Alabama Life - February 26, 2006

Mar 1, 2006

Experimenting with alternative fuels in Auburn; remembering Mabel Smythe Haith and her contribution to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta; early signs of Spring and its effect on Alabama's peach crop; and storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham's tattoo story.

President Bush has initiated a plan to reduce the country?s dependence on foreign oil, saying ethanol would be a viable alternative. Auburn University recently hosted a demonstration of what?s being called ?bioenergy technology.? Switchgrass can be converted into ethanol, and Auburn has been experimenting with it in Shorter. U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was there for the demonstration and spoke with APR?s Butler Cain.

Mabel Smythe Haith died in February in Tuscaloosa. She was 88. She had a distinguished career in international politics, and collected African art. She was the primary contributor to African Art collection at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. APR?s Butler Cain spoke with the curator of collections.

Early signs of Spring can possibly be trouble for Alabama?s peach crop. APR?s Brett Tannehill takes a look at the condition of the state?s peach crop.

And the storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, tells the tale of what got her thinking about getting a tattoo. Did she really get one? Click the MP3 link above to find out.