Friday, January 20, 2012

Johnny Mack Morrow & the Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Johnny Mack Morrow & the Alabama Music Hall of Fame

A Guest Commentary By

Hester Saint

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, Democrat, Red Bay, asked Shoals businessman Marty Abroms to chair a committee whose purpose will be to keep the Alabama Music Hall of Fame alive and keep its current Colbert County location, according to a story by Russ Corey in the Jan. 4th edition of the "Times Daily." The article continued by stating that "Morrow is adamant about keeping the Alabama Music Hall of Fame open, but he’s concerned about how that’s going to happen" given recent budgeting which cut State funding to museums and other attractions."Morrow asked the mayors of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia and the chairmen of the Colbert and Lauderdale county commissions to serve on the committee. Tuscumbia Mayor Bill Shoemaker, whose city is home to the hall of fame, was the only county or municipal official who could attend a meeting Wednesday at the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments offices to discuss the museum. Also attending were state Sen. Tammy Irons, D-Florence, state Rep. Marcel Black, D-Muscle Shoals, state Rep. Greg Burdine, D-Florence, and NACOLG Executive Director Keith Jones."

Rep. Morrow may, indeed must and certainly should, feel like the chickens have come home to roost. Notorious across NW Alabama for being unresponsive to mailed notifications of meetings of importance to his district, invitations to events affecting his district, unreachable by any of the means given by him to the office of the Clerk of the House for inclusion on the Alabama Legislature website. Johnny Mack must also feel egg from those roosting chickens all over his 'can't catch me' face.

Appropriately, all but Tuscumbia's own Mayor, Bill Shoemaker, played their own trump cards on 'ol Johnny Mack by not attending the meeting he called - in my humble, oft time frustrated to no end at his arrogant approach to representation of his district, opinion. Discussed among myself and others who over the years shared spoken aggravation at his thumb nosing to even the most important events.

Hopefully, Mr. Abroms and the members who now make up the committee to keep the Alabama Music Hall of Fame afloat and housed in its current location will not be discouraged by lack of attendance at Rep. Morrow's called meeting, rather encouraged anyone did.

The matter would likely gain more momentum and support if handled by someone else.


From Ron Jeffries: For everyone who knew Charlie Ross (Dave Tipps), there will be an informal Wake/Reunion/Celebration of Life for Charlie tomorrow (Saturday) at O' Malley's in Sheffield at 2:00 p.m. All friends and former co-workers are invited.

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