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  • Floridians should expect days without powerTALLAHASSEE - Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.The powerful storm, which left fatalities in its march through [...]
  • Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to host Kings of Leon, Dawes on MondayRoots-rock Kings of Leon and alt-country band Dawes play the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Doors will open at 6:30.Brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, with cousin Matthew Followill, burst from a no-rock Pentecostal church background to one of the most heralded rock 'n' roll bands of the 21st century. Working out of Nashville, Kings of Leon sank roots in Southern blues and rock, but drew on influences including the Clash, the Velvet Underground, the Pixies, Thin [...]
  • TUSK CALENDAR: October 19LOCAL MUSICTODAYCasie Jo and The NoJoes: 7 p.m., Band of Brothers Brewing Co. 1605 23rd Ave. Extension of the Monster Makeover Art Auction and Festival held at nearby Historic Drish House. Food trucks on site. 246-2569.Third Thursday Songwriters Showcase: 7 p.m., no cover, Black Warrior Brewing Co. 2216 University Blvd. Features local and Nashville-based singer/songwriters. Portion of proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama. www.blackwarriorbrewing. [...]
  • More oil than initially believed spilled off coast of LouisianaNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard says the amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast last weekend is substantially higher than initial estimates.The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says oil spewed out of an underwater fractured pipe Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. The Coast Guard said in a news release Thursday that offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Offshore reports about 16,000 [...]
  • Case of tuberculosis confirmed at Troy UniversityTROY — The Alabama Department of Public Health and Troy University are investigating a case of active pulmonary tuberculosis that was identified in a student.State health officials notified the university Wednesday that they were investigating a case of TB found on the university's main campus.WSFA-TV reports students enrolled in classes with the infected student, as well as faculty and staff who might have been in close contact with the student have been notified. Those [...]
  • Suspect involved in officer-involved shooting discharged from hospitalA man shot by three Tuscaloosa police officers late Saturday night has been released from the hospital and is now behind bars.Judvis Deshon Wallace, 39, was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail late Wednesday. He's charged with the attempted murder of the three officers and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.Wallace was shot multiple times by officers who said they were returning fire at his home on 24th Avenue East in Alberta late Saturday.The officers were [...]
  • PCPD: Calls of 23rd Street shooter false alarm || WITH VIDEOPCPD Chief Scott Ervin, speaking on scene, said a man whose long gun had been jamming brought it to his friend at the clinic to see if the friend could repair the gun.
  • Sugar-cane grinding season off to a good start With grinding a few weeks underway, early indicators are that local sugar-cane farmers will have a good season.Herman Waguespack, senior agronomist for the Thibodaux-based American Sugar Cane League, said most growers he's talked to have had a positive season so far. However, some still haven't finished planting.Although recent storms dumped several inches of rain locally, Waguespack said the area was fortunate not to bear the brunt of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma."Good [...]
  • Shooting on the Strip brings increased securityA shooting on the Strip last weekend has prompted city officials to plan security measures during and after Saturday's University of Alabama game against Tennessee.Thousands of fans gather along the stretch of University Boulevard that's home to bars and restaurants on UA home game days. That was no exception last Saturday night and into early Sunday morning, when a gunman chased down another man and shot him in front of a crowded bar.Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said [...]
  • Land-use change sought for go-kart trackSAND HILLS – Lynn Haven construction company owner James Finch is asking Bay County for a large-scale land plan development in the Sand Hills area that would allow 26 acres of rural residential zoning and 17 acres of general commercial.But Finch, the owner of Phoenix Construction and former owner of a NASCAR team, said he has no ambitious development plans and simply asked for the land-use plan change so he could develop a go-kart track for his son that would eventually be open [...]
  • New tax means raises for Assumption deputiesAssumption Parish sheriff's deputies will be getting pay raises thanks to a new tax voters approved in Saturday's election.The 4.25-mill property tax will begin next year and run through 2032. It's expected to raise $710,000 a year for salaries and associated benefits.A mill is $1 in tax levied on every $1,000 of taxable property.The tax will cost the owner of a $150,000 home with a $75,000 homestead exemption about $32. It would cost those without the homestead [...]
  • La. borrowing picture improves after debt refinancingBATON ROUGE— Louisiana has more wiggle room to borrow money next year for state-financed construction projects, a brightened forecast presented Thursday that replaced grim projections of a cash crunch so deep it threatened to stall nearly all projects.Recent debt refinancing, along with better-than-expected terms for a recent bond sale has lessened borrowing constraints in the upcoming budget year that begins July 1, financial analysts told the State Bond Commission. [...]
  • Police Report for Oct. 20GadsdenROBBERYTwo masked men entered a store in the 300 block of East Meighan Boulevard about 7 p.m. Wednesday and held the clerk at gunpoint. One suspect — wearing a neon green hoodie with a skull ski mask — pointed a gun at the clerk. The other suspect wore a blue hoodie and ski mask. The two went to the PlayStation controllers and stole two PlayStation4 controllers from the shelf and ran out the door. A witness saw the two running northbound on Hood Avenue. [...]
  • SPAN hosts past and present studentsWhen students graduate and leave the SPAN program, it’s the personal touches they carry with them out the door.Details like hand-painted signs calling out the names of fruits and vegetables in the school’s garden, or superhero action figures like Spiderman and a framed, light-up photo of the Incredible Hulk hanging in Principal Kevin Blackwell’s office — right beside the candy shop where students, at-risk kids who need an alternative to typical schooling, [...]
  • EYO holds Button Day fundraiser Saturday throughout countyThe Etowah Youth Orchestras will be selling its “I (heart) EYO” buttons Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations throughout Etowah County.The buttons, sold every year in the orchestra’s “Button Day” fundraiser, will be available at Johnson’s Giant Food locations in Gadsden, East Gadsden and Attalla, the Burton’s Food Mart in Southside, Burton’s Food Outlet in Sardis City, the Winn-Dixie in Rainbow City and the [...]
  • Gadsden Heart Walk date, chairperson announcedThe American Heart Association announced Kayla Feazell, CEO of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, as chairperson of the 2018 Gadsden Heart Walk, which takes place March 17, 2018.The annual walk brings together corporate sponsors, walking teams, individual walkers and survivors of heart disease and stroke to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. The walk also raises funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death among Americans, [...]
  • Two stolen vehicles recovered in DeKalb CountyDeKalb County deputies and investigators and Sylvania Police Chief Darren Myers worked together to recover two stolen vehicles, according to Sheriff Jimmy Harris.A truck was reported missing from Sylvania Truss Company between Oct. 14 and Oct. 18, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Myers received a tip about the truck’s location. He went there with sheriff’s deputies and investigators and recovered the vehicle at a residence on Road 9053 in [...]
  • State rests in Etowah County murder trial"These are bad," Etowah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Marcus Reid cautioned Thursday before displaying photos of Wesley Clifton’s body, taken during an autopsy.The photos were shown during testimony by a state pathologist in the trial of Clifton’s alleged killer. The pathologist told jurors Clifton suffered four "sharp force injuries" — the most significant being a cut across his neck that stretched from just under [...]
  • Debate continues on Carrabelle’s City HallAfter the 30th public discussion of the topic, the City of Carrabelle has decided to continue with plans to build a new City Hall on the outskirts of town.At the Oct. 5 city meeting, Commissioner Cal Allen moved to put a two-month freeze on plans to construct the city hall at 12th Street East and US 98, a block short of the easternmost city limits.“People have asked why are we (building this) at this price and how are we going to pay for it,” Allen said. “I [...]
  • Revised CVS plan nixedFollowing a nearly five-hour hearing, Apalachicola’s planning and zoning board Monday night rejected on multiple fronts a revised plan by CVS to build a new store on seven commercial lots spanning two blocks across from Chestnut Cemetery.The unanimous vote by all five P and Z members in attendance followed the lengthy quasi-judicial hearing, a recent addition to the city’s planning process, that attracted a large audience of city residents, the core of an organized group [...]