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Sandy Mann Sloss Furnace
Sandy Mann Sloss Furnace


Really good Klipinger article about umbrella coverage. Click here to read DO I HAVE ENOUGH UMBRELLA INSURANCE? This is affordable coverage to add to your home & auto coverage and is way better to have too much than not enough in the event something happens.


Business Insurance Magazine article about how insurance is affecting the future of football. Click here to read Will Insurance Destroy America’s Favorite Sport?











Here is a tragedy. Long-time Panama City Beach hangout Spinnaker is moving on from its decades long hold on the beach party scene to become more of a family-friendly joint. Read the Panama City News Herald article here. 

 Houston Oilers Coach
Bum Phillips


when asked by a reporter what he was going to do about NFL all-time great running back Earl Campbell not being able to finish his one-mile run during training camp:

“If it’s first and a mile, I won’t give it to him.” 


Shopping Centers Today article about Walmart eyeing their parking lots to create new “town centers” and redefine one-stop-shopping. Click here to read. 




Birmingham, Alabama was founded and the magic began.



Construction began on Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces in June 1881 with the furnaces “going into blast” the following April. 



Legion Field opened in Birmingham. The first ever event there saw Howard (now Samford University) defeat Birmingham-Southern College 9-0 on November 19, 1927.



Birmingham Airport (now known as Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport) opened. American Airways started service on May 31, 1931. 



Alabama International Motor Speedway (now know as Talladega Superspeedway) opened in September of that year. 



The Red Mountain Expressway opened to traffic. Work began on making what was an eventual 210-foot-deep Red Mountain Cut,  exposing over 190,000,000 years of geologic strata. A tunnel had been discussed but the idea was eventually scrapped due to the high cost that would have been involved to make it a reality.



Birmingham’s Tutwiler Hotel, located at the corner of 20th Street & 5th Avenue North, was imploded to make room for the First Alabama Bank Building (later renamed Regions Bank Building, later renamed The Plaza Building). 


Built by Birmingham’s Brice Building Company, Brookwood Village opened and was a huge part of my childhood. 



SouthTrust Tower, now known as Wells Fargo Tower, was completed in August. Built by Birmingham’s Brice Building Company, it was the tallest building in the state until the RSA Tower in Mobile surpassed it when it was completed in 2006. 


The Riverchase Galleria opened on February 19, 1986.


Also in 1986, Oak Mountain Amphitheater opened in Pelham, AL. 



Birmingham’s last “skyscraper”, originally known as the AmSouth-Harbert Plaza, opened 32-floors of sleek awesomeness for occupancy. Originally planned to have an 18-floor “sister” building, the 2nd structure has yet to join the original but it would be a great addition. Keep hope alive.



Railroad Park opened to the public in September 2010. 



Regions Field opened in downtown Birmingham. Opening night was April 10, 2013. 

The pay for United States Senators & members of the House of Representatives is $174,000 per year. The only exceptions include the Speaker of the House ($223,500) and the President pro tempore of the Senate and the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate ($193,400). The most recent adjustment to their pay was in January 2009. 

Flood Coverage is not included with your standard policy. If you need flood coverage, you need to purchase a separate policy to make sure you are properly protected. 




One of the best/worst college mascots belongs to Stanford University. The Tree is the “unofficial” mascot of their band as Stanford continues to have no “official” mascot. The Tree first appeared in 1975 after the school had dropped their official mascot and team name, the Indians, in 1972. As the search for an acceptable mascot dragged on, the band began making “suggestions” during halftime performances in 1975. The Tree received the most notice and the band unofficially adopted it. Interesting note, the band also used a french fry as a possibility so things could have turned out worse.    



According to a recent  issue of Safeco News, water damage is the second most frequently filed homeowners claim with an average claim cost of $9,633. 


“I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party”.

 – Ron White




When you think of your driving record, think of golf: The fewer points you have, the better you’re doing.

Each time you plead guilty to or are convicted of a moving violation in Alabama, you’ll have points added to your record. How many points depends on the severity of the violation.

If you rack up too many points within 2 years, the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) will suspend your license as follows:

  • 12 through 14 points: 60 days.
  • 15 through 17 points: 90 days.
  • 18 through 20 points: 120 days.
  • 21 through 23 points: 180 days.
  • 24 points or more: 365 days.




06aprallday09julAerosmith Residency in VegasApr 6 - July 9, Monte Carlo Park Theater, Las Vegas


25aprallday28New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019New Orleans, LA

26aprallday28Magic City Art ConnectionLinn Park, downtown Birmingham

27apralldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Loudoun United7PM, BBVA Compass Field

27aprallday282019 National Cornbread FestivalSouth Pittsburg, TN off Hwy 72 right over the TN line above Bridgeport, AL


06aprallday09julAerosmith Residency in VegasApr 6 - July 9, Monte Carlo Park Theater, Las Vegas

02mayallday08New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019New Orleans, LA

03mayallday052019 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball ChampionshipGulf Shores, AL

04mayallday2019 Kentucky DerbyChurchill Downs, Louisville, KY

11mayallday78th Annual Iroquois SteeplechaseNashville, TN, benefitting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

11mayalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Louisville City7PM, BBVA Compass Field

13mayalldaySubAla Golf Tournament1PM - 4PM, TopGolf Birmingham

17mayallday192019 Hangout Music FestivalGulf Shores, AL

20mayallday222019 ICSC REconLas Vegas, NV

22mayalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Nashville FC7PM, BBVA Compass Field

31mayallday01junROCK THE SOUTHCullman, AL


06aprallday09julAerosmith Residency in VegasApr 6 - July 9, Monte Carlo Park Theater, Las Vegas

31mayallday01junROCK THE SOUTHCullman, AL

01junalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies7PM, BBVA Compass Field

21junalldayFunky Monkey benefitting Smile-A-MileRegions Field

22junalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Hartford Athletic7PM, BBVA Compass Field


06aprallday09julAerosmith Residency in VegasApr 6 - July 9, Monte Carlo Park Theater, Las Vegas

06julallday142019 Running of the BullsSan Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Spain

11julallday14SubAla & WorkersFirst ConventionThe Grand SanDestin in Destin, FL

13julalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. North Carolina FC7PM, BBVA Compass Field

20julalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs Atlanta United 27PM, BBVA Compass Field

27julalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Charlotte Independence7PM, BBVA Compass Field


02augallday1179th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle RallySturgis, South Dakota

17augalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Memphis 901 FC7PM, BBVA Compass Field


13sepalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. St. Louis FC7PM, BBVA Compass Field

20sepalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. INdy Eleven7PM, BBVA Compass Field

26sepalldaySubAla Oktoberfest4PM - 7PM, Avondale Brewing Co.


05octalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Charleston Battery7PM, BBVA Compass Field

20octalldayBHAM LEGION FC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC7PM, BBVA Compass Field

24octalldaySubAla Industry Awards Banquet5:30 - 8PM, The Florentine in downtown Bham

When You Need Home & Auto Coverage, DO IT WITH TRUITT! Call Us Today, (205) 254-3005!
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

  1. ONE THAT GOT AWAY – Michael Ray
  2. HERE TONIGHT – Brett Young
  3. BEAUTIFUL CRAZY – Luke Combs
  4. THERE WAS THIS GIRL – Riley Green
  5. MAKE IT SWEET – Old Dominion





“In those days the best painkiller was ice; it wasn’t addictive and it was particularly effective if you poured some whisky over it.”


 – George Burns –


Check out The World’s 9 Most Expensive Retail Streets as presented in the January 2019 issue of Shopping Centers Today.
















There Is A Lot of Risk Out There Each Day. 


We Help Protect You From It.



Thanks so much for taking a minute to check out Truitt News.  People are doing great things. I just want to tell you about them. My goal is to help friends & small business people get the word out about all the good things they are doing. Hit me up with any questions or send me some news at


Tony Truitt,

Truitt News Editor

& All-Around Great Guy


All of us at Truitt Insurance & Bonding are really happy to help sponsor Samford Athletics. Come out and support the teams if you get a chance. Great family entertainment.


“My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I wanted a second opinion. He said…okay….you’re ugly, too”.


– Rodney Dangerfield 












Railroad Park has been one of the primary targets for us to help support. The park was a transformative addition to downtown Birmingham, spurring on pretty much all the development that has followed. Please consider making a donation so we can keep “Birmingham’s Living Room” in tip-top shape for years to come. Go to for more information. 



The recently released 2018 Travelers Risk Index highlighted that 36% of businesses are concerned about someone deceiving their employees into transferring funds, despite a 2,370% increase in losses from such scams in two years. 

If you are like most people you have been getting covered up with notices from Birmingham Water Works that you are not covered for any damage to underground utility lines between your home and the street. Well…Cincinnati Insurance Company will be introducing an affordable add-on that will handle coverage for you. You will be able to get either $10,000 or $25,000 of coverage for $25 or $40 beginning in the very near future. Give Brandon at Truitt Insurance & Bonding a call at (205)254-3005 and let us get you covered with Cincinnati. Great company, fantastic claim service and now this. What is not to like?


“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomoc River, the headline that afternoon would read: PRESIDENT CAN’T SWIM”.

– LBJ, 36th President 


Next Drawing: Apr 17, 2019

Estimated jackpot: 




LAST WINNER:Mar 27th, $768,000,000

WINNER: Dec 26th, $294,000,000

WINNER: Oct 27th, $750,000,000


(PLEASE NOTE: by no means are we encouraging you in any way to gamble.)


Next Drawing: Apr 16, 2019

Estimated jackpot:  




Last Winner: $50,000,000 on 3/12/19

WInner: $273,000,000 on 3/1/19

Winner: $425,000,000 on 1/1/2019

Winner: $1,600,000,000 on 10/23/2018

(PLEASE NOTE: by no means are we encouraging you in any way to gamble.)


According to a recent report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and reported in PropertyCasualty360.Com, China, Russia and Iran pose the biggest threats of computer attacks to spy on US companies. 




As reported in the September 2018 issue of iamagazine, a survey released by lending firm OppLoans found that 45% of the Class of 2016 has missed a student loan payment.



April 9, 1978


Van Halen rolled their first-ever headlining world tour into Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium in support of the band’s hugely successful first album.




According to Symantec, $522 is now the average ransomware claim amount. This is down from previous years indicating it is becoming more commoditized. Though the ransomware request amount has become less, the resulting business interruption claim amount is where the real client damage is being felt.  




The average millennial’s spend on rent by the time they 30. This is according to a study by Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. cited in iamagazine. This is one of the factors driving them to be the largest class of homebuyers in the current market.




The California Wildfire Season is always costly. During 2018, fires 6,390 fires had burned almost 1,495,000 acres as of Sept 19th as reported in National Underwriter. Fire season will last through October. 


Damages for the state’s record-setting 2017’s fire season were upgraded to over $13,000,000,000 according to Aon.







This looks to be fun. The Funky Fish Fry benefitting Mitchell’s Place is set for April 6th. Put it on your calendar! Click here for more info on Mitchell’s Place. 

Hurricane Damage


Hurricane Florence, which made land-fall in September along the east coast, has insuror loss damages estimated in the $5,000,000,000 range. 


Hurricane Michael, with an October landfall centered around Mexico Beach, FL along the panhandle, has insured losses estimated in the $4,500,000,000 range before including losses handled by the National Flood Insurance Program. 


For a fantastic banking relationship contact Ann Hamiter or Dave Mason, my friends at Progress Bank, at (205)822-5500.

 Volcano Damage

As reported in the September 2018 issue of CLAIMS magazine, the Kilauea volcano that erupted this past May eventually spread to over 12 square miles. It destroyed over 1,000 homes and other structures on Hawaii’s Big Island, either directly from the lava flow or by the additional earthquakes and tremors involved.


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