Winners & Losers 9/29/16
H. Britt Landrum, Jr.
The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations has honored H. Britt Landrum, Jr., CEO of Landrum Human Resources, with the 2016 Michaeline A. Doyle Award for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the industry. The award is given annually to an individual who has provided exemplary leadership and service, who has a reputation for fair and ethical dealings, who demonstrates a willingness to help others, who is active in his or her community, and who devotes time and energy to improving industry efforts on a local or national basis.
Corporate America magazine named the Pensacola-based company its 2016 Best Expert Witness Search Firm in the Legal Elite awards. The award acknowledges the efforts of individuals and firms who successfully apply their expertise to consistently deliver outstanding service to some of the most prominent organizations in the legal industry.
Jesse Earle Bowden
The iconic Pensacola newspaperman recently was inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame. For more than 60 years, Bowden was the cornerstone of journalism in Northwest Florida. He began working at the now-Pensacola News Journal in 1953 and worked until his death on Feb. 15, 2015. He led the fight for the establishment of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and pushed for the creation of the Pensacola Historic District.
City of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Due to massive rainfalls during Hurricane Hermine, St. Petersburg sewage treatment systems began discharging partially treated sewage, commingled with rainwater, into Tampa Bay. Over 111 million gallons of sewage overflowed into the Bay. Unfortunately, residents were not notified of the sewage contamination until Sept. 7, a day after the sewage pumping into the Bay was stopped. City officials have said the water is clean, but environmentalists have begun to question their facts.
Law enforcement agencies in South Alabama and Northwest Florida have had to handle complaints of clowns terrorizing their communities. A woman, age 22, and two juveniles were arrested for making a terroristic threat in connection with the “Flomo Klown” incident. Students at Flomaton High School had received threats through a Facebook account. The school was put on lockdown for several hours as 30 law enforcement officials made a sweep of the campus looking for any possible threats.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner has determined the Independent Party of Florida’s presidential nominee, Evan McMullin, does not qualify to be on the November ballot. The agency followed state law in setting up the ballot, which lists candidates from six parties: Republican, Democratic, Constitution, Reform, Libertarian and Green. Florida law requires the parties to be recognized nationally by the Federal Elections Commission.