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Sheila Tyson Wins Reelection to Jefferson County Commission
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Solomon Crenshaw Jr. Birminghamwatch.org A jubilant Sheila Tyson celebrated with supporters Tuesday night after she won a second term representing District 2 on the Jefferson County Commission. As the DJ at L.I.T on 8th played McFadden and Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” the former Birmingham City Council member declared that she...
People, Places and Things
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GWEN DERU TODAY… **READ THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES. Catch up on the news! **THURSDAY NIGHT WORKOUTS with Live Females at the Blu Onyx. **6th ANNUAL JAWBONE JAM at Iron City. **SOUND AND SHAPE with YANCEY AND THE YAH YAH’S at The Nick. **LIVE KARAOKE SHOWCASE hosted by LOGAN THE ENTERTAINER, every Thursday at Ruth’s Place in […]
Sheriff Mark Pettway Cruises to Victory in Democratic Primary; Likely Second Term in Fall
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By Barnett Wright and Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Incumbent Mark Pettway, who made history four years ago when he was elected Jefferson County’s first Black sheriff, on Tuesday won the 2022 Democratic primary for the office and likely re-election to a second term in November. According to unofficial results with 98 percent of the […]
Officials Announce New Transit Line in Birmingham for TWG2022
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Officials from The World Games 2022 (TWG 2022), the City of Birmingham and the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) on Monday announced a transportation plan called “Ride the Line” that will shuttle spectators to and from TWG 2022 events. The transit, which is free, will include red, green...
Ramsay High School Student Captures 1st Place in World Games Art Contest
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Ramsay High School’s Renee Greene captured first-place in The World Games 2022 art design competition which drew 175 submissions from around the state. In December, the World Games put out an open call for Alabama high school students to submit designs for its 2022 art design competition. The winners […]
People, Places and Things
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GWEN DERU TODAY… **READ THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES. Catch up on the news! **THURSDAY NIGHT WORKOUTS with Live Females at the Blu Onyx. **SEVENDUST at Iron City. **LIVE KARAOKE SHOWCASE hosted by LOGAN THE ENTERTAINER, every Thursday at Ruth’s Place in Irondale, 2404 Derby Way. DJ MOSE STOVALL is on crowd control. **EVERY THURSDAY HAPPY HOUR, […]
Sharpe-Jefferson: Change is Inevitable. How You Respond Is Not
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By Keisa Sharpe-Jefferson Whether we like it or not, the past few years handed us a big old heaping helping of change, and it was the one side dish we couldn’t refuse. We had to ingest it and work to successfully process it, even if we didn’t order it. Some of us portioned it correctly, […]
Incumbent Mark Pettway Faces Three In Jefferson County Sheriff Primary
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Mark Pettway made history when he was elected Jefferson County’s first Black sheriff four years ago but said he didn’t rest on his laurels. Since his election in 2018, Pettway said he and the sheriff’s office have “thought outside the box,” having named the first female chief, in addition […]
Birmingham Mayor Proposes Half A Billion Dollar Budget For Fiscal 2023. Where The Money Goes
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Tuesday proposed a fiscal 2023 budget of more than half a billion dollars – the largest in city history – that focuses on new and existing youth programs and increases funding for every city department. The fiscal year begins July 1, and the budget […]
Ramsay High’s Naomi Smitherman Signs Letter of Intent with South Alabama
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For The Birmingham Times Ramsay High School Senior Naomi Smitherman Friday signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I basketball with the University of South Alabama, a member of the Sunbelt Conference. Smitherman was a four-year varsity member, team captain for two years, and selected for the 2021-22 all area team and the […]
Southern Research Breaks Ground on New $84M Biotech Center in Birmingham
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Area leaders on Monday broke ground on a new $84 million biotech facility at Southern Research’s campus in Birmingham that is expected to create 150 new jobs and double the institution’s annual economic impact to $300 million a year. The flagship biotech center will anchor the development of 200,000 […]
Mental Health Wellness, Often Ignored, Focus of Birmingham Community Day
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Birmingham-area residents and several local agencies and organizations gathered in Linn Park on Friday to publicly discuss an issue often unmentioned in the Black community – mental health. “We don’t talk about it, and we sweep things under the carpet, so to be able to come out here and […]
People, Places and Things
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GWEN DERU TODAY… **READ THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES. Catch up on the news! **THURSDAY NIGHT WORKOUTS with Live Females at the Blu Onyx. ** TRIBE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS TOUR at The Nick. **LIVE KARAOKE SHOWCASE hosted by LOGAN THE ENTERTAINER, every Thursday at Ruth’s Place in Irondale, 2404 Derby Way. DJ MOSE STOVALL is on crowd […]
Jonathan Porter: From Bessemer to Chairman of Alabama’s Biggest Ever Sporting Event
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By Javacia Harris Bowser For The Birmingham Times On a bright spring morning, Jonathan Porter begins a tour of places that have made a profound difference in his life, beginning with a visit to the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club (AGGBGC) in Bessemer, Alabama, and ending with an interview in his 16th-floor office at […]
Why Birmingham’s Mental Health Day on Friday Comes at a Pivotal Time
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times With many still dealing with mental health issues two years after the pandemic the city of Birmingham will have experts on hand Friday, May 13 to direct residents on ways to address depression, stress, feelings of being overwhelmed and more. Community Mental Health Day is set to take place […]
Tourists Spent Estimated $2.2 Billion in Jefferson County (AL) Last Year: Report
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By Barnett Wright The Birmingham Times Visitors spent an estimated $2.2 billion in Jefferson County (AL) in 2021, a 45 percent increase over the previous year’s spending totals, according to a study commissioned by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). The numbers show that the local travel industry is making a healthy...
Sharpe-Jefferson: The Treasure Lies Deep Within
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By Keisa Sharpe-Jefferson You’ve heard the saying and we sometimes consider it to be cliché. “You have to dig deep. It’s where you’ll find the most precious jewels.” And this time, the charge is not for any external or situational purposes. I’m issuing this directive specifically to you and me. Don’t be afraid to go deep. The […]...
‘I saw her walk down the aisle…I couldn’t hold it, the tears were flowing’
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BY JE’DON HOLLOWAY-TALLEY Special to the Birmingham Times “You Had Me at Hello’’ highlights married couples and the love that binds them. If you would like to be considered for a future “Hello’’ column, or know someone, please send nominations to Barnett Wright bwright@birminghamtimes.com. Include the couple’s name, contact...
Birmingham Sets Up Perimeters for World Games. See Which Roads Are Closed
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Birmingham on Tuesday announced secure perimeters and road closures that will be implemented during The World Games 2022, which takes place in the city July 7 – 17. The perimeters, coordinated in partnership with the World Games Birmingham Organizing Committee and federal law enforcement, are designed to...
JeffCo Residents Can Soon File Property Tax Exemptions Online
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Jefferson County residents will finally be able to file property tax exemptions online, starting October 1, when payments are due, said Jefferson County Tax Assessor Gaynell Hendricks. In the past, residents by law were required to physically visit the county courthouse to receive exemptions from property tax,...
Freelancer Solomon Crenshaw Jr. Receives Top Alabama Media Award
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The Birmingham Times Birmingham-based freelance writer Solomon Crenshaw Jr. has been named Communicator of Achievement of Alabama Media Professionals. That distinction puts Crenshaw in the running for the national Communicator of the Achievement of the NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PRESS WOMEN, the parent organization of AMP. Additionally, seven of his...
BMA’s Carey Fountain: Artist in the Ecosystem
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Artists have responsibility, according to Carey Fountain, who said his responsibility is to improve the world. “I want to be in the world and touch people’s lives in a way that–I want to do my work [and] leave the world more positive than it was. I just want to […]
Imani Barnes Breaks the Mold with Her Metal Sculptures
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By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times Imani Barnes was able to mend a broken heart with a piece of sculptured metal art—literally and figuratively. One of her favorite pieces, titled “Broken Guarded Heart,” is composed of a glass vase containing five handmade hearts, enclosed with a brick wall and three faces. Some of the bricks […]
Birmingham Urban League honors women leaders with Empower Her Awards
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By Haley Wilson The Birmingham Times The Birmingham Urban League recently honored Birmingham’s women leadership at the 2nd annual 2022 Empower Her Awards Show. “The purpose of the Empower Her Award show is exactly in the title,” said Kelli Solomon, Vice President of Operations and Programs. “We look forward to honoring the women who do...
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