It's almost impossible to escape the
drama surrounding Paula Deen this week.
Unless you've been on an isolated island, you are well aware of her
acknowledgement under oath that she has used the "n" word before.
The subsequent backlash and departure of
business partners has been swift as the Food Network, Target, Wal-Mart, Caesars
Entertainment, Home Depot and Smithfield Ham have already given notice that
they are ceasing relationships with her and her company.
We live in a country where one can rise
to extraordinary heights in their profession, but with all the accolades,
wealth and fame also comes a high level of responsibility and
accountability. This week is certainly proving
that out and stiff consequences are being levied.
But we also live in a country where
individuals have an opportunity to redeem themselves and be forgiven. Mistakes big and small will be made by
everyone and how we own up to them and act in the future can be the truest
measure of a person's character.
Our hope is that lessons are being
learned by those involved in this situation and those that are watching from
afar and that all fully understand words are powerful, words can lift up, words
can break down and ultimately - words matter.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:26 AM EDT2014-07-22 07:26:05 GMT
On Monday, July 21 at approximately 12:50 p.m., the Opelika Police Department received a call of a gunshot victim in the 500 block of Edmon Avenue. More >>
On Monday, July 21 at approximately 12:50 p.m., the Opelika Police Department received a call of a gunshot victim in the 500 block of Edmon Avenue. Upon arrival, they located a juvenile male suffering from a gunshot wound.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:27 AM EDT2014-07-22 07:27:07 GMT
By all accounts, the owners of A&K Thrift Mall on Highway 280 are upstanding and outstanding people. That's why everyone seems surprised by their decision to close up shop and lock out its vendors. PhenixMore >>
A sudden business closing leaves folks in east Alabama upset and unemployed. Tonight for the first time we are hearing from the owners of the thrift mall. News Leader Nine first brought you the story of A&K Thrift Mall in Phenix City locking up without notice yesterday. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy joins us now with more on that story.More >>
Monday, July 21 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:27:51 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Saturday night the Coast Guard was called in to help locate an 11 year old boy who went missing in the ocean. The 11 year old boy reportedly went missing in the ocean near 2001More >>
The body of an 11-year-old drowning victim who went missing in the ocean Saturday was located Monday morning. More >>