Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for September 27, 2012:
DEA CHIEF - On September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners will hold their 5th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, operating collection sites around the nation where Americans can turn in their unused, unneeded, expired prescription medications. This day provides a venue for the general public to safely and securely dispose of these items from our nation's medicine cabinets. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. You can take any leftover prescription medications in your home to your local police station or sheriff"s department on Saturday between 10am and 2pm to turn them in and the authorities will properly dispose of them. For more information on the take-back and the location nearest you to drop them off, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.
JEH JEH LIVE - OPA! It's that time of year again! Join the fun of the 40th Annual Greek Festival today through Saturday from 10:30am until 10pm each day. Besides delicious Greek cuisine, you'll enjoy live Greek music. Greek dancing by the youth, and a warm, spirited atmosphere that embraces everyone as family. As thousands of returning patrons can attest, you will leave a devoted fan. If you want to pick up lunch or dinner for the co-workers or family, remember the take out option. Take-out is now 40 percent of the festival's business and offers both drive-thru and walk-up lines. To check out the menu or other details, visit www.bhamgreekfestival.com. The 40th Annual Greek Festival is at 307 19th Street South in Birmingham.
TAILGATING - Make your tailgate party unforgettable! Taste of Home commemorates 20 years of American cooks' favorite pastime, recipe sharing, with Taste of Home's Best Loved Recipes. This spectacular hard bound collection of recipes from real home cooks is filled with mouth-watering favorites that will conjure up heavenly aromas, bring your family back to the dinner table, help celebrate your favorite holidays, and help you create those memorable meal moments with family and friends that you will treasure forever! This collection contains 1,485 of the most beloved dishes all submitted by the Taste of Home audience. Each recipe has a very personal story of what it has meant to those who submitted it and their families. They're all here - Saturday night appetizers, weeknight dinners, secret family recipes, potluck favorites and more. With 16 million Taste of Home readers and 4.8 million visitors a month to TasteofHome.com, this is the cooking segment that your viewers will need watch to get ready for football season. Visit BestLovedRecipes.com for more information.
CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW - On the surface, Chamique Holdsclaw's memoirs, Breaking Through, is an inspiring behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to play professional women's basketball. It's got the thrills, the spills, and the locker room gossip that any sports fan longs to read. But it also includes stories of heartbreak, triumph, and depression. She shared her story with us.
PET OF THE WEEK - Ivana Sullivan with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Vera Wang. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call (205) 942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
KEN FOLLETT - In the first installment of his critically acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling Century Trilogy, Ken Follett traced the fortunes of five intertwined families as they were buffeted by the extraordinary events of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the women's suffrage movement. Now, in WINTER OF THE WORLD: Book Two of the Century Trilogy, Follett gives us another extraordinary historical epic as he plunges his vivid characters into World War II, one of the darkest periods of human history, when the world was shaken to its core by tyranny and global conflict on a scale previously unimagined. WINTER OF THE WORLD begins in 1933 when Berlin is in upheaval and Germany's newly-appointed chancellor, Adolf Hitler, is strengthening his grip on power. Fascism is on the rise, in Germany and elsewhere, and no one will escape unscathed. Follett's narrative follows the next generation of the five linked families as they struggle to navigate a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil. It is a pivotal span of years that includes the Great Depression and the rise of the Third Reich, the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs, and the beginning of the long Cold War. Follett's saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity seamlessly combines historical background and real-life events that are brilliantly researched and rendered, fast-moving action, and memorable characters rich in nuance and emotion.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh gets pepped up for High School Football! Comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town and he drops by to visit us in the studio! Halloween is just weeks away and haunted houses are already opening up around the state! Atrox Factory kicks off opening weekend with a special appearance by Walter Phelan from Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses. Birmingham's Bargain Mom joins us with some great deals for your family this weekend! We have live music on the show ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!