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Social Security: Social Security supports National Cancer Survivors Day

In 2017, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease. On June 4, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social [...]

Healthy Living: Telehealth – An answer to rural health care call

Telehealth (sometimes called telemedicine) is using telecommunications equipment to facilitate health care service from a distance.  This rapidly expanding technology holds much promise for access to health care throughout Alabama, especially in our rural areas. There are three major types of telehealth services: store and forward, bio-monitoring and live interactive encounter with a provider. An [...]

Staycation takes on a whole new meaning in Alabama

From the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama residents are fortunate to have so many vacation options in their own backyard. The state offers historic locations, quiet little communities with treasures to be discovered, and outdoor activities as well as all the offerings of a big city. Here are just a few destinations [...]

Going solo: Find adventure, friends and fun when traveling alone

I never thought I would travel alone, but as a single retired woman I soon realized if I was going to travel, I wasn’t always going to have a companion. In the last four years I’ve taken numerous road trips and traveled all over the world alone. This is what I learned along the way. [...]

Historical homestead will educate for generations

The Corbin Homestead near Joppa, Ala., is frozen in time, not re-created but preserved. Inside is a museum of a way of life no longer common in the South. Randy Humphries, great-grandson of Thomas M. and Ella Wiley Corbin, has meticulously maintained the Homestead as it would have been circa 1925, complete with period-correct furnishings. [...]

Alabama People: Serving up gumbo love

We caught up with Lucy Buffett, owner of the popular Lulu’s restaurants in Gulf Shores and Destin, as she was about to begin a promotion tour for her new cookbook, GUMBO LOVE, Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life, a follow-up to her first book, Lulu’s Kitchen, a Taste of the [...]

River Solitude: Kayaking the Elk River

Channel your inner Huck Finn and explore Alabama from the water. You do not have to make a log raft though; a canoe or kayak will suffice. The enchanting Elk River is no mighty Mississippi either, allowing for beginners to easily navigate the river. The Elk River begins near Pelham in Tennessee, flows west toward [...]

Worth the Drive: Quality local ingredients star at Rosie’s in Anniston

What do you do when find yourself owner of the family farm? That’s easy. You open a restaurant and share the bounty of that land with your community. This story behind Rosie’s Gourmet 2 Go take-out and restaurant in Anniston sounds simple enough, but the longer version tells a tale of honoring a home place, [...]

Gardens: Berry good options

Growing and gathering berries in Alabama It’s berry season in Alabama and the perfect time to relish the healthy, natural, flavorful qualities of locally grown berries. And, whether you buy them at roadside stands, U-pick operations or farmers markets, harvest them from the wild or plant them in your garden, the options are plentiful. According [...]

Alabama to honor workers on the front lines

On June 5, Alabama will recognize the state’s linemen, who work in often brutal conditions to ensure we all have safe and reliable power. But actually, most linemen shun the spotlight. For them, the sense of accomplishment they get from serving the people in their communities is what makes all the physically demanding and dangerous [...]

Safe@Home: Take time for trailer hitch safety to prevent towing trouble

With summer approaching, you may be getting ready to tow a boat up to the lake, or a trailer across the country for vacation. Or maybe you just need to haul some brush off your property on a small flatbed trailer. No matter the distance or the size of the haul, towing a trailer, automobile [...]

The substation of the future

New patterns of power mean a new job for a utility workhorse Solar panels, electric cars, computer hackers, vandals and thieves might not seem to have much in common, but they’re all making big changes in your electric service. Those changes have electric utilities talking about “The Substation of the Future.” If everything goes according to plan, [...]

Outdoors: Bugging bream

Nothing attracts fish more than a mayfly hatch One hot summer afternoon, we struggled to find fish — until we noticed some activity up ahead. It was a sight any fly fisherman longs to see: Millions of mayflies covered bushes growing along a stretch of shoreline about 10 yards long. As if a million piranhas [...]

Alabama Recipes: Berry tasty

Don’t let summer go by without eating your fill of the season’s greatest gifts. By Jennifer Kornegay | Food prepared and photographed by Brooke Echols Alabama summers give us some intense, stifling heat, but balance the discomfort by also providing a few of Mother Nature’s sweetest treats: berries. Strawberries come first, actually in spring, when temps are [...]

Hardy Jackson’s Alabama: July 4 – Not a dog’s best date

Picture this. Two dogs sitting like dogs. One turns to the other and says “My plans for the Fourth aren’t finalized yet, but I’m either cowering under the bed or digging a hole through the tub.  And you?” Fourth of July to a dog. I can see their point. Every year, as June winds down, [...]