PARRISH - U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama will make one of his first known trips to Walker County on Friday when he visits Capstone Rural Health Center in Parrish. Parrish Mayor Heather Hall …
PARRISH - U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama will make one of his first known trips to Walker County on Friday when he visits Capstone Rural Health Center in Parrish.
Parrish Mayor Heather Hall announced the visit at Monday night's Parrish City Council meeting. She broke the news to council members in the council's regular work session before the formal meeting.
Notification of the meeting came earlier in the day, she said, noting the visit to the clinic will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
"He's trying to bring awareness to bringing more medical care to rural Alabama," she said, noting she was told by a Jones aide some counties in the state are considered as bad as Third World nations in this area.
"They are also trying to get us some help with the opioid crisis," she said. "It is something all towns are working very hard on, especially as (Walker County) is number one in addiction in the state." She said federal funds have been released to help in that effort.
Hall said it is rare to get a U.S. senator to come to a small town like Parrish. "It is a great honor," she said.
Jones (www.jones.senate.gov), a Democrat who is a Fairfield native, turned 64 on May 4. he became famous last year by defeating Republican Roy Moore in a special Senate election after Jeff Sessions vacated his seat to become secretary of state. He became the first Democrat senator elected from the state in 25 years.
He was appointed to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and, the Senate Special Committee on Aging.