Enterprise, AL – About 50 soldiers with the 831st Quartermaster Detachment have been assigned to duty in Iraq. The Army Reserve unit is based in Enterprise. The soldiers specialize in water purification, maintenance and supply. Before the group deploys overseas, the unit will report to Fort Benning, Georgia to mobilize. A send off ceremony is scheduled for Thursday in Enterprise. The 81st Regional Readiness Command in Birmingham reports the 831st was officially placed on active duty Tuesday.
Washington, DC – Some members of Alabama's congressional delegation say they're ready for an expanded Tennessee Valley Authority board. The board will expand to nine part-time members from the current three full-time members. Alabama has never had someone from the state on the board, and U-S Senator Jeff Sessions says he'll be pushing to nominate two Alabamians. U-S Senator Richard Shelby supports that and says he may request even more Alabama representation. Alabama contains the T-V-A's second-largest customer base.
Auburn, AL – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has released Auburn University from probation. SACS Executive Director Jim Rogers says the school will be monitored. But, he also says Auburn should congratulate itself. The University has spent the last 12 months on probation after SACS raised concerns about the school's board of trustees. An Auburn spokesperson says the university community is "delighted" by the news.
Livingston, AL – The University of West Alabama received some good news from SACS. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that school's clear accreditation status. U-W-A President Richard Holland says the University received a strong report from SACS, and he credits the university community for addressing the concerns swiftly and positively. Holland also thanked the school's trustees, faculty and staff for their work. He says he also thankful to Governor Bob Riley for taking a personal interest in the matter.
Birmingham, AL – A federal judge has ordered Richard Scrushy and his lawyers to appear in court tomorrow. The judge wants to know why they should not be sanctioned for violating a partial gag order. The order bars those connected with the case from publicly discussing evidence or possible witnesses before the trial begins. But Scrushy attorney Art Leach has been quoted as dismissing new government claims against Scrushy. Scrushy also has been quoted criticizing the performance of HealthSouth's current managers.
Undated – The soundtrack to a movie filmed in central Alabama has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The "Big Fish" soundtrack was composed by Danny Elfman. The title song is among five movie soundtracks nominated in the category of Score Soundtrack For A Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. The Grammy ceremony will be broadcast on CBS February 13th. Tim Burton directed "Big Fish," which was filmed mostly in Wetumpka. The movie was released last December.