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MAYOR’S SAFETY SUMMIT HELD THURSDAY

The goal of the event is to bring these leaders from the law enforcement, judicial, faith-based, business and educational communities together to use their positions to make Tuscaloosa a safer place to live. Topics from today’s summit include crime statistics, habitual offenders, department of corrections, juvenile court and the role of narcotics in crime..

TUSCALOOSA HAS NEW MUNICIPAL COURT ADMINISTRATOR

  Tuscaloosa’s search for a new municipal court administrator is over. Arthur Teele, of Birmingham, was one of more than 90 applicants for the position. Teele will be in charge of the daily operations of the municipal court, and said there’s no better place than T-Town. “I’m totally excited to be here,” he said. “Tuscaloosa

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TEE-TIMES CAN BE HARD TO FIND

TUSCALOOSA – Tee times in Tuscaloosa may be a hot commodity these days. Two local golf courses, NorthRiver Yacht Club and Indian Hills Golf Club, are currently closed for routine maintenance. “I mean, it’s just kind of unfortunate that they’re kind of getting interrupted for three months of their normal golfing season,” said Paul Reid, a

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GIANT GATOR RUN OVER IN FOSTERS

GOODNESS GATOR!  This giant guy was run over by two vehicles Monday night on Moody Swamp Road in Fosters. He measures in at more than 10 feet long! Word travels fast in these small communities, so it didn’t take us long to track down one of the people who hit the reptile. Don Presley, his wife and daughter

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BENTLEY SIGNS EDUCATION TRUST FUND BUDGET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the state’s nearly $6 billion education budget for the next fiscal year. Bentley announced Tuesday that he had signed the spending plan that includes an additional $10 million to expand the state’s prekindergarten program. The increase is projected to enable another 1,800 4-year-olds to attend the

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BEAU BIDEN FUNERAL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden and his family are planning a Saturday funeral mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden in his hometown of Wilmington. President Barack Obama is planning to deliver a eulogy. The vice president’s oldest son died on Saturday of brain cancer at age 46. The vice president’s office

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BLUE BELL ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH ALABAMA HEALTH OFFICIALS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. The Alabama agreement is similar to those the company reached last

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FIRE & RESCUE TRAINS AT APARTMENTS MONDAY

  Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue were at Tree Top Apartments Monday, sharpening their rescue skills. Firefighters were doing live training exercises, brushing up on their search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation and fire behavior skills. Fire Marshall Gene Holcomb said live exercises provide valuable training. Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue employs more than 250 firefighters and

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ANTI-BULLYING LICENSE PLATES AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER

  A local student is one step further in her quest to get more people aware of bullying. This week, Alabama’s Legislative Oversight Committee approved Baylee Smith’s petition for a new anti-bullying license plate. The plates cost $52, and proceeds will benefit Eagles’ Wings of Tuscaloosa. The license plates are available by pre-order, and 1,000

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SNAKE BITE DOS AND DON’TS

If you’re outdoors this time of year, health experts say you should be watching your step. If you come up on a snake, officials say the best thing to do is get away from it and give it space. If you are bitten by a snake, your first step should be calling 911 and getting medical

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8 ARRESTED IN TPD PROSTITUTION STING

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Tuscaloosa police say they arrested eight men on charges of soliciting prostitution in an undercover operation. Police say the eight men contacted an undercover officer and met her at a hotel after police placed an ad online that was similar to other ads used for prostitution. All eight men contacted the

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2 INFANTS SENT TO DHR, 3 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN METH LAB BUST

COTTONDALE – Two 6-month-old babies are in the custody of Alabama’s Department of Human Resources after a meth lab bust in Tuscaloosa County. Sgt. Alex Miles with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force discovered a methamphetamine lab on the 8700 block of Canyon Lake Road in Cottondale.

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SPICE OR LIFE

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church is taking a stand against the growing problem of synthetic drugs in the Tusclaoosa area, and they want the community’s involvement. Synthetic marijuana, known as “spice,” is a statewide problem. Now, the Northport church is hosting an event called Spice Or Life. Its purpose is not only to bring awareness against the deadly drug, but

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YMCA BREAKS GROUND ON NEW FACILITY

TUSCALOOSA – An old friend’s getting a new look and a new location in downtown Tuscaloosa. The Tuscaloosa YMCA broke ground on their new facility Thursday afternoon. The new facility is located at 12th Street and 23rd Avenue behind the Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education. The new and improved YMCA will be constructed in

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NORTHPORT POLICE OFFER JUNIOR-TEEN ACADEMY

  Young law enforcement officers of the future have the opportunity to get a head start on their career in Northport this summer.   The Northport Police Department has put together a junior-teen academy for students who want a realistic view of what police and other law enforcement officers do, including what their jobs are

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FREE MONTH AT BOBBY MILLER ACTIVITY CENTER

TUSCALOOSA – Fitness buffs living in the Taylorville area can enjoy some of Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation’s newest fitness gear free during the month of June. Officials with PARA unveiled a new, ten thousand square foot addition to the Bobby Miller Activity Center Thursday morning.  The $1.2 million renovation connects to the original building

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MAN CHARGED IN DOG ATTACK

A grand jury has charged Christopher Kesean Guyton with Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment after his pit bull mauled Titus Wilkerson, who was 9 years old at the time of the attack. The incident happened April 1 in the 500 block of Garden Hill Drive. Guyton was arrested on these charges this morning at his home and

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WALMART NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET COMING TO NORTHPORT

Northport City Administrator Scott Collins said today that the site of the former K-Mart on Highway 82 will become a Walmart Neighborhood Market. City officials signed an incentive agreement earlier this year, giving developers a portion of the sales tax the location generates during a 10-year period..

DEMOPOLIS POLICE WANT HELP FINDING THEFT SUSPECTS

  Demopolis police say they need help identifying two women accused of stealing from a local store. Police said both women entered a Demopolis business, then left with some high-valued merchandise without paying. The women were driving what appeared to be a Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban. If you can identify either woman, contact the Demopolis

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AL SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES LOTTERY/CASINO BILL

A lottery and casino bill has cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the bill Thursday on a 5-3 vote. The bill seeks to authorize a state lottery and Las Vegas-style casinos at four existing state dog tracks in Birmingham, Mobile and Macon and Greene counties. Republican

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GAS PRICES CONTINUE RISING

Gas prices are on the rise. They’re up 3.8 cents a gallon in the past week, bringing Alabama’s average to $2.48 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy. In comparison, GasBuddy says the national average has increased 5 cents a gallon and averages $2.71 a gallon.   That means prices yesterday were about a dollar lower

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NEW ADDITIONS TO TUSCALOOSA CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE K-9 UNIT

Earlier this year, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received two new additions to their K-9 Unit. Two-and a-half-year-old Dixie and five-month-old Pax are bloodhounds donated to them by the Jimmy Ryce Center. On Wednesday, sheriffs were at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport running drills with the unit. Sgt. Alex Miles, the K-9 Unit commander, says the

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FATAL WRECK NEAR REFORM

A two-vehicle crash Thursday, April 30, claimed two lives and injured one. James Colt McCrackin, 31, of Reform was killed when the 2001 Buick Rendezvous he was driving collided head-on with a 1999 Ford F-150 driven by  Ronnie Reed Shaw, 53, of Pickensville. Both were pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger of the Ford,

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THE FUTURE OF LAKE LURLEEN & ALABAMA STATE PARKS

Lake Lurleen is one of 15 Alabama State Parks that is facing the threat of closing due to state budget constraints. Local residents are not taking the news well as they are looking to save their beloved park..

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