Friday - May 24, 2019

Local News

Witness tampering alleged in child sex abuse case - Thu, 23 May 2019
A suspect facing child rape, sodomy and sex abuse charges and his girlfriend have been accused of trying to intimidate the victim.Michael Deshon Neal, 38, was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted first-degree rape and attempted first-degree sodomy of a 12-year-old victim in December.The middle school student told a friend at school that she was being abused last year. Police believe the abuse began when she was 11. [...]

Green Bar gets new ownership, to close for renovations - Tue, 21 May 2019
After 14 years, Green Bar will be going under new ownership.On Saturday, management at Green Bar, a bar located near Temerson Square in downtown Tuscaloosa, announced on the establishment’s Facebook page that its longtime owner, Bill Lloyd, had sold the bar and that it would be closed until mid-June to undergo renovations. The bar had previously been the location of Little Willie’s, a jazz and blues club [...]

Alabama Alumni Association schedules annual wine tasting - Fri, 24 May 2019
The Tuscaloosa County chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association will hold its 16th annual Crimson and White Wine Tasting event on June 14.The wine testing will begin at 6 p.m. at Spirits Wine Cellar, 4851 Rice Mine Road NE in the Shops of Lake Tuscaloosa.Admission is free for members of the chapter, but people can join the chapter at the wine tasting.For more information, contact Lara Ellen Locke at 205-349-9906 or email

Capacity crowd expected for Kenny Chesney concert Friday night - Fri, 24 May 2019
A capacity crowd is expected for the Kenny Chesney concert Friday night at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7.To promote safety, the amphitheater 's "clear bag" policy will be in effect.  That means concert-goers will be limited to:• Tote bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12-by-12-by-8 inches; or• One clear, gallon-sized, re-sealable plastic freezer bag.Small [...]

Judge Marvin Wiggins suspended for 3rd time in 10 years - Fri, 24 May 2019
A West Alabama Circuit Court judge has been suspended over charges related to having multiple phone conversations with parents involved in a custody battle without their attorneys' knowledge.The Associated Press reported that the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed charges against Judge Marvin Wiggins.Wiggins has served in the 4th Judicial Circuit, which serves Bibb, Dallas, Hale, Perry and Wilcox counties, since 1999.This is the third time Wiggins [...]

Memorial Day closings: See what's open, closed in West Alabama for the holiday - Thu, 23 May 2019
Memorial Day ScheduleMondayGarbage pickupCity of Tuscaloosa; No, one day behindCity of Northport; No, one day behindWaste Management; No, one day behindRumsey ; No, one day behindAlabama Power Co.; ClosedABC liquor stores; [...]

New 4-story parking deck to open in August - Fri, 24 May 2019
A new four-story parking deck is on schedule to open in August on the University of Alabama campus across from the Moody Music Building.The Capstone parking deck will have about 1,010 spaces. It replaces a surface lot that was previously on the site at the corner of Second Avenue and Paul W. Bryant Drive adjacent to the Bryant Conference Center and the music building. Construction began last spring. Bailey Harris Construction Co. is the contractor.The deck also has additional [...]

TUSCALOOSA 200 MOMENT IN HISTORY: Black Warrior Finally Dammed - Fri, 24 May 2019
The railroad, which arrived in 1874, could not transport enough bulk coal and iron ore — that required steamboats. But the shoals at Tuscaloosa prevented those boats from ascending the Black Warrior River to the great Warrior Coal Field. With the U.S. Navy needing year-round access to coal, the federal government began constructing three locks and dams in May 1887 to open the river. Nine years later, in 1896, the first shipment of coal through the three locks at Tuscaloosa. [...]

Foot soldier in civil rights movement dies at 89 - Thu, 23 May 2019
One of the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement in rural Alabama who devoted her later years to preserving its history has died.Theresa Burroughs, 89, was one of the first marchers to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and was attacked during the event that become known as Bloody Sunday. But it was Greensboro, the county seat of nearby Hale County where she lived and fought.Burroughs opened the Safe House Black History Museum in 2002 that she filled with photographs, [...]

Abortion ban sponsor prefers 'heartbeat' bill - Thu, 23 May 2019
Rep. Terri Collins, the Alabama lawmaker who sponsored what is now the state's near-total ban on abortions without exceptions for rape and incest, said recently that it’s not her preferred anti-abortion law.“I still like the heartbeat bill,” Collins told Alabama Daily News this week about the fetal heartbeat legislation she sponsored in previous legislative sessions. Unlike the state’s new law that makes performing almost all abortions at any stage of [...]

Rep. Terri Sewell to host town hall meetings - Thu, 23 May 2019
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell will hold town hall meetings next week in Linden and Livingston.The meetings are part of the congresswoman's Congress in Your Community tour, with visits to each of the 14 counties in the 7th Congressional District scheduled each year.Constituents are invited to hear Sewell give an update on congressional action and attendees will also have an opportunity to share their views and concerns.The Marengo County town hall is scheduled for [...]

Gas tax revenues will help fund Tuscaloosa projects - Thu, 23 May 2019
As federal talks on national transportation infrastructure needs abruptly ended on Wednesday, state and local officials conveyed a spirit of cooperation during the annual Transportation Summit at the Tuscaloosa River Market.Updates on local infrastructure projects highlighted the meeting that has been hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama since 2014.“There are big needs on our big road systems,” said John Cooper, director of the Alabama Department of [...]