Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
That’s how colleagues describe Toney Pugh, longtime director of the Birmingham Athletic Partnership (BAP), legendary wrestling coach and official and the athletic director who successfully established two high school athletic programs from scratch at Clay-Chalkville and Oak Mountain High Schools.
When I began writing this series about Alabama’s changing climate and the impacts it will have on us and our natural world, I am reminded of the line in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, the Tin Man, and The Scarecrow are frightened in the forest. They started chanting, “lions and tigers and bears,” oh my!
Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Lucy’s Coffee & Tea on University Boulevard, Five Points South’s McFly’s Bird Shoppe, and Mountain Brook’s Crestline Bagel received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in February 2020.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with Mayor Randall Woodfin and Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring, joined civic leaders throughout Birmingham to launch the Education Farm (Ed Farm)—a ground-breaking education initiative focused on innovative learning strategies.
Today, Mayor Randall L. Woodfin and Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring announced the commitment of $3 million by Alabama Power Foundation, Altec\Styslinger Foundation, and Regions to the Birmingham Promise tuition assistance program.