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Recent articles by Tim:

Alleged bomb threats force Fayette County Schools to close, will reopen Wednesday

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating alleged bomb threats that caused schools in the county to close Tuesday. According to FCSO, someone emailed three separate threats Monday to the superintendent and one principal of a school in the district. All schools were closed as a precaution. All school have […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa PD stepping up patrols for Iron Bowl

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The annual matchup for bragging rights is just four days away! The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Auburn Tigers for the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley says five police agencies will be working together all this week to step up patrols to keep […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa hotel prepares to house Crimson Tide ahead of game vs Kentucky

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama Crimson Tide fans are ready for game day this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the Tide will take on Kentucky at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Alabama players and coaches are staying at Hotel Capstone, and workers are going above and beyond to make sure the team is safe from COVID-19. […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa businessman wants to transform McFarland Mall into sports complex

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate wants to give the old McFarland Mall property a facelift. He wants to transform the old dilapidated mall into a sports complex. City Councilwoman Sonya Mckinstry is hoping the proposed project will help turn things around at the property, it’s located off Skyland Boulevard in her […] → Read More

Family, friends of Cottondale murder victim speak out over death

COTTONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Friends, family and neighbors of a Cottondale woman are speaking out about her death. 28-year-old Eric Fowler, who lived with 56-year-old Tammy Ledbetter, is facing charges for allegedly murdering Ledbetter in her home. Jennifer Dockery still cannot believe her neighbor and good friend of twenty years is dead. Dockery lives […] → Read More

2 Pickens County schools shut down due to COVID-19

REFORM, Ala. (WIAT) — The coronavirus has forced Reform Elementary and Pickens County High School to transition to remote learning. As a result, dozens of box lunches were handed out Monday to parents to make sure students are getting nutritious meals every week. Picken’s County Superintendent Jamie Chapman says some support staff at both schools […] → Read More

Alabama Ghost Stories: The Face in the Courthouse Window

CARROLLTON, Ala. (WIAT) — The legend of Henry Wells continues to live on in Pickens County. It’s one of the most talked-about ghost stories in west Alabama. The story is simply known as “the Face in the Window.” In 1878, Wells was arrested for burning the courthouse in downtown Carrollton. The building was later […] → Read More

Eutaw mayor-elect arrested for using title for personal gain, lying to investigators

EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) — Eutaw mayor-elect Latasha Johnson has been arrested and indicted by a grand jury after allegedly using her title for personal gain as well as giving false information to investigators. The charges stem from Johnson’s time as a city councilwoman, according to Green County District Attorney Greg Griggers. Johnson was elected mayor […] → Read More

Fans excited for top 5 matchup in Tuscaloosa this weekend

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama and Georgia gameday excitement is underway in Tuscaloosa. City leaders and fans are preparing for the big SEC matchup and are ready to see the Crimson Tide take on the Bulldogs. Georgia fan Jim Poag still remembers his team losing to Alabama in the National Championship game in 2017. He […] → Read More

UA student finds derogatory note taped to dorm room over his support for President Trump

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A student at the University of Alabama says he found a derogatory note taped to his dorm room door over his support for President Donald Trump. CJ Pearson spoke with CBS 42 about the incident. He says the note had expletives on it and he was targeted because of his support […] → Read More

Paul W. Bryant Museum reopens to public after closing due to COVID-19

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Good news for Alabama football fans! The Paul W. Bryant Museum reopened Thursday morning. It’s been closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. University of Alabama student Beth Ward and her friends were among the first to visit the museum Thursday morning and are happy to see the museum back […] → Read More

City of Tuscaloosa provides financial relief for struggling bars

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Tuscaloosa is giving struggling bar owners some financial assistance to help them recover. Tuesday night the City Council passed a resolution to give $400,000 to 29 bar owners. Brandon Hanks owns the Booth bar in downtown Tuscaloosa. He says he and many other bar owners have struggled and […] → Read More

Businesses on Tuscaloosa strip upset over parking spaces removal

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A controversial move by the city of Tuscaloosa removing parking spaces on the strip near the University of Alabama campus is upsetting some business owners. The parking space removal is a temporary city plan to try to curb the spread of COVID-19. Tracey Snider opposes what the city is doing because […] → Read More

Hale County EMA prepping for possible flooding from Hurricane Sally

HALE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Hurricane Sally could potentially bring lots of rain and possible flooding to west Alabama. The Hale County Emergency Management Agency is getting prepared in case residents need assistance during the threat of severe weather. EMA Director Russell Weeden and his team put their rescue boat into the Black Warrior […] → Read More

Rescue crews searching for missing 20-year-old boater on Black Warrior River

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — Rescue crews searched the Black Warrior River Wednesday in Northport looking for a missing boater. Northport Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Roger Potter says crews are using sonar and dive teams to locate the missing 20-year-old woman. “That’s very important, anytime you can use electronics and things like that using […] → Read More

Pickens County family still waiting for answers in loved one’s death

GORDO, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s been one year since a Pickens County man was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting in Gordo. On Aug. 28, 2019, deputies were called to the home of 62-year-old Wallace Wilder for a wellness check. Deadly force was ultimately used by authorities, taking Wilder’s life. Renota Harris says […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa firefighters to deploy into Louisiana to help after Hurricane Laura

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A team of Tuscaloosa firefighters is preparing to head to Louisiana to help storm victims from Hurricane Laura. Once they deploy, 18 members from the Swift Water Rescue Team will head to Lake Charles, La. Team member and firefighter Taylor Mitchell says he is ready to go. He admits he […] → Read More

Hale County Schools handing out meals to students at home

GREENSBORO, Ala. (WIAT) — Hundreds of students in Hale County Schools are doing classwork virtually at home. Once a week meals are prepared and put in boxes and delivered to students at home. HCS Child Nutrition Director Kelley Whatley says once a week the meals are delivered to 1,700 students at their homes. “Right […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa court system works on maintaining social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everything from schools, restaurants to sports, but what about the local court system. Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb says he and Probate Judge Rob Robertson are trying to figure out what needs to be done in the courtroom to maintain safe social distancing and wearing […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa congregation to rebuild church after massive 2019 fire

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa church congregation will rebuild a new church after a massive four-alarm fire destroyed the former Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in March 2019. Pastor Frank Kennedy says it was painful to watch his beloved sanctuary burn to the ground, but he along with city officials and church members will hold […] → Read More