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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather


    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower


    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships


    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

4 weeks ago

‘The Bama’ at KBC restaurant is one of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama

(Chad Allen/Alabama NewsCenter)

KBC are the initials of Kelsey Bernard Clark, the winner of the 16th season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and the chef and owner of KBC restaurant in Dothan.

What began as a butcher shop and grocery evolved into a restaurant based largely on the popularity of the sandwiches Clark started serving customers.

“Some of the sandwiches on our menu are named after people and The Bama was actually named after my mother-in-law, who is known by her grandchildren as ‘Bama,’” Clark said.


The Bama at KBC in Dothan is one of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

The Bama sports pimento cheese, thick slices of tomatoes and crispy bacon. It’s about as Southern a sandwich as you can get and is so delectable it has made its way onto the Alabama Tourism Department’s list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama.

With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, KBC tried curbside service but Clark said it wasn’t as fulfilling as the experience of dining in the restaurant. So, KBC stopped doing curbside until the dining rooms were allowed to reopen under new guidelines. She said KBC is operating well and safely under the new rules and business is good again.

And The Bama is as popular as ever.

(Courtesy of Alabama News Center)

2 years ago

Tanner’s Pecans & Candies cracks list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

It’s a safe bet that if you’re having Thanksgiving dinner in the South, the dessert table has at least one pecan pie on it.

That’s because pecans are at the heart of many of our favorite Southern treats, from pralines to divinity to pies.

Mobile based Tanner’s Pecans & Candies has been cracking into the pecan’s potential since 1940 when B.C. Tanner began gathering, shelling and selling pecans wholesale. His son, B.C. Tanner Jr., got the company into making cakes, pies, candies and other treats.


When Danny Fox was looking to find a different career path more than 17 years ago, he and his wife, Leslie, learned Tanner’s was for sale. They’ve kept the tradition going.

The goodness of the pecans at Tanner’s cracked the Alabama Tourism Department’s list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.

(Courtesy of Alabama News Center)

2 years ago

Durbin Farms Market’s peach ice cream makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

(C. Allen/ Alabama NewsCenter)

Homemade peach ice cream is made with the peaches right in the Clanton community, which is where Durbin Farms Market is located.

For many, it’s a sweet tradition. Durbin Farms Market peach ice cream has rated as a customer favorite for years. Many will attest to its creamy goodness.


It’s located in Clanton, in Chilton County, which is the state’s largest producer of peaches.

But homemade ice cream is just the beginning of what the market has to offer – pretty plants, fresh fruit and vegetables, hot lunch and homemade cobblers await visitors too.

Durbin Farms Market’s peach ice cream makes State Tourism Department list of must-see places to visit from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)