COX COMMUNICATIONS The cable company has been named to the 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list for its demonstrated use of diversity best practices and measured results. Cox has ranked in the top 25 for five consecutive years. For seven straight years, Cox has also been named the Best Operator for Women in the annual Women in Cable Telecommunications PAR Survey.
WESLEY GREENE The Pensacola State College Phi Theta Kappa member is one of 20 students nationwide selected as a 2011 Guistwhite Scholarship recipient. Greene will graduate from Pensacola State in May. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in military history. Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs and service to their colleges and communities.
GULF POWER COMPANY The utility’s project to reuse millions of gallons of reclaimed water at its generating plant in Escambia County was named the top project among the 2011 Industry Excellence Award winners from the Southeastern Electric Exchange. Gulf Power partnered with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority to use reclaimed water from the new Central Water Reclamation Facility at Gulf Power’s Plant Crist for cooling tower operations and for operating a scrubber system.
RICHARD SHACKLE The principal of Tate High School is in hot water for not being more forthcoming in helping law enforcement investigate the possible sexual assault in one of his classrooms. Instead of letting Escambia County Sheriff’s Office handle it, Shackle had his staff question the victim, suspect and witnesses. They determine no crime was committed, but ECSO had a different finding, leading to the arrest of the 16-year-old suspect. Was the principal following the instructions from his superiors?
PENSACOLA BEACH Good news: Tourism and hotel rentals are up. St. Paddy’s Day celebrations on the beach were record-breaking. Bad news: A shooting on the boardwalk and a drowning. Also tar balls are still washing up on the beaches. Are we ahead, behind or status quo?
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS The Navy cancelled the scheduled visits of the USS Iwo Jima and USS Lawrence because the Pensacola Pass was only 32 feet deep. The two ships were to visit Pensacola in May and June as part of the yearlong celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Army Corps of Engineers requested a dredging permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in April 2009, but the project was delayed by the BP oil spill, according to their spokesman.