TekLinks’ founder Stuart Raburn gets back to entrepreneurial roots with latest Southern Organics aquaponic farm (photos)

Stuart Raburn, founder of Birmingham tech company TekLinks and owner of Southern Organics in a greenhouse of his aquaponic farm in Colombiana. Find out more about Raburn and his life-long entrepreneurial journey, and how his successes from a fast-paced life in the tech world transpired to a small farm operation nestled deep in Shelby County, Alabama.  (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Stuart Raburn, founder of Birmingham tech company TekLinks and owner of Southern Organics in a greenhouse of his aquaponic farm in Columbiana. Find out more about Raburn and his life-long entrepreneurial journey, and how his successes from a fast-paced life in the tech world transpired to a small farm operation nestled deep in Shelby County, Alabama. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

At Southern Organics, Stuart Raburn and his small but mighty staff grow Birmingham’s freshest supply of tilapia and all natural produce. How did this Birmingham entrepreneur maven shift from launching high-tech firms to high-end farming? Here’s what we found out on our behind the scenes tour at his Columbiana farm.

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Birmingham native Roy Wood Jr. coming home to film pilot for new Comedy Central show

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Cameras continue to roll in Birmingham! Comedy Central announced this week they’ve signed a deal with Daily Show correspondent and Birmingham native Roy Wood Jr. The pilot for his show “Jefferson County Probation” will be shot in Birmingham. (Photo via Comedy Central)

Aaaand, action! Birmingham native and veteran Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. is heading back to Birmingham to film the pilot for his new Comedy Central show, Jefferson County Probation. The pilot episode will film in Birmingham next month. We’ve got all the details.

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Birmingham interior designer Stanley Stevenson Jr. chases entrepreneurial dreams at Forge

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Interior Designer Stanley Stevenson recently made the leap to full time entrepreneur. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Stanley Stevenson Jr. is not your typical interior designer in Birmingham. Find out how the husband and father of three is blazing his own trail in the interior design world.

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Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs advances to top 20 on American Idol

Walker Burroughs sang for the judges Sunday, March 3 during Hollywood week.

Birmingham native Walker Burroughs knocked it out of the park again Sunday, March 31 and Monday, April 1 on the back-to-back episode of American Idol filmed in Oahu, Hawaii. With the judges’ overwhelming approval, he advanced to the top 20 on ABC’s popular singing competition. Will Burroughs go all the way?

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25 ft. chocolate Vulcan replica erected in Birmingham overnight

The chocolate Vulcan was discovered in the early morning hours of Monday, April 1 by a group of runners. (Photo submitted)

Officials are searching for the team of vandals responsible for erecting a 25 ft. high chocolate replica of Vulcan on park grounds overnight. Who would do such a thing to Birmingham’s iconic monument and world’s largest cast iron statue? And why?

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Win VIP weekend passes to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama April 5-7 worth $875 per pair. Here’s how

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Win two VIP weekend passes to Cocina at the Track tickets to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park April 5-7. (Photo submitted)

Want to win two VIP weekend passes to Cocina at the Track at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst at Barber Motorsports Park for Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7? We’re giving away two pairs! Find out how to win below.

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SliceFest to takeover Lakeview June 1. Crust me, you’ll want to be there. Here’s why

Jazz, pizza and beer all night long at SliceFest Saturday, June 1.
Front row at SliceFest? Yes please! (Photo submitted)

Birmingham’s biggest food and music block party, SliceFest, is returning to Lakeview June 1. Tickets are on sale now for the music/pizza/beer fest taking place in Slice Birmingham‘s front yard.

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8 can’t miss experiences at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama April 5-7

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Curious if there’s something for you at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama? Spoiler alert: there’s definitely something for EVERYONE at the Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 event at Barber Motorsports Track
Curious if there’s something for you at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama? Spoiler alert: there’s definitely something for EVERYONE at the Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 event at Barber Motorsports Track! (Photo submitted)

The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst is coming to the Barber Motorsports Park Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Yes, there will be thrills and chills to be had as IndyCar drivers speed around the finest road course in North America, but what about the plethora of other things to do while you’re there? We did a little pre-event scouting and mapped out the eight attractions we’re most excited about.  

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5 things to know about Automatic Seafood & Oysters opening April 1 in Lakeview

Chef Adam Evans and his wife Suzanne with a fresh catch. Suzanne is the project designer and co-owner of the restaurant. (Photo submitted)

Lakeview will soon be home to Birmingham’s newest seafood restaurant, Automatic Seafood & Oysters. They’ll open the doors Monday, April 1. Read on to learn five things about one of Birmingham’s most anticipated restaurant openings of the year.

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Will Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs be the next American Idol? He made it to the Top 40

Walker Burroughs sang “Your Song” by Elton John Sunday, March 25 for the judges on American Idol.

Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs advanced to the top 40 American Idol contestants Monday, March 25 after performing on the back-to-back Hollywood Week episodes on the ABC’s singing competition show Sunday and Monday night. Find out what’s next for Burroughs on his journey to be the next American Idol.

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Attention, students: apply now for Encompass Health’s 2019 paid internship program in Birmingham

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Students come from around the country to participate in the internship program at Encompass Health’s headquarters in Birmingham. (Photo via Encompass Health)

Encompass Health is looking for its next class of interns to participate in their 10th annual summer internship program in Birmingham. From finance to communications, chances are, there’s a potential role for you. Read on for former intern experiences and find out how to apply.

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Retired Winnipeg Blue Bomber, UAB defensive lineman Bryant Turner Jr., tackles Birmingham real estate game at ARC Realty

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Bryant Turner Jr. at one of his recent properties under contract. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Bryant Turner Jr. at one of his recent properties under contract in Chelsea. The house next door to this one? Also for sale by Turner. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Former UAB defensive lineman and current ARC Realtor Bryant Turner sat down with Bham Now to talk about his budding career with ARC Realty. Find out how the pro athlete-turned-agent quickly became one of the company’s top performers, and how he’s turning his game-time determination into sold signs in Birmingham yards.

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More floods in Birmingham this spring? Here are tips on keeping your photos and valuables safe in your basement

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We spoke with Phillip Neal, Realtor Support at AFS- A Bayless Company about how to protect property in your basement given the potential flooding risks in the coming months. (Photo via AFS, A Bayless Company)
We spoke with Phillip Neal, Realtor Support at AFS- A Bayless Company about how to protect property in your basement given the potential flooding risks in the coming months. (Photo via AFS, A Bayless Company)

People in Birmingham are trying to dry out from our overly wet winter.  Now, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting historic flooding throughout the 2019 spring season. Do you know how to protect the valuables in your basement?  Get tips on what you can do now keep your property safe and dry with the help of local experts from AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, A Bayless Company.

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Custom lofts, coffeehouse coming to Birmingham’s historic Printers Corner in Parkside

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Printers Corner will soon be home to a uniquely conceptualized coffeehouse and urban lofts above. (Photo by Adelaide Matte for Orchestra Partners)

Printers Corner will soon be home to a uniquely conceptualized coffeehouse and urban lofts above. (Photo by Adelaide Matte for Orchestra Partners)

Orchestra Partners’ redevelopment of Printers Corner, the historic structure at 2nd Ave and 18th Street South, is almost complete. Peek inside for updated pictures, renderings, and floorplans of the most exciting little project in Parkside.

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