Documents written by Alabama justice released, Tech Tank coming to Huntsville

Aug 2, 2016

Newly released documents show Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore urged fellow justices to action after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

Court papers filed today show Moore asking the other justices to clarify the state's position in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling.

The documents show Moore cites Kentucky court clerk and gay-marriage opponent Kim Davis in claiming that Christians who oppose same-sex weddings could be forced to give up their public jobs.

Moore also quoted Shakespeare, a Nazi opponent from 1940s Germany and internet postings in asking fellow court members to act.

Moore is suspended from his job awaiting trial on judicial ethics charges of improperly issuing an order on same-sex marriage.

The first ever “Tech Tank” is coming to Huntsville. It’s a chance for forty small businesses to rub elbows with national agencies including the Defense Department and the National Defense University.

It allows small business owners along the Tennessee valley to talk with the federal government. The event is being sponsored by Tech Rich. That’s a division of the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama.

Project manager Terry Griffin says the summit could help small business survive the current economy…

“We provide core and specialized services, not the least of which is one-on-one counseling, to try and help businesses survive and thrive. Statistically, a small business that starts today may not be here, in fact there may be a 90 to 95 percent chance, that that business will not be here in five years. We try to reverse those odds.”

All activities will take place in Cummings Research Park at the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology and the nearby Jackson Center.

Residents of Mobile will soon get a unique opportunity to see how their police department works.

Applications are being accepted for the department’s new Citizens Academy.  The program will allow civilians to see first-hand how Mobile police officers train and how they handle hostile situations.

Lieutenant Travis Dannelly says applicants will work hands-on with the staff-- both the classroom and in the field…

“The basic idea of it is to bring citizens in and introduce them to what we do so they have a better understanding of the police department. It’s also a way to foster relations with the community where they have a better understanding on what we do, how we do it and most importantly why we do what we do and do it.”

Dannelley says that they see usually up to fifty applicants a year. But, only about thirty five people will make the cut. Those who complete the course are eligible to join Mobile’s Police Advisory Board.