Author: Lagniappe

A gumbo of good news

BY SHARMAN EGAN/Contributing Writer Whew! I’ve been busy as a corn dog truck on Fat Tuesday just trying to keep up with all the “Mobility” news this past month. I had a half-dozen different ideas for this column, but finally decided it was time for a gumbo of news from all over the city. With March Madness, the Senior Bowl and the Dollar General Bowl behind us, it may seem quiet on the sports front. But things are happening to make Mobile more of a regional sports center. Starting this summer, Mobile will host a United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned team for the first time since 1997 as AFC Mobile joins the Gulf Coast Premier League for the 2017 summer season. The season opener is May 14 at the Lipscomb Athletic Complex on Michael Boulevard. There’s buzz Mobile may be getting a professional basketball team for the first time since 2003 (does anyone remember the Mobile Revelers?). Mobile is vying with five other cities to host a Development League team affiliated with the New Orleans Pelicans. Rumor has it NBA officials toured Mobile and the Civic Center in April. I wonder where that leaves Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s plans to demolish the center in 2018? The world’s largest tennis tournament is coming to the Mobile Tennis Center in July, hosting 2,000 players from nine Southern states. The tournament will return in...

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Developer Tillis Brett passes away

Tillis Brett, co-founder of the Brett/Robinson real estate firm, died Monday at a Mobile hospital. Brett suffered a medical emergency on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the firm. Brett formed Brett Real Estate, Robinson Development Co. Inc. around 1970 with his brother Gene and Tommy Robinson. He started Brett Real Estate with Gene with just $500 during the 1960s. Tillis was the original broker for Brett/Robinson and oversaw the sale of more 3,400 Phoenix condominium units, as well as more than 10,000 resales. He also oversaw the development of more than 1,000 acres including 30 subdivisions, mostly in Saraland. Brett was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the last graduating class of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn) in 1959. Arrangements for Brett had not been finalized...

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Latest convicted in bid-rigging scheme receives one-year prison sentence

The latest defendant in an ongoing investigation into a public real estate auction bid rigging scheme was sentenced last month in federal court. Oscar C. Anez, 53, pleaded guilty in February to one count of bid rigging in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and one count of mail fraud. On April 10, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade ordered Anez to serve 12 months and a day in prison and to pay $343,561 in restitution. According to a Department of Justice news release, between March 2002 and November 2010, Anez conspired with others not to compete for...

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Lagniappe: May 4 – May 10, 2017

Check out the unsavory side of Baldwin County’s rapid growth in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we explore how the boom in population effects an essential service – sewage treatment. As more residents are moving into the Eastern Shore and South Baldwin County, public and private utilities are jockeying for territory. In Bay Briefs, we have an update on two cases involving law enforcement officials who were dismissed with cause. There is also a report from Montgomery about two popular tax incentive programs that were taken off the chopping block. Commentary touches on stormy weather and the bright...

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Music Listings: May 4 – May 10, 2017

THUR. MAY 4 Bluegill— Al & Cathy Blues Tavern— John Fleming Trio Callaghan’s— Phil Proctor Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Kyle Wilson, 2p// Davis Nix, 5p/// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury, 6p//// Brian Hill Band, 10p//// Mario Mena Band, 10:15p Lulu’s— Lefty Collins, 5p Manci’s— Stephen Sylvester McSharry’s— The Jimmy Lumpkin Duo, 7:30p The Merry Widow— Twin Peaks, Chrome Pony, Post Animal, 9p Old 27 Grill— Songwriter’s Night, 6:30p Wind Creek Casino— Platinum Café, 8p FRI. MAY 5 All Sports Bar & Billiards— DJ Markie Mark, 10p Beau Rivage— Kool and the Gang, 8p Big Beach Brewing— This Side of 49, 6:30p Bluegill— Les Hall, 12p// Soulshine Duo, 6p Blues Tavern— Soul River Levve Callaghan’s— The Artisanals Cockeyed Charlie’s— Shifting Tracks, 10p Felix’s— Rebecca Berry Duo Flora Bama— Logan Spicer, 1p// Jay Hawkins Dup, 2p/// David Dunn, 4p//// Big Muddy, 5:30p//// Alabama Lighting, 6p//// Ja’Rhythm, 6p//// Mel Knapp, 6p//// Dave McCormick, 9p//// Foxy Iguanas, 10p//// Davis Nix Duo, 10:15p//// Mario Mena Band, 10:30p Hard Rock (Center Bar) — Three 37 Band, 9:30p IP Casino— The Temptations and the Four Tops, 8p Listening Room— Griffin House, 8p Lulu’s— Grits-N-Pieces, 5p Main Street Cigar Lounge— Jamie Adamson, 8p Manci’s— Ross Newell McSharry’s— DJ Chi, 10p Moe’s BBQ (Daphne) — Yeah Probably, 8p Moe’s BBQ (Foley) — Hannah Wallace, 6p Moe’s BBQ (Mobile) —...

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