Foothills Festival just a month away
by Ron Harris
Aug 02, 2013 | 813 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ron Harris
Ron Harris
I had the opportunity to sit down Thursday with a few of the folks who have worked so hard to make sure this year’s Foothills Festival in downtown Jasper is a success.

After meeting with Jennifer Williams Smith, Jenny Sayles, Keith Pike and Joe Matthews, I can assure you that this year’s festival will not only be tons of fun and the chance to hear really great music, it will also be the kind of free but family-friendly event that many people in Jasper and Walker County have long hoped for.

There’s a little bit of everything planned for the one-day festival. There will be plenty of great music and good food, as well as lots of things for the kids to do and even things for those who aren’t music aficionados.

The organizers of the festival are hoping to see thousands of people converge on downtown Jasper on Sept. 7, and I don’t think it’s beyond reasoning that it will happen.

Jennifer, Jenny, Keith and Joe were quick to point out that it’s taken the hard work of a lot of people to make sure this year’s Foothills Festival is a success. They also said the support they’ve received from the festival’s sponsors — Scott Crump Toyota Scion, Honda of Jasper and Hyundai of Jasper, Byars and Associates, and the law firm of Nelson, Bryan and Jones — will ensure that the event goes off without a hitch.

I, for one, can’t wait for Sept. 7 to get here.


Today marks one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the year — the beginning of the three-day sales tax holiday and unofficial start of the back-to-school countdown for kids and parents across Alabama.

With four kids at home, I’ve personally been counting down the days until school’s back in session for quite a while now.

While my family will buy a majority of the school supplies we need this weekend, there will be other opportunities to spend money as the school year gets closer.

My hope is that everyone in Walker County who has to spend hundreds of dollars getting ready for school will spend those dollars right here in Walker County.

The Chamber of Commerce of Walker started a campaign a few years ago to promote local businesses during Black Friday — the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. I hope that same effort will be seen this weekend when local businesses are swamped during the sales tax holiday.


In addition to meeting with a few of the organizers of the Foothills Festival this week, I had the chance to sit down with the man who’s become Jasper’s latest reality star — Shane Tucker, better known as Bucket.

Bucket spent about a month earlier this year competing on CMT’s third season of “Redneck Island,” a redneck version of the hit reality series “Survivor.”

The season finale of “Redneck Island” will air Saturday night following an all-day marathon of this season’s episodes. Bucket made it to the final four and will hopefully walk away with $100,000 when the winner is announced.

While I have only watched a few episodes of the series, I got the feeling this week that Bucket’s a really nice guy — albeit a true redneck. And I mean that in the nicest way.

Ron Harris is managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at