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Between The Stacks

Athens-Limestone County Public Library

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Athens-Limestone Public Library's podcast series highlights conversations with guest speakers that come into the library to talk about cultural, educational, and community programs. Between the Stacks also features discussions of ongoing library programs and special exhibits.
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Mind Your Business

Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce

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A podcast from the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce featuring small businesses in Limestone County. From start-up to multi-generational, episodes features local business owners, their stores, and their stories. Join us for a look behind the storefront and find out what it means to be part of the small business community in Athens and Limestone County.
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Homegrown History

Athens-Limestone County Public Library

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Discover Athens, Alabama and Limestone County from one who has studied it and one who has lived it. Rebekah Davis, Limestone County archivist, and Limestone County native, Richard Martin, recount stories and bring in special guests to talk about the rich history of Limestone County, Alabama.
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Alright Athens

Athens-Limestone County Public Library

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ALRIGHT ATHENS: Tell Us Your Story! A podcast featuring the people of Athens and Limestone County, Alabama. Each story is as unique as the people themselves, but they all reveal the character, the culture, and the distinct voices of a classic Southern community. Entertaining. Thoughtful. Poignant. Listen to these sound snapshots from our latest Library Voices podcast series. From Athens-Limestone Public Library.
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Master Gardener Soozi Pline talks with Jayne Luetzow, Regional Agent for Northwest Alabama Cooperative Extension office, about pruning. Step by step pruning techniques, including when to prune, why to prune, and what tools to use. A master class in pruning trees and shrubs with specific mentions of azaleas, hydrangeas, and roses, as well as a discu…
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Dr. Kem Roper, college professor and Writing Center Director at Athens State University, discusses the upcoming Summer Writing Summit featuring interactive sessions and workshops designed to guide writers of all genres. From resumes and research papers to creative fiction and poetry, the Writing Center at Athens State is a year round resource helpi…
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Pammie Jimmar, President of the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, talks with Lauren Marsh, President of Ridgeline Construction. With early dreams of becoming a dancer, Lauren took a detour with a summer job in the construction business and juggled a new career and young family at the same time. Ridgeline began as a single office focused …
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Master Gardener Emily Clem talks with Master Beekeeper Bud Rogers about backyard beekeeping for the hobbyist. These busy pollinators are masters of efficiency and can make an amazing difference in the output of your backyard garden. They talk about how bees make honey and tips to avoid getting stung. Bud avidly promotes beekeeping as an accessible …
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Heidi Stinnett and Madison Herron from the Limestone County Council on Aging discuss programs designed to enhance recreation, socialization, independence, and vitality for older adults. This important resource helps with with transportation, nutrition, and prescriptions, but perhaps most popular are their outings in the community. From picnics and …
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Pammie Jimmar, President of the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, talks with Stephen Tanner of Country Financial. Stephen shares his journey from the inner city through college football to a series of successful business ventures spanning the past 30 years. He is a motivational speaker with his philosophy of finding a unique purpose, inv…
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July 18, 1980, Thanh Boyer arrived in Athens, Alabama as a Vietnamese Boat refugee. She was 12 years old. This is her story - a journey of courage, pathos, humor, and single-minded determination to bring the rest of her family to America. Links: https://www.alcpl.org/ If you would like to share a story, please call the library at 256-232-1233 or em…
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Kate Gribbin, Recreation Manager, along with Hallie Porter, Development Director, and Jennifer Johnson, Master Gardener, highlight the new pollinator gardens of the North Alabama Land Trust. Started in 1987 as a means to keep development off Monte Sano Mountain, the Land Trust now covers 10 counties, 10,000 acres and has 10 nature preserves for edu…
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Cydney Amos Honaker from the Athens Women's Resource Center talks about their services which include pregnancy testing, prenatal counseling, parenting and birth education, ultrasounds, and more. They rely on community donations to provide a free baby boutique and they welcome volunteers to help run their Community Baby Shower! https://www.alcpl.org…
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Pammie Jimmar, President of the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, talks with Chuck Robinson, owner of AllStar Plumbing and AllStar Pro Services. Born and raised in Athens, Chuck has built a successful plumbing business and now, with the help of the next generation, he's expanding into a one stop shop for the local construction industry. …
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Medicare Chick, Lauri King, brings clarity to the medicare confusion. From open enrollment to special elections and the latest benefits, Lauri brings her 20 years of expertise to answer questions and sound the alert on potential pitfalls when signing up for Medicare. https://www.alcpl.org/ https://kingseniorbenefitsspecialists.com/ Have questions a…
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Pammie Jimmar, President of the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, talks with Val Collier, head of PGD Construction. Growing up on a farm under his grandfather's mentorship, Val channeled his knack for building things into a construction career. He talks about his company and their custom one of a kind home building projects in Limestone …
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Master Gardener, Emily Clem, welcomes Lynne Wenineger from Alabama A&M University. The curator of the herbarium at A&M, Lynne talks about the importance of collecting and preserving plants for study in the plant library. From gathering specimens in the field, to pressing, and cataloging, Alabama is the 4th ranked state in the US for biodiversity an…
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Pammie Jimmar, President of the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, talks with local business owner Dr. Colby Mays. The owner of Refine Chiropractic, Dr. Mays talks about the importance of preventative body maintenance and good nutrition. He also introduces his mobile practice which he brings to local businesses. https://www.alcpl.org/ htt…
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Yolanda Turner is a domestic violence survivor from an early abusive marriage. She was able to turn her life around after much spiritual reflection and authored the book Morning Glory - a 52-week devotional featuring scripture passages with commentary and personal stories of application from Yolanda s own experience with the message. In this inspir…
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Master Gardener, Emily Clem, welcomes Travis Roddy of the International Crane Foundation. They talk about the cranes that winter here in North Alabama, including sandhill cranes and the endangered whooping cranes. Links: https://www.aces.edu/ (Alabama Cooperative Extension) https://savingcranes.org/ (International Crane Foundation) https://www.fws.…
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Pammie Jimmar, President of the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, talks with local business owner Matthew Jimmerson. Matthew took over as proprietor of Athens Florist and Gifts five years ago at the age of eighteen, just before the COVID epidemic. He talks about how his business survived and is now thriving. He relates how he maintains a…
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A conversation with authors A.E. Chewning and James C. Chewning. Living in Athens, A.E. Chewning draws upon the rich history and local folklore to inspire her paranormal novels, including one based on the Athens Houston Memorial Library. James C. Chewning is a motivational speaker and has written Success Defined by Me: A Guide to Developing a Perso…
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On a business retreat to the Yucatan, Dr. Jodi Green was detained at a Mexican airport for having a pistol in her luggage, despite following airline protocol for carrying a firearm. What transpired was a 28-day life changing incarceration in a Mexican jail cell. How she navigated the daily harsh reality of prison life, and the mindset it took to co…
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A conversation with Olivia Wade, Case Manager for AIDB. As a young child growing up with low vision, Olivia talks about how AIDB gave her tools she needed to become an independent adult. Now, working for AIDB, she is able to share both her story and expertise to individuals in the deaf and blind community looking for answers. She talks about the mu…
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ALCPL children's librarian, Amanda Coleman, reads select stories from the Alvin Schwartz book series, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Based on American folklore, these tales combine eerie horror, supernatural sightings, and deathly humor guaranteed to make you JUMP! Library Links https://www.alcpl.org/ Have questions about this episode? Email as…
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ALCPL children's librarian, Amanda Coleman, remembers books kids read in childhood that left a lasting impression. In this episode she and guests Josh Smith and Ronnie Ramone dissect the book series, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Derived from urban legends like Resurrection Mary and The Hook, and featuring scary illustrations, these books were…
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A talk with Alicia Shelley, author of Resigned: How Do You Know When It's Time To Go: Lies, Truth, and the Stigma of Quitting Your Job. Also known as the Queen of Quit, Alicia's book guides readers through the process of resigning from a bad work situation while keeping your dignity and sanity intact. In this podcast she talks about her journey and…
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Limestone County Master Gardeners Emily Clem and Soozi Pline talk about native plants that grow well in the North Alabama region. They identify plants, season by season, that bloom and provide food for pollinators all year long. In the process of naturalizing their own home properties, Emily and Soozi identify which plants work for different sun an…
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Georgina Cross, author of The Niece and Nanny Needed, talks about her latest release - One Night. Goodreads calls it "An electrifying novel... One night. That's all the time a family has to decide what to do with the man they believe murdered their daughter: Do they forgive him, or take justice into their own hands?" Georgina Cross is from Huntsvil…
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Limestone County Master Gardener, Emily Clem, talks with Rhonda Britton, Former Home Grounds Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension and current Campus Engineer at Auburn University's Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville. Rhonda gives a step by step guide to growing shiitake mushrooms for home gardeners. Links: https://www.sweetgrownal…
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Robert Bailey talks about his latest Jason Rich novel, Rich Water - a legal thriller about the price of redemption for a lawyer who takes a case he can't win in a town he can't forget. A Huntsville native, Bailey is the Wall Street Journal best selling author of the Jason Rich series, the McMurtrie and Drake legal thriller series and the Bocephus H…
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Joel Mize is the son and nephew of five World War II veterans representing the U.S. Army, Army Air Corps, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marines Corps. Growing up they were his personal heroes, along with his grandmother, the matriarch of the Putnam family. Deeply patriotic, she worked in the support staff of the Muscle Shoals nitrate plant in World War I and…
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Frank ‘Max’ Grose served in the 147th assault support helicopter company in Vietnam, known as the Hillclimbers. He was 21 years old when he got to Vietnam in 1967 and tasked with flying a Chinook helicopter in and out of dangerous sorties to aid troops fighting on the ground. In this podcast he recounts, in riveting detail, missions where mere seco…
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Author Dawn Hogan's first novel - UNBROKEN BONDS - follows the lives of four fictional friends who meet in a home for unwed mothers in the era of closed adoptions. From the 1950's - 1970's millions of unwed mothers gave up their babies, the effects of which lingered long after they were released to resume 'normal' lives. For both birth parents and …
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Paranormal suspense author Iris Kain began writing as a military spouse overseas. In this podcast she talks about her vampire Blood Tribe Trilogy series and her latest book, Sour. She also discusses what it's like to be an indy author and self-publisher of her books. https://www.alcpl.org/ Have questions about this episode? Email askalibrarian@alcp…
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Jennifer Kelly, author of The Foxes of Belair: Gallant Fox, Omaha, and the Quest for the Triple Crown, gives us a close-up look at the world of American Thoroughbred horse racing. Her book recounts one of racing's earliest dynasties - the historic Belair Stud and its quest to breed two Triple Crown winners. In this podcast she talks about the lure …
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Limestone County Master Gardener, Emily Clem, talks with Kerry Steedley, Regional Extension Agent for Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources. They discuss which native fruit and nut plants you can grow to produce food for both you and the Pollinators! Books discussed in this episode and available at Athens-Limestone Public Library: Bringing natu…
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Pryor Field Airport Manager Adam Fox previews the first-ever North Alabama Airfest, June 10-11. Featuring aerial demonstrations, an aviation STEM lab, and rides in a Huey helicopter, this event is designed to showcase the thriving aviation industry and careers in North Alabama. https://www.alcpl.org/ https://flydcu.com/airfest Music from Pixabay…
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Rebekah and Richard welcome Pryor Field Airport Manager Adam Fox in a conversation about the history of aviation in Limestone County. They discuss Pryor Field's important role in both the past and future for aviation and other development in North Alabama. https://limestonecounty-al.gov/departments/archives/ https://www.alcpl.org/ https://flydcu.co…
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Author Jim Nesbitt has released his latest novel in his Ed Earl Burch series - The Dead Certain Doubt. The main character is a battered but dogged private investigator on a mercy mission who takes on a violent world of smugglers, cartel killers, crooked lawmen, Bible-thumping hucksters, and an old nemesis who wants to see him dead. Jim talks about …
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Gene Keith, retired Athens art teacher, taught his students much more than art: for thirty four years, he also gave them lessons in life. He reflects on his career and we get a a glimpse of why his creative and thoughtful approach to teaching made him a student favorite. Since retiring, Gene's avocation has been genealogy research and learning abou…
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Fred Smith has lived in Limestone County all of his life. He remembers a slower, gentler time and describes his life growing up in 1950's Athens. He looks back at a time when everyone knew their neighbors and no one locked their doors because "you just couldn't think of a reason why not." He also talks about his first job at the old Ross Hotel just…
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Rebekah and Richard host Sandy Thompson, Director of the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens, Alabama. They discuss historic events of World War I and II and Limestone County's service both in action and on the home front. Entire families enlisted and many of their stories are told here. Richard remembers his father on the USS Alabama al…
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In her new book, Musing My Way to Peace While Loving an Addict, author Holly Gorman talks about the pain and chaos of loving someone with an addiction. What started as a way to express her overwhelming feelings on paper, Holly's reflections turned into a book of musings that led her from desperation to peace. In this podcast, Holly offers insight a…
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Rebekah and Richard discuss the 19th Amendment and history of women's suffrage. A controversial subject, in Limestone County groups of women banded together to register for their right to vote. Rebekah and Richard identify some of these early women and men who championed the cause. Find out why the Tennessee legislature made a run for the Alabama b…
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At age 5, Louis Rossignolo looked up at the skies from a farm outside Sicily to see American and German planes dropping bombs during World War II. At the time, Limestone County was not on his radar. Lou relates his story of how he came to America and why he thinks Athens, Alabama is the best place to live. Library Links https://www.alcpl.org/ If yo…
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Helga Stover came to America from Germany in 1956, settling in North Alabama in 1964. Though initially in "culture shock" Helga's is a story of adaptation and embracing life both in Madison and Limestone County. She also talks about Limestone County's original Germantown - a thriving community started by German immigrants back in the 1890's. Librar…
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Epidemics and pandemics are nothing new. Rebekah recounts the history of infectious diseases in Limestone County and steps the community took (including armed border patrol) to stop the spread of disease. Richard remembers the polio scare in the 1950s. They are joined by Traci Collins, Athens-Limestone Hospital President, who describes the early da…
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Join Jen & Anna and special guest Shelby as they discuss top-selling author Colleen Hoover who recently released her newest title, "It Starts With Us". Hoover has risen to prolific, record-breaking heights through the utilizing the social media platform, Tik Tok. For More Information: https://www.colleenhoover.com/ https://www.npr.org/2022/10/24/11…
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A new spin on book talks - ALCPL children's librarian, Amanda Coleman, introduces books that many of us read as kids that left a lasting impression. In this episode, she dives into R.L. Stine's book series, Goosebumps. Stine introduced a generation to a horror genre that was both scary and funny and captivated a 'tween audience with cheesy titles a…
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They call him P.I. Paul Irons. A veteran firefighter who responded to fire alarms in Athens for over 40 years. In that time he developed a rapport with both his men and his community. In this episode he recounts a fiery rescue with a divine intervention. P.I. unfolds stories about the dangers, risks, and rewards that came from serving people in his…
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Leah Oakley, resident of Athens, Alabama, is recovering from back surgery when an unexpected visitor pays a call. The Day the Squirrel Went Berserk song by Ray Stevens comes to life when a "big one" gets trapped inside her home. Desperation sets in when her calls for back-up fall on deaf ears. Her only hope comes from one Mr. Critter Catcher but he…
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Join Jen & Anna as they discuss NY Times bestselling author and humorist David Sedaris, famous for writing "The Santaland Diaries". David is a prolific author, comedian, and radio personality. This episode features 'The Naughty Elf’ as a nod to David’s career-launching work, “The Santaland Diaries”. For More Information: https://www.davidsedarisboo…
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