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JEH JEH LIVE - The 7th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival is Saturday. It includes great food, music, and fun for entire family. It runs from noon-8 p.m. and gates open at 11 a.m. It will be at Debardeleben Park located at 1623 2nd Avenue North in Bessemer. The large park is located in downtown historic Bessemer that covers around 4 blocks with lovely shaded trees. The Park is located behind Jefferson County Court House and Bright Star Restaurant. Be sure to bring your Bbq & Blues appetite! The Bob Sykes food tent will be the place to be for festival goers to purchase ribs, bbq sandwiches, smoked turkey, bbq chicken, grilled sausage, grilled corn on the cob, and much more. Get ready to dance to some amazing local and national blues musicians. Opening acts include local talents Elijah Butler Band and Mose Stovall Band. Mose is inviting his Dad-Eddie Stovall one of the World Famous Platters to join him on the stage at 1:45pm. Headliners are national acts including Lauren Mitchell Band, Southern Avenue and Sugar Blue Band. Kids 12 and under are free. There will be a large kids corner with activities and games. The VIP Experience is the place to be. Tickets are $125 and include the following: VIP Parking behind the stage, Air-conditioned VIP tent next to the stage, buffet provided by Bob Sykes Bbq and Bright Star Restaurant, free Pepsi products and beer provided by Ghost Train Brewing company, private restrooms, bottle of Bob Sykes bbq sauce, & Festival t-shirt. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit Clay House Children's Center that helps neglected and abused children. General Admission tickets are $15 and $20 at the gate. VIP Tickets are $125. 12 and under are free. For more information on the event please visit www.bobsykesblues.com.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON HEPATITIS - Stephanie Ayers-Millsap, Disease Control Program Manager at the Jefferson County Department of Health, joined us to discuss hepatitis. May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month. The word Hepatitis means Inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is most often caused by one of several viruses. In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. These are all different diseases that can be spread in different ways. Hepatitis A can be transmitted by person to person contact, contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B can be transmitted through body fluids such as blood or semen. Hepatitis C can be transmitted person to person usually through sharing needles or syringes. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are vaccine preventable. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic or lifelong infections. Most People with chronic Hepatitis do not know they are infected. Common symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dark urine. May has been designated as Hepatitis Awareness month. Only Acute Cases of Hepatitis are reportable to the JCDH. May 19th has been designated as a national "Hepatitis Testing Day" in the United States. The CDC uses this day as a reminder to health care providers and the public the importance of testing for hepatitis. Individuals interested in testing should consult with their health care provider.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Janice talked with Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls about how Birmingham City leaders, including his office, the mayor, and police chief came together for the first citywide Domestic Violence Task Force meeting on Tuesday. Also attending the meeting were representatives from the YWCA and new Family Justice Center. Mayor William Bell says more needs to be done to help victims in the city. He said the goal of the meeting was to bring the different agencies together to collaborate so that more education for the public can begin. The new Family Justice Center is scheduled to open on Birmingham's south side in the summer. For more information, call (205) 322-4878 or visit www.oneplacebirmingham.com.
ALABAMA FAMILY TRUST ON NURSING HOMES - The Alabama Family Trust is a nonprofit based here in Birmingham that provides financial help for families of disabled loved ones and elderly family members who need skilled nursing home care. AFT recently reported plans to expand outside of Alabama and help more families across the country. AFT was set up by the state in 1994 as an investment option for families dealing with high costs above what Medicaid covers for their loved ones who have disabilities or are elderly and need nursing home care. We help families protect their assets by investing in trusts that can be used to ensure their loved one has a great quality of life by affording items like summer camps, additional therapy, even a service dog. AFT recently moved into a larger office in Vestavia and received state approval to offer pooled special needs trusts to families outside of Alabama and across the country. Right now, AFT has 627 active trusts with a market value of $19 million and we expect that to rise considerably in the next five years. ATF trusts are available to families with varying financial situations. It only costs a minimum of $1,500 to set up a trust and the average trust is $31,000. But the benefits are huge. AFT had an unusual start. It began operating in a small office in the Alabama Department of Mental Health in Montgomery until UCP of Greater Birmingham Executive Director and AFT Board member, Dr. Gary Edwards, brought AFT to its campus in Birmingham in 2008. The nonprofit incubator he envisioned and implemented was a crucial and invaluable step that allowed AFT to get on solid footing during its formative years. For more information, contact Alabama Family Trust at 844-238-4630 or www.AlabamaFamilyTrust.com.
BIKE SAFETY - Tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day. As we approach it, we remind you about some bike safety this week. Today we focused on rules of the road for cyclists before you go for a ride.
OUR HOUSE - Mike talked with Amanda LeBlanc with The Amanda's about getting ready for camp. Many families send off children to camp for days or weeks at a time for the summer. Amanda showed us easy ways to prep for this time annually. By creating an organized storage system for all of the camp supplies, it makes the packing and unpacking system easier and guarantees you have everything you need. She also showed us ways for your youngsters to stay organized and keep up with their belonging while at camp. For more ideas, visit www.theamandas.com.
NEWS BROTHERS - The News Brothers joined us to perform this morning. The band is made up of Mickey Ferguson, Janet Hall, Rick Karle, and Wes Wyatt along with Taylor Hicks and some of his bandmates. They've been rehearsing and will perform at Greystone Golf Cub on Saturday at 6 pm on the 18th green at the Regions Tradition golf tournament. Today they performed "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" - a favorite that Taylor has been performing and recording for years - including his days on American Idol.
PET OF THE WEEK - Gloria White with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Thelma. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit www.gbhs.org.