Jefferson County teaming up with Loyalty Foundation, DC BLOX and local partners to bridge digital divide

Screenshot of Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson speaking at the Wednesday afternoon news conference about partnerships to bridge the digital divide. Photo by Pat Byington, taken off Facebook Live

As schools in Jefferson County prepare for a minimum of nine weeks of online learning, Jefferson County is teaming up with the Loyalty Foundation and several local partners to bridge the digital divide experienced by students and families with online learning.

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Happy 200th! 13 amazing things to know about Jefferson County

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Happy 200th, Jefferson County. Photo via JeffCo Bicentennial

This month, Jefferson County is celebrating its 200th birthday! The bicentennial is a time of reflection and celebration—for both of which there is plenty of inspiration. Keep reading to find 13 things you may have never known about Jefferson County.

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Career pivot: Unlikely apprentice gets into clean water business with new paid Jefferson County program

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Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now
Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

The Jefferson County Environmental Services Department is in major need of new people to run the county’s nine water reclamation facilities—a.k.a. the place your dirty household water comes in and clean water goes out. Find out how an apprenticeship program is preparing people like 43-year-old single mom Brenda White for a future in the county department.

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Fertilizing your new spring garden? Your help is needed to reduce phosphorus in Birmingham waterways. 2 things you can do now

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Algae Blooms in the Cahaba river are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen , thus killing off nearby fish.
Algae Blooms in the Cahaba River are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen, thus killing off nearby fish. (Photo via the Cahaba River Society)

Instead of spending $20-30 million on wastewater plant upgrades, Jefferson County is hoping you’ll help contain the last 1% of phosphorus in local waterways by not putting a certain type of fertilizer on your yard this spring. Why should you care and what can you do? Bham Now explains.

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Connect with Birmingham’s public libraries during National Library Week, April 8-14

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Judith Wright, Teen Librarian at the Homewood Public Library. Photo via Judith Wright.

Do you know what’s happening at Birmingham’s many public libraries? Now is the time to discover what they have to offer during National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018. Continue reading “Connect with Birmingham’s public libraries during National Library Week, April 8-14”

Flu 2018: schools closing, hospitals crowded, Bham Now staff down and out

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I didn’t think it would find me. I thought I’d be able to escape its wrath. I’d protected myself, after all. I’d gotten the shot that was supposed to save me. Still, I was cautious. I tried my best to outrun it. Tried to shield myself from the horror it would inflict upon me and those around me. But it caught me, making me stumble as it coiled itself around me. I was too weak to scream and fight against it.

The flu had finally found me. Continue reading “Flu 2018: schools closing, hospitals crowded, Bham Now staff down and out”