George Shamblin / Author Bio

By francis-adminArticles, Communications, Faith, People

Writer, Teacher and Pastor, George Shamblin is that rare individual whose excitement on the day of his salvation never cooled. He’s a man who lives to challenge other Christians to take God’s gift to them, and pay it forward. It’s a challenge borne of equal parts enthusiasm and concern. “At any given time,” he contends, … Read More

Job-Hunting Do’s And Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.

By francis-adminArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, General Biz, Humor, Miscellaneous, Rants

My agency has an opening for an art director, and I’ve placed an online Help Wanted ad which includes one non-negotiable prerequisite: “Previous Ad Agency experience absolutely required.” Here’s a very brief (and verbatim) sampling of the responses I’ve received: “I am a graduating senior in college that is looking for a part time career … Read More

Let’s Do The Time Warp

By FrancisArticles, Arts, CULTURE, FUN, Miscellaneous

I recently read (and mostly enjoyed) Stephen King’s latest novel, 11/22/63. Which, to make a very long story short, is a book involving time travel. For some reason, it’s reminded me of a real life King-ly story from my own past. So join me as we return to a balmy evening in 1978 — a couple … Read More


By francis-adminArticles

Meet the team that signs our 5-star industrial recruits. With the October, 2015 announcement that Yorozu Corp. had selected Jasper as the site to build a $101 million advanced metal stamping facility, the Walker County Development Authority and the Jasper Industrial Development Board celebrated their fourth auto-industry recruiting victory. Proving, yet again, that when it … Read More

Keep On The Sunny Side

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The Transformative Power Of Optimism In Two Walker County Cities Positive change can come to a community from the most unexpected people. For the city of Cordova, still reeling from the devastation wrought by the tornadoes of April 27, 2011, that person was local boy Drew Gilbert — whom the town elected Mayor in 2012 … Read More

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

By FrancisArticles, CULTURE, Humor, Miscellaneous

This column was originally published in the January, 2012 issue of B-Metro Magazine. Now seemed like a good time to re-post it. Almost true story: A fine Southern lady and her daughter are taking a cab through New York, when the young girl asks about several brazenly-dressed women standing at a nearby street corner. “Well, sweetheart,” … Read More