Good Day Alabama: Sept. 17, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Sept. 17, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

BBJ WOMEN'S SUMMIT - Cindy Fisher Crawford with the Birmingham Business Journal joined us with the scoop on the fifth-annual Women's Summit on September 24 at the Hyatt Regency/Wynfrey Hotel. Keynote speakers include legendary University of Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson. Join the BBJ from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.! For more information, visit

HEALTH DEPARTMENT - AIR QUALITY - The Jefferson County Department of Health plans an air quality summit for the residents of Jefferson County Wednesday, Sept. 23r at the Birmingham Museum of Art.  The summit is entitled "Clearing the Air" and it will mainly focus on providing the community with a better understanding of air quality and the role JCDH plays with regulations and permitting various industries

"WOODLAWN" MOVIE - Former Alabama and NFL running back, Tony Nathan joined us to discuss his new memoir, "Tony Nathan, also known as Touchdown Tony" by Howard Books.  Tony shares his experience as an African American running-back on a mostly white team in racially-divided 1970's Birmingham, Alabama. His courage and superb ability propelled him to a successful football career as both a player and coach in the NFL. Tony's memoir inspired a major motion picture movie "Woodlawn" which releases Oct. 16 and stars Jon Voight, Sean Astin, and C. Thomas Howell.  When Tony Nathan got his hands on a football, it was like Superman putting on his cape for the first time. He stepped onto the field and became a different person—a hero destined to change the course of Alabama history. Somehow, when he held a football, he knew exactly what to do, and it was those instincts that helped him navigate life in one of the most tumultuous cities in America. In this powerful memoir, Tony reveals how he summoned the courage to "run with purpose" during the times when racial tensions ran high as he grew from a boy trapped by the racial divide in Birmingham, Alabama, into a successful man and football hero.  Tony's courage, character, passion, and strength contributed to his impressive career on the field—including two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins—and then as a coach who helped train other winning players. Inspirational and uplifting, Touchdown Tony is not only a behind-the-scenes look at a great football player's life and career, it is also a story of redemption and one man's hope to change the future. "Touchdown Tony" is now available on store shelves. "Woodlawn" the movie is set to release Oct. 16 in theatres nationwide.

OUR HOUSE - Janice talked with Amanda Leblanc about family time management tools. She showed us apps for parents to manage schedules and assignments. She recommended Cozi which is great to know everyone's schedules and who has to be where & when. And she showed us My Homework App has assignment storage & text message reminders. She also showed us action files to use with your kids that teaches them how to file paperwork properly and recognize key action verbs. For time management, she recommends using paper planners and digital planners. She says the important this is to determine which type of time management and calendar system is best for your child.

JEH JEH LIVE - Underneath a huge white tent, the parish of Saint George Melkite Catholic Church will host its 34th Annual Middle Eastern Food Festival. With homemade Middle Eastern Food, live music and dance, the sights and sounds will be reminiscent of a Middle Eastern wedding! Amin Sultan, an internationally recognized Arabic artist, and his band will play songs often performed at wedding receptions. Along with the band, parish dance troupes clad in colorful costume will perform. Foot stomping dancers will encourage members of the audience to join in on the dance floor! The festival runs today thru Saturday. Proceeds benefit local charities and maintenance of the church. Food will be served all day, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown delivery will be available for lunch on Thursday and Friday with a $75.00 minimum order. For takeout and delivery call 205-492-9621. A drive-thru service will operate until 7 p.m. Most major credit cards accepted. Informative church tours will be conducted during festival hours of operation. Homemade foods include Kibbee, rolled grape leaves, Mediterranean style chicken. A tasty selection of vegetarian foods include: spinach pies, falafel, and hummus. A wide variety of pastries and cakes will be available at the "mile long" sweet booth. Various vendors will feature: hand-crafted olive wood from the Holy Land; Byzantine icons and literature; glass jewelry made from the church's original stained glass; and St. George's Middle Eastern food cookbook, "Our Favorite Recipes". Saint George Melkite Catholic Church is located in the heart of Birmingham's Southside, at 425 16th Ave. S. For more information, visit

MAGIC CITY MIRACLE COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY - On Sunday, Sept. 27, thousands of volunteers will spread out across the Greater Birmingham Area for Magic City Miracle, a day of community service that will impact countless charities, organizations, neighborhoods and citizens throughout Greater Birmingham and north central Alabama. Magic City Miracle was created four years ago by a group of community leaders who wished to unify every aspect of the Birmingham community in a day of service to benefit those in need. Wade Griffith, pastor of Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church, was instrumental in getting the project started and perpetuating it over the past few years. This year's "Miracle" will be the biggest yet. More than 5,000 volunteers are needed to tackle nearly 250 work and service projects simultaneously on that Sunday afternoon. To accomplish this, it will take a combined effort by city governments, non-profits, business and local faith communities. Those interested in participating can select the project they want to work on from the list available at Volunteers will fan out across Greater Birmingham this year to complete service projects. Among the projects this year, many are suitable for kids and families. From light construction, to painting, to picking up litter, to bagging vegetables, to visiting the elderly. There's an option for anyone who wants to make a positive impact in the community. Volunteers do not have to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church – or any church – to participate.

PET OF THE WEEK - Lisa Teague from the Shelby County Humane Society introduces us to a pet that needs a new home. His name is Jenkins. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we talk women's soccer as the World Cup Champs come to town this weekend!  Alabama beaches invite you to visit this fall and we check out just how beautiful they are this time of year! Rachael Ray joins us with the scoop on her new season. Coach Bill Clark joins us in the studio to talk about his new contract and the future of UAB football! Jeh Jeh gets us fired up for some Friday night football at a pep rally! Plus we check out your latest business and entertainment headlines! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!