Alabama is a state filled with economic opportunity and promise. Every county is a priceless treasure, encompassed with an abundance of history and heart.
One of the greatest blessings of my life has been the ability to travel across our 67 counties (#Our67), work with a team to build our state, and help folks share their history and stories with others. More good news awaits Alabama. Here is to an incredible bicentennial year and beyond!
Merry Christmas from the Jones Family. Many blessings to you today and always! #Our67
Christmas Eve Tradition - Candlelight Service #Our67
It was on this day 200 years ago that folks first sang Silent Night.
In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. ;)
Over the next two weeks I will be playing Mary Poppins at various venues - hospitals, nonprofits, businesses, etc. If your organization would like Mary Poppins to stop by, please drop me a note. #Our67
GOOD NEWS: The Alabama 200 initiative provides an opportunity to recognize the people, past and present, who have shaped our state. Scores of groups in the public and private sector have donated time and resources to plan 400 events over the course of the next year.
Read more here in the Alabama Political Reporter: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/12/18/governor-ivey-launches-alabamas-bicentennial-year-celebration/
Thank you to all who sang and acted in the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival! This pageant began in England in the 1300s and is the oldest continuing festival of the Christmas season. All sing carols as the story of the English manor house is portrayed in pageantry and musical splendor.
The Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at Huntsville First United Methodist Church is the oldest running continuous pageant in the world and the only Christmas play of its kind in Alabama. #Our67
Many more photographs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicole_jones_huntsville_al/albums/72157701446432682
Each Christmas, Wreaths Across America ceremonies serve as moments to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom. Thank you to all who coordinated Wreaths Across America at Maple Hill Cemetery (and cemeteries around our state and nation) today.#Our67
Thank you to all who coordinated the Huntsville First United Methodist Church Open House, Twickenham Tour of Homes, and Luminaries this evening. A beautiful tradition in downtown Huntsville with family and friends - #Our67
What a joy to be in the Old House Chamber today as Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission kicked off the largest year-long celebration yet. Over 400 events will take place between now and 14 December 2019. Happy 199th, Alabama. We are looking forward to Alabama 200! #Our67 Alabama 200
GOOD NEWS: Happy Birthday, Alabama! Let us each take a moment to participate in our own unique ways and share our history, our story, with others.
Learn more about the Alabama Bicentennial here: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/12/13/alabamas-marks-199-years-as-a-state-on-friday/
GOOD NEWS: Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw Industries, Inc. is a global flooring provider with a presence throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The company employs approximately 22,000 associates worldwide, including 1,000 Alabamians, and is Covington County's largest employer. The newest investment of over $250 million will include a building expansion of Plant 65 in Andalusia as well as a substantial addition of new manufacturing equipment.
Shaw Industries, Inc. attributes its success to remaining focused on the core values recognized at its inception in 1967 - quality, service, and performance - values many Alabamians hold dear and live up to every day.
Read more in the Alabama Political Reporter:
Tonight the children performed at the Huntsville First United Methodist Church musical and filled the room with joy!
Thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Williams for directing for ten years now. Hayden and Sheridan started out as the little ones and now are the oldest... time sure does fly. Merry Christmas! #Our67
What a beautiful evening for the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. Governor Kay Ivey illuminated over 35,000 lights on a tree grown in Bullock County with 67 star ornaments representing Alabama's 67 counties. Thank you to The Garden Club of Alabama, Inc. for hosting such a special ceremony. #Our67
Agriculture has always been one of Alabama's dominant industries. Nationally, Alabama ranks second in freshwater fish production, third in poultry production, third in peanut production, and among the Top Ten in cotton production. The 97th Annual Meeting provided farmers from Alabama's 67 counties an opportunity to share best practices. Thank you to the Alabama Farmer's Federation for recognizing folks across various generations who have dedicated their lives to such a vital part of our economy.
Read more in the Alabama Political Reporter:
Winner - Service to Agriculture (Lifetime Achievement Award): John McMillan
Winner - Young Farm Family of the Year: The Upchurch Family
Congratulations to TMC Design Corporation on your newest expansion in Huntsville! TMC Design is in the top 1% of small business contracting for both the US Army and US Air Force. Thank you, TMC Design, for your contributions to our economy and national security. #Our67
Thank you to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #6, Lt. Donny Shaw, Madison County Sheriff's Department, Alabama State Troopers, Huntsville Police Department, Madison Police Department, WAY-FM, and to all of the corporate sponsors for coordinating Prayers with a Cop, an initiative that provided Christmas gifts for 33 children tonight. We had a great time with the children this evening at the Jones Valley Target! #Our67 🎄
Thank you to the Alabama Farmers Federation for hosting a memorable 97th Annual Meeting with keynote speaker Newt Gingrich, who emphasized the importance of understanding history and economics as well as participation in the political process. #Our67
This is how Alabama friends celebrate Christmas - Roll Tide! ;)
GOOD NEWS - Alabama History: I feel grateful to have spent a portion of 1 December in Montgomery to commemorate the legacy of Rosa Parks, a woman of courage and strength, on the first official Rosa Parks Day. The day commenced with a service and the unveiling of a historic marker in Rosa Parks' honor in front of her home church, St. Paul A.M.E. on East Patton Avenue. In this historic and sacred setting, Carver High School Choir and Alabama State University Choir brought me to tears with one of the most beautiful performances I have ever heard.
More from the Alabama Political Reporter: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/12/03/saturday-was-rosa-parks-day/