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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2014-08


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LOOKING BACK: 9/1 - 50 years ago this week The Tuscaloosa City Commissioners began a friendly condemnation suit to acquire land needed for expansion of the municipal airport. Asa Roundtree owned most of the land required, and he agreed to the friendly condemnation. 25956
August 31st, 2014
Extra food from Bryant-Denny Stadium goes to area's neediest - As fans file out of Bryant-Denny Stadium on fall football Saturdays, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sisters work their way through the crowd back into the stadium to package leftover food to send to the West Alabama Food Bank. 25955
August 31st, 2014
Five University of Alabama students begin internships at Walter Reed - Senior Shankitta Brown and four other University of Alabama students will spend the fall semester at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as the first interns in a new undergraduate social work program at the facility in Bethesda, Md. 25954
August 31st, 2014
Tuscaloosa County license commissioner to open branch office in Vance - The Tuscaloosa County License Commissioner's Office will open a new branch this week in the new Vance Town Hall. The new office will open Tuesday. 25953
August 31st, 2014
The scoop on September: Lots of local events are lined up for this month - 25952
August 31st, 2014
Alabama State University holds week of inaugural events - Alabama State University is holding a week of activities to celebrate the inaugural of its first female president. 25951
August 31st, 2014
2 pedestrians killed in Opelika accident - Two pedestrians were killed in a traffic accident in Opelika. 25950
August 31st, 2014
Baptist group aims to change community - The Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association hopes to use an empty lot in Green Village Trailer Park to reach out to residents by offering English classes, worship services and health fairs. 25949
August 31st, 2014
LEND A HAND: Raising Hope fundraiser, auction event set for Sept. 17 - Catholic Social Services of West Alabama will be hosting its fifth annual Raising Hope Silent Auction fundraiser on Sept. 17 at the Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Parkway. 25948
August 30th, 2014
Part of 27th Avenue to close this week - The City of Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation said that 27th Avenue between University Boulevard and Fourth Street will be closed part of this week. 25947
August 30th, 2014
Fifth Street Vintage Market in downtown Northport will be Sept. 7 - The Fifth Street Vintage Market will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at 4150 Fifth St., Northport. 25946
August 30th, 2014
Mayor calls for reducing vehicle, fuel costs; wants to analyze take-home vehicle policy - Mayor Walt Maddox has proposed a series of policy changes in an attempt to reduce motor vehicle and fuel costs while more accurately tracking surplus funds for budget planning. 25945
August 30th, 2014
Three University of Alabama physicists get funding to participate in international dark matter experiment - Three University of Alabama physicists received funding last month that has secured their role in an international experiment searching for evidence of dark matter, a theorized invisible form of matter that would account for forces of gravity in the universe that seem to have no visible source. 25944
August 30th, 2014
Puzzled for a cause: Corn maze created to raise money for refugees in Iraq - Cornstalks spread over 15 acres stood above the head of the tallest man walking the half-mile-long maze carved between them. Signs pointed to the way out, but only if you knew the answer to the questions posted on them, asking about the uses of corn or how much corn Alabama produces. 25943
August 30th, 2014
Labor Day changes garbage, recycling pickup - The Labor Day holiday on Monday will change garbage, recycling and household waste collection for all city residents. 25942
August 30th, 2014
Birmingham man dies after being shot at park - Police say a man is dead after being shot in the head at a Birmingham park. 25941
August 30th, 2014
IDEAS & ISSUES: Football reflects America's identity as a nation - The NFL will be visiting London this year. Three regular-season games are set for Wembley Stadium, where the NFL has touched down annually since 2007. It's not surprising that the NFL wants to expand into new territories. Under the logic of capitalism, nothing stays still: You expand or you decline — there is no other possibility. 25940
August 30th, 2014
Northport City Council to meet on Tuesday - The Northport City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Northport City Hall. The council normally meets on the first and third Mondays of the month, but it changed the first September meeting because of the Labor Day holiday. 25939
August 29th, 2014
County schools Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford seeks meeting with county officials - Tuscaloosa County schools Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford sent a letter to the Tuscaloosa County Commission this week asking it to consider changing a 2011 agreement concerning school building projects. 25938
August 29th, 2014
Tuscaloosan elected bishop by CME church - Tuscaloosa native Marvin Frank Thomas Sr. was elected this summer as the first Christian Methodist Episcopal church bishop from Tuscaloosa County in the denomination’s 144-year history. 25937
August 29th, 2014
Annual Moon Pie-Eating Contest set Monday in McCalla - Close to 400 Moon Pies have been bought in preparation for the state’s biggest Moon Pie-eating contest Monday at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. 25936
August 29th, 2014
New Principal named at Vance Elementary School - The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education approved Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford’s recommendation to hire Amy Vest as the new principal of Vance Elementary School this week. 25935
August 29th, 2014
Tuscaloosa County bicyclist tops 1,300 miles on Habitat fundraiser - Dwight Lammon has covered more than 1,300 miles of land on his bicycle ride fundraiser for Habitat Tuscaloosa since Aug. 1. 25934
August 29th, 2014
Residents object to plans for mine along Black Warrior River - SUMITON | Some residents at a public meeting carried signs of protest and voiced objections to plans for mining along the Black Warrior River in northwest Alabama. 25933
August 29th, 2014
Supreme Court: Alabama inmate can't sue over stabbing - An inmate who said he was stabbed a dozen times in the Bullock County state prison can't sue officials for failing to protect him, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. 25932
August 29th, 2014
1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record - A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record. 25931
August 29th, 2014
University of Alabama wins Spirit Cup prize in online competition - The University of Alabama has won the Spirit Cup prize, which is part of the 10th annual College Colors Day celebration. 25930
August 29th, 2014
John Grisham wins second Harper Lee prize - New York Times bestselling author John Grisham was awarded the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his book "Sycamore Row." 25929
August 29th, 2014
Pell City teen with heart condition dies at junior high - A school in Pell City is helping students cope with grief after one of their classmates collapsed in a classroom and died. 25928
August 29th, 2014
7 arrested in protest at Alabama Capitol - Police arrested seven people at the Alabama Capitol after the group refused to leave during a protest over an expansion of Medicaid in the state. 25927
August 29th, 2014
Alabama school closes unsafe football stadium - A north Alabama high school won't get to play football games at home this year after an inspection showed the stadium isn't safe. 25926
August 29th, 2014
River Road reopens in Cahaba refuge - River Road at the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge in Bibb County reopened to visitors on Wednesday. 25925
August 29th, 2014
Part of 20th Avenue closed for work - The Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation said that 20th Avenue from Veterans Memorial Parkway to 14th Street will be closed from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. 25924
August 29th, 2014
Tuscaloosa County Commission expects lean 2015 budget - Revenue as a whole was less than expected for the county in 2014, which means the Tuscaloosa County Commission will likely stick to a lean budget for fiscal year 2015, said County Accounting Manager Bill Lamb during a work session with the commission Thursday. 25923
August 29th, 2014
Grant will help food bank improve its building - With millions of pounds of food dispersed each year to nine West Alabama counties, the West Alabama Food Bank needed more space to store food. 25922
August 29th, 2014
Uber to link Tuscaloosa riders with drivers using application, although company could face legal issues - Uber, a global transportation company, launched in Tuscaloosa Thursday, though as it has in some cities, it may face legal challenges. 25921
August 29th, 2014
New College Football Hall of Fame likely to please Tide fans in Atlanta on game day - The College Football Hall of Fame is sure to be a hit with college football fans who visit Atlanta on Saturday for the Crimson Tide’s 2014 season debut. 25920
August 29th, 2014
Rideshare company comes to college towns - The car-hailing service Uber is hoping students around the country, including those at some of the South's largest universities, will make the mobile app part of college life this fall. 25919
August 28th, 2014
Former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. to speak at Northport Citizen of the Year dinner - Former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. will be the guest speaker at the Northport Citizen of the Year dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Five Points Baptist Church. 25918
August 28th, 2014
Theatre Tuscaloosa to hold open auditions for production of 'Little Women' - Theatre Tuscaloosa will hold open auditions in October for its upcoming production of "Little Women." 25917
August 28th, 2014
Drought spreading across Alabama - Drought is quickly spreading across Alabama. 25916
August 28th, 2014
Woman pleads guilty to child endangerment for leaving newborn at Tuscaloosa hospital - A woman who left her newborn son at DCH Regional Medical Center after testing positive for drugs has pleaded guilty to child endangerment. 25915
August 28th, 2014
Mercedes, Volkswagen supplier in Tuscaloosa expanding - A company that supplies automotive structural parts to Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen plans to expand its plant at the Tuscaloosa Airport Industrial park. 25914
August 28th, 2014
School: Vandalism damage at University of North Alabama could cost $50K - The University of North Alabama says a round of campus vandalism will cost thousands of dollars to clean up. 25913
August 28th, 2014
Discounted tickets to Alabama home opener available for limited time - The University of Alabama’s athletic ticket office is offering a limited time discounted ticket price to the Sept. 6 home opener. 25912
August 28th, 2014
Local leaders: Cooperation is the key to area's success - For this year’s State of the Community luncheon, the mayors of Northport and Tuscaloosa joined with Tuscaloosa County Commission Chairman Hardy McCollum to highlight the accomplishments and explain the challenges faced by each government. 25911
August 28th, 2014
Praying for peace: Hundreds lift voices in appeal to stop violence - A few hundred people gathered outside Plum Grove Baptist Church deep within Tuscaloosa’s West End late Wednesday afternoon to pray and talk about peace. 25910
August 28th, 2014
Gas prices down for Labor Day weekend; football and holiday trips expected to cause heavier traffic - Traffic is expected to be heavier than usual over the Labor Day holiday weekend on Alabama roads. 25909
August 28th, 2014
Brentwood Lake cleanup moves forward - When Tuscaloosa announced a private lake cleanup program for neighborhood bodies of water that were affected by the April 27, 2011, tornado, the city opened an application period for groups to request assistance. 25908
August 28th, 2014
Tickets still available for Thursday's Umphrey McGee concert - Tickets are still available for the Umphrey’s McGee concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The progressive jam band was formed in South Bend, Ind. 25907
August 28th, 2014
ADEM to host hearing Thursday on Shepherd Bend mine - The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will hold a public hearing Thursday on reissuance of a wastewater discharge permit for the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Tom Bevill Building Exhibit Hall, Building 1400 on the community college campus, located at 101 State St. in Sumiton. 25906
August 28th, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will rename M-Class; Vance-made SUV getting face-lift and new name next year - Mercedes-Benz will drop the M-Class name on its popular Vance-made SUV as part of a comprehensive renaming strategy, several automotive websites and publications reported Wednesday. 25905
August 28th, 2014
State fair security tightening next year - United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama will tighten security at next year's West Alabama State Fair after a firecracker incident occurred Saturday night. 25904
August 28th, 2014
Tuscaloosa City Schools schedule open houses - Tuscaloosa City Schools will host open houses for parents and guardians at all middle schools at 6 p.m. Thursday. 25903
August 28th, 2014
Alabama man found guilty in cousin's stabbing death over borrowed DVDs - An Alabama man has been found guilty of fatally stabbing his cousin over a pair of DVDs. 25902
August 27th, 2014
West Virginia's quarterback says first kiss was with Saban's daughter - Clint Trickett made a confession of sorts that might have best been saved for after Nick Saban unleashes Alabama's defense on the West Virginia quarterback. 25901
August 27th, 2014
Alabama Ethics Commission begins new director search - The Alabama Ethics Commission is beginning the search for a new director, but commissioners already have someone in mind to take the job on an interim basis. 25900
August 27th, 2014
Stillman College gets $2 million gift from anonymus donor - An anonymous donor has committed to giving Stillman College $2 million, the largest single gift in the private school’s history. 25899
August 27th, 2014
Alabama leads US in Advanced Placement gains - Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits, officials said Wednesday. 25898
August 27th, 2014
Alabama pastor sues over closure of sex offender camp - An Alabama pastor has filed suit claiming a state law that forced him to shut down a church camp for sex offenders violates his constitutional rights. 25897
August 27th, 2014
Alabama's University Medical Center expanding evening hours - The University Medical Center on the University of Alabama campus has expanded its evening hours to include scheduled patient appointments. 25896
August 27th, 2014
Jennifer Wilson hired for Tuscaloosa tourism post - Jennifer Wilson has been hired as manager of tourism development for the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, a city-funded organization that promotes Tuscaloosa as a destination for sporting events, meetings, reunions and leisure tourism. 25895
August 27th, 2014
VIDEO: Northport Fire Rescue's new drone takes flight - Northport Fire Rescue has added a drone to its arsenal of emergency response tools. 25894
August 27th, 2014
Alabama law enforcement on alert for holiday weekend - Alabama law enforcement officials say they're planning to beef up enforcement on state highways and waterways during the holiday weekend. 25893
August 27th, 2014
Twitter, Instagram photos by fans could lead to $10K donation to Alabama scholarship fund - The University of Alabama needs its fans' help to earn the Spirit Cup prize, which is part of the 10th annual College Colors Day celebration. 25892
August 27th, 2014
Free legal clinic to be held Thursday at Tuscaloosa libary - A free legal clinic for low-income Tuscaloosa County residents will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. Thursday at the public library’s main branch, 1801 Jack Warner Parkway. 25891
August 27th, 2014
Alabama state park to host moon pie eating contest - Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park will host Alabama’s largest moon pie eating contest on Labor Day. 25890
August 27th, 2014
Romulus farmers to hold corn maze fundraiser - After hearing about hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State militants, Tuscaloosa County farmers Sally and Clyde Leavelle decided they needed to do something to help those who have been displaced. 25889
August 27th, 2014
Tuscaloosa County School System proposes $123 million budget - At a budget hearing Tuesday, Tuscaloosa County School System leaders proposed a general fund budget of $123.4 million for fiscal year 2015, which begins in October. 25888
August 27th, 2014
Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center center to host job fair - The Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a veterans job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. 25887
August 27th, 2014
$1 million service road agreement clears two Tuscaloosa City Council committees - Two Tuscaloosa City Council committees approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation that will lead to the construction of a $1 million service road next to the Shops at City Center. 25886
August 27th, 2014
Downtown projects gain Tuscaloosa City Council approval - Two downtown projects gained unanimous approval Tuesday night from the Tuscaloosa City Council. 25885
August 27th, 2014
Mayor, council recognize award-winning fire chief Alan Martin - Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Chief Alan J. Martin was recognized Tuesday by the Tuscaloosa City Council for being named the 2014 International Career Fire Chief of the Year. 25884
August 27th, 2014
Tuscaloosa City Council action: Aug. 26 - The Tuscaloosa City Council took the following action at its Tuesday meeting. 25883
August 27th, 2014
City budget includes raises; sales tax revenues down, insurance costs on the rise - A drop in sales tax revenue coupled with rising costs in insurance and employee compensation pose challenges as the Tuscaloosa City Council works to balance a budget for the 2015 fiscal year. 25882
August 27th, 2014
Details emerge in fatal shooting of Tuscaloosa disk jockey - More details have emerged in the days following the shooting of a well-known Tuscaloosa man. 25881
August 27th, 2014
Raises unlikely for Tuscaloosa city school employees, officials say - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education’s suggestion to raise employee salaries by 1.5 percent in the 2015 fiscal year, which begins in October, doesn’t appear to be feasible. 25880
August 26th, 2014
Murder trial for Alabama grandmother rescheduled - The trial of an Etowah County woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she collapsed and died has been rescheduled. 25879
August 26th, 2014
Northport Fire Rescue adds drone to its special ops unit - Northport Fire Rescue has added a drone to its special operations unit. 25878
August 26th, 2014
Gov. Bentley to tour Golden Flake facility in Birmingham - Gov. Robert Bentley will tour Golden Flake, one of Birmingham's oldest manufacturing facilities on Tuesday. 25877
August 26th, 2014
Lawyers named for Alabama couple accused in rape of underage girl - A judge has appointed lawyers to represent a Dallas County couple charged with rape in an alleged scheme to have a baby. 25876
August 26th, 2014
Activities planned this weekend in Atlanta for Alabama fans - The University of Alabama Alumni and Booster Club has several activities scheduled in connection with this weekend’s season-opening football game for the Crimson Tide. 25875
August 26th, 2014
Birmingham man who made pipe bomb sentenced - Federal prosecutors say a man who made a pipe bomb out of air bag canisters has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. 25874
August 26th, 2014
Alabama judge raises bond for band director accused of having sex with students - A south Alabama judge is raising the bond for a high school band director charged with having sex with students. 25873
August 26th, 2014
Blood drive being held at University of Alabama - 25872
August 26th, 2014
Tuscaloosa man appointed to board of Alabama Military Hall of Honor - A Tuscaloosa man has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the board of the Alabama Military Hall of Honor. 25871
August 26th, 2014
University of Alabama at Birmingham launches online medical portal - The University of Alabama at Birmingham has launched an online medical site that will allow physicians to make medical recommendations and write prescriptions. 25870
August 26th, 2014
Alabama attorney general asks judge to dismiss Barron charges - The Alabama attorney general's office is asking a judge to dismiss criminal charges against former state Sen. Lowell Barron and an aide. 25869
August 26th, 2014
Changes urged at animal shelter; task force told euthanizations are too high - The Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter has made improvements since its operations came under scrutiny earlier this year, but it still has a long way to go, local animal advocates said Monday during an animal shelter task force meeting. 25868
August 26th, 2014
Northport police chief decides to retire - Northport Police Chief Kerry Card has retired, ending a more than three-decade career with the Northport Police Department. 25867
August 26th, 2014
Board OKs RV park on Hargrove - Tuscaloosa landowner Benton Chambliss got permission Monday night from the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment to temporarily use his 11.18-acre tract off Hargrove Road for a recreational vehicle park. 25866
August 26th, 2014
Part of Springbrook Circle to close - Part of Springbrook Circle will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 25865
August 26th, 2014
Veterans' mental health addressed; free summit available to providers, family - The Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center will focus on mental health care of veterans and engaging veterans and their families this week through a community mental health summit. 25864
August 26th, 2014
Enhanced recycling program in Tuscaloosa will handle glass - Starting next year, Tuscaloosa residents will be able to add glass to the list of recyclable items that they can keep out of area landfills. 25863
August 26th, 2014
University of Alabama seeks donations for Rising Tide scholarship - The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors will conduct a two-week campaign to promote the Rising Tide Scholarship, which will provide aid to students facing a variety of challenges. 25862
August 25th, 2014
Tickets still available for Thursday's concert at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - Tickets are still available for the Umphrey's McGee concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. 25861
August 25th, 2014
Trial to begin for Alabama man accused of fatally stabbing his cousin over borrowed DVDs - Jury selection is underway in the trial of an Alabama man accused of fatally stabbing his cousin over a pair of DVDs. 25860
August 25th, 2014
Parker Griffith challenges Gov. Bentley to debates - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Parker Griffith is challenging Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to a series of seven debates before the November election. 25859
August 25th, 2014
Automotive job fair to be held at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy - An automotive job fair will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Sept. 13 at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, 2800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 25858
August 25th, 2014
Citywide prayer rally against violence Wednesday in Tuscaloosa - A citywide prayer rally against violence will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Plum Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2822 Fosters Ferry Road. 25857
August 25th, 2014
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