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Southern Research is pleased to announce the hiring of Greg Furrow as Vice President of Quality and Compliance. As vice president, Furrow joins the executive team, and in addition to overseeing quality and regulatory compliance, will have oversight of environmental health and safety (EH&S) standards across all of Southern Research.

Thus far in the still-young 2016 season, it is been a mixed bag of results for University of Alabama freshman quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett. 
In the Crimson Tide's opener against Southern Cal, both Hurts and Barnett had their share of big moments, but the Alabama offense really began to thrive once Hurts relieved Barnett, the starter against the Trojans. Hurts, the Channelview, Texas native, ultimately accounted for four touchdowns, with two coming on the ground and two by air. 

The Southeastern Conference today announced the football schedules for all 14 SEC schools for the 2017 season.  With 13 playing weekends, the 2017 schedule includes one open date for each team and conference contests scheduled each week beginning the second weekend of September.


BBVA Compass is welcoming Andrea Smith back to Birmingham as the market CEO of its headquarters city after she spent three successful years leading the bank's efforts in San Antonio, one of the bank's key markets.

The Birmingham Barons have been named the Don Mincher Organization of the Year by the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs. In addition, Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson has been named the Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year.

Two-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Jimmie Johnson will host a special Kids Question & Answer Session as part of an extraordinary Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track prior to the start of the Alabama 500 on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Talladega Superspeedway’s Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package will be in the Gadsden Grandstand for the highly anticipated Alabama 500 - the elimination race in the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the field of title contenders will be trimmed from 12 to eight at the checkered flag. The package includes:

  • $48 ticket(s) for adults and $24 ticket(s) for children
  • Families will receive 10% off of merchandise purchased at the Fanatics NASCAR Trackside Superstore located in the FanZone outside the frontstretch

In addition to the Kids Q&A session, the youngsters will participate in hands-on activities during a special learning program, led by NASA’s trained educators. The focus will be centered on aerodynamics, grip, speed and other key racing elements used in NASCAR. The lessons will help demonstrate the relationship between NASA and motorsports. Each kid who attends the Q&A will also receive a four-color Jimmie Johnson NASA Rockets to Racecars activity book centered on STEM education.

Johnson, the 6-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion who has a guaranteed spot in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, went to Talladega’s Gatorade Victory Lane in 2006 and 2011. His ’11 triumph was the closest finish in NASCAR history (.002 second). The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports has seven top-five finishes, 11 top-10s and has led 467 laps in 29 races at TSS. He also has four pole positions, with the most recent coming in 2010.

To take advantage of this educational, economical package that will provide interaction with one of the most successful drivers in the history of NASCAR (only Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Richard Petty have won more titles – 7), visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/jimmie or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 21) with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and the Alabama 500. Saturday’s schedule includes Foodland/Food Giant qualifying for both NCWTS (9:30 a.m. CDT) and NSCS (3:00 p.m. CDT) while the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT. It will also be an elimination race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase in which the field of title contenders will be reduced from eight to six at the race’s conclusion. The Alabama 500 race is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

About Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR speeds back into action at Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 21-23 for double elimination Chase weekend. Sunday’s Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is the Round of 12 elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the title contenders will be reduced from 12 to eight at the checkered flag. Saturdays’ fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is the third and final race in the Round of 8 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase in which only six competitors will advance for the championship at the event’s conclusion. NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), with the circuit’s steepest banking (33 degrees) and longest distance (2.66 miles), is the most fun and fan-friendly, offering up hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids’ ticket prices and special offers for military members and college students. Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, which features the traditional Saturday Night concert and the world-renowned Talladega Blvd, home of the Friday evening “Big One on the Blvd” party. The historic venue features the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large video viewing boards (an initiative planned for future implementation at all ISC tracks) lining the frontstretch and endless activities for fans throughout its event weekends. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA for more information.


The Oncology Research Information Exchange Network® (ORIEN), an alliance of leading cancer centers throughout the United States, and HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology, a nonprofit research institute, announced today a new collaboration to advance cancer research and care. Under the agreement, HudsonAlpha will provide genomic sequencing services for the ORIEN Avatar™ Research Program. The program allows the nation's leading cancer centers to optimize and enable novel treatments and clinical trials, which could have the potential to impact millions of patients worldwide.

Last Friday night, September 9th, The Exceptional Foundation participants – individuals of all ages who have special needs -- entertained patrons at the Third Annual Dinnertainment event.



CIA Director John O. Brennan Key Note Speaker at Miles College's 7th Annual National Security Colloquium – "National Intelligence On Global Trends: Alternative Worlds 2030" on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Historic Miles College Campus (Pearson Hall - Reverend Dr. Abraham Wood, Jr Auditorium) located 598 59th Street Fairfield, AL 35064 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The event is open to the public, visit www.miles.edu to register. Pre-registration is required. One of many subjects that this colloquium will focus on is the amalgamation of measures taken by states and international organizations to ensure mutual survival and safety.

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced yesterday that the Birmingham Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.


Today, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards begins its search for Alabama's top youth volunteers of 2017.

Now through November 8, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.



The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), awarded grants to 10 cities in Kansas,Alabama and California to create or expand programs providing children with afterschool and summer meals, through their Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) initiative. This recent effort targets cities in states with low participation in the meal programs, and encourages additional cities in these states to apply for CHAMPS funding. With support from the Walmart Foundation, NLC has already helped 41 cities across the country serve over 10 million meals to 100,000 children over the last five years.

In response to recent changes to the bag policy at Bryant-Denny Stadium, retailers across the state are adding a line of bags that will meet the requirements for entry into the stadium as the start of the 2016 season approaches.



BIRMINGHAM, AL – Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, the entire community is invited to enjoy the many activities available at the Birmingham Zoo for Labor Day Weekend. On Saturday, September 3, guests are invited to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day as they learn about vulture conservation and the important role vultures play in our ecosystem. Enjoy a full day of events, including Keeper Chats, a Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show and more. Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to enjoy Dino Discovery for the discounted price of $3 before the exhibit goes extinct on September 5.


Leading Korean engineering company Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd (Hyundai Engineering) has achieved cost savings of more than 20 percent in engineering rework man-hours on a multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant project with the Intelligent Design Basis Verification (IDBV) solution, a new customization for Intergraph Smart 3D that automates the process of verifying and confirming engineering design work.



Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS) ("PAC" or the "Company") today announced that it closed on a loan investment of up to approximately $21.1 million.  This investment is in connection with Bristol Development Group's plans to develop a 271-unit multifamily community located in Birmingham, Alabama. 


Alabama's Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Florida with its first location in Bradenton. The new restaurant will open on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and is located at 7350 Cortez Rd. West. This location is owned and operated by new husband-and-wife franchisee team Cody and Elizabeth Toole. Their Bradenton restaurant marks the 15th Chicken Salad Chick location in Florida.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Chester's International is excited to announce a new partnership with Promark Food Industry Marketing. The new partnership will cover southern Louisiana and Texas.


CANTON, Mass.Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with two existing franchise groups to develop nine Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and one multi-brand unit with Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, in Alabama over the next several years. 

This week, Alabama students will join over 8,000 other Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members at California’s San Diego Convention Center to participate in the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC).
The FCCLA NLC provides wonderful opportunities for students to compete in national competitions, gain valuable leadership skills, explore interesting career pathways, have fun making new friends, and be inspired by some of our nation’s leading professionals and top motivational speakers. The theme of this year’s conference is “Empowered.”

Birmingham Post-Herald (BPH) is Birmingham, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

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