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Posts by Randy Tatano

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Randy Tatano: The Cheapskate Awards

If you’ve worked in the private sector for any length of time, you’ve no doubt run into a cheap boss. One who squeezes every penny until Lincoln screams. While many simply follow a budget dictated by corporate, I’ve had a few who took things way too far.

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'Nowhere to go but up': A unique 40th reunion at W.S. Neal High School

When Hugh Fountain was announced as the new head football coach for W.S. Neal High in East Brewton, it carried significance that went beyond sports. It reunited two men who had been friends since kindergarten. Because Fountain and Principal Todd Williamson are both alumni of the W.S. Neal class of ’82.

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Randy Tatano: Priscilla Presley rocks!

 About 10 years ago I was one of the producers of a television segment on Elvis, which would feature an interview with his ex-wife, Priscilla, who was returning to Graceland on the anniversary of his passing. While I didn’t know everything about Elvis, I was very familiar with Priscilla from her days on the TV show Dallas.

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Officials in south Alabama city say discolored water is safe but warn water emergency could be declared

Blazing hot weather and little rain have occasionally left residents of Fairhope seeing discolored water coming out of the tap. While it’s perfectly safe to drink, the reason is simple.

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Randy Tatano: Dad's radio days

Back in the day (those of us who are “of a certain age” say that a lot), you could fix electronics. If the TV had a problem, you could pull out the tubes, take them to the neighborhood store that had a tube tester, plug in each one, and find the bad one. Then buy a replacement, pop it in, and you’re back in business watching a picture off the rooftop antenna in spectacular black-and-white. Back in the day you could also build electronics. Which reminds me of the coolest thing I ever did with my Dad.

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Randy Tatano: Snake on a plane

Snake on a Plane. No, not the movie. And not a real snake. Kenny Stabler.

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School resource officers: The first line of defense

Considering the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, making schools safer seems to be near or at the top of everyone’s to-do list.

Randy Tatano: Amber Alert - Bring back the gentleman

Full disclosure right up front: I didn’t care about the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial. I didn’t watch a single story on television or read one in print. But wow, did I see social media blow up over the verdict!

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Randy Tatano: Hiring at your 'conveyance'

If you’ve ever been in a position to hire someone, you’ve no doubt had an eye roll moment. I’ve had several. They range from bizarre things on resumes to weird wardrobe choices for an in-person interview.

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Book worms: South Alabama 5th graders write book & hold book signing for parents

There’s one book Flomaton Elementary fifth-graders will definitely be reading this summer, and not because it’s homework.

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A local look at the upcoming hurricane season

Hearing that the hurricane season will be “busier than normal” makes Alabama residents a little nervous. And it has our local meteorologists preparing for storms like the rest of us stock up on batteries and bottled water.

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Blanchard and Burdette make gubernatorial campaign stops in south Alabama

Gubernatorial candidates Lew Burdette and Lindy Blanchard made a stop in south Alabama this week.

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Randy Tatano: My 80s makeover

My mom was a fanatic when it came to how I dressed. I’d be heading off to play baseball, and she’d stop me. “Your t-shirt is all wrinkled!”

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Escambia County Schools Honors the Best at Red Carpet Event

A red carpet with no Kardashians. And no Will Smith. Just the local heroes of education. Women in gowns and men in tuxedos walked an actual red carpet.

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Escambia County high school seniors see justice system in action

Seniors from Escambia County’s three high schools got an up-close and personal look at the legal system as they attended the annual “Law Day” at the County Courthouse.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Don Siegelman may have recently been uninvited to one event in Brewton, but he was the guest of honor at another. The former governor...

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Randy Tatano: The family savings plan

Those who lived through the Great Depression have a different way of looking at things when it comes to the economy. First, they never,...

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Blanchard slams Ivey for giving abortion clinics a pass during lockdowns

With abortion on the minds of many in light of the recent Supreme Court leak regarding Roe v. Wade, gubernatorial candidate Lindy Blanchard...

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New Student Advisory Council shares ideas for Escambia County Schools

A dozen high school students were just sent to the superintendent’s office in Escambia County. But it wasn’t due to a disciplinary...

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Randy Tatano: How not to get on a game show

I guess my fascination with being a contestant on a game show started when I was a kid. A family friend won a shiny new car on the...

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Randy Tatano: The curse of the only child

When people find out I don’t have any brothers or sisters, the response is usually the same. “Oh, you must have been spoiled and gotten...

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GOP candidates fire up the crowd at Monroeville rally

When Monroe County GOP Chairman Rebekah Cornelison decided to hold the first-ever Republican rally in the historic town of Monroeville,...

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Brooks and barbecue on the menu in Brewton

Instead of giving a speech at a town hall, Mo Brooks is talking dinner table issues. At dinner tables. The Republican Congressman and...

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Randy Tatano: Confessions of a chocoholic

My name is Randy, and I’m a chocoholic. (All together now:) Hi, Randy! Welcome to chocoholics not-so-anonymous. There are no meetings...

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Siegelman responds to being uninvited to south Alabama school's Law Day

For nearly half a century, Escambia County “Law Day” has offered local high school seniors an opportunity to get an up-close and personal...

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Escambia County students now a lot safer with a touch of a button

Imagine having help on the way for your child in less than one minute during any emergency situation. That’s what a brand new technology...

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Randy Tatano: Behind the scenes at a bachelor auction

In April of 1988, I got the phone call that changed my life. The caller was Donna, a nice woman who handled public relations for a...

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