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Morgan Bryce Assumes Role of Interim City Clerk

By Lisa Deason/Communications Director

Following a vote by the Smiths Station City Council at their January 26th meeting, Morgan Bryce was appointed to the role of Interim City Clerk-Secretary-Treasurer.


Bryce, who previously worked as the City’s administrative assistant and assistant communications director, will assume all City Clerk duties, to include growing the public works department along with Ed Adams. He will retain the title of Assistant Communications Director.


“I’m excited to grow in my role here at the City of Smiths Station and continue working and striving to make it the best little City to live in Alabama for our citizens,” Bryce said. “I’m also grateful to our Mayor and Council for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to working with them in a closer capacity.”


Bryce is a 2016 Auburn University graduate and lives near Smiths Station with his wife Jessi and dog Monte.

The Heart Center of Auburn holding kickoff event in Smiths Station for new mobile clinic

By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director

The Heart Center of Auburn will hold a kickoff event for their new Mobile Clinic on January 29th from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time in the front parking lot of the Smiths Station Government Center, located at 2336 Lee Road 430.

Kelly Henderson, a certified registered nurse practitioner with The Heart Center of Auburn who has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, said the mobile clinic will be staffed with a nurse practitioner, administrative staff and medical assistant. They will make scheduled stops in Smiths Station, Dadeville, Roanoke, and Ashland as a part of the mobile clinic’s initial route. Henderson said they are working on adding additional sites to this list for those who are unable to drive to Auburn for these services.

“It’s just like going to any medical office except we bring the care to the patients,” Henderson said.

Services offered by the mobile clinic will include blood pressure checks, medical prescriptions, and diagnostic testing as necessary for individualized cardiac care. No appointment is needed to be seen at the mobile clinic. Referrals from primary care providers are not required but they are preferred.

For more information, call the clinic at 334-321-3700.

‘Love Like Lexi Project’ Presented to City and County Officials

By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director

Andrea Mills, mother of the late Smiths Station High School student Lexi Webb, introduced the “Love Like Lexi Project” to City and County officials on January 19th during a meeting held at the Smiths Station Government Center.

Since Lexi took her life nearly two years ago, Mills has been on a mission to understand the “why” of her daughter’s death. The answer came in the form of a curriculum to be implemented within the Chattahoochee Valley area, with hopes that Smiths Station High School will serve as the pilot school for this program.

From 2016 to present, Mills said that there have been five Smiths Station student suicides from the ages of 13 to 18 years old.

“One is too many, two is an epidemic, and folks, we have an epidemic,” said Michele Graham, who is an organizer for the Love Like Lexi Project.

Officials who attended the meeting included Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mac McCoy, Smiths Station High School Principal Dr. Brad Cook, Sheriff Jay Jones, Mayor F. L. “Bubba” Copeland, Lee County EMA Director Rita Smith and East Alabama Medical Center’s Curtis Carlton and Laura Eason, among others.

The project will be unveiled to the public during a memorial event scheduled for Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. Eastern time that will be held at The Junction Pavilion on the Smiths Station Government Center campus.

For more information or to set up an interview with Mills about the project, please call 334-569-9798 or send an email to LoveLikeLexiProject@gmail.com.

October 2020 City of Smiths Station Business of the Month – Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning of Smiths Station

By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director

Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning of Smiths Station, owned and operated by franchisee Jimmy Spann, is the City of Smiths Station’s October 2020 Business of the Month.

Spann, a Cottonton native, has lived and worked in the Smiths Station area for decades. A Glenwood graduate, he enlisted and served in the Navy briefly before a medical discharge brought him home.

Following short stints with several odd jobs after his Naval career, Spann said he took a job working in construction, and immediately fell in love with the occupation.

“I realized that not only was I good at it, but I enjoyed the work too. I’m also good with math, and I also liked that aspect of the work,” Spann said.

Spann would go on to work in residential contractor/construction work for the next two-plus decades before being offered a chance to become a franchisee with Rainbow in 2014. He accepted the offer and operated the business out of his home for the next two and a half years as he gradually built a solid reputation for good work in the Chattahoochee Valley area. In February 2017, he relocated his business to an office located within Southern Plaza at 9483 Lee Road 246.

While his posted office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Spann said he and his seven-member staff are on-call 24/7, 365 to assist customers in their time of need.

According to a description on Rainbow’s main website, the company was established in 1981 and “offers home restoration, commercial restoration and carpet cleaning services
 which cover “fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold removal, smoke damage restoration, and more.”

“Most of our work is insurance driven, and we deal with a little bit of everything, particularly fire and water damage,” Spann said.

Spann may be based in Smiths Station and the Chattahoochee Valley, but serves customers as far south as Troy and Ozark and in Troup County (Georgia) and LaGrange.

Spann said the main piece of advice he gives to customers, particularly homeowners, is to not take issues for granted and get them resolved immediately before they worsen.

“People need to make monthly checks around their homes for leaks, for example, your bathroom or kitchen sink. If you don’t see that little water spot that may be forming underneath a leaky pipe, a few months from now you’ll say to yourself, ‘what’s that smell?’ and find your valuables covered in mold or the wood rotted out,” Spann said.

Besides making a living for himself and his family, Spann said he enjoys being able to give individuals a peace of mind and restore normalcy to their lives.

“I tell people, ‘I hope you never see me again under these circumstances.’ I think that’s what helped us stay in business – our desire to do it right the first time,” Spann said.

For more information, call 706-530-3000 and ask to speak to Spann.

City of Smiths Station Receives Grant from Alabama Power Foundation

By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director

The City of Smiths Station has been selected to receive a 2020 Alabama Power Foundation Gateway grant. This grant funding will help cover the cost of a 60-by-40-foot mural that will be installed by John Christian of Go Georgia Arts on the side of Rainbow Foods on Lee Road 298 in downtown Smiths Station.

The mural will be listed on the Alabama Mural Trail Series and contain several interactive features, including a QR code that can be scanned for more information and a metal platform that will be attached in front of a painted caboose to make it a more interactive experience for visitors.

“This mural is going to be such a big cultural boost for our City and serve as a celebration of the industries and people that helped make Smiths Station the City that it is today. We are appreciative of the Alabama Power Foundation’s selection of this project, one that will preserve our history for generations to come,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

Christian will begin work on the mural in early November and have it completed later in the fall.

September 2020 City of Smiths Station Business of the Month – Panther Mini Storage

By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director

Panther Mini Storage, owned and operated by David and Elaine Head, is the City of Smiths Station’s September 2020 Business of the Month.

Originally from Phenix City, the Heads were high school sweethearts while attending Central-Phenix City. After graduating, they married, and David entered the Air Force.

After his Air Force career, David relocated Elaine and his family to Smiths Station in 1971. He would go on to operate his own heating and air business along with part-time home remodeling work. Elaine worked as a stay-at-home mom for their two children, Chris and Teri.

In July 2001, Dr. Ashcraft sold the nearly 7-year-old business he had started to the Heads, and Elaine soon assumed responsibility of the day-to-day operations.

“We decided to buy this because we knew Smiths Station was growing and that this would be a great business to run once I retired,” David said.

The business has grown since the Heads acquired ownership nearly two decades ago. In addition to their main facility at 2223 Lee Road 430 which contains 207 units, they operate a satellite facility with 211 units further down Lee Road 430.

“We have lived and worked in the City (of Smiths Station) for many years. Our kids grew up in the school system here, and overall, we are well established here,” Elaine said. “People know that we’ll be here tomorrow, and I think that they like knowing that and being able to trust us.”

For more information, call 334-298-5993. Their hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Historic Jones Store Receives Statewide Historic Designation

The Alabama Historic Commission voted today to add the City of Smiths Station’s Historic Jones Store to the Alabama Register of Historic Places, making it the second historic structure in the Smiths Station community to receive this distinction. With this distinction, the City will soon receive, install, and later dedicate a historic marker in front of the museum.

“The importance of preservation is something that our City’s administration and Historical Commission take very seriously, and we are excited that we reached another milestone in preserving in our City’s history,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

The Historic Jones Store was built and operated for several decades by Smiths Station residents George and Maggie Jones. In 2017, the structure was gifted to the City of Smiths Station and relocated to the Smiths Station Government Center campus.

Following a nearly two-year restoration process and conversion to a museum, the City held a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the structure in July 2019. Currently, the store houses a number of artifacts pertinent to Smiths Station’s heritage, and includes exhibits commemorating individuals who have contributed to the City both past and present.

To schedule a tour, call 334-297-8771.

Historic Jones Store Receives Statewide Historic Designation

By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director

The Alabama Historic Commission voted today to add the City of Smiths Station’s Historic Jones Store to the Alabama Register of Historic Places, making it the second historic structure in the Smiths Station community to receive this distinction. With this distinction, the City will soon receive, install, and later dedicate a historic marker in front of the museum.

“The importance of preservation is something that our City’s administration and Historical Commission take very seriously, and we are excited that we reached another milestone in preserving in our City’s history,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

The Historic Jones Store was built and operated for several decades by Smiths Station residents George and Maggie Jones. In 2017, the structure was gifted to the City of Smiths Station and relocated to the Smiths Station Government Center campus.

Following a nearly two-year restoration process and conversion to a museum, the City held a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the structure in July 2019. Currently, the store houses a number of artifacts pertinent to Smiths Station’s heritage, and includes exhibits commemorating individuals who have contributed to the City both past and present.

To schedule a tour, call 334-297-8771.

Place 3 Councilman James Moody issues statement on retirement from City Council

“After four terms and 16 years on the Smiths Station City Council, I have made the decision to retire at the end of this term. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of our small town and the great city of Smiths Station. During my years of service, I have been blessed to see so many positive changes take place and although my time as a representative is over, I will continue to support our mayor and new council members in encouraging growth and positive development. You have given me the honor of serving you these past sixteen years as your City Council member. This privilege has allowed me to work with so many of you to create the special quality of life we enjoy here in Smiths Station. Over the last several years, numerous achievements have been accomplished in this city because the community was and still is the focus of the City Council. This city has been run and supported by its active residents who have spent a tremendous amount of their time to build up and then make it a better community. We have not only shown growth but done so while preserving the history and close knit environment that has always made us a place people want to call home. Smiths Station is and has always been about the people. I’ve called this great city home for over 50 years and I couldn’t be prouder of where it stands today and what it represents. Thank you again for all the support and encouragement over the years and may we all continue to stand behind our mayor and council members as they move us into the future. Being a part of Smiths Station is truly a blessing and honor.” -James Moody

August 2020 Business of the Month – The Heritage Agency Inc.

The Heritage Agency Inc.’s Smiths Station office, located at 110 Lee Road 562 Suite D, is the City of Smiths Station’s August Business of the Month.

The Smiths Station office is managed by Heritage’s President of Operations Pat Waldrop, who first took over the long-established insurance agency in 1988. Based in Phenix City, the company saw its clientele expand throughout the Chattahoochee Valley by word-of-mouth advertising, and now serves customers in Alabama and Georgia.

Waldrop was the business’s sole proprietor when she first took over the company, but now employees five individuals, four of whom are licensed insurance producers. She explained that the Heritage Agency is independent in nature and can shop for affordable insurance options for commercial or personal customers with well-known companies like The Hartford, Progressive and Travelers.

Following three to four years of searching for the perfect office space, Waldrop opened her Smiths Station office last September and is striving to become more connected and involved in the City.

“We want to be a part of the City and grow along with it. We are blessed to be here and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us here,” Waldrop said.

The agency’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday, with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 334-298-5500, follow their Facebook page or visit heritageagencyinc.net.