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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Huntsville, AL. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Huntsville.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Huntsville, AL? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Huntsville. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Huntsville, AL, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Huntsville. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Huntsville, AL

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Huntsville to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Huntsville.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

Install-Surge-Protectors

Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Huntsville, AL, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

Replace-Outdated-Light-Bulbs

Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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The story behind Huntsville’s must-do barbecue sandwich

Huntsville’s best barbecue sandwich was born in a gas station. Six years ago, Roger and Becky Owens opened Boarhog’s Barbecue inside a Citgo on Highway 72 East. They had a construction business digging ponds and other so-called “dirt work.” But jobs kept getting rained out, and Roger was looking for another way to generate income. The place where he fueled up his trucks and equipment had a small kitchen and restaurant space for rent inside the store.A couple other businesses, including an Asian restaurant and a...

Huntsville’s best barbecue sandwich was born in a gas station. Six years ago, Roger and Becky Owens opened Boarhog’s Barbecue inside a Citgo on Highway 72 East. They had a construction business digging ponds and other so-called “dirt work.” But jobs kept getting rained out, and Roger was looking for another way to generate income. The place where he fueled up his trucks and equipment had a small kitchen and restaurant space for rent inside the store.

A couple other businesses, including an Asian restaurant and a meat-and-three, had previously operated out of the same space. And that’s where the Owenses opened Boarhog’s in spring 2015. “We started just to see what we could do, and we loved doing it so we sold our dump-trucks,” Roger says.

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He’d grown up in a family where his father and grandfather often grilled hogs, goats, chickens and rabbits they raised. “They ate everything but the squeal,” Becky says. Later as an adult, Roger assembled a homemade grill from different pieces of steel he’d found. He enjoyed cooking for his family and even entered a couple grilling competitions. Before taking the plunge with Boarhog’s, Roger helped his cousin open a barbecue restaurant in Scottsboro, KC’s BBQ. “That made him see that we could do it too,” Becky says.

Becky has worked in accounting for around 20 years. She handled the books for their construction business and would also do so for their restaurant, as well as manage front-of-house. Roger oversaw the cooking and back-of-house.

When driving a truck for the construction business, Roger’s CB radio handle was “Boarhog.” They decided it would make a good barbecue restaurant name too.

From inside that gas station, Boarhog’s quickly earned a local rep for excellent ‘cue. Their pulled-pork biscuit, from the restaurant’s breakfast menu, was a cool different option for around here. And big, bad and spectacular.

Being located in a Citgo gave Boarhog’s an appealing quirkiness. But whenever different business owned by different people share a space there are going to be complications. In this case, limited parking and seating. “We shared bathrooms and being a truck stop, it wasn’t an ideal bathroom situation,” Becky adds.

So last year Roger and Becky made the decision to relocate Boarhog’s to a bigger space. And their own space. After the pandemic first set it, Boarhog’s had carried on at the Citgo with to-go orders. In July 2020 they shut down operations. They found a new location just a mile and a half down the road, at a former laundromat and carwash, located at 2118 Hwy. 72 E. By paying employees willing to help with painting and other tasks to get the new location ready, Boarhog’s was able to keep them on the payroll. The new location opened September 2020.

Their seating capacity quadrupled, to about 100. The staff has risen from six or so when Boarhog’s first opened to around 25 now. “It’s made a great difference,” Roger says.

Highway 72 is a good spot for Boarhog’s. They pick up a lot of customers from people traveling between Huntsville and Lake Guntersville, and Chattanooga too. Also, “We were raised on this side of town,” says Roger, who grew up in the Maysville community. “And once you get across Chapman Mountain there’s no place to sit down and drink a beer and watch football on TV.”

Yes, Boarhog’s sells beer and on the walls there are plenty of TVs flickering with sports on them. But much more importantly they have stellar barbecue. My number-one draft pick would probably be the large pulled-pork sandwich ($6.70, a small is $5.20). This isn’t just a sandwich -- it’s a handheld meal about the size of a softball.

The pork is tender with a rustic natural flavor and hint of smoke - but not so much smoke it tastes like it’s been rescued from a housefire. Roger says this is because Boarhog’s uses cherrywood to smoke their meat. “A lot of folks in The South use hickory, but, you know what, we’d rather people taste the flavor of the meat than a lot of smoke flavor.” Boarhog’s smokes their pork butts around 10 hours. They apply a rub with salt and black and red pepper and other seasonings. The restaurant goes through 1,200 to 1,500 pounds of pulled pork each week now, Roger says.

Boarhog’s barbecue sandwiches come dressed with vinegar slaw, pickles and mayo. Yes, mayo. The slaw is airy and crisp and not wilted. Some of it falls like confetti off the steamy bun and onto the silver metal tray the sandwich is served on. The mayo is very lightly applied. You don’t really notice it.

There are at least three different sauces at Boarhog’s, served on the side. Mild, hot and sloppy. Sloppy has a hot-sauce/cayenne vibe and it’s recommended mainly for Boarhog’s chicken wings (six for $9, 12 or $18, etc.) I liked the hot barbecue sauce, which has some latent tongue-edge kick but nothing crazy, on the pork.

Boarhog’s smoked chicken sandwich is also legit. I tried the small size ($6.35, a large is $8). Savory, tangy strands of bird. The restaurant’s mild barbecue sauce, which has a vinegar and cider vibe going on, is a good fit for the chicken sandwich.

Sides wise, the fried okra is totally happening. Light, crispy, not greasy, popcorn like. The way you want fried okra to be, and a much better time than your average vegetable. Also tried the smoked mac-and-cheese, which was cheese-forward and not overly smoky. Next time I’d ty the hashbrown casserole instead of the mac, I think.

The ribs at Boarhog’s are tender ($16.55 rib plate comes with four ribs and two sides). As with all the proteins I’ve tried here, the ribs are tasty enough you don’t really need to sauce them really unless that’s just how you roll. The meat falls off the bone. Becky tells me they also sell a lot of brisket (sandwiches $8.35 and $11.35). Loaded barbecue nachos ($10.40 to $12.25) are also a thing here, with choice of pork, chicken or brisket in the mix with fresh-cut corn tortilla-chips, cheese, sour cream, grilled jalapenos, onions and tomatoes.

The service is sweet, sharp and Southern. They have two cashiers going at once at the counter, so the line melts quickly. The lady who took my order knew answers to the questions I asked about the food, and when asked for options/suggestions provided useful intel. Later, as I was packing up leftovers at the counter where the soda fountain and the to-go clamshells are kept, I started to fill up some little plastic to-go cups with sauce. An employee keeping things picked up out front let me know they’d be glad to get me pre-filled sauces up at the cash register counter. Nice.

Boarhog’s is an unflashy barbecue joint. This isn’t a place with post-modern foodie updates or fusion remixes. Pork-belly might be someone’s nickname here, but it’s not on the menu. It’s the kind of place festooned with signs that read “Best Butts In Town” and depict smiling cartoon pigs oblivious to their soon-to-be-devoured fate. The dining room is clean, with a range of long tables and four-top booths. The sound system plays a mix of vintage music ideal to consume barbecue to, like “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” etc.

Lots of cap-wearers among the clientele - University of Alabama caps, Atlanta Braves caps, camouflage print caps. You’re just as likely to see a tape measure sticking out of a customer’s pocket here as a smartphone. Some authentic Alabama anthropology. And it’s always heartwarming to see black and white people eating at same place, some sharing tables too, like there are at Boarhog’s. A small sectioned off area, dubbed the Boar’s Nest, in the dining room is where acoustic music acts perform at night. The drive time out here from Huntsville’s Five Points neighborhood is the same as the duration of the opening two songs on Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti” album.

Like most restaurants and many businesses, Boarhog’s is having to hit pandemic curveballs. A lot of them have to do with supply chain and staffing. They recently had to shut down breakfast after losing several people on that shift around the same time. Currently they’re unable to staff the drive-thru window too. Hopefully that will work out soon. Boarhog’s hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More info at facebook.com/BoarhogsBarbeque.

Roger and Becky Owens first got together back when they were teenagers. They’ve been married 27 years and together 32 years total. Asked what the key is for a married couple to also peacefully coexist at work together, Roger says, “We try to leave it all there before we go home.” They say it also helps there’s a clear division in their work responsibilities, back of house and front of house. Also it helps, Becky adds with a little laugh, “I’m a very patient woman.”

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Highest-earning zip codes in Huntsville metro area

The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from the 2019 median of $69,560, according to the U.S. Census’s annual analysis of income and poverty in the U.S. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities—the fallout of which continues today.Stacker...

The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from the 2019 median of $69,560, according to the U.S. Census’s annual analysis of income and poverty in the U.S. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities—the fallout of which continues today.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning zip codes in Huntsville, AL using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Zip codes were mapped to city using Simple Maps. Counties are ranked by 2019 5-year estimate median household income.

Education levels and occupation contribute mightily to salaries, but where a worker lives can give a boost to employees across the board—or result in diminished earnings. It’s not just a location’s tax rates and cost of living, either. According to a Brookings study, simple geography is responsible for a large variation in earnings: Sebring, Florida, for example, has the low median earning of just $26,000, while the metro area of San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara in California boasts a median earning figure of $65,000. The same study found that overall workers in the top-earning 30 locations across the U.S. earn an average of 37% more than the workers in the bottom 30 locations.

Silicon Valley boasts a workforce that Sebring, Florida, simply can’t. In addition to powerhouse hubs like Silicon Valley, cities in general also boast higher wages for workers than their counterparts living outside of cities. High-paying firms are often located in cities, drawing talent who earn top dollar.

Keep reading to discover which zip codes in your metro are where people bring in the most earnings.

#10. 35613 (Athens)– Median household income: $79,484– Households earning over $100,000: 37.8%%

#9. 35824 (Huntsville)– Median household income: $83,950– Households earning over $100,000: 41.1%%

#8. 35808 (Huntsville)– Median household income: $90,104– Households earning over $100,000: 43.2%%

#7. 35759 (Meridianville)– Median household income: $90,655– Households earning over $100,000: 44.6%%

#6. 35749 (Harvest)– Median household income: $91,496– Households earning over $100,000: 44.1%%

#5. 35757 (Madison)– Median household income: $91,765– Households earning over $100,000: 44.6%%

#4. 35758 (Madison)– Median household income: $91,900– Households earning over $100,000: 47.0%%

#3. 35756 (Madison)– Median household income: $94,737– Households earning over $100,000: 47.8%%

#2. 35763 (Owens Cross Roads)– Median household income: $121,158– Households earning over $100,000: 62.3%%

#1. 35649 (Mooresville)– Median household income: $130,000– Households earning over $100,000: 70.0%%

A Huntsville City School board member cites student conduct and discipline for number of teachers resigning

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville City School board member says the district is losing teachers at a record number. She cites student conduct and discipline for the reason.“We are losing teachers at a record number. And they are leaving these classrooms because they are sick of being disrespected. Sick of disrespectful kids that are defiant at ...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville City School board member says the district is losing teachers at a record number. She cites student conduct and discipline for the reason.

“We are losing teachers at a record number. And they are leaving these classrooms because they are sick of being disrespected. Sick of disrespectful kids that are defiant at all times,” says Huntsville City School Board representative Michelle Watkins.

Meanwhile, the Desegregation Advisory Committee says the district disproportionately disciplines black students and encourages the district to work in that area.

So which is it? The DAC tells News 19 they believe Watkins is only speaking for her district, District 1 and data throughout the rest of the school system shows a clear disproportionate discipline of black students.

News 19 also requested human resource reports for this school year from Huntsville City Schools. The district says they are working to compile documents for the request and will provide them to News 19 as soon as possible.

The Desegregation Advisory Committee helps oversee a federal consent order to achieve unitary status–meaning equal, educational opportunities for all Huntsville city school students. One area DAC says the school district needs to improve is student discipline.

“I often hear about the disproportionate number of African American students being disciplined,” says Watkins.

She says in her district, teachers are put in a hard place.

“What are we supposed to do? Excuse the behavior so we can reach the numbers? I’m just saying. I’m trying to figure it out. It’s not all parents that aren’t parenting because most of them are but the ones that aren’t parenting. That’s our problem. No DAC report, no DOJ report, no consent order is going to stop that,” says Watkins.

Watkins said more teachers than ever are resigning in the middle of the school year.

“And for anyone who doesn’t believe what I’m saying, pull our H.R. reports since school started and look at all the teachers that have left our district,” says Watkins.

News 19 also requested the number of teachers who have left and are waiting on Huntsville City Schools to fulfill that open records request.

“So we are going to continue to lose teachers when we sit up and talk about discipline numbers because when teachers listen to you talk about discipline numbers… We’re telling our teachers that discipline matters more for students to come back to class and not be reprimanded than the teacher matters,” says Watkins.

The Desegregation Advisory Committee will meet Monday, November 8th at 6 p.m. at Lee High School. At that meeting, DAC representatives told News 19 they will go into detail about the discipline data for black students in the district compared to students of other races.

Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce: Anti-vaccine mandate bills would hurt Alabama economy

The Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce is opposing measures in the Alabama Legislature intended to restrict vaccine mandates and is asking members to contact their legislators to share concerns.“As a community with a very large number of federal contractors, such legislation would have significant potential to do great damage not only to the employers, but also to this region’s economy,” the chamber said in a statement.“Employers are not at liberty to choose which federal mandates they support. Compl...

The Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce is opposing measures in the Alabama Legislature intended to restrict vaccine mandates and is asking members to contact their legislators to share concerns.

“As a community with a very large number of federal contractors, such legislation would have significant potential to do great damage not only to the employers, but also to this region’s economy,” the chamber said in a statement.

“Employers are not at liberty to choose which federal mandates they support. Compliance with such mandates, however, should not be misinterpreted as support for the mandates.”

The chamber voted to oppose the measures on Oct. 28.

President Biden has said he will require companies with 100 or more employees to receive the vaccine. The Huntsville area relies heavily on federal dollars.

Madison County led the state with $9.2 billion just in defense contract spending during 2019, the latest year with available figures. That puts the county with the seventh highest total in defense spending in the U.S.

Alabama lawmakers have introduced a dozen bills intended to restrict vaccine mandates during the special session that started Thursday.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said last week he did not expect any bills related to vaccine mandates to receive consideration in the House during the special session, which Gov. Kay Ivey called for redistricting, a process required after every census.

According to a statement from the chamber, employers following the federal vaccine mandate would be subject to preliminary or permanent injunctions, meaning they would also be subject to penalties and attorney fees and costs.

“The potential workforce issues (mandates create) are being felt across the federal contracting businesses in our area,” the chamber stated.

“These mandates, however, are being implemented as a contract clause, therefore the only choice in not meeting this requirement is contract forfeiture. While these bills are trying to help the workforce, they will have the opposite effect. It places every federal contractor in a no-win situation of being sued by employees for following the mandate or giving up all contracts for not following it. Either way, the employee will be out of a job and a business will likely cease to exist.”

On a page with the statement, the chamber also provided contact information for legislators and urged members to relay their concerns.

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Saturday she has joined a federal lawsuit with several other states to block the mandate.

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Friday night his office was joining the lawsuit.

The Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries have also filed as plaintiffs.

McCutcheon said the Legislature’s legal advisors have expressed doubt that legislative action would be an effective way to combat a federal mandate.

Ivey has said she thinks the best way to fight the mandate is through courts.

Huntsville celebrates NASA’s upcoming Artemis launch in the traditional spot: courthouse square

Huntsville turned out a crowd in its downtown courthouse square Saturday to celebrate the upcoming first launch of NASA’s Space Launch System, NASA’s Alabama-led rocket built to return Americans to the moon. The square has been the traditional spot for space celebrations since Wernher von Braun got a ride on city leaders’ shoulders after the first Apollo moon landing in 1969.Von Braun led a team at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Today, a woman leads Marshall in developing SLS. So it was Jody Singer who said Saturd...

Huntsville turned out a crowd in its downtown courthouse square Saturday to celebrate the upcoming first launch of NASA’s Space Launch System, NASA’s Alabama-led rocket built to return Americans to the moon. The square has been the traditional spot for space celebrations since Wernher von Braun got a ride on city leaders’ shoulders after the first Apollo moon landing in 1969.

Von Braun led a team at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Today, a woman leads Marshall in developing SLS. So it was Jody Singer who said Saturday that America’s return to the moon is here.

“Words can’t describe it,” Singer said. “Pride, exhilaration, just thinking of all the hard work all of our folks have put into the Artemis program. It’s gone from a dream to it’s here, a reality.”

SLS sits fully assembled at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral awaiting a planned February launch to boost the Orion capsule to a flight around the moon. That’s farther than any human-rated capsule has ever gone.

Orion will return to Earth proving the system for the next launch around the moon with astronauts aboard. Then, Artemis will take the first woman and first person of color to the moon for a lunar landing.

“Huntsville’s touched 100 percent of it,” Singer said Saturday. “When you think of our workforce, the support, Huntsville continues to be a key part of our space program.”

“I feel incredible about us getting started,” said Lisa Watson-Morgan, director of NASA’s Huntsville-based program to build the Human Landing System that put astronauts back to the moon’s surface. That program is moving ahead toward “sustained (landing) services,” she said, “and we are doing all we can to get to those sustained services. We just want competition (from contributing contractors) to be strong, and we can’t wait.”

Speaking to the crowd, Singer name-checked key space contractors and partners in Huntsville including the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Dynetics, ULA, Teledyne Brown, Jacobs, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Aerojet. Each name brought a yell from the crowd.

A bigger yell came when Singer praised all of the contractors who support the Marshall center. She said the Artemis generation will build on the Saturn V Moon rocket also developed in the city. “Huntsville is at the heart of Artemis,” she said. “You’re not going anywhere if you don’t have a rocket to ride.”

The crowd on the square ranged from children to space veterans like Rick Chappell, an alternate astronaut in the space shuttle program who trained for seven years as a backup for a mission ultimately put on hold after the Challenger explosion.

“We kept on training,” Chappell said. “It was a wonderful group, and the experience of training is incredible.”

Chappell is spearheading a program to build a memorial to all the people in Huntsville who have worked on the space program. That’s 22,000 who worked for Marshall alone, he said.

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