Wednesday - March 27, 2019

Local News

University of Alabama student wins 'Wheel of Fortune' Friday - Sat, 23 Mar 2019
A student at the University of Alabama who is an avid fan of "Wheel of Fortune" has won big on the syndicated game show.On Friday night, Bethany Patterson, a sophomore who is also a member of the Million Dollar Band, won "Wheel" in the final moments of the show’s "College Week Spring Break," where she competed against college students from across the country. Patterson, who is studying marketing, won $62,200 in cash and prizes, [...]

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church destroyed by fire - Thu, 21 Mar 2019
A four-alarm fire consumed a Tuscaloosa church Thursday morning, creating rolling clouds of smoke that could be seen and smelled across the city.Forty-five children attending daycare and several adults escaped Mount Pilgrim Church safely, but the 64-year-old structure was a total loss. The cause remains under investigation."The building is burned, but the church is not," said Pastor Frank Kennedy Sr. "We're very resilient people. We're just going to take it one day at a time [...]

Junior League fundraiser brings meal to your door - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
The Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s Dinner at Your Door spring fundraiser is coming up April 4.For $50 plus tax, people can have a dinner for four delivered to them. Deliveries are limited to residences within a 10-mile radius of the Junior League’s office, 2931 Fourth St. Dinners will be delivered between 3 and 6 p.m. However, participants can also arrange to pick up their dinners at the Junior League’s office during the same hours.The meal, provided by [...]

Road commission approves agreement with ALDOT for Highway 69 work - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
With a unanimous vote, the Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission on Monday approved a funding agreement with the state to pay for the more than $60 million in upgrades and improvements to Alabama Highway 69 South at Skyland Boulevard.Details of this agreement were not disclosed at the meeting, with commission attorney Alyce Spruell saying she needed approval from the Alabama Department of Transportation before releasing further information to the public.On Monday [...]

Former Tide player, city school board member dies - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
When Lee Garrison thinks of Harry Lee, three themes come to mind: toughness, respect and service to the community."I thoroughly enjoyed our time together," Garrison, former chairman of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, said Monday.Lee, a longtime businessman and former member of the city school board, died Sunday. He was 87 years old.Although better known in [...]

UA announces grant program to aid Tuscaloosa math teachers - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
The University of Alabama has earned a $2.85 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide support for math teachers in Tuscaloosa city and county schools.“This grant is unprecedented in our region and provides mathematics teachers with a career-changing opportunity in which they are fully supported both professionally and financially for the commitments of their precious time and expertise,” said Jeremy Zelkowski, coordinator of UA’s [...]

Tuscaloosa City Council agenda for Tuesday, March 26 - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
The Tuscaloosa City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 2201 University Blvd. The following items will be on the agenda:• Declaring property surplus and authorizing its disposal.• Authorizing utility account credits; total: $6,125.49.• Authorizing request for street lighting system modifications.• Authorizing settlement of the workers compensation claim of Randall Fowler; [...]

Man living full life 8 years with advanced pancreatic cancer - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
DOTHAN — Eight years, 142 chemotherapy treatments to date, multiple surgeries and procedures, and an ongoing battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer have not stopped one Dothan man from viewing the future as one filled with opportunity.Defeating grim odds, Mark Williams, director of technology services for the Dothan City School system, has long outlived the 18-month prognosis his surgeon delivered toward the beginning of his diagnosis."There's a difference in planning to [...]

Relay shows resolve to fight cancer - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
Cancer never rests, and an upcoming event is designed to show Tuscaloosa's resolve to fight the disease.Presented by the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, the Relay for Life of Tuscaloosa will be from 5-9 p.m. April 12  at Government Plaza.This year, Tuscaloosa County and the University of Alabama will join their relays together to recognize and [...]

Tuscaloosa County has risk of severe storms Monday - Sun, 24 Mar 2019
Most of Tuscaloosa County has a marginal risk of developing severe storms Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service forecast office in Birmingham.Tuscaloosa is in a broad area including Birmingham, Gadsden and Anniston that could experience hail and winds up to 60 miles per hour. The timing of the severe weather possibility is from 1-8 p.m. Monday.The forecast for Tuscaloosa calls for an 80 percent chance of rain Monday. The high temperature will be [...]

Fayette native Dexter Roberts competing on NBC's 'The Voice' - Sun, 24 Mar 2019
Though riding high as one of the Season 13 "American Idol" finalists, in the summer of 2014, Fayette native Dexter Roberts inexplicably found himself, for the first time in his life, unable to sing.Suffering from fevers, continual headaches, loss of appetite, shortness of breath and sapped energy, the country singer withdrew from the followup "AI" tour after just a few shows, despite how much he craved those stages, the audiences.But now, more than four [...]

Tuscaloosa neighborhood advances despite resident objections - Sun, 24 Mar 2019
More opposition is expected as the approval for a disputed Rice Mine Road subdivision goes to the Tuscaloosa City Council.The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended the City Council approve the annexation, rezoning and planned unit development of a 6.38-acre tract just south of the Lesley Place neighborhood.The vote came after five residents spoke out against the project named “Stillwater” that Brock Corder of the Builders Group said [...]