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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Birmingham, AL. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Birmingham.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Birmingham, AL? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Birmingham. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Birmingham, AL, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Birmingham. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Birmingham, AL

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Birmingham to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Birmingham.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Birmingham, AL, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Birmingham restaurant’s 24-karat gold chicken wings can be yours for $99

If Lauryn England knows how to do anything, it’s get the people going.It’s been nearly two weeks since England cut the ribbon on Lady E Chick’n Cafe, her new restaurant at 1905 Park Pl in Birmingham. And it’s safe to say that -- so far this year -- the grand opening of Lady E has been the most highly anticipated r...

If Lauryn England knows how to do anything, it’s get the people going.

It’s been nearly two weeks since England cut the ribbon on Lady E Chick’n Cafe, her new restaurant at 1905 Park Pl in Birmingham. And it’s safe to say that -- so far this year -- the grand opening of Lady E has been the most highly anticipated restaurant opening in the city.

England made history as the first openly transgender Black woman to own a restaurant in Alabama. The cafe’s grand opening drew crowds of supporters and patrons -- from friends and family to city officials and activists with Central Alabama Pride.

The buzz has only increased since late March. Lady E Chick’n Cafe had its official opening this week. Posts on the restaurant’s Facebook and Instagram pages offered more details about the menu, from chicken sandwiches to Cajun ranch okra and hot lemon pepper fried green tomatoes.

But the biggest talking point seems to be the pièce de résistance -- 24k gold wings.

Videos and photos on Facebook and Instagram show the whole chicken wings glistening in their golden glory. According to the menu, one wing will run you $19.99. The 24k gold wings combo deal -- 12 wings, fries, and a drink, is $99. Plus, patrons who order the combo get their photos placed on the Lady E Chick’n Cafe’s Gold Club Wall of Fame.

A menu full of reasonably priced items plus one luxury item for patrons to order as they please seems straightforward enough. But Lady E ‘s 24k gold wings have people in quite the tizzy.

For the past four days, the wings have been the subject of dissenting opinions on social media. Comments on Facebook ranged from general curiosity and enthusiasm, to jokes about eating the wings and laying golden eggs. But at one point this week, the conversation went from fun-loving to argumentative. And people on the internet did what they do best -- make much ado about nothing. People questioned whether the wings were worth $100. Others declared they wouldn’t buy them. There were Facebook Live broadcasts and insults about income (“Y’all are too broke to buy them anyway”). But there were also bright spots amidst the squabbling, as supporters stepped up to congratulate England for moving Birmingham’s food scene forward.

Mind you, edible gold -- from sprinkles to gold leaf sheets for confections -- isn’t new. Nor is the concept of gold wings, which have been on menus for at least the past four years. Reviews and think-pieces on the radiant pieces of poultry have been circulating since at least 2018. Some sources point to The Ainsworth in New York as the origin of the gold chicken wing “craze.” For its recipe, according to CNN, The Ainsworth brined its wings for 12 hours, coated them in a house-made dry rub, baked and flash-fried them, then coated them in a layer of gold dust.

In a 2018 piece for the New Yorker, Helen Rosner took a deeper look not only into the craze’s origin story, but also the trend of over-the-top luxury foods.:

“The whole point of eating Ainsworth’s wings (or the gold-leaf donut that was once sold in Brooklyn, or the maki roll dressed in gilded nori in Tokyo), by contrast, is the languid extravagance of destroying value,” writes Rosner. It’s like making a hot dog out of Kobe beef, or lighting your cigar using an early Picasso in lieu of a match.”

The going rate for the Ainsworth’s 24k gold wings went from about $90 in 2018 to $1,000 in 2021. And over the years, home cooks have come up with recipes for those who want to dip their toes in the pool of luxury without breaking the bank.

For the most part, England seemed to take the comments in stride. She addressed the fervor in a Facebook post on Thursday morning.

“Y’all travel everywhere else for the same experiences and they charge MORE ! I’m just pushing Birmingham forward so we don’t get left behind,” read the post. “Support or don’t but the hate I don’t even see it!”

Posts on the restaurant’s Facebook page throughout the week thanked people for coming out to enjoy the 24k gold delight (in addition to addressing some growing pains).

But despite the comments, England on Friday morning made herself clearer for those who missed her statement the first time, asserting that she’d be no shrinking violet. And the gold wings were just the beginning:

“What y’all mad about? I’m so confused,” England posted with an eyeroll emoji.

“Focus on yourself, study & master your craft and put a price tag on it… SIMPLE ohhh FYI stop thinking y’all KNOW what my 24k gold wings are made of BECAUSE that ain’t it this is all God plan not mine I’m just executing & putting Birmingham on the map as a give back to bring the city together & enjoy something fun, different where we don’t have to no where else.

Y’all think these wings is something y’all gone be in a chokehold Easter weekend.”

Supporters commented on the post with words of encouragement, some even promising to come across state lines to visit the restaurant.

Opinions are like...well, you know the rest. Plus, the Birmingham native and executive producer can use all of this intensity for her reality show. Because, if anything, Lauryn England knows how to get people talking.

Beloved Birmingham coffeehouse closes its doors after 18 years

Crestwood Coffee Company, a beloved coffeehouse in Birmingham, is closing its doors “for the foreseeable future.”Camille Henry, owner of the coffee shop at 5512 Crestwood Blvd., announced the news via Facebook on Thursday, pointing to financial struggles prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.&ldqu...

Crestwood Coffee Company, a beloved coffeehouse in Birmingham, is closing its doors “for the foreseeable future.”

Camille Henry, owner of the coffee shop at 5512 Crestwood Blvd., announced the news via Facebook on Thursday, pointing to financial struggles prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you all (our friends, neighbors, family), that CCC is closed for the foreseeable future,” Henry’s post says. “The pandemic losses have finally caught up to us, and we simply cannot sustain the business as is. I (Camille) have not lost all hope of being able to reopen at some point, but it’s something that cannot happen currently. I want all of you to know how deeply grateful I am for your support and love. And do stay tuned for an event next week to blow out some inventory. We’ll have some specials, some loud and inappropriate music, and hopefully some hugs. Details to follow. Love to all of you, my chosen family.”

A photo accompanying the post includes text that says, “It’s not goodbye, but see you later.”

Crestwood Coffee opened in summer 2004 in the Crestwood Shopping Center, serving sandwiches, soups, baked goods and breakfast items along with drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, iced coffee and more.

The coffee shop quickly became a favorite with folks in Crestwood and Avondale, known for its welcoming atmosphere, tasty food, artsy decor and, in recent years, a resident Betta fish serenely swimming in a small tank on the counter.

Wine and beer, live music and specialty brunch menus became part of the agenda at Crestwood Coffee, but many regulars simply enjoying having a neighborhood coffee shop where they could sit and chat with friends. Management of the coffeeshop changed over time, but Henry, the current owner, was a mainstay behind the counter and well-known to customers.

“The food is awesome and the people are nice,” says a 2013 Facebook review by Derrick Lord. “What more is there to say?”

Fans of Crestwood Coffee bemoaned the shop’s closing and offered support to Henry with comments on her Facebook post. (It had more than 260 emoji reactions by noon on Friday, most them indicating “sad” or “caring.”) Responses included:

“Ah, this breaks my heart. Thanks for ALL that you do for this community. Let us know how we can help make your reopen a sure, and hopefully soon, thing.” -- Burgin Mathews

“So sad to see you go! Maybe you’ll be back one day before long. We love you guys take good care of yourself!” -- Clara Melton

“Sorry to hear this, you have been an important part of our neighborhood for so long now.” -- Louis Alexander Heerten

“Dammit. Dammit. Dammit. I can’t believe it, but I know it’s been tough as hell. It’s been so great to hang there, plan there, play music there and just know that you ARE there. This makes me sad as hell. Is there anything we can do as a neighborhood to keep this from being permanent??” -- John Scalici

“Oh no! I’m so sorry to read this tough news. Thank you for everything, especially caffeinating my dad.” -- Glenny Brock

“Wow I’m shocked. Can we support a benefit event? So sad.” -- Griffith Gray

“This is a tough loss for the Crestwood community.” -- John Davis

“I can’t let go! I love y’all so much!!!! CCC is my favorite place in Bham of all time! I’m about to cry! I wish I could go just one more time!! This hit hard. I hope you guys do well in the future. If you need anything I’m a huge supporter!!” -- Dani Mims

“Noooooo. This place holds space in my heart. Following for next week’s details. So grateful for CCC.” -- Alicia Clavell McCall

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This insane experiment by the USFL just might work

Build a new stadium in Birmingham, the detractors said, and it will be a really nice stadium that sits empty most of the year.Yeah, about that.Beginning Saturday night, an entire eight-team pro football league will begin playing games at Protective Stadium when the USFL kicks off its season with a game between the Birmingham Stallions and the New Jersey Generals. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. and it...

Build a new stadium in Birmingham, the detractors said, and it will be a really nice stadium that sits empty most of the year.

Yeah, about that.

Beginning Saturday night, an entire eight-team pro football league will begin playing games at Protective Stadium when the USFL kicks off its season with a game between the Birmingham Stallions and the New Jersey Generals. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. and it will be televised nationally on Fox and NBC. Three more games will be played on Sunday at Protective Stadium (11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.) and a total of 43 games will be played at either Protective or Legion Field for a season that runs through June.

A whole league of football players. And they’re living in hotels in Birmingham. That’s a lot of beer, and just imagine the stories that are going to come out of the lobby bar down at the Sheraton.

Is this all a little insane? Maybe, but all great ideas are laced with a touch of crazy. Personally, I don’t even care about the quality of the football. Birmingham is about to be in the national spotlight in a positive way, and that exposure in major television markets all over the country is worth every penny it took to bring the USFL to town.

Every game will be televised on national TV, and it is written into the contracts that every block of TV will feature two commercials promoting Birmingham. Smile, Birmingham, you’re about to be in a lot of living rooms around the country.

Do you see now, naysayers, what happens when Birmingham works together? Opportunities happen. Progress happens. This is a town they used to call The Football Capital of the South. It feels like that again.

Maybe the USFL will be back next spring. Maybe the league will fold like all the others. If this is only temporary, then enjoy it while it lasts and make the most of it. Let me make this pitch, though, for keeping at least part of the USFL in the Birmingham area beyond this season.

Arizona has the Cactus League. Florida has the Grapefruit League. I don’t see a reason why the Birmingham area couldn’t be the permanent home of a spring-football league.

The inaugural USFL playoffs will be played in Canton, Ohio, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Yes, it’s a little disappointing that the USFL playoffs will be someplace other than Birmingham, but it’s not because the USFL really wanted to leave.

Y’all, the USFL has to vacate Protective Stadium because the World Games are coming to Birmingham this summer.

Birmingham, Alabama, please listen up because this is really simple. These next few months will be a transformative time for a city whose moment in the spotlight is finally here. Embrace these events. Be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. For generations and generations, my entire life and longer, the city of Birmingham has lived under a cloud of infamy both nationally and internationally. That’s the old Birmingham, though.

The new Birmingham makes its debut beginning this spring.

No one really knows what to expect come Saturday, and I’ve heard that includes the people running the USFL, but it’s going to be a spectacle, this “bubble season” experiment, and it’s fun that this is all happening in Birmingham. The teams are using 38-man rosters with players still holding onto dreams of making it into the NFL. It might not be the greatest version of the game, in other words, but it’s still going to be compelling TV for key demographics.

Let’s call it for what it is. This is a made-for-TV league to go head-to-head with the NBA Playoffs. Success of the USFL isn’t going to be determined by the number of fans in the seats, but by the number of television viewers around the country.

But tickets are $10, y’all, and kids 10 and under get in free. Go to as many games as possible. I’ve called Birmingham the Minor League Sports Capital of the World in columns before, but I was only halfway joking. It’s 100 percent official now, though.

Even Birmingham’s coach for this thing is an offspring of a football original. The Stallions are led by Louis Leo Holtz, Jr., who most people just know as “Skip” Holtz, son of Lou.

Want a local storyline on Birmingham’s coach? Holtz begins his time with the USFL after being fired by Louisiana Tech for, in part, going 1-4 against UAB since the Blazers’ return to football.

A couple more local angles … New Jersey Generals coach Mike Riley played for Paul Bryant at Alabama in the 1970s. When it was time for Riley to draft a quarterback for the Generals, he went with Luis Perez, who played quarterback for the Birmingham Iron of the failed Alliance of American Football.

The AAF still owes Birmingham money, and so it is right to be naturally concerned about another upstart spring league coming to town. This one is owned by Fox Sports, and they’ve invested a lot of money to make it work. I hope it does.

The Iron Bowl is the state of Alabama’s football Christmas, but spring games are when football teams are resurrected and presented to fans as new hope. So it is this Easter Weekend with the Crimson Tide’s spring scrimmage, and then the launch of a whole pro football league in Birmingham carrying the name of the long-dead USFL.

An attempt will be made on Saturday to attend A-Day in Tuscaloosa, and then make it to Birmingham on time for the beginning of the USFL football season. Admittedly, these are the actions of a degenerate lover of football, but then that’s the target audience of football in the springtime.

In Alabama, that describes the majority of the population, but Fox Sports is betting bigger. If this is a country of football junkies, then this weekend might best demonstrate the addiction.

Joseph Goodman is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group, and author of “We Want Bama: A season of hope and the making of Nick Saban’s ‘ultimate team’”. You can find him on Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr.

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The City of Birmingham to host HBCU SpringComing festival

Press ReleasesBirmingham, AL – After seven years of celebrating the legacy and experiences of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the New York-based HBCU SpringComing festival is coming to Birmingham. This annual, weeklong fest celebrates the HBCU experience through events, scholarships, panels, and service activities and will do so for its first time ever in the South May 27-29, 2022. The Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity is the event’s host.“I am thrilled to welcome HBCU Sp...

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Birmingham, AL – After seven years of celebrating the legacy and experiences of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the New York-based HBCU SpringComing festival is coming to Birmingham. This annual, weeklong fest celebrates the HBCU experience through events, scholarships, panels, and service activities and will do so for its first time ever in the South May 27-29, 2022. The Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity is the event’s host.

“I am thrilled to welcome HBCU SpringComing to our city,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin. “Alabama has the most HBCUs in the country and hosting this amazing event in Birmingham puts the celebration at the center of it all. We will add our southern flair and charm to make this event reminiscent of a true homecoming tailgate experience.”

Founded in 2015 by Lauren Grant Grove and George Peters II, HBCU SpringComing’s mission is to preserve the legacy of the Black college experience while promoting support of HBCUs through alumni involvement. Its community spans the globe with alumni and allies who focus on strengthening the Black community’s economic, health and wellness, and civic outcomes. Their goal is to increase financial contributions towards scholarships supporting HBCU students while celebrating the unique atmosphere that HBCU homecomings create.

“HBCU SpringComing is a spirited collective work and responsibility practiced by alumni from all of our beloved institutions,” said co-founder George Peters, II. “It is our chance to ensure that we protect the sacred spaces that helped us to get to where we are now, well before we knew what we could become. We do that simply by sharing space with each other, reviving our favorite traditions and making new memories as we introduce our families to the celebration of the unique education only possible on Historically Black campuses.”

“As we celebrate eight years of amplifying the HBCU experience, we are elated to expand into the Southern region with the support of the City of Birmingham, Indeed and the United States Tennis Association,” said Lauren Grant Grove, co-founder of HBCU SpringComing and CEO of The Grant Access. “We look forward to paying it forward with our purpose driven events to highlight our rich history, network with Alumni, and create exposure for future students,”

The Birmingham event is sponsored by Indeed.com and will include an innovation lab, wine and jazz mixer, comedy show, tour of the historic civil rights district and more. The event will take place in concert with the SWAC Baseball Tournament, which is being held at Regions Field, May 25-29. Events will span the city, taking place at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Railroad Park and the EDPA (Parkside District), Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham Museum of Art, and George Ward Park. In addition, twenty-five $1,000 book scholarships will be given away to Birmingham Promise students attending HBCUs in the fall.

“The mission of the DI&B team at Indeed is to design equitable solutions and experiences for Indeedians, jobseekers and clients to help ALL people get jobs,” said Misty Gaither, Senior Director & Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed.com. “We are proud to partner with HBCU SpringComing and the City of Birmingham to provide access to employment opportunities to the best and brightest candidates.”

“Birmingham is ready to host this dynamic event,” said IEO Director Cornell Wesley. “This celebration will be a time to show off what makes our city – its residents and businesses – great, as well as a time to pay tribute to our beloved HBCUs.”

HBCU SpringComing hosted its New York City event April 15-16. For additional information and to register for the Birmingham festival, visit www.hbcuspringcoming.com

City of Birmingham Announces Secure Perimeters for World Games 2022

Press ReleasesBIRMINGHAM, AL – The City of Birmingham has identified secure perimeters and road closures which will be implemented during The World Games 2022, which takes place July 7 – 17, 2022. The perimeters, coordinated in partnership with the World Games Birmingham Organizing Committee and federal law enforcement, will ensure the level of safety and security essential for a multi-day, multi-location international event.“Our commitment is to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience that brings peop...

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BIRMINGHAM, AL – The City of Birmingham has identified secure perimeters and road closures which will be implemented during The World Games 2022, which takes place July 7 – 17, 2022. The perimeters, coordinated in partnership with the World Games Birmingham Organizing Committee and federal law enforcement, will ensure the level of safety and security essential for a multi-day, multi-location international event.

“Our commitment is to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience that brings people together for a fun, inspiring and safe event,” Mayor Randall L. Woodfin said. “The city has consulted federal, state and local partners as well as other high-level international events to ensure the best experience possible for our athletes, visitors, residents and businesses.”

“This is a big moment for our city and it requires a great deal of teamwork and communication,” said Nick Sellers, CEO of the World Games 2022. “While there may be some inconveniences traveling into the safety perimeter around the BJCC/Protective Stadium and downtown, our partners at Birmingham City Hall are in regular communication with every business inside this perimeter on plans to help accommodate them. And the comprehensive World Games Transportation plan will offer a new and more efficient system for everyone to safely get to the events and back to their vehicle without the parking hassle.”

The World Games 2022 events will require a secure boundary and road closures at several venues. This perimeter, which will be set-up in late June and early July, will restrict non-official vehicular access to certain areas, including:

· BJCC/Protective Stadium and downtown

· Avondale Park

· Bessie Estell Park

· 1st Avenue South at Railroad Park

· Legion Field/8th Avenue West

These secure boundaries will be in place through July 17.

Additional secure perimeters at Birmingham-Southern College, CrossPlex and sections of UAB will provide minimal disruptions to traffic and access.

The City of Birmingham has begun notifying residents, businesses and organizations in each location to inform them of the plan and schedule. Individuals in these locations with questions can call 205.254.2702 or email bhamready@birminghamal.gov. A representative will respond to each inquiry.

In the coming weeks, more details will be provided about specific credentialing available allowing residents into secured areas by vehicle that will be closed to general traffic. Please note, pedestrians will be able to move freely through most areas of the secured perimeters. These restrictions primarily focus on vehicles.

A comprehensive World Games Transit Line and public parking locations will assist the public in quickly getting to venues in secured perimeters. Additional information on the World Games Transit Line will be announced in the coming days.

The city is committed to addressing community needs and maintaining services while supporting this once-in-a-lifetime international event in our community.

Downtown Road Closures and Secure Perimeter

The World Games 2022 events at BJCC, Protective Stadium, The World Games Plaza at Bham City Walk and nearby transit line services will require a secure boundary to be established. This perimeter, which will be set-up in late June will restrict non-official, non-credentialed vehicular access to certain areas through July 17, 2022.

· 12th Avenue North from 16th Street North to 25th Street North

· Rev. Abraham Woods Boulevard from 17th Street North to 25th Street North

· 6th Avenue North from 18th Street North to Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard

Avondale Park Road Closures and Secure Perimeter

The World Games 2022 events at Avondale Park will require a secure boundary to be established. This perimeter, which will be set-up in early July will restrict non-official, non-credentialed vehicular access to certain areas through July 17, 2022.

· 5th Avenue South from 40th Street to 42nd Street

· 40th Street South will not be accessed by 39th Street and 7th Avenue South

· 42nd Street South will not be accessed by 5th Alley, 6th Avenue South, 6th Alley and 7th Avenue South

1st Avenue South at Railroad Park

The World Games 2022 events at and near 1st Avenue South and Railroad Park will require a secure boundary to be established from July 12 to July 17, 2022. This perimeter will restrict non-official, non-credentialed vehicular access to certain areas through July 17, 2022. In addition, short-term road closures may be required for certain events and will be announced in the coming weeks.

· 1st Avenue South will be closed from 14th Street South to 18th Street South

· 1st Avenue South will not be accessed by 16th Street South and 17th Street South

Bessie Estell Park

The World Games 2022 events at Bessie Estell Park will require a secure boundary to be established. This perimeter, which will be set-up in early July will restrict non-official, non-credentialed vehicular access to certain areas through July 17, 2022.

· 8th Street South just South of University Boulevard and just north of 9th Court Street South

· 8th Street South will not be accessed from 9th Avenue South

Legion Field

The World Games 2022 events at Legion Field will require a road closure along 8th Avenue West. This road closure will be set-up in early July and will restrict non-official, non-credentialed vehicular access to certain areas through July 17, 2022.

· 8th Avenue West from Center Street to 6th Street West

· 8th Avenue West will not be accessed by 6th Street West, 5th Place West, 5th Street West, 4th Street West, Jasper Road, 3rd Street West, 2nd Street West, and 1st Street West

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