Alabama Power awards grants

Published 4:24 am Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Shown receiving the Good Roots grant are: seated city council member Cornell “Coach” Torrence; standing, left to right, city council members Susan Smith, Chris Walker, Webb Nall, Mayor Jim Staff, Alabama Power branch manager Ricky Martin and city council member Chris Harrison.

Shown receiving the Good Roots grant are: seated city council member Cornell “Coach” Torrence; standing, left to right, city council members Susan Smith, Chris Walker, Webb Nall, Mayor Jim Staff, Alabama Power branch manager Ricky Martin and city council member Chris Harrison.

Alabama Power recently awarded “Good Roots” beautification grants to both the city of Atmore and J.U. Blacksher School in Uriah.

Monday, Atmore branch manager Ricky Martin presented a $900 grant to the Atmore City Council and Mayor Jim Staff. Staff said that the grant will be used to plant trees and beauty Westside Park.

Last week, Martin presented a check for $1,000 to J.U. Blacksher. Uriah is included in the Atmore branch’s service territory.

“I think we’re going to buy some trees and place them throughout the campus,” J.U. Blacksher principal Donald Baggett said. “We are very appreciative of this grant.”

The Alabama Power Foundation funds the Good Roots grant program, which awards up to $1,000 per grant to help cities, towns, schools and nonprofit agencies plant trees.

In 2014, 38 Good Roots grants were awarded. To date, the program has awarded more than $650,000 to almost 700 cities, towns, schools and nonprofit agencies.