Aggregated news from Birmingham's leading news sources.
Celebrate African-Americans during Black History Month in Can’t Miss Alabama through Negro spiritual
Aeolians of Oakwood University and ‘Memphis’ are just a few Black History events in this edition of Can’t Miss Alabama.
Alabama Power at Thursday, February 7, 2019 11:00:27 AM
Type 1 diabetics celebrate more than six decades of managing disease
In six decades, two patients have seen a big change in how to manage their Type 1 diabetes.UAB Campus News at Thursday, February 7, 2019 10:39:23 AM
Tedra Smith, DNP Parenting and children's health • Emergency medicine & crisis management • Addiction ...UAB Campus News at Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:33:34 AM
BB&T merging with SunTrust, establishing HQ in Charlotte
Two of the biggest banks in the South are joining forces.
Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) and SunTrust Banks (NYSE: STI) will merge, a move that will create the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits.
The all-stock merger is valued at about $66 billion.
The combined bank will operate under a new name and establish a new corporate headquarters in Charlotte, but will maintain the community banking center in both banks' home markets of Winston-Salem and Atlanta...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:31:46 AM
Growing Shelby County city approves sewer system deal
The Chelsea City Council approved a 10-year agreement with the Shelby Ridge Utility Systems (SRUS), reports 280 Living.
The agreement reduces impact fees of 75 percent for new businesses in Chelsea and allows the city the option to end the deal if legislation is passed that requires SRUS to be regulated by another entity.
As part of the agreement, SRUS will use a certified public accounting firm to issue a report to the rate consultant.
The agreement is significant for the Shelby Coun...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:20:53 AM
Rezoning approved for new subdivision in Shelby County
A new subdivision may be in the works for Shelby County.
The Shelby County Planning Commission approved rezoning for Rushing Farms, a 63-lot subdivision near the intersection of Caldwell Mill Road and Indian Crest Drive, according to the Shelby County Reporter.
Brooks Harris of Birmingham-based Harris Doyle Homes had requested the commission rezone the property from E-1 Single Family Estate District to E-2 Single Family Estate Special District.
Located in unincorporated Shelby County...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:17:04 AM
Boutique boxing concept opens in Homewood
A boutique boxing concept is now open for business in a prominent Birmingham retail corridor.
Leah Drury and Lindsey Miller opened Battle Republic at 2800 18th St. S., according to AL.com.
David Spencer of Shannon Waltchack represented Battle Republic in the deal, while Ashton Antonetti of Retail Specialists and Jackson Ratliff of Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors (formerly with Retail Specialists) represented the landlord.
The gym features 25-minute and 45-minute boxing classes s...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:14:56 AM
Alabama restaurant among top 100 for romantic dining
A restaurant in Alabama is among the best venues for a romantic dinner, according to an online restaurant-reservation service company.
OpenTable listed Connors Steak & Seafood in Huntsville in its “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2019.”
“These 100 restaurants excel at setting the table for romance and creating intimate dining experiences at every service,” said Caroline Potter, chief dining officer at OpenTable. “Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a new…
...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:13:32 AM
On this day in Alabama history: CSS Huntsville and CSS Tuscaloosa launched
Both ships were used in defense of Mobile Bay before being scuttled.Alabama Power at Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:50:45 AM
James Spann: Record warmth for Alabama again today
Friday will be much colder, with a high between 47 and 50 degrees.Alabama Power at Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:50:10 AM
Birmingham Iron schedule loaded with home games early
Four of the football team’s first five games are at Legion Field.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:48:24 PM
James Spann: Record warmth Thursday followed by much colder Friday in Alabama
A dramatic change in temperatures to end the work week.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:13:07 PM
Theatre UAB presents Noel Coward’s comedy “Hay Fever” from Feb. 20-24
Misunderstandings and tantrums abound when the four members of the self-absorbed Bliss family each invite a guest for the weekend.UAB Campus News at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 5:24:12 PM
James Spann: Record Warmth Tomorrow; Much Colder Friday
One more day of perfect outdoor weather before the cold weather returns.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 5:22:51 PM
Allen soars, then signs
Oak Mountain High School senior Trey Allen is going to the University of Louisville on a full scholarship for track and field.280 Living at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:33:05 PM
Alabama Power executive reflects on participating in Birmingham civil rights marches
Ron Buford hid from water cannons and dogs in the park that his office now overlooks.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:00:25 PM
City Council paves way for Corporate Realty to acquire property near Carraway
Corporate Realty could soon acquire five properties around the former Carraway site, where the Birmingham firm is working on a potential redevelopment project.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:55:31 PM
List: Birmingham’s priciest commercial real estate sales of 2018
Birmingham’s booming commercial property market has led to plenty of multimillion-dollar deals, but which ones carried the largest price tags? See which commercial deals carried the steepest price tags on the BBJ’s List of the top CRE sales of 2018.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:42:14 PM
Popular fast casual Mexican grill to open in downtown Birmingham
A California franchisor is expanding its footprint in Alabama.
Chronic Tacos is gearing up to open a new location at 2016 Fifth Ave. S. in Birmingham’s Southside neighborhood.
As we reported, the new restaurant will be housed in the former Merienda and High Note Lounge location, which is also home to a Pizza Hut and Hotworx.
The Aliso Viejo, California-based franchisor has other Alabama restaurants at the Patchwork Farms Shopping Center in Vestavia Hills and Orange Beach. The Vestavi...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:34:44 PM
Faculty save students $1.1 million on course materials
By creating online assets, using rental textbooks or older editions, and seeking out free online resources, 17 UAB faculty have saved students more than $1.1 million on instructional materials.UAB Campus News at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:30:03 PM
Birmingham staffing executive talks lessons, pivotal moments, Birmingham
A Birmingham staffing executive talks about lessons he's learned, pivotal career moments and why Birmingham is his place.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:28:13 PM
UAB 2019 summer camps announced
...UAB Campus News at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:47:20 PM
African-Americans have shaped Alabama’s and America’s cuisine
New foods and new ways of cooking enhanced what we eat and grow in Alabama.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:31:52 PM
Hoover considers adding hotel near Met Complex
A new hotel could be on the way to a growing area of Hoover.
Hoover City Council this week approved an agreement with CBRE Hotels to conduct a feasibility study for a hotel located the Hoover Metropolitan Complex, reports the Hoover Sun. The agreement will pay the company $25,000 plus up to $4,000 in expenses.
The study will consider if a hotel could work on a site located near the Finley Center and the baseball stadium. It will look at the market demand, how many rooms, and which hotel ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:24:58 PM
Cropsey to serve on national committee reviewing opioid programs
A UAB psychologist was recently appointed to a committee reviewing programs combating opioid use.UAB Campus News at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 1:26:37 PM
Meet the BBJ's 2019 Top 40 Under 40
They're young. They're talented. They're the future of Birmingham's business world. Meet the 2019 Top 40 Under 40.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:09:14 PM
Purple or Gold? Montevallo’s College Night celebrates 100 years
Annual tradition pits students against each other in musical theater.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 11:55:12 AM
Kids salon opening along U.S. 280 corridor
A salon for children is opening on the U.S. 280 corridor.
Tangles & Toes Kids Salon will open Feb. 8 at 5479 U.S. Hwy. 280, Suite 112, near the Lee Branch shopping center. A grand opening will be held Feb. 15.
The business, owned by Jeff and Kimberly Wilson, will operate in 1,400 square feet, and its four employees will specialize in kids haircuts, manicures, pedicures and birthday parties.
"We chose this location because this is the community we live in," Kimberly Wilson said. "Also...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 11:42:08 AM
Chelsea Council approves sewer system agreement
The agreement will become effective as soon as it is signed and comes with a 10-year term, with both parties having the option to renew at the end.280 Living at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:00:19 AM
Alumnae of the School of Engineering establish scholarship in honor of school’s first female graduat
The Imogene Baswell Society celebrates the legacy of a pioneer by investing in future scholars.UAB Campus News at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:34:30 AM
Country music group nixes plans for eatery in mixed-use development
A country music group is removing its name from a potential 7,500-square-foot restaurant in the Rocket City.
The Rascal Flatts restaurant will not open at MidCity Huntsville. The band Rascal Flatts is no longer licensing its name to developer RF IP LLC, according to AL.com.
“Because we know you have been looking forward to enjoying our themed restaurants, we wanted to let you know that this project is no longer happening,” the group wrote to its fans in an Instagram post. “We ended this ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:17:17 AM
Mobile parking service launches in Alabama city
Mobile parking is now available in Mobile.
Atlanta-based ParkMobile LLC is launching its smart parking and mobility solutions services for about 400 on-street spaces in Alabama’s port city.
The service is available via the company’s apps for iPhone and Android devices or website at parkmobile.io.
Information on how to pay for parking is being posted on new signage. Users enter the zone number posted on the sticker or sign, chose the duration of parking time and touch the “start parkin...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:14:28 AM
Shuttered Lakeview restaurant to reopen in spring
A unique Birmingham eatery is gearing up to open again soon.
David Carrigan plans to reopen Brät Brot this spring, reports Bham Now.
The biergarten at 2910 Sixth Ave. S. had closed in December following a short run of nine months since launching last year. Carrigan pans to retain the restaurant’s core concept while implementing some changes to enhance guest experience.
The announcement is significant for Birmingham’s award-winning culinary scene that has become home to various concep...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:07:43 AM
What are the safest cities in Alabama?
Several metro Birmingham suburbs have the lowest crime rates in the Yellowhammer State.
According to data submitted to the FBI, Helena, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster and Moody rank among the 10 safest cities in Alabama. Hoover ranked No. 13. Birmingham was not ranked as it did not submit figures to the FBI, according to The Home Security Advisor.
The state averages 524 violent crimes per 100,000 residents and 2,957 property crimes per 100,000 residents. But Alabama’s safest cities re...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:06:40 AM
James Spann: Near-record warmth for Alabama through Thursday, then much colder
The high this afternoon will rise into the 71- to 74-degree range.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 8:50:55 AM
On this day in Alabama history: Blount County was created
The county was formed almost two years before Alabama became a state.Alabama Power at Wednesday, February 6, 2019 8:50:25 AM
Alabama Legacy Moment: Rosa Parks
Her peaceful protest and arrest led to the Montgomery bus boycott.Alabama Power at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:00:11 PM
James Spann: Alabama turns sharply colder Friday
Wednesday's weather will be mostly a repeat of today's.Alabama Power at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4:46:20 PM
NSAID pretreatment impairs immune response in heart failure, worsens heart and kidney damage
This adverse NSAID effect is caused by dysfunctional molecular and cellular mechanisms.UAB Campus News at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4:27:19 PM
Historian and author Ibram Kendi to explore race, society and culture Feb. 6 at UAB
Attend the conversation with award-winning historian and author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.UAB Campus News at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4:00:00 PM
What would A. G. Gaston say about Birmingham today?
A. G. Gaston was a titan of business in Birmingham. Born at the height of the Jim Crow era in the Black Belt of Alabama, Gaston went from working in the mines to building a business empire in the Magic City. A versatile leader, he dined with presidents in Washington, D.C. and played pool with children at the A.G. Gaston Boys Club.
The Birmingham Business Journal recently spoke with several Magic City leaders who owe a lot to Gaston. In this follow up to the Cover Story, they speak to wha...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:59:00 PM
MedWest files letter of intent to relocate to McCalla
Medical West has taken an official step toward its planned relocation to a site in McCalla.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:49:46 PM
Seven Alabama properties part of $106M portfolio sale
The large transaction included more than 1,800 apartment units in 18 apartment properties across six states.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:49:15 PM
Church of Highlands to transform Grandview site into college campus
A Birmingham-based church is expanding and relocating its college campus.
Church of the Highlands is planning to move Highlands College from its Greystone campus to its Grandview property along U.S. 280 and has launched a capital campaign to accomplish it.
According to a release, the church has run out of room at its Greystone campus, which accommodates 500 students. Church leaders plan to be relocated by 2021 with the capacity to train 1,000 students on the expansive Grandview propert...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:44:26 PM
Deontee Gordon of TechBirmingham sees Birmingham leading in inclusive innovation
We are experiencing ‘the most exciting time in Birmingham’s history.’...Alabama Power at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:30:59 PM
U.S. Steel CEO optimistic about path forward for Fairfield project in 2019
The CEO of U.S. Steel is hopeful about announcing the revival of a major new furnace project in 2019.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:07:56 PM
Visiting artist Kevin Vanek offers “Too Cool for Tools” lecture, exhibition at UAB
Vanek’s lecture and exhibition are presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History.UAB Campus News at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 2:25:19 PM
EBSCO risk consulting and insurance division rebrands
A division of EBSCO Industries has rebranded.
S.S. Nesbitt & Co., a risk consulting and insurance division, is now Valent Group.
The firm has been a part of the EBSCO family of companies since 2001, providing risk consulting for businesses, employer benefit groups and individuals across Alabama and the Southeast.
“EBSCO’s legacy has been one of putting our customers first by providing a differentiated customer experience. Valent Group continues that tradition by focusing on the need...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 1:05:00 PM
Beloved Alabama native Davey Allison leads 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class
The class of 2019 also includes six-time 'Dega winner Jeff Gordon.Alabama Power at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 1:00:49 PM
Birmingham Improv Theatre sets opening date on Southside
Renovations are coming to a close at Birmingham Improv Theatre, and a first show is planned for Feb. 16.
Positively Funny Inc. signed a lease Nov. 1 at 2207 Seventh Ave. S. for the theater and as a home for its nonprofit arm, Perform-4A-Purpose, which focuses on anti-bullying and helping people with social anxiety.
On Feb. 16, the opening date will include the first shows on a brand new stage, and a grand opening gala is set for Feb. 23 with a special show, “Anything Goes!”
“Positiv...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:36:42 PM
A one-on-one conversation with Maurice Muhammad Maurice Muhammad was just 24 and a recent graduate of Miles Law School when someone suggested he interview for the job of magistrate in Birmingham. He wasn’t even sure what a magistrate was, but he was open to the idea, and before he knew it he’d passed the interview... Read More...B-Metro at Monday, February 4, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Date Night: Queen’s Park
Drinking Transformed Joel Townley is well known in the Birmingham bar scene, having spent the last decade running Dave’s Pub. Brooklyn native Laura Newman is new to the city, bringing an awesome bar resume that includes winning the USBG World Class 2018 competition. Together the two have opened one of the city’s most talked about... Read More...B-Metro at Monday, February 4, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Hear Me Out with Lee Shook
As one of the most versatile and sought-after drummers on the Birmingham music scene, over the course of his nearly 50-year career Mark Lanter has made a name for himself as a go-to player with the ability to inhabit just about any role thrown his way. From big band jazz and fusion, to thundering rock,... Read More...B-Metro at Monday, February 4, 2019 12:00:00 AM
5 Perfect Pieces for Valentine’s Day
How do you put sparkle into your sweetheart’s eyes this Valentine’s Day? Give her a gift that sparkles! We visited Diamonds Direct Birmingham to find the perfect pieces for this Valentine’s Day. With so many choices, we were glad to narrow down some great ideas from the showroom’s Marketing and Merchandising Manager, Allie. Here are... Read More...B-Metro at Monday, February 4, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Diamonds Direct Love Story: Joshua Owens and Ashley Chao
Joshua Owens and Ashley Chao met and fell in love here in Birmingham, but when Josh was ready to propose, Seattle seemed the perfect backdrop for the beginning of their new lives together. THE RING “I chose a Verragio three-stone setting, with white gold on the outer band and yellow gold on the inlay,” Joshua... Read More...B-Metro at Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Two students have an idea to revolutionize health care. Will it survive a journey of discovery?
Story by Charles Buchanan • Photography by Steve Wood & Catherine Mayo • Illustrations by Jody Potter • Web design by Tyler Bryant ...UAB Magazine at Thursday, September 27, 2018 9:57:01 AM
The Constant Gardeners
Plant biologists dig for discoveries to protect crops worldwide
Story by Brett Bralley • Photography by Steve Wood ...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:39:38 PM
Off the Charts
Pediatric eye care looks to bold, colorful solutions
Story by Rosalind Fournier • Photography by Steve Wood ...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:29:57 PM
Windows of Opportunity
School of Nursing building offers a view to the future
By Charles Buchanan • Exterior photo by Steve Wood • Interior photos by Frank Couch ...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:22:28 PM
Reflecting on a record season, UAB women’s basketball aims higher
Story by Cary Estes • Photos by UAB Athletics ...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:54:53 PM