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Georgia fans, tattoo artists prepare for new ink after national championship – Red and Black01.12.22

Deonne Jones has been a Georgia fan since birth. Now 47 years old, Jones, a registered nurse, said that love for the Bulldogs runs in the family. Her grandparents passed it on to her parents who passed it on to her, and this only strengthened when she married a University of Georgia alum. With the team playing in the national championship, Jones plans to mark this love with a tattoo.

On Saturday, five days after the championship game, Jones will get her newest and third tattoo no matter if a title is won or not.

Ill only do things like this for things that mean something to me, and the Dawgs have always meant something to me, Jones said.

Like Jones, many Georgia football fans have made their way to tattoo shops to get body art dedicated to the team. If Georgia defeats Alabama, local tattoo artist and shop manager at Midnight Iguana Tattoo and Body Piercing Ed Toth said there will probably be an influx of new tattoos in Athens.

Toth has seen it all throughout his 30-year career and said that he does Georgia tattoos all the time, and has even done tattoos for those who have lost bets on games, including drawing notable Georgia rival, the Florida Gators.

College football is a way of life for a lot of people, Toth said.

Small business owner Nickolas Wheatley said he doesnt bet on the Bulldogs. He is confident in the team this year and believes the monster is finally going to get beaten.

Wheatley is no stranger to tattoos and specifically, sports-related tattoos, as he already has a Georgia tattoo on his chest and a Las Vegas Raiders tattoo on his hand. He received the Georgia one following their 2005 SEC Championship win and is hoping to be able to add to it if a national title is secured.

To Wheatley, the meaning behind his tattoos is less important than the memories attached to them. His brother is a tattoo artist and has done many of his tattoos, including the Georgia one, so the body art serves as a way to mark where they were in life and how theyve grown since then.

Kevin Rainey, a tattoo artist at INK 9 Tattoos and Body Piercing, who has done numerous Bulldogs tattoos said he just wants people looking to get tattoos to put a good amount of thought into it, given the permanence.

Its the only thing you take to the grave tattoos and a nice suit, Rainey said.

Mirroring an immediate tattoo increase at INK 9 after the Braves won the World Series last year, Rainey does expect an increase in patrons if Georgia wins the championship but said he doesnt believe there will be requests for large tattoos.

In contrast, owner and operator of Happy Ending Tattoo Jordan Olivera said he hasnt noticed an increase in patrons after major sporting events and while he believes people would celebrate a win, he doesnt foresee many requests following the game.

Though Olivera said the shops earlier closing time could factor into why an increase wouldnt follow, as it doesnt coincide with the closing times of downtown bars. He also said that sports-related tattoos may be more of a thing of the past as despite having done hundreds of Georgia tattoos, today he said he does more cover-ups than new ones.

Rainey disagrees with the sentiment of a dying trend because tattoos are tribal, or within someones DNA. He said even casual sports fans or simply natives of the state will receive Georgia football tattoos, especially the G, to represent pride for where they come from. He believes this is something that is always going to be there.

Nonetheless, passionate Georgia fans will continue to root for the team and some will go a step further to show off their affinity for the Bulldogs and if they do decide to get some new body art, the artists will welcome them.

Whether we win or lose, were open, Olivera said.

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Watch now: From addiction to redemption: Local pastor helping others toward recovery – Kingsport Times News12.28.21

KINGSPORT Scott Parker started using drugs at the age of 12. Marijuana and alcohol at first, then mainly cocaine.

Following a high school football injury, Parker was introduced to pain pills. For the next 22 years, he was a pill and heroin addict. He had hit rock bottom, and it took an overdose for Parker to realize he was destined for greater things.

One of those things was helping fellow addicts to the road to recovery.

I came to know the Lord through an overdose, and it was the first time I ever said a prayer. I was an atheist at the time and I said, Lord, just let me live, Parker said. After that, it laid on my heart to start something that would help guys and gals transition in places where I had difficulties in spiritual life primarily and with life skills.

That thing Parker started was a nonprofit organization called One80 a Christ-centered program based in Johnson City that helps men in recovery or who were recently incarcerated transform their lives.

It does so through spiritual development, job training, counseling, sober living and life-skills development.

We started in August 2019 under a different name with me and five guys in a pickup truck trying this thing out, and we saw that it worked, Parker said of the program. If we can give people the skills they need, we can start to see this (addiction) problem dissipate. If we can provide a sustainable model, then we can really start to fight the problem.

Scott Parker, the chaplain at the Sullivan County Jail, started the One80 program two years ago. The year-long program teaches skills in construction trades to participants who have been incarcerated or have suffered from a drug addiction.

Parker, 46, grew up in Louisiana, and like many people who use illegal drugs, he bumped around a lot, living in many different cities and towns across the country. Eventually, in 2006, he wound up in the Tri-Cities.

Following that traumatic overdose nearly a decade ago, Parker said he decided to give his life to Christ, get sober and eventually become the pastor of his own ministry (By His Blood) before founding One80.

Today, Parker has been sober for nine years, married for 10 and the couple have a 20-month-old daughter.

(My wife) got to see two years of full-blown addiction, so shes a saint, Parker said. When I came out of addiction, I had the mentality of a 12-year-old. I had worked in the coal mines, but I had no other job skills. I didnt know how to do finances or be a good husband or a good father. ... I had no moral or ethical code.

Transitioning through that was difficult because while youre addicted, drugs are your god.

Parker doesnt look like your typical Southern pastor. Hes tall and rather large with a lengthy beard and numerous tattoos up and down both arms. Some are pre-addiction tattoos (like Miss Fortune and Lady Luck) and others are after he became sober and gave his life to Christ.

Specifically, the Isaiah 54:17 one stands out: No weapon formed against you shall prosper.

Ive gotten mixed reviews (on my appearance). I really believe one of the things that allows me to be effective is the past that I have, Parker said. God truly took all of those bad things (addiction, being a horrible father, a wretched person) and said, Youre redeemed, youre going to do good, and youre going to glorify me and people are going to be receptive to it.

Parker has numerous tattoos on both arms, including ones from when he was addicted to drugs and others since hes been sober. This one says Without Christ youre holding aces & eights a reference to the deads man hand in poker.

One80 operates a yearlong program that teaches skills in construction trades to participants who have been incarcerated or have suffered from a drug addiction. Participants go through a year of sober living, spiritual instruction and job training. In addition to job skills, they also receive courses on morals and ethics, finance, problem resolution and biblical manhood.

The program is funded through its 11 construction partners, and theres no cost to enroll. One80 provides transportation for the men to and from work, as well as to their court hearings, mental health appointments and meetings with parole and probation officers. Since it started two years ago, 14 men have graduated from the program and 37 more are currently enrolled.

With the program, I usually get up, read my scripture and make sure all of my guys are at the job sites. We do random drug tests, talk to probation officers and court liaisons, and I do a lot of counseling throughout the day, Parker said. A lot of guys dont have a drivers license, so we work to get those back and help getting their fines paid down.

The Times News interviewed Parker in one of the meeting rooms at the Sullivan County Sheriffs Office, a place he knows well, from both sides of the jail cells. During that interview, Sheriff Jeff Cassidy popped in to say hi to the big man and thank him for the service he provides.

Pastor Scott Parker is a proven testimony that if some people are given the tools and resources needed, they can live a better life and be successful, Cassidy said. And were excited to have Pastor Parker as our chaplain and part of our jail-based programs to ensure that these offenders upon release can have a job, have money in the bank and transition into society and help us reduce recidivism.

Parker has the tattoo Isaiah 54:17 on his left hand No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Parker says, Ive gotten mixed reviews (on my appearance). I really believe one of the things that allows me to be effective is the past that I have.

Over the past 10 years, the number of overdose deaths in Sullivan County has more than doubled, with the addicts drug of choice being meth, followed by heroin and cocaine. A decade ago, prescription drugs were wreaking havoc.

Making matters worse is many of the drugs on the street today are being laced with fentanyl a synthetic opioid that is extremely powerful and extremely deadly when taken in the wrong amount.

Im seeing meth on the rise, and the thing about meth is its so cheap to make, so easy to find and so cheap to get. This whole area has been inundated with it. Then you throw in the opioids and everything else, its a storm brewing right now, Parker said. To top it off, whether youre using meth or opiates, youre also getting a heavy dose of fentanyl with it. Thats a hot shot waiting to happen.

One80 recently held a graduation ceremony in Greeneville for four of its participants. They came to the program from local drug courts in Sullivan and Washington counties, a few from Greeneville and one came from Alabama.

Currently, the program is only for men, but Parker said hed like to see a future initiative developed specifically for women.

I dont think the affinity for drugs ever leaves. I have no doubt that if I were to start taking pain pills today that I would be addicted in a heartbeat, Parker said. The Lord opened my eyes to what I love more. I love God more than I love drugs. I love my wife more and my child more. I love the fact I can walk into the sheriffs office and walk out. It wasnt always that way. Now, being able to contribute to society? Thats something you carry with you the rest of your life.

One80 Inc. works with other programs and nonprofits in the East Tennessee region, including drug courts, probation agencies and law enforcement. One80 Inc. is located at 3611 N. Roan St., Johnson City.

For more information, email pastorscott@one80tn.com.

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Mead, ancient drink of Vikings, now made and sold in Huntsville – al.com11.30.21

It sounds like an ancient ritual is about to go down in here. On a recent Thursday afternoon, tribal music is being played over the speakers inside Ravenwood Meadery. The chants sounds mystical. Like they predate time, similar to how the roots of mead have been traced back at least 9,000 years. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water and yeast. Its the stuff of Norse myths.

Huntsville is a city known for its contributions to aerospace engineering and technology. Still, it also feels like the perfect place for a new business making an ancient libation once consumed by Vikings. The city has a soft spot for nerdy and quirky. Vinyl records. Craft beer. Pop-culture cons. Standup comedy. Cigar-box guitars.

Carboys filled with mead at Ravenwood Meadery in Huntsville, Ala. (Matt Wake/mwake@al.com)

On Black Friday, owner Roo Kline and manager Michael Wilson will open Ravenwood for business. The meaderys located in an airy space with a cozy and slightly witchy vibe on the second floor of Huntsville arts center Lowe Mill, a converted textile mill built around 1900.

The interior at Ravenwood Meadery at Huntsville, Ala. arts center Lowe Mill. (Matt Wake/mwake@al.com)

On Monday, Kline and Wilson, who are partners in life as well as business, were up early. They bottled 20 batches of mead, siphoning from five-gallon carboys the cloudy goldenness thats been aging inside for about eight weeks, and into 750 milliliter wine bottles.

The older the mead gets, the darker it gets, Kline says. After a while that yeast will drop down and collect in the bottom as sediment. So sometimes the mead will turn very clear depending on what variety you make. Our traditional mead does not turn perfectly clear or translucent. Its a little bit cloudy.

Carboys filled with mead at Ravenwood Meadery in Huntsville, Ala. (Matt Wake/mwake@al.com)

And like wine, the taste of mead gets more complex and interesting as it ages. It will taste good after eight weeks and bottled up. But hold on to that bottle another three months and it becomes special, Kline says. That effect is multiplied furthermore at intervals of six-months and a year. What happens is it begins to mellow out and becomes softer, Kline says. After that, it will age but you dont see the jumps in it like you did during that first year.

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They can make three batches or so an hour at Ravenwood. Sanitizing all the hoses, carboys and other equipment is the most time-consuming part of the process, and crucial because otherwise an entire batch can go yuck. As far as the actual making goes, Kline and Wilson use a metal pot that looks like something a family would cook a batch of jambalaya or chicken-noodle soup in, to mix the honey and water. They mix pot after pot, emptying the mixture into a carboy. And when its full we just put the yeast in and it does its thing, Kline says.

Ravenwood accurately classifies themselves as a micro-meadery. Meaderies in general are still a small thing in Alabama. According to Kline, A few breweries may make mead, but we are the only meadery in the state that focuses solely on making mead.

Bottles of mead at Huntsville, Ala.s Ravenwood Meadery. (Courtesy Aurora Jordan)

Half of Ravenwoods initial 20 batches have already been presold via social media. Still that leaves another 200 to 250 bottles up for grabs. This traditional or house mead is coming in at about 12 percent alcohol by volume, or ABV. So its a sipper. Bottles run $30 for the house mead. As Ravenwood gets into variations made with, say, wild violet or dandelion, those bottles will cost around $40, as working with those ingredients is more time-consuming.

In addition to to-go bottle sales, Ravenwood will also have a small tasting bar. A four-ounce pour is $7 and six-ounce $9. They also sell drinking horns, from buffalo and oxen, lined with beeswax to enhance the meads flavor. (Full size drinking horns are $35.) Opening day, Nov. 26, Ravenwood is open noon to 7 p.m. Normal hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. More info at ravenwoodhuntsville.com.

Theyre located on the same corner of Lowe Mill, address 2211 Seminole Drive, as fantasy-themed Dragons Forge Caf, giving them a simpatico neighbor. Ravenwood and Dragons Forge are already planning special events together, including one for New Years Eve.

Michael Wilson bottling mead at Huntsville, Ala.s Ravenwood Meadery. (Courtesy Roo Kline)

Once filled with mead, Ravenwoods bottles are corked, then sealed with a wax stamped emblem that looks straight out of Game Of Thrones. (Interestingly, Klines never watched GoT, she says.) Ravenwoods name was inspired by the ravens that serve Oden, the king of the gods in Norse mythology, and by Moonwood Farm, a fiber business of Klines.

Kline has a charming accent. Theres a tattoo of scorpion on the inside of her right forearm and a seahorse on the left. She was born in Holland but spent a majority of her life in Australia, in Brisbane and Queensland, just up from the Gold Coast. Shed been working as a graphic artist and then decided to take a year off to spend time in Miami. She loved the South Beach culture, where she got work designing event and club flyers. She got the nickname Roo from her new American friends because, yep, there are kangaroos in Australia. She wasnt crazy about the name but it stuck.

Drinking horns used to consume mead, for sale at Ravenwood Meadery in Huntsville, Ala. (Matt Wake/mwake@al.com)

About three or so years ago, she met Wilson at a festival. He was living in Nashville at the time. Me and my friends in Nashville, its kind of our culture, mead-making, Wilson says. Before Ravenwood, he mostly worked warehouse and factory jobs.

Back when Kline and Wilson met, a lot of homemade mead was being consumed in his circles. Shes tasted mead before back in Australia, but it was a commercial mead and like any commercial mead theyre not that great. Wilsons homemade mead though was rich and full-bodied. You can taste the honey through it, Kline says. What I like about it too, is that it ranges anywhere from very sweet to very dry depending on how you make it.

Shed been making homemade wine for a couple years, after red concord grape seed planted in her garden turned out to be muscadine instead. After tasting her new friends meads for a while, she decided to switch lanes. Kline and Wilson started making their own mead together, and they received some emphatic thumbs-up from friends whod tried different versions they made. Some friends even suggested they should make mead professionally.

Kline has been a juried fiber artist at Lowe Mill for around four-and-a-half years. Then about 15 months ago, she secured a larger studio space that included two ample storage rooms, which she initially used for fiber, yarn and other supplies.

Ravenwood Meadery at Huntsville, Ala. arts center Lowe Mill. (Matt Wake/mwake@al.com)

She started thinking about turning the storage rooms into a micro-meadery. Use one for a fermentation room and the other a cellar-styled salesroom. Last summer they connected with the health department to confirm it would be legit for them to do mead there and got an OK.

It hasnt been easy though. The licensing was confusing. Mead is just not known well enough, Kline says. It doesnt really fall under beer because it is not a beer, theres no grains used. Does doesnt really fall under wine because technically its not a wine. They have beer, wine or spirits so where does mead fall? The closest thing is wine. So we are classified a winery and our little fermentation room is a bonded winery. There was also the matter of obtaining a $25,000 surety bond, a recent requirement in Alabama for new businesses selling alcohol, Kline says.

Bottles of mead at Huntsville, Ala.s Ravenwood Meadery. (Courtesy Aurora Jordan)

Wilsons interest in mead went deeper than alcohol, and into Viking culture and religious practices. His long hair is shaved on both sides, revealing tattoos of Anglo-Saxon style ravens. He was introduced to Viking culture through the sword-and-sorcery lyrics of the heavy-metal band Manowar.

Once I started listening to them, Wilson says, they started singing about Odin and Thor and the Norse gods and I was like, Man, these guys are pretty cool, so I started reading into it. And then I realized there was a whole culture around that, a revival of that stuff. So I started diving in and reading everything I could. The deep history of Viking/Norse culture and mead was appealing. Theres an elemental allure too, Kline says. Its very organic. Im very much a nature person anyway, so that just speaks to me.

The Ravenwood recipes Kline and Wilson have come up with have been refined over years, through trial and error. For example, they found plum mead was delish. Banana mead, not so much. This being the 21st century, ye olde internet research has also been involved. There are lots of things that you can throw into mead, to experiment with it, play with it, Kline says. Berries, flowers, spices, teas, all these kinds of things. Its been a real adventure.

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Family of Garrett Walker hires attorney in wake of his death – WVUA23 – wvua23.com11.13.21

The family of Garrett Walker, the University of Alabama student who went missing early Sunday and was found dead Tuesday, has hired a local attorney as representation.

Josh Hayes with Prince, Glover and Hayes Law Firm hosted a news conference on behalf of the Walkers Wednesday, thanking the city of Tuscaloosa, first responders and the UA community for their support in the wake of Garretts disappearance.

The university was amazing from the jump on this, Hayes said on behalf of the Walkers. They were quick to offer help to the family. They were quick to offer help to the fraternity brothers and friends of Garrett that you saw piled up on the hill for a couple days.

UA Student Life brought folding chairs and tarps so students could sit comfortably, and provided food and beverages so those who were concerned could remain at the search.

Im awfully proud to be an alum, Hayes said.

Walker attended the Alabama vs. LSU game Saturday and was with friends at The Gray Lady, a local bar on Greensboro Avenue. He was last seen around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, but everything that happened after is a question his loved ones and investigators are looking to answer.

Anyone who was in the area the night that Garrett went missing, we need to hear from them, Hayes said. If you have information, please reach out. If you saw something or if you think you may have seen something, say something. We need the public to say something.

On Wednesday, Garretts family headed back home to Maryland with Garretts Jeep and his dog, Gunner. Before they left, Hayes said they had one wish to share.

Garrett lived a lot of life in his 20 years, Hayes said. We dont want him remembered for the way he died. We want him remembered for the way he lived. He was an incredible young man. His parents were very proud of him. His mother said it best that shes going to remember Garrett as a young man of faith. They told the of a tattoo on his body that his father wasnt pleased with, but he was pleased with the content of it. It was Joshua 1:9.

That verse reads: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Hayes said no lawsuit has been filed at this time.

A GoFundMe page initially set up to raise money for a reward on information in Walkers disappearance has thus far raised more than $65,000.

That money is going toward funeral expenses, but the remainder will be used to set up a Garrett Walker Memorial Scholarship.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Reacts To Police Officer Doppelgnger – Rock 92.909.04.21

Dwayne Johnson arrives at the world premiere for JUNGLE CRUISE, held at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 24, 2021.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson has a doppelgnger and the resemblance is uncanny; the guy looks practically identical to his Hobbs & Shaw character.

Photos of Patrol Lieutenant Eric Fields from Morgan County, Alabama went viral recently, catching the attention of the 49-year-old Jungle Cruise star, who took to Twitter yesterday (August 30) to offer his hilarious response. Johnson retweeted a Bleacher Report post that paired a photo of Fields on the left to one of himself on the right.

Oh s! Wow, the actor wrote. Guy on the left is way cooler. Stay safe brother and thank you for your service. He continued by giving a shout-out to his own tequila brand adding, One day well drink @Teremana and I need to hear all your Rock stories because I KNOW you got em.

One Twitter user commented, First black John Cena now this?

Another user showed a side-by-side comparing the police officer donning a matching tattoo to The Rocks.

Per E!, Fields, 37, said hes been called The Rock and Vin Diesels love child earlier this month, explaining that he finds the comparisons humorous and flattering, but admitted the similarities bring a certain amount of pressure.

I dont want to disappoint anybody, Fields admitted. I walk up one day and at a different angle, I dont know. Its flattering, but its also a little nerve-racking as far as what others expect.

A local TikToker from Morgan County posted photos of the officer. I really dont think yall are ready for this because this is insane, she said, Look at him! You cannot tell me thats not Mr. Dwayne.

One TikToker commented, Thats Dwayne The Cop Johnson.

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Atomic, the nationally acclaimed cocktail bar in downtown Birmingham, will close its doors in the fall – AL.com08.09.21

Atomic Bar & Lounge, the award-winning cocktail bar in downtown Birmingham, will close its doors in October.

Feizal Valli, who owns Atomic with his wife Rachael Roberts, made the announcement Thursday evening in a Facebook post on his personal profile.

As some of you may have already heard, the Atomic Lounge will be closing its doors soon. Its been a tumultuous year, both for this industry and for us personally. Its been our pleasure to have had so many of you here, to make so many new and lifelong friends. From the first day the Atomic has exceeded our expectations; Best in Birmingham, Best in the state, 3 (!) James Beard nominations. All from a little bar that dressed you up as a squirrel, slapped a Sex Panther tattoo on you and every now and then, made a decent cocktail. We still have some time together, the last day will be October 9. So lets have a few more of those Panthers, shoot some questionable whiskey and put on a costume one last time in the next few weeks. Thank you Birmingham, for everything.

Valli and Roberts opened the Atomic in 2017, and the bar quickly became famous for its mid-century modern decor and signature cocktails. The pair, who met while working at the Collins on second avenue, wanted the bar to feel like home. They outfitted the interior with cozy nods to their lives, from a wall lined with 1960s-style photographs of their relatives, to a mantel filled with trophies from the sports Roberts and her brother played growing up. But above all, Atomic was meant to be their love letter to Birmingham. The bar would illustrate the next step of their lives. Valli moved to the city after Hurricane Katrina forced him to leave New Orleans. He took a job at the Collins, where he met Roberts who was working there as a waitress. They started dating soon after he walked her home one night. In 2017 Valli and Roberts got married in Las Vegas. The day before their honeymoon, they announced they were opening a bar in downtown Birmingham

At the Collins, Valli designed the bars interior pice de rsistance-- a periodic table that, in lieu of chemical elements, represented significant people and places in Birmingham.

While Valli and Roberts loved the Collins, they wanted the Atomics brand to be their own. They set out to create a new tribute to Birmingham with nods to the citys culture throughout the interior. One room would be named after political activist, scholar, and Birmingham native, Angela Davis. The wall behind the bar would house the Atomics artistic center point-- a recreation of the front cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, the 1967 album from the Beatles. The mural featured cutouts of Alabamas cultural icons-- from Birminghams native son and legendary bandleader SunRa to University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

As alumni of the Collins, the bar that would usher in much of Birminghams modern cocktail culture, Valli and Roberts wanted to continue driving the momentum for the citys emerging appreciation of craft cocktails, and they crafted a beverage program that was playful and unique. Theyd name the bars signature drink the Sex Panther-- a more aggressive play on the old fashioned, served with a panther temporary tattoo.

The Atomic quickly rose to prominence as a city favorite, garnering attention not only for its cocktail menu, but also its selection of costumes for patrons to wear inside. It wouldnt be long before the Atomic started receiving national acclaim. Over the years, the accolades would keep rolling in, from multiple semifinalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards Outstanding Bar Program, to nominations for the Spirited Awards from Tales of the Cocktail, the nations longest running cocktail conference recognizing the craft of the best bars, bartenders, and industry luminaries around the world.

Last April was a particular crowning moment for the Atomic. Tales of the Cocktail named the Atomic to its list of regional nominees for Best American Cocktail Bar, an award honoring a bar for setting the highest standards in the industry and influencing cocktail trends with its menu, staff, and atmosphere. The honor came during a tumultuous time as the culinary and bar industry reeled from shutdowns and job losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nomination was welcome news for Valli and Roberts, who considered the honor a sign of hope during a period of uncertainty and decreased morale in both the city and national restaurant and bar scene. While many drinking and dining establishments in the city had to lay off staff during the mandated shutdowns, Valli and Roberts were able to keep paying their small team of employees from an emergency savings account. And while the state Alcohol Control Board issued an emergency authorization allowing bars to sell bottles of alcohol through curbside service while their interiors were shuttered, Valli and Roberts opted not to pursue that model. For Valli, not only did offering curbside alcohol during the mandatory shutdowns defeat the statewide health orders, the service also felt impersonal.

To me, the bar has always been more than just about the spirits. Not to sound silly, but its more about the spirit of the bar, Valli told AL.com last year. The bubbles rain from the ceiling. The music. The cocktails. The costumes. The vibe of the bar.

Despite opting out of curbside bottle service, Valli, like many other professionals in the culinary industry, saw the emergency order as proof that rigid laws and regulations in the state and around the country can be adapted, especially to help bars and restaurants survive.

When the Atomic reopened its doors to guests after Alabamas Safer at Home order allowed restaurants and bars to resume on-premise dining, the bar added a number of features to navigate health and social distancing guidelines, including an expanded patio. For New Years Eve, the Atomic offered regular service for five hours before hosting a reservations-only, limited seating party.

Early this year, the bar advertised an open server position. In a February interview with USA TODAY, Valli recounted the difficulties of running a bar in 2020. One of the biggest challenges, he said, was ensuring customers wore their masks while inside of the bar. He also expressed hopes that the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines would eventually allow patrons to enjoy their favorite watering holes the way they did before the pandemic.

If the vaccine allows us to be social again, thats the most important thing, said Valli. Because at the end of the day, a bar is about being social.

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Everything the Kardashians Have Said About Kourtney Kardashians Relationship With Travis Barker – Us Weekly06.12.21

Kar-Jenner approved! Since Kourtney Kardashian started dating Travis Barkerin January 2021, her family has offered their stamp of approval many times over.

They have big modern families [and they] both are dedicated to their kids. They come from these modern families with modern relationships, a source told Us Weekly exclusively in February 2021. Both of their families are supportive.

Us confirmed thepairs romanceone month prior.

Kourtney and Travis are officially a couple, a separate source shared at the time. They have been close friends for years and have been dating for a couple months. Travis is very smitten with Kourtney and has been for a while.

News that the duos longtime bond had turned romantic came shortly after the rocker got up close and personal with the reality stars family while hanging out at Kris Jenners house in Palm Springs, California. In the months that followed, the momager only grew to appreciate hereldest daughters boyfriend more.

Isnt [their love] great? Jenner gushed during anOn-Air With Ryan Seacrestappearance in June 2021.

Barkers ex-wife,Shanna Moakler, with whom he shares children Landon and Alabama, shared her support as well.

As long as shes great to my kids and theyre both happy, Im happy for them, the model told Us in February2021. I absolutely am super happy for them.

The couples friends are also big fans of seeing their love blossom.

Im obsessed, Kardashians BFF Addison Rae toldEntertainment Tonightin May 2021. I love Kourtney and I love Travis. Theyre both amazing people and I wish them the best. Theyre so cute.

Tracy Romulus, a close friend of the Kardashian sisters, also shared her blessings on a PDA-heavy Instagram post.

Can we start wedding planning yet? You guys are the cutest, she wrote.

While vows havent been exchanged,the pairs relationship has been made permanent in another way.In April 2021, Kardashian shared a glimpse of her boyfriendsnewest tattoo, which featured her name written in delicate script right above his left nipple.

Kourtney and Travis are so happy together, a source told Us exclusively soon after. And friends think theyabsolutely will be getting engagedsooner rather than later.

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Whats Going On With Travis Barker, Shanna Moakler, and the Kardashians? – Vulture05.31.21

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Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian have had as normal of a relationship as youd expect from those two so far, between the finger-sucking and the tattoos. And Barkers ex-wife Shanna Moakler, in case you were wondering, hasnt been too happy about that. After a series of shady comments to the press and mocking photos on Instagram, the former Miss USA told People last week that she thought Barker and Kardashians PDA was weird. Im very much over my ex. Its been a long time, added Moakler, who was married to Barker from 200408 and starred alongside the blink-182 rocker in MTVs Meet the Barkers. (They split in 2006 before later finalizing their divorce.) Even so, the drama between her and Barker has only grown in the days since. Below is a journey through the social-media comments and tabloid exclusives, featuring drama over everything from tattoos to multiple cheating allegations, along with appearances by Barker children Alabama and Landon, Kourtneys younger sister Kim Kardashian, former Danity Kane member Aubrey ODay, and even Perez Hilton.

The drama really picked up on May 15, when Alabama, Moaklers 15-year-old daughter with Travis, posted text messages allegedly from her mother to her Instagram Stories. In the messages, Moakler appears to claim she divorced Travis because I caught him having an affair with Kim, along with that he was emotionally abusive and controls his daughters social media. My mom has never completely been in my life, Alabama wrote with the screengrab. (In a poetic twist, Moakler posted video to Instagram earlier that day of her getting a tattoo of Barkers name removed. Moakler criticized Barker in a comment for allegedly getting a skull tattooed over her initials with Kourtney. Once again weird! she wrote.)

Barker has had a long friendship with Kim back in 2015, he told Us Weekly the star once came to him for advice on whether to start Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And while he told Us that he couldnt keep my eyes off Kim! while she was assistant to his then-fling Paris Hilton, he insisted theyve stayed just friends. A Kim K. source later confirmed to Page Six on May 17, days after the messages leaked, that the star and Barker have never had a romantic relationship. A separate source added of Moakler, Its a shame that she continues to spread lies because she is clearly bitter her ex is happy and has moved on.

In fact, Moakler is currently dating fellow model Matthew Rondeau. And in that May 15 Instagram Story, Alabama claimed, Matthew is nothing but awful to her not only that but he cheats on her. Rondeau disputed the claim on May 17, telling Life & Style magazine our love is real in an exclusive statement. We had our ups and downs in the past but never have we cheated on one another, Rondeau said. (Entertainment Tonight previously reported the two had broken up in early April.)

Amid all this, Perez Hilton dug up an Instagram Story on May 18 posted by Aubrey ODay last July, reminiscing on past Fourth of July celebrations. I was BFFs with Kim Kardashian during a Fourth. She was hooking up with Travis Barker and we were at his house he was really dope, ODay wrote, according to screenshots. Shanna his ex (who I love) supposedly was threatening to slash her tires (sorry girl but that was funny s**t, I would have too) so they asked her to park her car somewhere else. Notably, she didnt include what year this happened, but referred to Moakler as Barkers ex and, of course, posted the story months before Barker and Kourtney Kardashian would begin dating.

Hours after ODays story resurfaced, Moakler confirmed her allegations to Us Weekly on May 18. I divorced my ex because I saw them I caught them having an affair, she said, referring to Barker and Kim Kardashian. She claimed the affair happened before Keeping Up With the Kardashians 2007 premiere. Someone sent me all their [text] conversations and Im also close friends with people who were there, while things were happening, Moakler added, claiming Barker is 100 percent lying about his relationship with Kim. He is dating her sister now, so I think that would be really weird, she continued.

In a separate May 18 exclusive statement to People, Moakler also countered Alabamas statement on her parenting. The claims of being absent from my childrens lives are false and incredibly hurtful, she said. Moakler also shares 17-year-old Landon Barker with Travis, and has one daughter from a previous relationship with boxer Oscar De La Hoya, 22-year-old Atiana. Landon has also criticized Moaklers parenting on TikTok. I refuse to involve them in a vindictive parenting competition where feelings are bound to get hurt, Moakler continued. However, she added, I know one day my children will see through the fame and money machine they have been thrust into and realize their mother loves and will always be there for them.

Later on May 18, in an exclusive statement to In Touch Weekly magazine, Moakler further mused about Barkers relationship with Kourtney Kardashian. I dont have any feelings towards either one of them, she said. Im not jealous of them. I dont think about them. I dont care about them. She went on to add, If they want to run off into the sunset, like by all means, but you know, dont alienate my children in the process.

Moakler elaborated about her children in her most recent exclusive statement, to Life & Style on May 19, where she dished on their animosity toward Rondeau. Theyd been really not nice to him, as well, and he hasnt done anything except be really supportive to me, she said. I dont really understand why Kourtney is queen, Moakler added, claiming Alabama and Landon are getting Prada from the Kardashian. She went on to further address claims made by Alabama, who wrote in a May 18 TikTok caption that she cut off family too. They do you the dirtiest. Theyre being influenced by numerous people, who are very calculating, very manipulative, and theres nothing I can do except just be there for them [and]love them, Moakler said of her children, while noting that her daughter has a much bigger fan base than I do.

While Moakler has yet to stop publicly commenting on the situation, Barker, Kourtney, and Kim all have yet to comment. And if youre wondering about Kourtneys ex, Scott Disick? A source told People in April that hes struggling too.

Update, May 25: TMZ caught up with Shanna Moakler and boyfriend Matthew Rondeau at a restaurant in Los Angeles on May 22, where she accused the Kardashians and Barker of pulling her children away from her. This has all started since my ex started dating a certain person, Moakler told the outlet, before Rondeau chimed in that she meant Kourtney, if you somehow havent been keeping up. My familys broken because of this family, Moakler said of the Kardashians, and now my kids and I are alienated from each other because of another sister in the family, so yay for me. When asked if she had a message for the Kardashians, Moakler added, Thanks for destroying my family. Twice. Kim and Kourtney continue to stay quiet on everything, but Travis Barker appeared to subtweet his ex-wife after her TMZ comments. Only talking thru my drums all 2021, he wrote on May 23. The following day, May 24, he added, Silence is also an answer. Guess well be waiting for a new blink-182 album, then.

Update, May 27: Kim Kardashian has waded into the drama herself, denying that she ever hooked up with Travis Barker, her sister Kourtneys current boyfriend. When a fan asked her during a May 26 Instagram Q&A, Kim replied, NO! False narrative! Weve been friends for years and Im so happy for him and Kourt. Meanwhile, a source told Us Weekly on May 26 that Kourtney had been aware of her boyfriends past crush on Kim. Ultimately Kourtney loves Travis and is pushing it aside, the source said.

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Arrest warrant issued in theft of $500,000 Alabama Confederate chair – AL.com05.19.21

Police in Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection with the bizarre theft of a Confederate monument that was taken from an Alabama cemetery and found in Louisiana.

Selma police charged Jason Warnick with theft in connection with the mysterious disappearance of the chair-shaped monument, Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Monday.

Warnick was already facing charges of possession of stolen property after police said the monument ended up in his New Orleans tattoo shop.

An attorney for Warnick said he denied being involved with the theft, which sparked national news stories before the monument was recovered.

This knowledge is very new, but we are in contact with the Selma Police Department and will be making plans over the next few days, attorney Michael Kennedy wrote in an email. That being said, Mr. Warnick categorically denies any involvement with the theft of this memorial art installation and intends to defend himself and his reputation vigorously.

Warnick and two other people were previously charged with possession of the chair after it went missing.

The strange saga began March 20 when a representative of the United Daughters of the Confederacy reported to police that the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair had gone missing from Live Oak Cemetery, located in a riverside city known worldwide for its links to the civil rights movement.

The chair has no direct connection to Davis, the president of the Confederacy, but it was a monument to him located near other rebel monuments in a private section of the city-owned cemetery.

Someone sent an email signed White Lies Matter to news outlets claiming responsibility and saying the chair would be returned only if the United Daughters of the Confederacy agreed to display a banner at their Virginia headquarters bearing a quote from a Black Liberation Army activist.

A later email included photos of someone wearing Union soldier garb posing on a chair that looked like the missing one but with a hole cut out of the seat. A final email said those photos were fake and the real chair was being returned unscathed.

The chair-shaped monument, which the United Daughters of the Confederacy valued at $500,000, was recovered in New Orleans.

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Landon Barker Gushes Over Kourtney K.’s ‘Fire’ Tattoo on Travis – In Touch Weekly05.19.21

He approves! Landon Barker reacted toKourtney Kardashiantattooing dadTravis Barkers arm on Wednesday, May 12.

I tattoo, theKeeping Up With the Kardashiansstar, 42, captioned a video that showed her wearing black gloves as she used a tattooing needle on the Blink-182 drummers forearm. Kourt inked, I love you, in cute cursive letters on theCan I Sayauthor, 45.

So dope! Landon, 17, commented on the series of photos and videos showing the process. Looks so fire! he added in a separate comment.

Travis also seemed to love his new ink. Woman of many talents, he wrote in response to the post with a black heart emoji.

Its no secret the musician and Poosh founders relationship has been heating up fast since they went Instagram official in February. The pair arent afraid to post PDA-packed photos and videos flaunting their love while on vacation in Utah, snuggling in bed and anywhere in-between.

This isnt the first time Landon expressed his approval of his dads romance with theKourtney & Kim Take Miamialum. True love, the California teen commented on PDA-packed photos of the couple from their desert getaway in Utah.

Kourtney has not only gotten closer with Landon but also with Travis daughter Alabama and her half-sister,Atiana De La Hoya, who is the child of Travis ex-wifeShanna MoaklerandOscar De La Hoya. The girls love hanging out with Kourtney and have even done a Pilates class at the reality stars home.

Travis kids think Kourtney is super cool, especially Alabama. They talk about dating boys and makeup, an insider previously gushed toLife & Style. But what really matters to them is that their dad is happy.

The insider noted Landon and Alabama,15, are all for the musician marrying Kourtney if thats what they want. Luckily, the two arent bothered by their dads extreme PDA with his girlfriend. Of course, they roll their eyes, but theyre hip kids, they get it, the insider said.

The teens are content with the way everything is right now, added the insider. Its such a clich, but they really are just one, big happy family. Kourtney also has three children, Mason, Penelope and Reign, whom she shares withScott Disick.

Kourtneys family is also supportive of her sweet relationship. Her sisters say theyve never seen Kourtney this crazy in love, a second insider said. Kris [Jenner]is ecstatic that her oldest daughter is this happy Its an exciting time for Kourtney, and no one deserves it more than her.

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