like an event at a local fast-food outlet that benefits a school, still would be permitted. But posters advertising the fast food may not be allowed in school hallways. An email to parents — with or without the advertising — would have to suffice. The idea is to market to the parents, not the kids.
The rule also makes allowances for major infrastructure costs — that scoreboard advertising Coca-Cola, for example, wouldn't have to be immediately torn down. But the school would have to get one with a healthier message the next time it was replaced.
The beverage industry — led by Coca-Cola Co., Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo — is on board with the move. American Beverage Association President and CEO Susan Neely said in a statement that aligning signage with the healthier drinks that will be offered in schools is the "logical next step."
"Mrs. Obama's efforts to continue to strengthen school wellness make sense for the well-being of our schoolchildren," Neely said.
Although Mrs. Obama lobbied Congress to pass the school nutrition bill in 2010, most of her efforts in recent years have been focused on the private sector, building partnerships with food companies and retailers to sell healthier foods.
The child nutrition law also expanded feeding programs for hungry students. The rules being proposed Tuesday would increase that even further by allowing the highest-poverty schools to serve lunch and breakfast to all students for free. According to the USDA and the White House, that initiative would allow 9 million children in 22,000 schools to receive free lunches.
The USDA has already tested the program, which is designed to increase participation for students and reduce paperwork and applications for schools, in 11 states.
In addition, the Obama administration will announce new guidelines for school wellness policies. Schools have been required to have general wellness policies that set their own general standards for foods, physical activity and other wellness activities since 2004. But the new rules would require parents and others in the school community to be involved in those decisions.
“You know where you are from and who we have raised you to be. You’ve got a big brain and a mouth to match so get out there and do something with it!”
Get ready to laugh.
Students and teachers in the Cherokee County School System will not be required to make up the days missed because of snowstorms this winter.
Alabama U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and staff paid a visit to KTH in Leesburg last week to learn more about local industry and job opportunities.
Cherokee County began thawing out Thursday morning, Feb. 13, following multiple ice and snowstorms which came through the area Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The Centre City Council, during its Tuesday, Feb. 11 meeting, voted to give $1,000 to help with expenses for the CED (Cherokee-Etowah-Dekalb) Mental Health Center SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Conference scheduled for March 7 in the Gadsden State Community College-Cherokee Arena.
After several hours of hard work and devotion, the Cherokee County Commission has approved requesting the local legislative delegation to submit a local bill on behalf of the Commission upon the expiration of the special 1 percent educational tax to enact a 1 percent sales tax to be shared between the Commission for public safety and the Board of Education.
Alabama Representative Richard Lindsey of Centre has announced that he will run for reelection for the 39th district of the Alabama House of Representatives. District 39 includes all or portions of Cherokee, Cleburne, and DeKalb counties.
Everyone remembers their first love, their first date and the innocence of youth, but for some teenagers dating isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Living on the edge of Little River Canyon is always an adventure. This week that adventure included three inches of snow on Tuesday, Feb. 11, followed by an ice storm on Wednesday, Feb. 12, followed by six inches of snow on Thursday, Feb. 13!
Desiring to continue public service, Judge Sheri W. Carver will seek re-election to the District Judge position in Cherokee County.
The Cherokee County Board of Education, during its Tuesday, Feb. 4 meeting, adopted a resolution proclaiming February 2014 as Career and Technical Education Month.
Patrick Buckley with Pioneer Green Energy gave an update on the Shinbone Wind Energy Project during a recent meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education.
The Cherokee County Commission had a special called board meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9 a.m. to discuss the special 1 percent educational sales tax.
The Cherokee County Republican Party has shared the names of those qualifying for the local GOP in the 2014 election.
Judges from multiple counties along the Georgia-Alabama border met Friday to create a “Border Agreement” to create procedure and protocol for placement of children in care across state lines.