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The HudsonAlpha Foundation has received a $100,000 gift from Loretta Spencer to support the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. To recognize Spencer’s generous gift, the clinic’s triage room (a room where our doctor meets with and evaluates new patients) is named in her honor.

spencer donationLoretta Spencer served as the mayor of Huntsville, Alabama from 1996 to 2008 and is actively involved in many local nonprofit organizations, including HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Spencer was the mayor when HudsonAlpha broke ground in 2005 and she has supported the Institute from the beginning.

With her donation, she is expanding her support to include the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, the first clinic in the world to use whole genome sequencing exclusively to diagnose rare, undiagnosed and misdiagnosed disease.

“HudsonAlpha means so much to me because I developed Research Park West when I was the chair of the Huntsville Planning Commission in the 1980s,” Spencer said. “I got research companies to come here, but establishing HudsonAlpha was the crowning glory that put biomedical on the Research Park map.”



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The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) is pleased to unveil the new North Alabama Craft Beer Trail and the North Alabama Craft Beer Passport. The Trail Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 4.54.09 PMinvites craft beer enthusiasts on a self-guided tour of eight North Alabama microbreweries offering hundreds of unique flavors custom to the region.

Available on www.northalabama.org, the self-guided tour features eight microbreweries and tasting rooms located in Florence, Huntsville, Madison, Cullman, Guntersville and Gadsden.

“Designed for residents and visitors to enjoy, the North Alabama Craft Beer Trail is a unique attraction highlighting Alabama-made beer while providing a boost to the North Alabama economy,” said AMLA President/CEO Tami Reist. “The Trail spotlights fresh, locally-brewed beer and is another opportunity to give visitors a unique destination experience that can only be enjoyed in North Alabama.”

To see all the breweries, click below:


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On a ridge in the Freedom Hills of Northwest Alabama, in a clearing among century-old oaks and “piney” woods, one may visit the graves of more than 300 coon hounds, all tried and true. For most of the year one hears only the peaceful sounds of nature.

On Labor Day, however, the quiet is broken when folks gather for the annual Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration. They come to have a good time and to pay tribute to the dogs and to those who loved them, especially the cemetery’s founder, Mr. Key Underwood, and the first dog buried here.


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Bruno Event Team a Birmingham-based sports marketing and event management company announced today that DeeDee Mathis will be joining the team as senior vice DeeDee Mathispresident of marketing. Mathis will oversee Bruno Event Team’s Creative Works Division and Ticketing Division.

“We are thrilled to have DeeDee join our team,” stated Gene Hallman, Bruno Event Team president and CEO. “She is a strategic thinker with a wealth of industry knowledge in marketing, digital media and advertising and we look forward to what she has to bring to the table.”

Most recently, DeeDee was vice president of digital sales for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., one of the top publishers of local news and information in the United States. Prior to that position she spent 11 years an Alabama media group leading a statewide team of digital marketing executives, managers and directors.  

“I’m excited to join Bruno Event Team,” Mathis said. “I have always admired the tremendous talent of this group, and I am looking forward to working with one of the leaders in this industry.”

Mathis received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama. She resides in Vestavia Hills, Ala. with her husband.

Source — Bruno Event Team

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Honey bearsFarmers have sold their wares in the United States since Colonial days, offering fruits and veggies along with ciders, beers, whiskey, honey and other goodies.

Farmers markets today span the gamut from slick, streamlined and organized affairs — probably because a city or community somehow could make money — to roadside gatherings that become known among locals.


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TORQ electric vehicle

I saw the TORQ light electric vehicle for the first time at the 2015 Archery Trade Association show and was impressed. This is a neat vehicle with multiple possibilities for outdoors folks, hunters and recreational users.

Here’s a press release about the vehicle with more information:

A unique little electric vehicle combining innovation with the great outdoors is quickly becoming the talk of the industry and boasts its birthplace in Birmingham, Ala. The new eco-friendly TORQ Suppressor VLE (Very Light Electric) off-road ATV is designed for the adventure-seeking outdoorsman who wants more capability, maneuverability and overall performance in a hunting vehicle that can provide a stealthy and silent approach.

Available in single-seat and side-by-side versions, the TORQ Suppressor VLE is quicker, quieter, lighter and tighter by design. This innovative electric off-road vehicle satisfies one’s need for speed with a swift, stable and silent ride and is ideal for hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor recreation, as well as farming, ranching, land management, department of conservation and law enforcement use.

The TORQ Suppressor VLE has a midget-racing/hot-rod-inspired heritage and features a full-coverage roll cage, race-worthy four-point safety harness, quick-release steering wheel, fully independent front and rear suspension and all-wheel disc brakes, providing both youth and other adult riders with peace of mind, even when driving on the most challenging terrain. No detail has been overlooked in engineering this game-changing electric crossover vehicle.

Founder Steve Brown said he designed the TORQ Suppressor VLE to fill a void in the market with regard to off-road electric vehicles.
“Up until now, hunters have had few choices, using either modified golf carts or loud, gas-burning ATV’s to get them to their favorite tree stand,” Brown said. “We wanted to engineer a new breed of zero-emission, off-road electrics that combined silence, stability and performance in to a single vehicle.”
Brown has a successful background in ATV parts and manufacturing and only uses top-of-the-line components for his electric off-road vehicles.

Specifically designed for trail riding, this electric vehicle is perfect for getting to and from your tree stand, hunting grounds, setting game cams or for exploring trails and dirt roads yet discovered. The TORQ Suppressor VLE’s lightweight is also a key design feature, which makes it easier to transport and maneuver than most other electric vehicles of similar size.

“One unique feature that we are most proud of is that the Suppressor VLE is ideal for those with limited mobility who want more freedom in the great outdoors,” said Rick D’Andrea, director of sales and marketing.

The TORQ VLE’s standard automotive-style brake and throttle controls can be easily converted to utilize the well-designed and easy-to-use Sure Grip Push/Rock Hand-Control System for drivers with limited lower mobility.

Unlike other hand-control styles, the Push/Rock system puts the operating handle in a vertical position; the driver eases the handle back to accelerate and pushes forward to brake. This unique rocking motion allows full-range braking and acceleration with minimal hand travel while keeping the hand in a natural position. The mobility controls install fast and easy, since each TORQ Suppressor VLE has the systems’ anchor points already engineered into the frame.

The 2016 TORQ Suppressor VLE is equipped with a 48-volt AC Brushless motor from Advanced Motors and Drives, a Curtis 1236 450 Amp AC motor controller, a fully documented whole car logic wiring harness and a Curtis dash display with speed, mileage, time and battery percentage readout. The Suppressor VLE also features regenerative breaking and a selectable ECO/SPEED switch for greater versatility in the great outdoors. The firm has also joined forces with Crown Battery Company, a premium U.S. manufacturer of industrial grade AGM batteries, using eight, 6-volt sealed maintenance-free batteries along with an On-Board Charger designed specifically for recreational EV’s.

No gas engine means no messy oil changes or fuel to haul or handle. The TORQ Suppressor VLE‘s smart design means you’ll enjoy super low maintenance. Just plug in the onboard charger, and when the light turns green, you’re ready to go. It’s that easy.

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