The Huffington Post reported on Alabama’s drought as the ‘worst in modern memory’. Lake Purdy, which supplies Birmingham with drinking water, has receded several feet due to drought, leaving dry, cracked ground where water used to be.
Below – excerpts from the speech today by Hank Thomas, Freedom Rider and survivor of the Anniston Bus Burning.
The speech was given after a tour of the proposed Freedom Riders Park. The tour was part of a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell who later held a public hearing in downtown Anniston to consider a proposal to designate sites around Anniston as a National Park.
That was some “funky” smell in my garage this morning…. walked over to see if I had left something in my garbage can that hard spoiled (like milk or eggs) and there she was staring right back at me. A opossum. And yes… I jumped!
Since the beginning of the drought, Twitter has seen an explosion of tweets focused on updating and informing those unaware of the danger associated with droughts. From funny gifs to informative news, here are a few tweets about the drought.
With UAB being in the center of a city, there are bound to be problems where cars and pedestrians meet quite regularly. Some question what the campus is doing to protect those walking through campus. In order to answer growing concerns, UAB recently addressed safety plans for the upcoming year.
This week in Alabama, two prominent places in U.S. history will be a step closer to becoming National Parks.
On Thursday, October 27th, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell will be conducting two public hearings to consider designating both Freedom Riders Park in Anniston and the Birmingham Civil Rights District as National Parks.
Firefighters will likely work through the night to continue efforts to contain a wildfire that has been burning near the Martha’s Falls area of Little River Canyon Preserve in north Alabama since Saturday morning. According to WEIS Radio the fire is approximately 75% contained.
Our top story today and for the coming week is the announcement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting Anniston and Birmingham to hold public hearings on whether to recommend to President Obama several civil rights sites for National Monument designations.
In Birmingham, the proposed park would include landmark sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, where in September 1963, four little girls were murdered by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan. Also included in the proposal, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which houses archives and exhibits documenting the events of the city’s past, and various other historic sites within the civil rights district.
In Anniston, the proposed National Monument designation will focus on sites where the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders in 1961 were ambushed in downtown Anniston, and outside town where there was an attack on the Freedom Riders and the bus burning that shook a nation took place.