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The rumor mill has been spinning around Scottsboro. The most recent one involving a Chick Fil A coming to Scottsboro. If you were to google “Chick Fil A,” on their website you’ll see a Scottsboro location with a “coming soon” beside it.

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HealthPointe Primary Care has been in business a year now

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It is with mixed emotions that Polymer Industries of Henagar announces the retirement of Sheila Keller, senior inside sales representative.

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In honor of her over 50 years of service to the banking industry, the Alabama Bankers Association (ABA) welcomed Carolyn Hall, Chairman of the Board of First Southern State Bank, to their Half-Century Club.

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The Economic Development Agency (EDA) for both Jackson County and DeKalb county have combined to have a joint job fair on June 16 at Northeast Community College (NACC).

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The Jackson County Sentinel captured 21 total awards in the Alabama Press Association’s Media Awards contests announced recently. The Sentinel won in the editorial division and magazine division for Jackson.

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Heartlite Hospice and Highlands Medical Center give out free lunches to “spudtacular” staff

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Local businesses struggling to find employees

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BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS) (“BancorpSouth”) announced it has received regulatory approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to complete its proposed mergers with National United Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of National United, (collectively referred to as "National United"), and with FNS Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQX: FNSB), the parent company of FNB Bank, (collectively referred to as "FNS").

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Karrin Ridley was at her old job, working with insurance billing at a doctor’s office in South Pittsburg, Tennessee when she received a message from her husband. He sent her a job posting from Google. They needed employees for the new data center they would be opening in Bridgeport. It was the perfect opportunity.

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Jack Lovelady, president and chief executive officer at First Southern State Bank, has announced the promotion of veteran banker Linda Loyd to assistant vice president.

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In the Page Auditorium on Wednesday, March 3, Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy announced that a Publix will be coming to Scottsboro.

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Dec. 1, 2020 was just a normal Tuesday for most residents of Scottsboro.  On that Tuesday, the Valluzzo Companies officially bought the McDonalds in Scottsboro after the Dutton family had owned it for many years. The purchase brought the grand total of restaurants they own to 78, all located in Alabama, Mississippi and Lousiana.

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The annual Jackson County United Givers Fund (UGF) campaign is underway with a goal of raising $120,000. To date, the campaign is at $3,500, according to Ellie Smith, the UGF executive secretary.

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Theaters across the country are reopening after being closed for months. Many, like Hollywood 10 Cinemas in Scottsboro closed early in March and haven’t been able to open their doors since. Now the locally owned theater has reopened for business.

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Andrew Hodges, MD, FACP, an internist practicing in Scottsboro has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the society of internists. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of adult medical care.

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Alleo Health System, the parent organization of Hospice of Chattanooga, has entered into an agreement to add ABC Hospice of Rainsville to its growing family of not-for-profit service organizations across the Southeast.  

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Owning his own business came with some tough challenges for Heath Lokey. Lokey took over the Wright family’s All-State Insurance Agency in April. For starters, he took over a family business that spanned 56 years in Scottsboro. If that wasn’t enough, the literal flood gates opened.

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Highlands Medical Center takes additional measures to ensure patient and staff safety

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While Highlands Medical Center (HMC) has continued to perform surgical and diagnostic procedures in urgent and emergent cases, all elective procedures were stopped on March 19, at the order of Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Per her announcement on April 28, hospitals across the state are now able to get back to work performing all procedures for patients. 

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Some towns are known for a signature dish. Corinth, Mississippi is known for the slug burger. It was called the slug burger because it consisted mostly of meat substitutes that during the depression could bring the price down to a nickel (or a “slug” as it sometimes called). Auburn is renowned for lemonade from Toomer’s Corner. Nashville features hot chicken. Louisville, KY popularized the hot brown sandwich. Chattanooga has the Moon Pie. Decatur, courtesy of Bob Gibson, is known for its unfairly maligned white barbecue sauce.

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Stevenson Volunteer Fire Department cleaning local storefronts to combat COVID-19

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Another popular community event has fallen victim to the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is with great disappointment that the annual IMPACT Low Country Luau has been canceled. This event was scheduled for May 1.

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Wright family sells All-State Agency after serving customers for 56 years

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The city of Scottsboro announced Monday morning that City Park will be closed to vehicle traffic. In a press release, the city said it was still encouraging people to use the walking trails within the park but asking that everyone comply with social distancing policies and no more than 10 people in a group or space at a time.

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Locally owned restaurants across Jackson County are adapting to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to serve their customers and to help keep their businesses afloat. A majority of the restaurants are offering curbside pickup, and some are offering delivery.