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Alabama’s man for the people

*Sponsored content provided Alexander Shunnarah. From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM -- “2000 years ago, in Roman times when Christ walked the earth if a person was wronged, they were given a shekel of gold,” Alexander Shunnarah, Alabama’s “Man For The People,” said. “And we sit here in 2018, centuries later, as civilized and advanced as (we) have become, we still have not been able to make ...

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“It’s morbid.” “It’s expensive.” “I’m healthy.” “My family already knows my wishes.”

*Sponsored content provided by Jeremy P. Summers. By Jeremy P. Summers TRUSSVILLE -- We hear it all when it comes to estate planning. I know that thinking about your own mortality is not a fun topic, but it is a necessary consideration. Few of us have any advance warning of when we die or when we cannot make our own decisions. It has been my experience, that the people most likely to already have a Will and ...

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What is title insurance and why do I need it?

*Sponsored content is provided by Shami Malone. By Shami Malone TRUSSVILLE -- When we think of insurance, most of us would most likely think of casualty insurance, such as health insurance, homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance and the like. These types of policies insure against future losses such as illness, property damage and auto damage. If you have ever purchased or sold a home, or even refinanced a m ...

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Conservatorships and guardianships

*Sponsored content provided by Brooks Burdette. By Brooks Burdette TRUSSVILLE -- A conservatorship may be required when an individual needs assistance managing his or her financial affairs. Conservatorships may be necessary when an adult becomes incapacitated with a physical or mental illness, injury, drugs, advanced age or any event that prevents normal functioning. Brooks Burdette, of The Burdette Law Fir ...

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3 factors when making charitable gifts

*Sponsored content provided by Edward Jones. By Edward Jones The holiday season is here, which means gift-giving is probably on your mind. In addition to giving gifts to your family and friends, you also may be interested in contributing to charitable organizations. But before you donate financial assets, such as stocks, you will need to consider several factors, including taxes, your portfolio balance and ...

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The durability of retirement income is critical

* Sponsored content provided by David Guttery, Keystone Financial Group in Trussville. By David Guttery TRUSSVILLE -- When I’m working with clients to construct a comprehensive retirement plan, the focus is inevitably placed upon the income to be generated. The durability of that income is critically important. Durable implies that you can neither outlive the income nor can the market take the income away. ...

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Zac Brown Band‘s Chris Fryar


By Christopher Joyner, fourth grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Chris Fryar was born on Nov. 22, 1970. Fryar is the drummer for the Zac Brown Band. Fryar joined the band in 2008. “Sweets” is one of his nicknames. Fryar was given a guitar when he was six and drumsticks at age eleven. Fryar learned to play by listening to records and going to Gruny’s. Fryar also plays clarinet. Fryar graduated ...

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Michael Allen Bradford: A Hero

By Sarah Joyner, sixth grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Michael Allen Bradford, from Birmingham, Alabama, was born on Sept. 23, 1986. Sgt. Bradford enlisted in the United States Army in July 2005. His brother, Rusty, who Bradford looked up to and wanted to be like, recruited him into the military. Bradford served in the army for 12 years. He retired medically after multiple surgeries when he ...

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Trussville doll artist sells dolls all over the globe

By Joy Robertson, ninth grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Combining a love of sewing and childrens books, artist Jan Shackelford was inspired to create dolls as a part-time hobby for extra money. Little did she know that, in a few years, she would have a thriving business. Being inspired by her favorite artist, Eloise Wilkin, her dolls have taken a timeless look, drawing people to her art. “M ...

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Trussville man discovers transplant support groups can make a big difference

By Angela Ann Traylor, 12th grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Stan Smith, President of University of Alabama at Birmingham Heart, Lung and Liver Transplant Support Group, and his wife Nancy Smith, started attending the support group in 1990, three months after Nancy’s heart-double lung transplant. “It goes back to 1987,” Smith said. “When Nancy was first told she needed a transplant and we di ...

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