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  • Tyrese promises exciting concertMr. Chocolate Drop himself, Tyrese, is coming to town. Actor and singer-songwriter Tyrese Gibson performs Saturday at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.Gibson has built a career as a model, MTV VJ and actor, in addition to his musical career. He got his start in a commercial, where he sang "Always Coca-Cola." From that, he landed modeling work for Guess and Tommy Hilfiger, before signing with RCA records in 1998. Gibson released his [...]
  • Druid City Dames to play first home gameAs the Druid City Dames glide around the track, there’s only one thing holding them back from scoring a point: a wall formed by the opposing team’s blockers. For the past two years, the Dames have fought their way through walls of players across the South, gaining fans along the way.Saturday, the team will be playing its first-ever home game at Super Skate, 5900 McFarland Blvd. E, against the Southern Harm Derby Dames, from [...]
  • The do's and don'ts of derbyIn a roller derby bout, teams play a pair of 30-minute periods, with a halftime break. Each period consists of multiple jams, in which both teams can score points. A jam runs two minutes or until the lead jammer calls it off.Teams can be fielded of up to 14 each, though only five each take the track at a time. The two main positions are blockers and jammers. Blockers set up walls to prevent jammers from getting past, and are usually strong and powerful. Women with better stability and [...]
  • Mark Hughes Cobb: Words of wisdom: Let it bePeople will duke it out over politics, religion, guns, relationships ... Movies. Music. Theater. TV.Even as a multi-decade scribbler paid to write about the arts, it still surprises how fast and furious folks go ballistic over a beloved song, or film, or book.Many moons back, when I was young and stupid (redundancy alert), my opinions were golden: untarnished, untouchable, sanctified; damn all who [...]
  • TUSK CALENDAR: June 22LOCAL MUSICTODAYThe Hollows: 10:30 p.m, no cover, Green Bar, www.greenbarttown.com.Dexter Roberts: 10 p.m, Rhythm & Brews, 750-2992, www.rhythmnbrews.com.FRIDAYTarred & Feathered: Live at the Plaza, 6-9 p.m, free concert series, Government Plaza. For each of the weekly concerts, the city will create an entertainment district, meaning alcohol can be purchased from restaurants and bars within and on [...]
  • In Other Action: Lafourche Parish Council, June 27, 2017Here is a rundown of action taken tonight by the Lafourche Parish Council during its regular meeting. All votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted. Councilman Michael Gros was absent.ACTION: Approved a supplemental appropriation to correct the carry forward balances from 2016 projects.ACTION: Amended Ordinance No. 5459 as it pertains to the proper spelling of Ainsley Drive that established acceptance of the [...]
  • Tuscaloosa City Council Action: June 27The Tuscaloosa City Council took the following action at its Tuesday meeting:Authorized utility account credits; total: $5,648.23.Approved request and agreement for water service to Village at NorthBank Phase III; total: $25,646.50.Granted permit for River Building LLC to construct water lines for NorthBank Phase III.Approved request and agreement for water service to Gallettes’ fire line; total: $30,894.01.Granted [...]
  • Heavy rains last week blamed for wastewater overflowSeveral days of heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Cindy overloaded the city of Tuscaloosa’s sanitary sewer systems, causing almost 800,000 gallons of wastewater to overflow from 11 different sites.Jarrod Milligan, Tuscaloosa’s deputy executive director of infrastructure and public services, said some areas of the city measured more than 8 inches of water during a six-day period, which resulted in a large amount of water infiltrating and overflowing the wastewater [...]
  • Officials leave council meeting earlyLafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle was accused of leaving Tuesday's Parish Council meeting an hour and a half early to go watch the LSU baseball game.Cantrelle left the meeting at 6:46 p.m. along with numerous members of the administration. Interim Parish Administrator Tommy Lasseigne left about an hour afterward, at around 7:47 p.m., almost 30 minutes before the meeting actually ended. By the end of the meeting, which let out shortly after 8 p.m., only Public Works Director [...]
  • Terrebonne residents learn about coastal protectionHundreds of Terrebonne Parish residents gathered Tuesday to learn about some of the work being done to help protect the area from hurricanes and flooding.Terrebonne Parish Coastal Day hosted local, state and federal officials who discussed projects being done around the area, including floodgates, levee systems, marsh creation and barrier island restoration projects.“The people up here on both sides of me have worked tirelessly to build Terrebonne [...]
  • DA: Legislative auditor can attend meetingsLegislative employees can attend administration meetings, the District Attorney's Office says.A request for the legal opinion was answered and read at Tuesday's Lafourche Parish Council meeting.District Attorney Cam Morvant sent the opinion to the council on June 20 on whether Legislative Internal Auditor Reggie Bagala could be barred from attending departmental meetings involving budget formulation, capital project development and progress and "other meetings regarding subject [...]
  • Superintendent’s contract extended through 2020Terrebonne Schoools Superintendent Philip Martin’s contract was extended through December 2020 at Tuesday’s special board meeting.Although his salary was not changed, the board voted to increase his mileage allotment by $2,500 each year. The increase from $6,500 to $9,000 will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.The vote to increase the mileage allotment was unanimous, but Brenda Leroux Babin, Richard Jackson and Debi Benoit did not [...]
  • Officials tight-lipped about principal's retirementThe principal at Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary School has left the school system but the superintendent declined to discuss the reason for her departure.On Tuesday, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education accepted the retirement of Minda Paxton, who has been principal at the school for two years.“We did have an incident at the magnet school,” Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Mike Daria said Tuesday. “We researched it, looked into it and followed [...]
  • Plan for Alberta apartments approved by councilApproval votes Tuesday by the Tuscaloosa City Council will allow for additional apartments to be built in Alberta and cleared the way for a baseball complex in south Tuscaloosa.Councilman Kip Tyner, who represents Alberta as part of District 5, said he was in full support of the rezoning sought by Trident Investment LLC and developer Clayton Hudson.Hudson's plans are to construct St. John Phase II, a 30-bedroom apartment complex, in one- and two-bedroom configurations — [...]
  • Baker teacher charged with child abuseSybil Suzanne Duenas had used an open hand one time and a fist the other, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office report said.
  • FWB council supports sales tax referendumFORT WALTON BEACH — In a 5-2 vote, the City Council on Tuesday gave its support to moving ahead with a possible referendum that would ask voters to decide on a half-cent local option sales tax.The council’s decision means eight of Okaloosa County’s nine municipal governing bodies now approve putting the tax question on the November 2018 General Election ballot. The possible referendum, which is being spearheaded by the Okaloosa County League of Cities, needs the [...]
  • Activists take step to recall judge in sex assault caseSAN FRANCISCO — Activists seeking to recall a judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman say they believe voters will still support the effort even if it appears on the ballot two years after the trial.The case drew national attention when critics decried the sentence as too lenient.The activists, led by Stanford law [...]
  • UA student suspected of drug trafficking captured in North CarolinaA University of Alabama student wanted on drug trafficking charges evaded police for a month before he was captured in North Carolina on Tuesday.Kevin James Piccolo, 22, will be transported to Tuscaloosa to face multiple drug-related charges, including marijuana trafficking. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in his hometown of Waxhaw, North Carolina, according to Union County Jail records.Further information about the arrest wasn't [...]
  • Swimming program teaches kids essential skillsChildren at the Benjamin Barnes Branch YMCA this week are sharpening their swimming skills through Swim to the Top.The four-week program, which is in its fourth year, also includes daily fitness, nutrition education and academic enrichment activities. Children between the ages of 4 and 14 are paired with swim instructors, a group that consists of graduate students in the University of Alabama's department of kinesiology and physical education instructors and enrichment and nutrition [...]
  • Firefighter killed in single-vehicle crashLocal firefighters are mourning the sudden death of one of their own.Little Caillou firefighter Reed Ledet of Chauvin was killed shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday after he lost control of the 2006 GMC pickup truck he was driving, State Police said.The 22-year-old was traveling south on La. 56 on a left curve near Klondyke Road in Klondyke. For reasons still under investigation, he went off the road to the right, authorities said.After veering off the highway, Ledet struck a [...]