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.
Auburn, AL – Auburn University will know Tuesday whether its academic probation will be extended or end. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is expected to meet in Atlanta and release its decision. SACS placed Auburn on probation last December for several reasons, including micro-management by the board of trustees. Governor Bob Riley and Auburn interim President Ed Richardson say they believe the school has addressed SACS' concerns. They visited with SACS members Friday to discuss the issue.
Mobile, AL – Mike and Shannon Dee of Aliceville are the new Outstanding Young Farm Family of Alabama. The state Farmers Federation recognized the Pickens County couple Sunday at its 83rd annual meeting in Mobile. The Dees produce corn, soybeans, timber and beef cattle on their ten-thousand acre farm. They will promote Alabama agriculture through next year. They also won some prizes -- use of a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer for one year and a personal computer package.
The protagonist of Inman Majors' second novel, Wonderdog, is Devaney "Dev" Degraw, who is an unhappy, and at present unsuccessful, attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and also the son of the governor of Alabama. Dev is going through an especially tough time.
By Don Noble
There is no greater virtue a novel can have than a great opening paragraph: