Hanson Watkins

Hanson Watkins

Ms. Watkins graduated from Mountain Brook High School and lives in Birmingham with her two boys, Jack, and Charlie. She has bachelor's degrees in psychology and creative writing from Emory University, and an MBA and master's in health administration from Georgia State University. 
 
Hanson spent 10 years working in the healthcare industry in Atlanta before moving back to Birmingham several years ago to work for her father, Jim Watkins. 
 
She credits her father, who has owned several businesses over the years, for giving her the entrepreneurial spirit. Her brother, Josh Watkins, is a Birmingham lawyer who helped start the Birmingham Angel Network, a venture capital organization. 

Getting to know the artists is one of the charms of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Well, that and sitting under the pine trees, listening to music, surrounded by beautiful art while enjoying great food. For the artists, it is not only a chance to meet with collectors and share their art, but also a time to enjoy spending time with old friends and basking in the special charisma of the annual art festival. This year's festival takes place this weekend, Oct. 21-22, at Kentuck Park in Northport.

“S-Town” has raised many questions in Tuscaloosa, but the one perhaps heard most often is, “What is a ‘podcast’ and why are people all over the world talking about Bibb County in one?”

 
Meet Lear Chretien of ABZ Rental in Tuscaloosa. She and her husband, Kyle, (and someday, little son, Liam) run the rental company that provides Tuscaloosa businesses and families with everything from beautiful wedding decor to heavy equipment.   
Lear has a family history in the rental business and brought her acumen to Tuscaloosa. They purchased the business three years ago. 
If you want to sell your house this year, then now is the time to list. Chris Lee, past President of Tuscaloosa County MLS and past President of the Tuscaloosa Board of Realtors, says that the expected rise in interest rates will make the spring sales season more active than usual.   

CrossFit has a reputation for being a tough workout. And it is. But according to Jamie Cormier, co-owner of Tuscaloosa’s CrossFit Candor, it is workout that can be altered to benefit a wide range of needs. 

She says it can work, even for kids with cerebral palsy. And autism. And spina bifida. 

The proof is in the Power Hour, an idea that was developed when Vera Spinks and Candor developed a program for Kylie Spinks, Vera’s daughter with cerebral palsy.   

Thanksgiving in the South is about enjoying time with friends and family in the comfort of home to celebrate all that is good in life. 

 For some people, that means popping off the top button off their pants and taking a nap as soon as possible after the big meal. For others, it is about enjoying a beautiful meal that is an Occasion (with a capital “O”) by breaking out the good china and silver. 

Dr. Katy Drain has been a veterinarian in Tuscaloosa for 15 years.  She graduated from the University of Alabama as an undergraduate and attended Auburn University for her doctorate of veterinary medicine.  Dr. Drain works with all types of pets from cats and dogs (of course!) to pigs and goats, and even some exotics.

Halloween is a spooky time for pets.  There are lots of unfamiliar people milling about in costumes, weird smells and doorbells galore. 

While it may be fun for us (and super fun to put pets in costumes to take photos with pumpkins), it can be scary for them. Here are some of the ways to make Halloween a safe and pleasant holiday for your pet.

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts has brought artists, tourists and local families together in Northport on the third weekend in October for decades. This year, the Festival celebrates its 45th year. And one local group that has been involved with the Festival for many years is, once again, looking forward to being a part of the special event. 

George Shelton, one of Tuscaloosa’s teachers of all things woodworking, has been involved with the Kentuck Arts Festival since its earliest days. And for the past decade or so, Shelton, and the Woodworkers Association of West Alabama, has offered a build your own birdhouse project. 

 Richard Rhone had retired from two careers, first as a school principal and second, facilitating welfare reform. He was spending time as a docent at a museum when a member of OLLI approached him.   

“One of the curriculum people came through the museum and asked me to teach. I have been teaching and taking classes ever since.”    

James Bailey started studying martial arts seriously in 1978. Back then, it was mostly adults learning the fighting arts.

“When it started, 100% of the students were adults and the program was modeled after the Korean military,” Bailey said. “It was much more aggressive and there were no pads early on.”

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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