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IN YOUR WORDS: Throwing clay - Local artist Kerry Kennedy took time out of her busy schedule to demonstrate what she calls throwing clay as she creates a clay pot at Morning Pointe Assisted Living Community. Kennedy’s presentation was part of National Assisted Living Week, centered around the theme of Homemade Happiness. 21512
September 30th, 2013
Taco Casa closes University Mall location after 33 years - Taco Casa, the locally-owned Mexican fast food restaurant know for its iconic cactus sign, announced via Facebook on Monday that it will close its University Mall location, opened since 1980. 21511
September 30th, 2013
Alabama launching series of amateur bass fishing tournaments - MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama is launching a series of bass fishing tournaments for amateur anglers with the goal of generating tourism dollars from Mobile to Florence. 21510
September 30th, 2013
Tuscaloosa boy's progress 'amazing,' according to neurosurgeons - As Tuscaloosa parents Margo and Matthew Gilbert celebrated their son Reed's third birthday one year ago today, they weren't sure he would live. Diagnosed with a brain tumor — an ogliogemdroglioma — Reed was like any other toddler, save for the fact that his body was regularly crippled with up to 15 seizures a day. Doctors had determined the tumor was non-genetic and that there were very few treatments available. At one point, the family had been told that Reed's condition was inoperable. 21509
September 30th, 2013
Tuscacloosa City Council Agenda - The Tuscaloosa City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 2201 University Blvd. The following items will be on the agenda: Amending Ordinance No. 7938 adopted on April 9 approving a development plan for Riverfront Village pursuant to Riverfront District Regulations. (Tabled Sept. 17) 21508
September 30th, 2013
Author finds a way to take home with her - When life got hard for Tuscaloosa native Beth Albright, the strong women of her family would gather around her grandmother's yellow kitchen table in Glendale Gardens, eat Krispy Kreme donuts and laugh. No matter the situation, the women in her life held things together through whatever came their way, Albright said. There was always laughter. Albright used her Tuscaloosa upbringing in her three books, the "Sassy Belles" trilogy which were released this year. The last book in the trilogy, "Sleigh Belles," goes on sale nationwide Tuesday and has been named as a Top Pick Read for September by Barnes and Noble. 21507
September 30th, 2013
2 young directors to tackle same play - Healthy collaboration makes theater thrive. A promising script needs a director with vision to shape it into three dimensions, actors to embody and live it, tech people to make it physically work, and an audience to complete the circuit. 21506
September 30th, 2013
Around Town: 9/30 - Around Town: 9/30 21505
September 30th, 2013
Sound Off: 9/30 - Sound Off: 9/30 21504
September 30th, 2013
Russell Lee was known for his business, dedication, honesty - Longtime Tuscaloosa business owner Russell S. Lee has died. He was 90. Lee, a native of Red Level, grew up in Tuscaloosa. He served in the Army during World War II under Gen. George Patton. After returning from the war, he and his wife, Iteria, opened Russell S. Lee Floor & Tile Co. Inc. in 1950. Many people knew him not only for his business, but for his dedication and his honesty, said his daughter, Judy Suther. 21503
September 30th, 2013
Sex crimes with young male victims often go unreported - ANNISTON (AP) — Cases of statutory rape where the abuser is a woman have rarely been prosecuted in Calhoun County, but victim's advocates say young males are under-researched sexual abuse targets. 21502
September 29th, 2013
Alabama prisons may owe ACLU lawyers for HIV/AIDS segregation - MONTGOMERY | A tentative settlement of a federal lawsuit calls for the Alabama prison system to pay $1.3 million to American Civil Liberties Union attorneys who sued the state over its policy of segregating prisoners with HIV and AIDS from other inmates. A ruling on the settlement is expected early this week. 21501
September 29th, 2013
Longtime Million Dollar Band volunteer videographer denied media pass this year - Ralph “Chud” Shaw watched the University of Alabama’s first home game of SEC play Saturday on TV with friends. The match-up between Alabama and Ole Miss was only the second home game in 31 years in which the 51-year-old Tuscaloosa resident did not take the field with the Million Dollar Band. 21500
September 29th, 2013
Mercedes executives in Alabama through the years - During its 20-year history, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance has had five presidents-chief executives. Here’s a look at the men who have led the company, with the years they headed MBUSI in parentheses: 21499
September 29th, 2013
Mercedes-Benz suppliers helped transform West Alabama - The future looked bright when Mercedes-Benz announced 20 years ago that it would put its first North American auto plant in Tuscaloosa County. The German luxury automaker planned to spend about $350 million to build a plant that would open four years later. Few, if any, however, foresaw the economic transformation that would occur over the next two decades — a more than $2 billion investment by Mercedes; five models being made or in the planning; more than 3,000 workers and rising. And all that was just at Mercedes. 21498
September 29th, 2013
Mercedes-Benz's impact accelerated West Alabama's economy - It was an economic bombshell heard across America. In January 1993, the automotive world focused on the Detroit Auto Show, one of the auto world's premiere events where car makers unveil their newest models and latest technologies. But it wasn't that year's expected top-selling vehicles that captured the spotlight. It was a news conference by Mercedes-Benz. 21497
September 29th, 2013
Descendants of African Families to hold conference - Descendants of African Families in America Inc. will have its annual fall family conference, Families in the 21st Century, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Rotary Room at the Tuscaloosa Public Library, 1801 Jack Warner Parkway. 21496
September 28th, 2013
Road to be closed in Tuscaloosa - The section of the road between 33 and 34 Durrett Grove will be closed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. 21495
September 28th, 2013
Streets to be swept in Tuscaloosa - The Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation will sweep the following general areas this week. 21494
September 28th, 2013
TPD invites public to Coffee with a Cop - Tuscaloosa police officers have invited all members of the community to have coffee on Monday. 21493
September 28th, 2013
UA grad and former "Days of Our Lives" actress to sign copies of her books on Sunday - Beth Albright, a University of Alabama graduate and former “Days of Our Lives” actress, will sign copies of her books from 2-6 p.m. today at Barnes and Noble in Midtown Village, 1800 McFarland Blvd. 21492
September 28th, 2013
LEND A HAND: Taylorville church to host womens empowerment event - Lisa “Roxanne” Holifield of WDJC radio will encourage women to believe in themselves and take on challenges during a Nov. 16 day of worship at Taylorville Baptist Church. 21491
September 28th, 2013
Brookwood High senior begins fight of her life against aggressive form of bone cancer - Two laps around the track at the ball park in Coaling were a lot more than just a Saturday morning stroll. The walk was the first of many fundraisers for Kelsey Hunnicutt, a Brookwood High School senior, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, on Sept. 16. 21490
September 28th, 2013
Pick your own pumpkins in West Blocton - The seeds of this idea were planted a while back. A West Blocton farming family is providing a new pick-your-own pumpkin patch, which opens today and will continue every weekend through October. 21489
September 28th, 2013
UA-affiliated company gets $23,500 to wirelessly charge mobile device - A startup company with University of Alabama affiliations that is working on technology to wirelessly charge mobile devices received $23,500 during the latest round of the 2013 Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition to continue development of its product. 21488
September 28th, 2013
Alabama paying $260M back to education fund - MONTGOMERY | Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the state is about to repay the majority of a big debt that has hung over his administration since he took office. 21487
September 28th, 2013
Sipsey Valley High student honored at game - Olivia Mills wrote an entry in a friend’s journal earlier this month that has since inspired tens of thousands of people. “When hardship comes into your life, are you going to ask ‘why is this happening to me,’” the 17-year-old Sipsey Valley High School senior wrote. “Or will you say ‘how can this be used to show God’s glory?’” 21486
September 28th, 2013
Amp tickets on sale for October shows - October will be a busy month for concerts at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. 21485
September 27th, 2013
ESPN analyst Blackledge to sign books today - ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge will sign copies of his book, “Taste of the Town: A Guided Tour of College Football’s Best Places to Eat” from noon-2 p.m. today at Rama Jama’s, 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive. 21484
September 27th, 2013
Part of road closed for T-Town Tailgate - Part of Sixth Street between the Tuscaloosa City Hall parking deck entrance and 21st Avenue will be closed through 2 a.m. Sunday for today’s CBS-42 T-Town Tailgate event. 21483
September 27th, 2013
Supreme Court rules against fired public TV executives - MONTGOMERY | The state Supreme Court on Friday ordered a judge to dismiss an open-meetings lawsuit filed by two Alabama Public Television executives fired last year in a flap that preceded a wave of resignations from the network. 21482
September 27th, 2013
Ex-coach Dwight Bowling asks for review of sentence - OXFORD, Miss. | A former Sulligent High School football coach has asked a federal court to set aside or reconsider his sentence to multiple guilty pleas that he took minor males across state lines for sex. 21481
September 27th, 2013
Midtown Village hosts free concert series - Midtown Village will have a series of free Music on the Green performances. 21480
September 27th, 2013
Widespread Panic returning to rock out Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - After a seven-month hiatus followed by a summer tour, Widespread Panic is returning to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for one of its 29 fall concerts. 21479
September 27th, 2013
Movie series to feature Burt Reynolds film "Smokey & the Bandit" - Burt Reynolds’ black Trans Am will rev up tonight’s outdoor movie at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, 1901 Jack Warner Parkway in Tuscaloosa. “Smokey and the Bandit” will be shown at 8 p.m. on the museum’s 45-foot inflatable screen on the former site of the historic Queen City pool. 21478
September 27th, 2013
DCH System studies survey to improve care - Increasing access to care through communication technology, promoting general wellness and educating the public about teen pregnancy are all topics that Tuscaloosa County hospitals need to focus on, according to a recent community assessment. 21477
September 27th, 2013
Ex-ambassador named visiting fellow at UA - Former U.S. Ambassador and University of Alabama graduate Lino Gutierrez will be named a distinguished visiting fellow of International Strategic Studies at UA when he returns Monday. 21476
September 27th, 2013
Fraternity holds wing-eating contest to benefit charities - The Wing Zone restaurant and students in the University of Alabama's Greek system are teaming up for a wing-eating contest today to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Alabama, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the YMCA Tuscaloosa. 21475
September 27th, 2013
UA student to go to U.N. climate change meeting - A University of Alabama chemical engineering student was selected to attend a United Nations climate change conference in November. 21474
September 27th, 2013
County schools to address problems that fall outside long-range strategic plan - Concerns voiced by parents at the six strategic planning meetings held by the Tuscaloosa County School System will be addressed both within the strategic plan and outside of it, Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford, said Thursday night. 21473
September 27th, 2013
New $9 million facility on 10th Avenue will nurture businesses, entrepreneurs - Federal dollars will construct an estimated $9.31 million facility for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama's business incubator. Dubbed The EDGE — Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the incubator was formed last year and already has seen a number of businesses grow from its current location downtown to business spaces of their own. 21472
September 27th, 2013
Block seating resumes at University of Alabama home games - The University of Alabama Student Government Association has decided to resume block seating for student organizations Saturday during the home football game against Ole Miss. 21471
September 27th, 2013
Widespread Panic returns to rock out the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - After a seven-month hiatus followed by a summer tour, Widespread Panic is returning to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for one of its 29 fall concerts. 21470
September 26th, 2013
Gifts offered after fire guts Concordia College football team's bus - SELMA | A college football coach in Selma says several schools and businesses have helped his team rebuild after nearly all their equipment was destroyed in a fire. 21469
September 26th, 2013
Alabama's 911 phone fees get standardized Oct. 1 - 21468
September 26th, 2013
Church will offer blessing of pets Oct. 6 - The annual blessing of the animals, honoring the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, will be offered at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 6 in the side courtyard of Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd. N. 21467
September 26th, 2013
Tuscaloosa startup in state Launchpad finals - A Tuscaloosa-based startup company that is developing technology to allow mobile devices to recharge wirelessly without the need to plug in to a power outlet will be one of five state companies competing in the finals of the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition Final Pitch today at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. 21466
September 26th, 2013
Tuscaloosa ponders whistleblower policy; those who report fraud will be protected - City Hall could soon have an official whistleblower policy to protect city employees and residents who report government fraud or malfeasance. 21465
September 26th, 2013
Jamey Clements makes bid for GOP nomination - A Tuscaloosa engineer running for a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives said the state’s politicians need to focus on stabilizing the economy and limiting government. 21464
September 26th, 2013
West End students study nature in Costa Rica - Twenty students and 12 adults from the West-Side Scholars Academy in Tuscaloosa’s West End traveled more than 1,500 miles last month for four days of nature study in the cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica. 21463
September 26th, 2013
Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan to speak at University of Alabama law school event - U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan is scheduled to deliver the Albritton Lecture at the University of Alabama School of Law on Oct. 4. 21462
September 26th, 2013
Alabama health rates released - MONTGOMERY | With Alabama's federally facilitated health insurance marketplace launching next week, the Obama administration has released figures showing the typical plan in Alabama will usually cost around the national average or slightly less. 21461
September 26th, 2013
Car to be in homecoming parade has ties to Alabama, JFK - A bright, apricot-colored car centerpieced at the upcoming University of Alabama homecoming parade might seem like an odd choice for Bama fans with an ingrained dislike of the color that symbolizes several rival schools. 21460
September 26th, 2013
'Alabama Moon' author Watt Key to speak in Tuscaloosa Thursday - An Alabama-based writer will be in Tuscaloosa Thursday, speaking to students at Sipsey Valley Middle School and making a public appearance at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. Albert Watkins Key Jr., who publishes under the name Watt Key, has published three books including “Alabama Moon,” which is based partly in Tuscaloosa and has been made into a movie. Although Key has been to Tuscaloosa many times, this will be his first visit to speak about his books. 21459
September 25th, 2013
TUSCALOOSA CITY COUNCIL ACTION: 9/24 - The Tuscaloosa City Council took the following action at its Tuesday night meeting. 21458
September 25th, 2013
Tuscaloosa City Council passes fiscal 2014 budget; garbage collection rate going up $1 - With a series of votes, the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday officially approved the fiscal 2014 operation budgets for the General and Water and Sewer funds. Included in the $130.75 million General Fund is a $1-per-month increase in the garbage collection rates for both commercial and residential customers. 21457
September 25th, 2013
Part of Bryant Drive to be closed for maintenance Wednesday - Paul W. Bryant Drive from 10th Avenue to Wallace Wade Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. today for routine maintenance, according to a news release from the Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation. 21456
September 25th, 2013
Tuesday night's canceled meeting at Sipsey Valley High to be rescheduled - The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education’s community meeting scheduled for Tuesday night at Sipsey Valley High School was canceled. 21455
September 25th, 2013
Tuscaloosa city school system to dismiss classes early Wednesday - All schools in the Tuscaloosa city school system will be dismissed early today for teacher professional development training. 21454
September 25th, 2013
Bryant, UA trustees sue over firm's use of houndstooth pattern - The University of Alabama System board of trustees and its president pro tem Paul W. Bryant Jr. have filed a federal trademark infringement and unfair competition lawsuit in an effort to prevent a Georgia company from producing apparel with the logo Hounds-tooth Mafia. 21453
September 25th, 2013
Former Tuscaloosa police officer sentenced to 10 years in sex assault case - A former Tuscaloosa Police sergeant accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty two years ago was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison. 21452
September 25th, 2013
University of Alabama Faculty Senate forms diversity panel - The University of Alabama Faculty Senate on Tuesday approved creation of a task force to research and make recommendations on ways to increase diversity on campus and reform the governance of student organizations in the wake of allegations of discrimination during the fall sorority rush. 21451
September 25th, 2013
University of Alabama homecoming parade starts early this year - Fans who want to attend the University of Alabama's homecoming parade on Oct. 5 had better be sure their alarm clock is working. 21450
September 24th, 2013
Suspect sought in Monday night shooting of three women - 21449
September 24th, 2013
Memorial service honors miners who died - More than 400 people gathered around the Miners’ Memorial Monument at West Brookwood Church Monday evening — just yards from Jim Walter Mine No. 5 where 13 miners died 12 years ago. 21448
September 24th, 2013
County schools to hold community meeting - The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. today at Sipsey Valley High School, 15815 Buhl Cutoff Road, Buhl. Anyone interested in the future of county schools is invited to attend. 21447
September 24th, 2013
Meetings to address tornado recovery - The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and city of Tuscaloosa officials will host a tornado recovery town hall meeting from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Chamber office, on the second floor at 2201 Jack Warner Parkway NE. 21446
September 24th, 2013
Part of road to be closed - Part of the road in the 3400 block of Second St. will be closed until 3 p.m. Friday. 21445
September 24th, 2013
Staph infection probe at Southview Middle School closed - According to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s investigation, Southview Middle School does not have an outbreak of staph infection. 21444
September 24th, 2013
University of Alabama Faculty Senate continues sorority discussion - The University of Alabama Faculty Senate is scheduled to resume discussion today of a statement urging action by the UA administration following recent allegations of voter fraud by Greek organizations during the recent Tuscaloosa municipal election and racial discrimination during sorority recruitment. 21443
September 24th, 2013
Kentuck Museum Association names Amy Holt Echols its new executive director - Amy Holt Echols, a longtime area resident and former president of the Kentuck Museum Association board, has been named new executive director of the Northport-based arts organization. 21442
September 23rd, 2013
Bolta announces plans to create 350 new jobs at $40 million auto parts plant in Tuscaloosa - Gov. Robert Bentley, a Tuscaloosa native, returned to his hometown Monday to officially welcome automotive manufacturer Bolta, and the 350 new jobs it brings, to the city. 21441
September 23rd, 2013
State Rep. Alan Harper named chairman of House Economic Development and Tourism Committee - State Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, was named Monday as the new chairman of the House of Representatives’ Economic Development and Tourism Committee. 21440
September 23rd, 2013
Live video, updates from announcement of Bolta's new industrial complex set to bring 350 jobs to Tuscaloosa - Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Tuscaloosa Monday morning to announce a major new production facility for the city.This is the place to follow The Tuscaloosa News' City Hall reporter Jason Morton, business editor Patrick Rupinski and digital editor Lyons Yellin live from the event that begins at 9 a.m. 21439
September 23rd, 2013
Tuscaloosa City Council Agenda 9/23 - 21438
September 23rd, 2013
LOOKING BACK: 9/23 - 21437
September 23rd, 2013
Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy makes changes to its automotive program - The curriculum for the automotive technology program at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy has been changed after being officially declared outdated. 21436
September 23rd, 2013
Tuscaloosa Police Department event to connect cops with residents - Officers from the Tuscaloosa Police Department's East Precinct will sit down with community members on Sept. 30 at Belle Foods on McFarland Boulevard to answer questions, discuss community issues and talk with people in a relaxed, neutral environment. 21435
September 23rd, 2013
Moundville gears up for Native American Festival - Moundville Archaeological Park is gearing up for its 25th annual Native American Festival. The festival began during the 50th anniversary celebration of the park itself and has grown to accommodate about 12,000 people every year. 21434
September 23rd, 2013
Haunted house returns to Tuscaloosa for Halloween season - The Tuscaloosa area has been without a large-scale haunted house during Halloween for the past four years. But that will soon change. 21433
September 23rd, 2013
University of Alabama officials tread lightly on segregation - From the governor to a U.S. attorney, state and other leaders say they want to move past failed efforts and find a way to permanently end racial segregation in the University of Alabama's Greek system. But for now they're treading lightly in forcing change on sorority row. 21432
September 23rd, 2013
Alabama's insurance exchange down to the wire - MONTGOMERY | Alabamians hoping to find health insurance through a new federally developed insurance marketplace won’t get any details before October, when the insurance options are scheduled to go online. 21431
September 23rd, 2013
City schools to dismiss early Wednesday - 21430
September 22nd, 2013
College News: 9/22 - 21429
September 22nd, 2013
LEND A HAND: Hospice of West Alabama to raise money for expansion - Hospice of West Alabama has kicked off a fundraising campaign to increase the capacity of its in-patient facility, said Latrelle Bell, the hospice’s executive director. 21428
September 22nd, 2013
Memorial to be held for Brookwood miners - 21427
September 22nd, 2013
New facility could generate 400 jobs - 21426
September 22nd, 2013
School News: 9/22 - 21425
September 22nd, 2013
Shelton State Community College Honors List: 9/22 - 21424
September 22nd, 2013
Tuscaloosa area has unusually cool, wet season - Saturday marked the official end to summer, making 2013 the first year Tuscaloosa did not reach 100 degrees in five years. 21423
September 22nd, 2013
Tuscaloosa County Board of Education adopts $180 million budget - The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education has passed a $180.8 million budget for fiscal year 2014, and for the fourth year in a row, the school system is expected to end the year with more money in reserve than it started with. 21422
September 22nd, 2013
E-911 center coming to Tuscaloosa? - Board members are considering building a consolidated E-911 center for Tuscaloosa County. Right now, 911 calls are answered by dispatchers at different law enforcement agencies. Officials here have long discussed consolidation as a way to eliminate some problems caused by transfers between the different agencies. Board members are considering three possible sites for a consolidated 911 center. 21421
September 22nd, 2013
Alabama football's home-opener features dreary skies - The gloomy weather didn't keep the Alabama faithful from descending on campus hours before the kickoff of the Crimson Tide's home-opener against Colorado State on Saturday. 21420
September 22nd, 2013
University of Alabama choir brings a melodious message - The Afro-American Gospel Choir at the University of Alabama is comprised of college students with different backgrounds, all with a common goal: the desire to share their faith through song. 21419
September 21st, 2013
Alabama sororities: Halle Lindsay among four black women to accept bids - The University of Alabama announced late Friday that four black women have joined traditional white sororities and 11 others had received bids during an opening bidding process enacted this week in the wake of reports of discriminatory practices during this fall's formal recruitment period. 21418
September 21st, 2013
Ala. PSC candidates vow to fight for coal - Republican Public Service Commission candidates promised to fight for Tuscaloosa’s coal industry during a political forum held Thursday night in Northport. 21417
September 21st, 2013
First reading for extremely short fiction scheduled this Sunday - The first of two fall literary readings hosted by the nonprofit literary journal NANO Fiction is scheduled for Sunday in downtown Tuscaloosa. 21416
September 21st, 2013
Meetings will address storm recovery efforts - The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and city of Tuscaloosa will host Recovery Town Hall meetings from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on the second floor of Chamber office at 2201 Jack Warner Parkway NE. 21415
September 21st, 2013
Tuscaloosa's jobless rate down, but Alabama's rises - A mixed employment picture emerged across the country and in Alabama on Friday as states released their August unemployment figures. 21414
September 21st, 2013
A somber remembrance: Veterans honor MIA/POW comrades through Recognition Day - Tears came to the eyes of Vietnam veteran Fred Linksweiler on Friday when he spoke about those who fought alongside him in combat. 21413
September 21st, 2013
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