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Port of Pensacola Names New Director

Nov 25, 2013
Pensacola News Journal

There’s a change at the top at the Port of Pensacola – one that is making history.

Amy Miller is the new Port Director – and the first woman to hold that position since the port began operating in 1743. She's also the lone female port director in Florida.
 

Mayor Ashton Hayward made the appointment, following the resignation of Clyde Mathis last week. In his letter, Mathis give no reason for stepping down.

Miller believes ports should evolve to keep up with the inevitable changes in commerce. Her priorities are jobs and revenue for the port, in that order.

ACLU Wins Access to Inmate Treatment Documents

Nov 25, 2013
Florida Department of Corrections

A settlement is in place between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Department of Corrections, regarding inmate housing at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton.

In its lawsuit filed in August, the ACLU claims it requested from the Department of Corrections last November two years’ worth of demographic and housing records concerning the Santa Rosa Correctional Institute. DOC rejected the request in April.
 

United Nations Photo

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  Based on the latest statistics for 2013, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and someone develops the disease every 68 seconds.  Additionally, in 2012 there were 15 million caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Renovated T. T. Wentworth Museum Reopens

Nov 25, 2013
UWF Historic Trust

The T. T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola will reopen on Tuesday after four months of renovations. The first floor of the Wentworth Museum features the same “City of Five Flags” theme but now focuses on everyday life in Pensacola throughout its history. Rob Overton is Chief Operating Officer of the UWF Historic Trust. He said the central gallery on the first floor has taken a welcome center approach.

The Hawkshaw Lagoon Missing Children Memorial, Inc.

The KlaasKIDS Foundation is sponsoring its inaugural “Light the Way Home for the Missing” walk this Sunday in downtown Pensacola.  The event is designed to raise awareness about missing person cases along the Gulf Coast.  

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest on the Senate confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve.  Her nomination passed 14-8 through the Senate Banking Committee this week, and Harper expects her floor vote in the Senate will go well.  But, he believes Yellen will face big challenges as the economy continues a slow recovery.

IHMC

History informs us in useful ways if we're willing to listen to it. And one of its main values lies in how it puts in perspective what we are experiencing in current events.

Hearing the reflections this week from so many people about the assassination of John F. Kennedy naturally reminded me of my own memories of the event. It also brought perspective on the bitterness of our current politics.

As a Nation Mourned TV News Came of Age

Nov 22, 2013
CBS

In the next installment of our series on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at how television news came of age that tragic weekend.

We spoke with Mark Lambert, who teaches each television news, production and history at the University of West Florida. We also include sound from that weekend, illustrating how the TV networks covered the assassination and developments ranging from the expected -- the investigation and state funeral -- to the unexpected--Lee Harvey Oswald's murder on live national television.

NWF USO Gears Up For Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2013
USO of NWFL

Northwest Florida’s United Service Organization is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving feast at its facility aboard NAS Pensacola.

Director Heidi Blair says the celebration will kick off Thanksgiving Day with a traditional holiday meal at the USO center aboard NAS Pensacola.

The holiday events are the latest chapters in the long history of the USO, which has 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries. Its history dates back to the start of World War II, when it was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Santa Rosa County Hosts 'Chopped' Event

Nov 22, 2013
Santa Rosa County School District

The Santa Rosa County School District and Sodexo are sponsoring a Chopped event featuring local leaders that is intended to highlight Manna Food Pantries, local farmers and Santa Rosa County students.

State representative Doug Broxson of District Three will participate in a cooking contest in the style of the TV show, Chopped. He will compete against the sheriff and superintendent of schools in Santa Rosa County.

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