I did a special video edition of Seven Questions with a person I know in Anniston who is homeless. Jeffrey Leachman has come to the Anniston area from the Atlanta Metro and he thought he would find work but so far he has not. He has stayed with a group of friends who are also homeless in the Anniston Area. They have spent their nights at empty buildings and behind fences.
Now in this video below, Jeffrey Leachman explains his homeless problem while living in Anniston. He also has a plea to city and regional leaders in Anniston to do something about the homeless problem. As of this post, I have not heard from any city officials even though they said they would do something. This is a video you must watch!
Welcome to Hobson City, Alabama. The population is under 1000 people and the city was founded in 1899. The town was the first black city established in Alabama and it’s one of the oldest black cities in the country. The city was once a pretty busy town with many shops, restaurants, and other businesses. But in the last couple of years the town has died off slowly. Most of the business in Hobson City is now gone. Many of the homes and structures in the town are old and some have collapsed. And the town has no fire or police protection.
The town is surrounded by Anniston and Oxford. So the town is suffocated and it makes it hard to attract any new businesses. It is trying to start-up a bingo hall to make tax revenue for the town but state laws are making it hard to start-up the business. But there are people dedicated in bringing back the town. The town has recently reopened the town’s library. And the town has started a community garden for the people to use. It also has plans to bring back fire and police protection which it really needs. But Hobson City has a long way to go to be back where it was when it was a bustling small town. I went around Hobson City and took some photos of some scenes of the small town. Here is video of the Hobson City Traffic Light.
Within the last couple of weeks the Anniston community had a meeting to invite citizens and leaders to present ideas on how to fix the Anniston metro area. There was a great turnout and everyone agreed that we needed some changes. The city of Anniston has had a tough past with the civil rights movement and the pollution of PCB’S. Everyone who spoke was concerned about the corruption in city hall; the arrest of city councilmen; the parts of the community who are against the police; and the huge growth of Oxford and the dying of Anniston. I think this a great start in finding ways to grow Anniston and bring jobs; clean up pollution; end the police discrimination; put a crack down on crime; improve the services in Anniston; start new businesses; clean up the corruption in city hall; and to improve the life for the people in Anniston and Calhoun County. People are concerned that once the bypass around Anniston is completed; that people will avoid Anniston forever. Let’s make it an effort to make Anniston the city it once was for everybody!
Another thing that happened that day was a community meeting with Rep. Mike Rogers. The people at that meeting was concerned about the war in Iraq ending and the budget super committee in congress trying to trim over $1 trillion dollars in spending. We have a lot of military jobs in Anniston and this is riding on the backs of those jobs. So let’s hope we can jobs instead of losing them.
On Friday 11/11/11 we had the annual Veteran’s Day parade in Anniston. Many people turned out to watch this great parade. The patriotism in this parade was outstanding as well! So enjoy the photos of this great parade!
All the drummers have taped the number 79 to honor the passing of Aaron "Tootie" Harris whom wore number 79 on the Wellborn football team.
Shameless plug to listen to the Steve and Juile show on 97.9 WVOK
People that know me knows that I am a animal lover. I went to attend this event I did not even know about until a few days ago. Pet Fest 2011 was in Zinn Park in Anniston and was sponsored by Animal Medical Center. It featured a wide array of animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, owls, snakes, and even a pet possum. Businesses came out (mostly pet related) and there were a costume contest, a live K9 drug demonstration, and a few musical performers. Overall it was a good event on a good day.