Saturday - July 20, 2019

Local News

Tuscaloosa Academy teacher on National Geographic panel to tout programs in the classroom - Tue, 09 Jul 2019
Generations of kids have grown up learning science, geography, history and world culture from National Geographic.The 130-year-old organization has kept up with the times and is using its resources to reach students not just with the familiar yellow magazine delivered each month. It's now working with teachers to connect students in real time with researchers doing field work across the world.Jaclyn Foster of Tuscaloosa Academy is one of just 15 teachers from across the country [...]

Tuscaloosa businessmen create bar, service payment app - Sat, 20 Jul 2019
Waiting for the check is understood to be a fundamental part of the going-out-to-eat experience.But what if this “necessary evil” wasn’t necessary at all?That’s the belief of two Tuscaloosa-based entrepreneurs who have launched a new way to pay at bars, restaurants and other providers of services where a bill is involved.“It’s as easy as can be,” said Tripp Rogers, co-owner of Innisfree Irish Pub and co-founder of the new [...]

Sokol Park Arena rodeo is back in the saddle - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
The 11th annual Sokol Park Arena rodeo began Friday night at the Ray C. Jenkins Multipurpose Arena at Munny Sokol Park. Events included calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bronco riding, bull riding and more. The rodeo will continue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sokol Park, 5901 Watermelon Road. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 years old and younger. For more information, search for the 11th Annual Sokol Park Pro Rodeo page on Facebook. [...]

Alabama jobless rate down to record-low 3.5% - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
Alabama's unemployment rate is down to what officials say is a record-low 3.5%.A news release from the state Friday says the preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for June dropped two-tenths of a percent from the May rate of 3.7%.It's the state's lowest jobless rate ever, and better than the most recent national unemployment rate of 3.7%.The number represents a growth in employment of 10,456 jobs from last month. The number of people counted as unemployed dropped to 79, [...]

Suspect could be linked to multiple Tuscaloosa-area car break-ins - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
A Northport man is a suspect in at least 20 vehicle burglaries, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.James Earl Noland, 38, was arrested July 1 on a charge of breaking and entering a vehicle at an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Northport. Noland was also charged with giving a false name and possession of a controlled substance.Lt. Teena Richardson, a TPD spokeswoman, said Friday that during the course of the [...]

Tuscaloosa police plan gun buyback at two locations Saturday - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
The Tuscaloosa Police Department in partnership with other local law enforcement and community organizations has scheduled a gun buyback program on Saturday as part of an effort to counter a surge of gun violence this spring and summer.“If we only get one gun tomorrow, I will be happy because that is one less gun that’s on the street,” Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said Friday.The buyback will start at 8 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa Police [...]

Residence Inn nears completion off Rice Mine Road - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
A new hotel on Rice Mine Road is nearing completion.Engineer Al Cabaniss said the four-story Residence Inn by Marriott off Rice Mine Road is set to obtain a certificate-of-occupancy by the end of this month.An official opening should follow soon thereafter.“It is very close to operational,” Cabaniss said.Construction of the hotel began in early 2017 and was expected to last more than a year, but weather delays and site work pushed it further and [...]

Chalkboard painting combines Alabama football, Jason Isbell - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
Tuscaloosa artist Rich Marcks' new chalkboard art for Druid City Brewing Co.'s taproom draws not only on frequently depicted Crimson Tide powerhouses, but from one of the state's most brilliant and acclaimed musicians."The Tuscaloosa Sound," featuring University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban as Jason Isbell, with his wife Terry as Isbell's wife Amanda Shires, recreates in shades of grays, black and ivory the cover of 2017's "The Nashville Sound," No. 1 on [...]

TUSCALOOSA 200 MOMENT IN HISTORY: The New Suburbs - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
Just as Tuscaloosa’s first suburbs depended on the streetcar, the second generation of suburbs depended on the automobile — and city water. When in 1915 W.E. Bowers subdivided his land east of Castle Hill to create Alberta City, he did not expect the streetcar line to be extended. He was expecting residents to drive in their Model T Fords, which by then had been in production seven years and were revolutionizing American transportation. But Bowers sold few lots until 1924, when [...]

Ivey announces group study Alabama's criminal justice system - Fri, 19 Jul 2019
Two West Alabama lawmakers will participate in a group formed by the governor to study the state's criminal justice system.State Sen. Bobby Singleton of Greensboro and state Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa will be members of the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday.In April, a U.S. Justice Department report accused the state of Alabama of failing to provide adequately safe conditions [...]

Plan could bring hotel project to Stillman College - Thu, 18 Jul 2019
Stillman College is working on projects to develop a hotel and a mixed residential and retail development on college property.Stillman College President Cynthia Warrick said the projects, which could potentially be located on the northwest corner of campus, could change the whole dynamic of the institution, offering chances for additional income and new programs among other benefits.Stillman officials and their partners on the projects ceremonially signed a memorandum of [...]

Movie lineup announced for Bama Art House fall series - Thu, 18 Jul 2019
The fall Bama Art House series will feature five screenings beginning Aug. 13, from dramas starring John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks and Aaron Paul, through documentaries on Aretha Franklin and sustainable farming, and concluding with the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.The first four screenings will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights, with bye weeks Sept. 3 and 17; the Manhattan Short Film Festival will screen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. [...]