Montgomery, AL – Some restaurant owners in Montgomery are not happy about a new law regarding smoking. The new law says that restaurants must clearly display whether they allow smoking in their establishments. Restaurants that do allow patrons to smoke cannot allow anyone under the age of 18 on the premises. Some say that provision goes to far, and was not something they had to consider when first opening their business. Montgomery restaurants have until August to decide if they will allow customers to smoke.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama native Rick Bragg, author and former reporter for The New York Times, was honored in Tuscaloosa March 18th with the 2004 Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing.
The award, given by the University of Alabama's Department of Journalism, recognizes excellence in nonfiction writing. It was named for Clarence Cason, founder of the University of Alabama's Journalism Department.