Stacie Marie Gardner, 31, worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega when she accepted $1,474 in January 2015 to smuggle a cell phone to the inmate, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance’s office in Birmingham.

TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Talladega County sheriff’s officials are investigating the claims of a Sylacauga man who says he was robbed of his wallet and rifle following a fight.

Southern States Bank has announced that Jack Swift has been promoted to senior executive vice president. He will manage the mortgage lending department, the Anniston/Calhoun County branch, the Birmingham/Jefferson and Shelby counties branch and the Sylacauga/Talladega County branch for Southern States Bank.