Montgomery, AL – Health department workers across the state say they now have leftover flu shots. A vaccine shortage had left Alabama about 300,000 doses short of being able to vaccinate the state's elderly, sick and very young. But after last week's flu shot clinics, state Health Officer Don Williamson says about 16,000 shots are left over. Jefferson County accounts for almost half that amount, with 7,000 unused shots. Williamson says the shots will be offered again in December but, again, only to people in high-risk categories.
Cullman, Alabama – Former Alabama first lady Helen Hunt died Monday from a pulmonary disease. She was 70.
Bill Floyd, chairman of the Cullman County Republican Party, says Mrs. Hunt had been treated at Woodland Medical Center since Nov. 13 for pulmonary fibrosis. The condition robs the lungs of their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream.
Montgomery, AL – Department of Public Safety director Colonel Mike Coppage says it's unbelievable. He's referring to the number of Alabama drivers who do not use seatbelts. Coppage says 62 percent of people who died in rural highway accidents this year were NOT buckled up. The death toll for urban areas is still being counted. Coppage says extra troopers will be on patrol during the Thanksgiving Holiday. He says authorities will strictly enforce the state's seat belt and child restraint laws.
This commentary on Frank Stitt's Southern Table is the first in this spot about a cookbook. But this book is in fact more than just recipes; there's a good deal of text here, about Frank Stitt's life, his father and mother, education, and philosophy and about Southern food and farming.
By Don Noble
Frank Stitt's Southern Table: Recipes and Gracious Traditions from Highlands Bar