Tuscaloosa News

  Petition asks for more Million Dollar Band members at 2020 Bama home games

A limited number of University of Alabama Million Dollar Band members are now allowed to perform inside Bryant-Denny Stadium for Alabama football games. But a petition is being pushed to get that number even higher.

Weekend lane closures for Crimson Tide themed bridge work in Tuscaloosa

  University of Alabama president says school seeing drop in COVID-19 cases

  Tuscaloosa County elementary school recognized with national education award

Free virtual training offered Friday for suicide prevention

Alabama predicted to win the 2020 SEC Championship

Food giveaway happening Wednesday in Pickens County

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  Expanded outdoor seating now allowed in Tuscaloosa

New expanded outdoor dining for Tuscaloosa restaurants

  Robotic pets used to help prevent social isolation for senior citizens in West Alabama

Construction begins Tuesday for new Tuscaloosa inclusive playground

  Tuscaloosa City Schools looking to add touchless water fountains to school buildings

All-inclusive playground coming to Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa City Schools start in person classes Monday

When Tuscaloosa city school students walk into their school buildings today they will notice social distancing stickers and signs everywhere and they will notice school staff wearing masks.

UA System: COVID-19 cases reach record low

The total number of positive coronavirus cases in the UA system, which includes UAB and UAH has increased but there is a big decrease in positive cases on the University of Alabama campus and a decline at UAB.

  TCS board member suggests using UVC to disinfect schools

One of the board member’s who voted no is proposing a plan to help get the schools ready for their students return and keep them safe while they’re there.

  Tuscaloosa firefighters deploy to Alabama Gulf Coast

Sixteen members of Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue’s Swift Water Rescue Team are putting their skills to use in south Alabama.

UA votes to rename another academic building, namesake had racist ties

Tuscaloosa deploys swift water rescue team for Hurricane Sally relief

  One year since Tuscaloosa Police Officer Dornell Cousette was shot and killed

  University of Alabama doctor sees trend in fewer COVID-19 cases

Updated order allows more people in Tuscaloosa bars/restaurants

  Tuscaloosa City Council approves COVID-19 relief package for bars

  Apprenticeship program for skilled workers in Tuscaloosa will open soon

Students who are already working in jobs that include plumbing, electrical, HVAC and others can take classes here to get better at what they do. In turn, they’ll earn more money.

  Tuscaloosa County School teachers seek changes in remote, in-person teaching practices

Beasley said teachers would like a 4 to 1 split where they teach in class four days a week and do remote learning on one day.

Saving lives: ALEA troopers report a 60% decrease in holiday fatalities

Three people died in traffic accidents in 2020 compared to ten in 2019.

UA System: COVID-19 dashboard shows decreases in positive cases on UA’s campus

Alabama has 294 positives over the last week but that’s down from 846 from the previous week.

  Head of the U.S. coronavirus response effort at the University of Alabama

Dr. Birx wants to see how universities and cities are handling the pandemic crisis.

  Funeral home honors first responders on 9/11 anniversary

One Tuscaloosa business continued a tradition this September 11 of showing west Alabama first responders that they are appreciated.

  'Players are tested 3 times a week’: Coach Nick Saban on COVID-19 cases

Saban said the team has had a minimal amount of players test positive, but they have had some. Saban said numbers may have increased when school started, but not significantly.

DCH needs convalescent plasma donations for Covid-19 patients

DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa is getting on board to try this method, and potentially help save lives.

  Tuscaloosa bars reopened Tuesday, patrons return hopeful

At R&R Cigars, employees waited by the door when 6 p.m. hit eager to see a handful of customers make their way back into the cigar bar.

  Tuscaloosa bars set to reopen Tuesday

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox’s order allowing Session and other Tuscaloosa bars to reopen at 6:01 p.m. was based on a decline in daily coronavirus averages from data released by the University of Alabama system.

  ATF offers reward in Northport gun store burglary

Agents said approximately nine firearms were stolen from Pawn Royale on McFarland in Northport on August 30.

  Tuscaloosa bars will reopen Tuesday, bar owners optimistic

R&R Cigars owner Reagan Starner says he believes Tuscaloosa bars are committed to doing their part.

  Protest outside Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

The group is worried about exposing themselves and their loved ones to COVID-19. They lined up near an entrance holding signs and chanting they want more done to protect them and patients who get care here.

  Students still concerned about rising COVID cases at the University of Alabama

Late Friday afternoon, the University of Alabama system reported 846 positive cases between August 28th and September 3. That brought the total number of students, faculty and staff at the University to test positive for COVID to more than 2,000 people since classes started.

UA System: Number of positive students nearly doubles in a week at UA in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama System now reports 2,240 positive COVID-19 cases among students since August 19, up from the 1,177 as of August 28.

  Regions Bank buys lunch for hundreds of workers at DCH Regional Medical Center

Regions Bank showed its appreciation to hundreds of healthcare workers in west Alabama Friday.

  UPDATE: Tuscaloosa Mayor could soon ease restrictions on bars

Restrictions could soon be easing for some bars in Tuscaloosa almost two weeks after the mayor put them in place

  Body of missing boater recovered from Black Warrior River

Search crews recovered a body from the Spillway of the Oliver Lock and Dam Thursday morning.

Tuscaloosa City Schools reviewing staggered schedule plan

The Tuscaloosa city school board of education is working to return students to in-person instruction and reviewing a different plan to make it happen.

  Alabama players and coaches march Monday for lasting social change

Hundreds of people were in the huge group that walked from Mal Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium.

  State health leaders react to rise in COVID-19 cases on college campuses

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris reacts to the rising number of COVID-19 cases at college campuses.

  Tuscaloosa leaders discuss relief fund for bars shut down by mayor’s order

New plans are in the works to give some financial help to Tuscaloosa bars shutdown by coronavirus.

  Small business group encourages businesses to seek federal help during pandemic

Coronavirus continues to put many small businesses in Alabama out of business or on shaky ground financially.

Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff’s Dept. searching for missing woman

Kristie Ragland was last seen on August 23 on Microwave Road in Coker.

  UA students respond to reports Alabama doesn’t want instructors talking about COVID cases

Whether it’s students wearing masks or signs posted around the University of Alabama campus, there’s no escaping coronavirus talk right now.

Tuscaloosa teen killed in 2-vehicle crash; four others hurt

The crash happened on U.S. 82 near the 60 mile marker, approximately seven miles east of Tuscaloosa city limits.

Tuscaloosa police make arrest in weekend homicide at apartment complex

Police in Tuscaloosa have arrested and charged a 25-year-old man for a fatal shooting at Sun Valley Apartments.

University of Alabama responds to reports of asking professors to ‘keep quiet’ about COVID cases

The University of Alabama is responding to reports from other organizations that faculty and staff have been advised to ‘keep quiet’ about COVID-19 cases on campus.

  Mother of man who died in police custody wants more answers about his death

The family of a man who died after being taken into custody by Tuscaloosa Police spoke to WBRC just days before they’re set to lay him to rest.

UA System: More than 1,000 COVID-19 positive students in Tuscaloosa since Aug. 19

The University of Alabama System now reports 1,063 positive COVID-19 cases among students since August 19, up from the 571 as of August 24.

  Tuscaloosa Police looking for the man who kicked a door in during a home burglary

TPD Criminal Investigations Division officers said the man is Thomas Dewayne Long, 44, of Tuscaloosa.

20-year-old Northport woman killed in crash early Friday morning

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Kayla Elizabeth Jean Burnett.

  Wallace Wilder celebration of life vigil to happen Friday night

According to Wilder’s niece Renota Harris , this case was presented a grand jury earlier this week and they chose not to indict the Pickens county sheriff deputies on manslaughter charges, for Wilder’s death.

  Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue heroes not deployed to help with Hurricane Laura

The 18-member team, which includes firefighters and paramedics will assist with search and rescue operations, evacuations and damage assessments. They are specially trained to respond to severe flooding.

Tuscaloosa police investigating homicide near Greensboro Ave.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m.

  A little monkey business in Tuscaloosa traffic

A driver captured a monkey in a car at a red light.

  City of Tuscaloosa could give money to bars closed by executive order

Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox says he’s working on a plan to help bars that he ordered closed Monday through his executive order.

  Tuscaloosa County School Board buys 400 WIFI hot spots

The Tuscaloosa County School voted Monday night to buy 400 WIFI hot spots from T-Mobile.

Some Alabama students asked to swap dorms because of COVID

Officials at the University of Alabama say some students are being asked to swap dorms to make additional room for students who need isolating because of COVID-19.

  UA students & business owners react to bars shutting down in Tuscaloosa

It was a quiet Monday evening on the Strip in Tuscaloosa because Mayor Walt Maddox ordered bars closed at 5pm for two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some popular bars sat empty.

  New UA System dashboard shows more than 500 COVID-19 cases

The University of Alabama has 531 positive COVID-19 cases for students, faculty and staff according to a new dashboard.

  ‘The truth is, fall in Tuscaloosa is in serious jeopardy:’ Bars to close in Tuscaloosa for 2 weeks

Maddox said based on recommendations he signed new executive orders that close bars for 14 days starting at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The second order eliminates bar services at restaurants for the next 14 days starting Monday at 5:00 p.m.

  Positive coronavirus cases rising at an unacceptable rate at the University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Dr. Ricky Friend, the Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences, joined Bell in stressing immediate action needed to be taken.

City of Tuscaloosa providing free COVID-19 testing Monday

The COVID-19 testing will be available by drive through, so you’ll never have to leave your car.

Tuscaloosa City Schools resumes free meal service Monday

Meals will be available at nine locations.

UA prohibits gatherings at on-and off-campus residences, in-person student events

These added directives place stricter access restrictions and prohibit gatherings at on- and off-campus residences and place a 14-day moratorium on all in-person student events.

  Deputies: Man charged with shooting suspect in his brother’s murder case at a Tuscaloosa Co. food mart

A man was arrested today for attempted murder, after officials say he shot the man charged in his brother’s killing multiple times

  University of Alabama researchers link obesity to COVID-19 deaths

A research team from the University of Alabama says they have determined people living with morbid obesity also have something to worry about when it comes to coronavirus.

Alabama Book Store added to National Register of Historic Places

The Alabama Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, announced The Alabama Book Store in Tuscaloosa is now on the register.

Former curator at Paul W. Bryant Museum charged with 10 counts in child pornography investigation

Officers said as a result of the investigation, probable cause was found to charge Hosea Taylor Watson-III with 10 counts of Possession of Obscene Matter of Someone under the age of 17.

  Alabama football fans exploring new tailgating options due to COVID-19

Joyce Stallworth looked forward to tailgating with her sorority sisters and others on the University of Alabama campus. Coronavirus is interrupting that fun this year.

  ‘God is good and I’m still here’: COVID-19 survivor shares story as part of ‘Let’s Keep West Alabama Working’ campaign

Several people within the community have shared their stories to encourage others and highlight the impact the virus can have on individuals and families.

  University of Alabama official shows off health and safety upgrades for Fall classes

The University of Alabama spent more than $2 million to install health and safety upgrades around campus to stop COVID-19 from spreading among people on campus. Tuesday, WBRC saw what some of them are.

Bar owners say they are enforcing the rules in Tuscaloosa

Restaurants and bars have to limit capacity and enforce mask-wearing, and say they’re doing the best they can.

  Concerns in Tuscaloosa after people ticketed and arrested while violating city’s COVID ordinances

Sunday’s events on the Strip, just off the University of Alabama campus and beyond, left some people feeling concerned.

Person dies after being struck by train in Tuscaloosa

No foul play is suspected and the person was alone at the time of the incident.

  Tuscaloosa PD: Multiple citations issued for mask violations Sunday

Chief Brent Blankley called officers in to work after numerous social media posts circulated depicting large crowds violating COVID-19 regulations at bars along the Strip.

Tuscaloosa man stabbed and killed in Hay Court Apartments

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit are conducting an investigation for a Tuscaloosa man that was shot and killed early Sunday morning.