Jefferson County’s $100 million school tax vote set for March 7

Mark your calendars for March 7, Jefferson county voters. Because that’s the day school officials need voter approval to continue levying two district taxes and two county-wide taxes that provide basic education funding.

The combined taxes produce more than $100 million annually, and that money is shared by each district according to student population.

If you’re headed to the polls, you may be asking: Are these taxes new? And, what exactly is being funded with them?

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This Birmingham business just invested $16 million to make recyclable takeout containers

There’s good news for green business here in Birmingham, as a local company moves away from Styrofoam food packaging to a more eco-friendly alternative.

A joint venture between a consumer-packaging company called Sonoco and a recycled-fiber packaging company called Cascades are putting big bucks into its Birmingham-based plant, and the new water-based product that they’re manufacturing means additional jobs, too. About 20, according the Birmingham Business Journal.

Image via cascades-sonoco.com

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Dr. Edwin Bridges captures Alabama’s deep history in new book

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Alabama: The Making of an American State. by Dr. Edwin C. Bridges

After leading Alabama’s Department of Archives and History for more than thirty years, Dr. Edwin C. Bridges lets us into a big secret: Alabama’s powerful and dramatic history is often overlooked by those of us living in it.  But, his new book is aiming to change that.

In Alabama: The Making of an American State, Bridges paints a clear picture of Alabama’s historical details, weaved with stories and archival points of interest along the way.

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Would repealing Alabama’s grocery tax eat away education money?

This week Governor Bentley signed an Executive Order creating a task force to study a tax repeal on groceries.

He also presented this plan during his recent State of the State address on February 7, and at least one Senator said it will take money away from schools.

Governor Robert Bentley, image via Flicker

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Birmingham Pedal Tours are here and experiencing Bham just got easier!

When it comes to public transportation, you know I’m all in. Anything to keep us from driving so much is a win in my book.

Birmingham Pedal Tours
via Birmingham Pedal Tours Facebook Page

So, how about a new idea from some locals looking to tap into the city’s growing tourism market?

Check out this husband-and-wife team working to bring a new way to cruise around town without driving.

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Birmingham claims three nominations for James Beard awards

It’s a big day for a handful of Birmingham culinary professionals. Five chefs and one restaurant have been nominated as semifinalists for the James Beard Awards.

These awards are considered to be the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America. This is an exciting time for the food scene in Birmingham and Alabama, and I am thrilled for these folks!

James Beard Foundation Awards Birmingham Alabama
Photo via James Beard Foundation

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Check out the technology behind UAB Medicine’s new $6.8M clinical laboratory

Ever wonder what happens to that vial of blood that is taken at your doctor’s office?   UAB employees were once analyzing up to 5,000 vials of blood each night of the week.  But, the testing process has just gotten a huge technology infusion from UAB.

UAB Medicine recently welcomed their new automated hospital laboratory.

A robot arm lifts tubes to another rack. Photo courtesy of UAB.

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Birmingham’s best and brightest: interior designer Betsy Brown

Betsy Brown, Interior Design, Birmingham, Alabama
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Meet interior designer Betsy Brown, a local resident and well published professional who creates highly sought after living spaces for clients across the country and beyond.

She’s one of us, Birmingham! ICYMI, Brown was recently featured in 1stdibs with a designer spotlight.  Take a look at her work and you’ll know why.

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