Category: Huntsville, Alabama

Little Richard Will Be Buried in Huntsville. Could His Estate be Probated Here, Too?

a microphone on a stage Many Rocket City citizens were pleasantly surprised to see the headline last week that rock and roll legend Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University’s Oakwood Memorial Gardens. Little Richard, who was born Richard Penniman, attended Oakwood University in the 1950s. Although Little Richard sold the publishing rights to his music decades ago, his estate is rumored to be up to $40 million.

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Mo Show Live with Former Huntsville City Councilman Mark Russell

The next episode of the Mo Show Live will air Wednesday, January 9th at 3:00 PM Central Time and will feature former long-term Huntsville City Councilman Mark Russell. Morris and Mark will be discussing his tenure on the City Council, his work as a referee in local sports, his heart attack and how that has changed his life. Mark Russell stepped down November 5th, 2018, after serving 16 years on the Huntsville City Council. He was elected by the council to serve as its President an unprecedented 10 times. Mark’s ten terms is a testament to the respect his colleagues have for him and his ability to unify the city. During his time on the Council, Mark helped oversee transformative growth for the City of Huntsville, including significant economic development and population increases.

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Mo Show Live with Rodney Smith of Raising Men Lawn Care Service

Martinson and Beason The next episode of the Mo Show Live will feature Huntsville’s own Rodney Smith, Jr. who founded Raising Men Lawn Care Service in 2015. Morris and Rodney will be discussing Raising Men, the importance of providing youth with positive and constructive volunteer outlets, and philanthropy in general. Martinson & Beason is proud to have Raising Men as a client. Raising Men has exploded since its founding by Rodney two years ago. There are currently eight chapters across the country, over 150 kids have joined, there are over 53,000 supporters worldwide, and they have collectively mowed over 2,000 lawns. Raising Men has been featured by local North Alabama television affiliates, NBC News, Fox News, the Today Show, Huffington Post, and more.

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New Safeguards in Place for the Protection of Nursing Home Residents

Nursing Home Care Attorneys

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised regulations for nursing home facilities, which may help prevent elder abuse and make life for residents a little better. The regulations apply to all nursing homes that participate in Medicaid/Medicare programs. For a complete look at the old and new regulations, check out this side-by-side comparison from The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. Here’s a quick summary of some of the major changes:

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New distracted driving bill could ban drinking, eating, and more while driving

Distracted Driving Laws in AlabamaWhile 46 states currently ban text messaging while driving, other forms of distracted driving are still technically not illegal. In fact, over 70% of respondents in a recent survey admitted to eating while driving. Even more prevalent was drinking (non-alcoholic drinks) while driving, at 83%. However, this may be changing soon. In Maine, lawmakers have passed a bill that fines drivers up to $500 for distracted driving. The New Jersey legislature is considering a similar law in response to a study that shows about half of accidents in New Jersey involve distracted driving. The New Jersey law would prohibit drivers from doing anything "unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle," including drinking, eating, using a navigation system, talking to passengers, putting on makeup, watching a video, or reading a map or book. In other words, that morning cup of coffee on the way to work would have to wait until you reach your destination. While these behaviors seem innocent enough, anything that takes the driver’s focus off the road poses an immediate danger to passengers and other motorists.

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Halloween in Summer? Get Spooked with Huntsville Ghost Walks

Black crowWhen you think of summer, ghosts and ghouls don’t necessarily come to mind, but in Huntsville, Alabama, it's never too early to start celebrating Halloween. Huntsville Ghost Walks, which started in June and are continuing every Saturday into the glorious month of October, are your opportunity to join the ghosts and ghouls of the night. Starting at 6 p.m. sharp, join the guides for a tour around one of three areas: Old Town Historic District, Twickenham Historical District, or Haunted Downtown. From there, you'll take a two-hour journey around the neighborhood of your choice and get a spooky look at beautiful architecture while being immersed in the rich history of Huntsville. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. They can be purchased in advance or on the night of the walk, a half-hour before it starts.

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