Good Day Alabama: Oct. 7, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Oct. 7, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Danielle Williams from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the porcupine. For more information, visit

JEH JEH LIVE - The University of Alabama at Birmingham celebrates Homecoming 2015 this week with the theme "Blazer Strong – Go UAB. Go Blazers. Go Birmingham." UAB's traditional festivities include the famed Gurney Derby Race today at noon and Hoops on the Haasephalt at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The week of events culminates with the Homecoming Parade at noon on Friday. Actress Laverne Cox is set for a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. This year, Homecoming's featured event is Hoops on the Haasephalt. Set for 7 p.m., Hoops on the Haasephalt is a tradition started by UAB Men's Basketball Coach Jerod Haase. The winners of the 34th annual Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition will be announced at Hoops on the Haasephalt.

ELECTRONICS DESTRUCTION EVENT - WBRC  FOX6 and AARP of Alabama are sponsoring two more Shred-a-Thons this year.  We are also hosting an electronics destruction event. Both are community service projects to protect you and your family from identity theft. This is your chance to bring old documents for us to shred for you. The best part - it's a free service! We will also be accepting non-perishable food donations for local food banks. Ronda Robinson joined us from the Electronics Destruction Event today. It runs from  7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Brookwood Village, 780 Brookwood Village, lower lot in front of Macy's.
• The following will be recycled at this event: electronics that have memory including, hard drives, computers, phones, tablets, thumb drives, copy machine, fax machines.
• NO microwaves, TVs, large appliances, or CRT monitors will be accepted.
• NO batteries unless they are still part of the item that they are recycling.
• There will be no disassembling of electronics or destruction at the event. It will be collected and recycled at a later date by Secure Destruction.
• All electronics will be collected and taken off-site to another location in Homewood for disassembly.
• NO certificates of destruction will be provided at this event. Secure Destruction can take hard drives if you need a certificate of destruction. We will not be writing certificates any at the event.
• LIMIT: Only three items per person to be destroyed.
We will host Shred-A-Thons on Oct. 21 in Springville and on Oct. 28 in Bessemer.

LARS ON FOOTBALL - Mike talked with Lars Anderson longtime college football writer, now with The Bleacher Report. Lars said Alabama's Jake Coker looked like a different player - he's playing like he's not looking over his shoulder. He's the key moving forward. If Alabama can get just serviceable play for their quarterback, they should win the SEC. Lars says about Auburn that this is a team that has been undisciplined and uninspired all year, and clearly Gus just had enough of Duke Williams' poor attitude. Auburn fans should get ready for a bumpy few weeks. Lars thinks that Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt is still on solid ground. He has a strong relationship with his AD and as long as he keeps winning 11 games he's safe. Plus, Lars thinks Georgia will make it to the SEC championship for a rematch with Alabama.

JOAN LUNDEN - When facing bad news — like something as serious as a cancer diagnosis — it can be difficult to imagine that any day of the coming journey would be "good." But for many of the millions of men and women in the U.S. who have been affected by the disease, the experience has transformed their understanding of support and redefined their sense of normalcy. Ford Warriors in Pink launched More Good Days to lessen the burden and bring more good days to those living with breast cancer. While many people want to help, most are unsure of the best way to show their support. Through More Good Days, Warriors in Pink is empowering people to take real action to help those with breast cancer and ultimately giving them more good days. Breast cancer survivor and advocate Joan Lunden talked with us to raise awareness about Ford Warriors in Pink's Good Day Project and discuss how it is helping to motivate those battling breast cancer. She also discussed how the partnerships with Lyft - to provide free rides to and from treatment -and Meal Train - to help friends and family provide meals, run errands, and provide childcare - are helping to give support to breast cancer patients across the country, making their day-to-day lives easier while they undergo treatment. The website also has  new ideas, tips and tools as part of The Good Day Project to help people carry out simple acts that bring about more good days. Ford Motor Company is about helping people go further and the Warriors in Pink initiative recognizes what it takes to deal with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer and empowers individual warriors, women and men, to find strength within themselves and others at a time when they need it most. This year, Warriors in Pink is going one step further and equipping people with tools and resources, through The Good Day Project, to conduct small acts of kindness that give breast cancer patients more good days than bad. To date, Ford has dedicated more than $128 million to the cause. The entire 2015 Ford Warriors in Pink fundraising collection is available at A full 100 percent of net proceeds from sales go to support organizations fighting breast cancer including The Pink Fund, Susan G. Komen, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and Young Survival Coalition. For more information, visit

ASK THE DOCTOR - Jeff Jones, MD works in Emergency Medicine at Trinity Medical Center. He and the rest of the staff prepare to move to the new Grandview Medical Center. That's the digital hospital on Highway 280. The $300 million facility will be open to the public and start transferring patients from the old Trinity Hospital on Saturday. Dr. Jones answered viewer questions about the new hospital and its services. The long-awaited opening of Grandview Medical Center will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 am.  As the hospital opens, patients from Trinity Medical Center will begin the move to Grandview.  The move process is expected to take approximately 10-12 hours. Every Trinity patient will be transported to Grandview by ambulance and accompanied by a Trinity nurse with critical care experience.  Ambulances will travel in groups of four to 10.  No road closings are anticipated.  Police will be monitoring and controlling intersections throughout the day.  For more updates, you can text Grandview to 888777. Fitted with the latest technologies in medicine, 372-bed Grandview Medical Center opens in Oct. 2015 to serve residents of Birmingham and surrounding communities. Conveniently located on Highway 280, Grandview offers diverse specialties from heart care to labor and delivery to robotic-assisted surgery. Specialty units include a Level III trauma center, certified Chest Pain Center, recognized stroke center, cardiac cath lab and neonatal, surgical and medical intensive care. For more information, visit

CAHABA RIVER SOCIETY FRY-DOWN - The best amateur catfish fryers in Alabama will square off for the 6th Annual Cahaba River Society Fry-Down, a competitive catfish cooking contest to celebrate the Cahaba River. The Fry-Down fundraiser is Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham. The Fry-Down is like a BBQ or chili cook-off, but with catfish. Local teams of enthusiastic chefs will prepare catfish, their choice of fixings and present the finished product to a panel of esteemed judges. Fest-goers have the opportunity to sample these masterpieces and cast their vote for the crowd favorite. This event isn't just about the fish; it's fun for the entire family. The Fry-Down has a festival-like atmosphere. Attendees will enjoy live music, as well as lots of activities for children of all ages. Adult fest-goers can experience the Fry-Down Beer Garden, presented by the Cahaba River Society Tributary Board, which will feature local craft beers. All funds raised at this year's Fry-Down will allow CRS to continue its mission to restore and protect Alabama's longest remaining stretch of free-flowing river. Attendees will also learn about the many recreational opportunities available on the Cahaba River. The Fry-Down presenting sponsor is Amerex Corporation, providing quality and innovative firefighting products for over 40 years. Without the generosity of Amerex and other sponsors, CRS could not continue its mission to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed. The Fry-Down kicks off at noon on Oct. 11 at Railroad Park, across from Regions Field in downtown Birmingham.  A donation of $20 gains admission to the event, and children 12 and under get in for free. For more festival information, visit

GARDENING -Jon Culver with Sweet Peas Garden Center joins us to discuss blooming plants for fall and winter such as pansies, violas snapdragons, ornamental cabbage and kale. He also shows us art from various local artist that will be displaying crafts at his art show Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. It includes 25 local artists at the garden center showing their work. This annual event includes music, food, children's activities, and more! For more information or gardening advice from Jon Culver, visit Sweet Peas Garden Shop at 2829 Linden Ave, Homewood... The phone number is 205-879-3839. Or you can email him at

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, lots of help for students - from teaching them good homework habits to preparing for changes on the SAT to get into college - we talk with the experts! Jeh Jeh takes us live to the Southern Women's Show to check out all the great finds there! Two moms with 15 children between them go back to their roots to bring us their Trim Healthy Mama guidelines for a healthy diet for your family! UAB Basketball Coach Jerod Haase joins us with the scoop on the upcoming season! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week. Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!