Tuscaloosa News

  Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, city council declare new state of emergency

Mayor Maddox listed one of the reasons for the state of emergency is the increase in patients at DCH Health System.

Man accused of firing into vehicle after dispute; charged with attempted murder

  Fayette Medical Center recognized on 2020 best hospital list

  Tuscaloosa fitness center owner says everyone has a hand in cleaning

  PARA providing active classrooms for remote learning

Full time virtual learning deadline for Tuscaloosa City Schools is Friday

DCH preparing for COVID-19 case spike when UA students return

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  Tuscaloosa man wrongfully accused of a crime gives back

Tuscaloosa Co. toddler dies after weekend assault; suspect charges upgraded to capital murder

  Deadline to apply for Tuscaloosa portion of small business relief fund approaching soon

  No charges filed in Tuscaloosa terroristic threat investigation

  DCH reaches triple digits in COVID-19 patients hospitalized

  Tuscaloosa County Commissioners agree to buy COVID equipment for Sheriff’s Office

Tuscaloosa police arrest man after brief chase

Police said Chad Gaylord Nall, 37, led officers on a vehicle pursuit around 10 a.m. Wednesday, bailing out of his car after he crashed into an unoccupied house in the 500 block of 19th Street.

Operation Backpack Drive to support traditional and at home learning

Although students won’t be starting in-person schooling anytime soon, the Operation Backpack drive still needs community support.

  Tuscaloosa city leaders discuss student-based housing plan

For years now, the city has been trying to get a handle on the growth of those mega student apartment complexes. For the past several weeks, city leaders have been talking about ways to try to do that.

Tuscaloosa PD: Suspect charged after video shows dogs thrown against a wall

Investigators say at some point in the video a man was seen throwing dogs up against a wall.

Tuscaloosa City Schools to begin school year with virtual learning

What will school lunchtime look like during a pandemic?

  University of Alabama coronavirus hotline now up and running

  Habitat For Humanity of Tuscaloosa roof repair program underway

  Suspect in Tuscaloosa apartment homicide taken into custody in Miss.

Tuscaloosa police arrest man on 28 outstanding warrants

  University of Alabama now testing faculty and staff for coronavirus

Monday was the first day of mandatory coronavirus testing for faculty and staff at the University of Alabama.

  DCH treating their highest number of COVID-19 patients

As of Sunday 92 patients total are being treated for COVID-19 at DCH Regional Medical Center.

  Tuscaloosa County Schools release reopening plan

In two weeks, Tuscaloosa County parents will have to decide what their kid’s school year is going to look like.

  Tuscaloosa face covering ordinance nearly two weeks old

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox told WBRC Friday it’s too early to tell if more people wearing a mask or face covering is flattening the coronavirus curve.

Classes at University of Alabama going remote after Nov. 20

The Fall 2020 academic calendar is being updated to provide instruction and testing remotely after Nov. 20.

Tuscaloosa to temporarily suspend curbside recycling service

Crew members will be diverted from recycling routes to trash routes to help with the extra trash.

16-year-old shot in Tuscaloosa late Thursday night

The shooting happened near 41st Avenue and 21st Street.

  Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue responds to heat related illness calls

The EMS Chief for Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service said they expect to get a surge when the heat index is as high as it’s been recently and people aren’t prepared for it.

  YMCA Benjamin Barnes virtual community meeting to address concerns

Community questions can be submitted in advance before noon today. The petition sights the Benjamin Barnes YMCA has had issues involving the roof, outdated equipment and more.

  DCH sees a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations

As of yesterday, there are 71 total Covid-19 patients being treated at the hospital.

  Pop up farmers markets start in Tuscaloosa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the city of Tuscaloosa a grant to run the Pop Up Market program. The market will support 70 vendors and will be anchored around three local farms.

  Summer virtual learning program in Tuscaloosa kicks off Monday

Tuscaloosa city’s schools’ summer virtual learning program is geared towards serving students in K through 5.

  City of Tuscaloosa hosts third mask giveaway in three days

The city of Tuscaloosa gave out more than 3,300 masks at two previous giveaways according to Smith.

  Community garden in Tuscaloosa damaged by flood waters

The community garden harvests about 100-125 pounds of vegetables per day. The vegetables are given to several entities including the food bank to help feed those in need.

  Law firm donates 500 KN95 masks to Pickens Co. nursing home

A Birmingham law firm is giving back to a small nursing home in Pickens County in need of personal protective equipment.

  Tuscaloosa businesses clean up from severe flooding

The water that lifted cars from their parking spaces was long gone Wednesday, but there’s plenty of damage left behind.

  Popsicles with Police program brings youth closer to police officers

Officers wanted another way to interact with the city’s youth to show them that police can be nice, too.

Tuscaloosa battling severe flooding

A major flood in the south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama was reported around 10:19 p.m.

  Celebration of life blood drive in Northport Tuesday

This blood drive will help people dealing with Neuroblastoma. It’s being held to create awareness of the disease in memory of Jaden Elijah Smith.

City of Tuscaloosa to distribute free face coverings July 7

To help the community meet the requirements of the face coverings ordinance in Tuscaloosa, the City will be distributing free face coverings Tuesday, July 7, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

Customer buys car for Taco Casa employee who was walking to work

A loyal customer felt led to give the employee a car, complete with a new engine.

  2 teenagers shot at Tuscaloosa apartment complex, suspect arrested

Officers say the teens were shot at Broadmore Gardens on James Harrison Parkway around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

  ADPH gives tips for holding workplaces accountable during pandemic

There are steps employees can take to make sure their workplace is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of covid-19.

  Tuscaloosa City Council approves face covering ordinance

Tuscaloosa now becomes the latest city to require face coverings for people out in public.

  University of Alabama researchers study how COVID-19 related stress affects decision making

The University of Alabama wants to track the level of stress coronavirus has caused in some of our lives.

  Fallen Tuscaloosa police officer remembered in special event

Fallen Tuscaloosa Police Officer Dornell Cousette was remembered in Tuscaloosa Monday by a group that pays tribute to officers.

End of Watch Ride to Remember

The group is on a 30-state tour of the country, making stops at all of the 146 law enforcement agencies that experienced line-of-duty deaths in 2019 including Tuscaloosa.

  DCH shares two former COVID-19 patient recovery stories

A little ray of sunshine came to two recent formerly positive COVID-19 patients. Both men were discharged from the DCH Rehab Pavilion at Northport Medical Center, and they agreed to share their testimonies of recovery.

Shooting investigation underway in Hale County

The shooting occurred in Jerusalem Park early Sunday morning on June 28.

  Bystander shot and killed after Tuscaloosa party; 2 teens arrested

A man was shot and killed Saturday night at a party after police say a fight broke out nearby and suspects began firing weapons.

  Sorority to host voter and census drive in Tuscaloosa Saturday

The Tuscaloosa Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated wants to make sure people are represented in more ways than one.

  Tuscaloosa County Schools graduation plans include COVID-19

Administrators from six Tuscaloosa County High Schools moved forward with graduation plans to deal with weather and COVID-19.

Tuscaloosa police arrest woman in city’s third shooting this week

Investigators say the victim and suspect had an altercation, the suspect left and a short time later returned with a pistol and shot the victim.

  Stop the Violence rally organized in Tuscaloosa following three shootings this week

A retired law enforcement officer is stepping up to host a Stop the violence rally in Tuscaloosa, after two shooting this week, including an 8-year old shot and injured.

Suspect charged with murder of Tuscaloosa man after Tuesday night shooting

Police in Tuscaloosa have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man Tuesday night.

  Mayor & police chief working to reconsider policing in Tuscaloosa

Over the next few weeks, Mayor Maddox, Chief Blankley, officers and its senior leadership team will meet with community leaders, pastors, educators and residents to come up with a plan to reimagine policing in the city.

  First fatal fire of 2020 in Tuscaloosa explained

A small oxygen tank could help spark a big fire under the right conditions.

  Police: 8-year-old boy caught in crossfire during shootout at Tuscaloosa apartments

Police are investigating a late-night shootout in Tuscaloosa that injured a child.

  Tuscaloosa changes Celebration on the River program due to COVID-19

Fireworks will light up the sky for the Fourth of the July in Tuscaloosa, but nearly everything else that came with the Celebration on the River is cancelled.

  Whatley Health Services providing COVID-19 testing in rural communities

The clinic loads up its COVID-19 mobile unit and rolls into several surrounding small towns three to four times a week.

  Tuscaloosa medical facilities seeing more young people test for Covid-19

DCH Regional Medical Center reported seeing more young people test for Covid-19 with some even testing positive, other medical facilities in Tuscaloosa like Whatley Health services said their seeing a similar trend.

  Tuscaloosa Bail Out works to help most vulnerable behind bars

Their goal is to raise awareness about the disproportionate impact the cash bail system has on communities of color and vulnerable populations to Covid-19 , in Tuscaloosa County.

  Tuscaloosa to announce new police initiative in August

Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox said this is the time for local law enforcement to reconnect with the surround community and for the department to restore confidence in it from more people in the public.

  Tuscaloosa Cintas operation sells PPE to the public

Cintas’ first ever Personal Protective Equipment sale in Tuscaloosa drew a crowd of customers on Tuesday.

  Tuscaloosa mayor talks new community engagement and protection initiative

Community policing begins with defining what each community needs, that’s what Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox and the police chief plan to explore with this new initiative.

  University of Alabama unveils plans to allow in-person classes

Dr. Stuart Bell, President of the University of Alabama, says health will be at the forefront of everything they’re doing to allow in-person classes at the school in coming days.

  Several ICU units full at DCH in Tuscaloosa

As of Monday morning, DCH is seeing a lot of ICU beds fill up because of COVID-19.

  Northport business owner pleads with Gov. Ivey to mandate face coverings

“I’m pleading that you use your authority to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in Alabama," that is what Everyday Rustics owner in Northport Christine Grace wrote in an open letter faxed to Governor Kay Ivey, after loosing a loved one to the deadly virus.

2nd arrest made after man charged in shooting death of his brother at Tuscaloosa gas station

Joshua Marquise Pearson is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

  Round table talk about community policing in Tuscaloosa involves many

A round table discussion on community policing in Tuscaloosa brought several groups from the area together Wednesday.

  Mixed reaction to removal of Confederate plaques at the University of Alabama

University of Alabama System Board of Trustees announced Monday three Confederate plaques that honored former students who served in the Confederate Army were removed to be placed in a more appropriate historical setting.

UPDATE: ‘All clear’ at DCH in Tuscaloosa after reported threat

Right now visitors are not allowed to come into the hospital; however ER patients are.

  DCH Chief Medical Officer shares latest COVID-19 concerns

Dr. Robin Wilson says the number of patients needing hospital care because of coronavirus at DCH Regional Medical Center is less than it was two weeks ago.

  Community service programs of West Alabama gets money for COVID-19

The state got more than 17 million dollars from the federal government through the CARES Act that’s going to several community service programs around Alabama.

University of Alabama system to review all building names, remove Confederate Army plaques in Tuscaloosa

The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System announced Monday a couple of things they will be doing in the coming weeks regarding the names of campus buildings and plaques honoring Confederate soldiers.

  Round table discussion on community policing happening in Tuscaloosa Wednesday

The relationship between police and the communities they serve are getting a closer look that’s leading to an online discussion about community policing in Tuscaloosa.

  Ten turn lanes to be added to Highway 69 South in Tuscaloosa County

Construction employed by ALDOT will begin installing turn lanes at intersections like Mae Hinton Boulevard off Highway 69 South soon as weather allows.

  Petition started to rename UA buildings with racist history

Rename Buildings with a Racist History on the University of Alabama Campus is the name of the petition started by a student named Makenzi Dugan.