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Recent articles by Tim:

Greenetrack Bingo Hall back open in Eutaw

EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) — Electronic bingo gaming is back in business in the city of Eutaw after being shut down for more than two months. Greenetrack Bingo Hall CEO and President Luther Winn says it feels great to reopen, but is putting safety first. “It’s exciting but we are very conscious of the virus […] → Read More

Northport PD asking residents to be alert following multiple car break-ins

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — Police in Northport are investigating multiple car break-in cases in the Clear Creek Colony subdivision and are asking residents to be cautious and to be on guard. Resident Hugo Covington says he wants those responsible for the vehicle break-ins to be punished and brought to justice. “It’s pretty upsetting knowing you […] → Read More

Lake Tuscaloosa prepares for Memorial Day

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — This upcoming Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start to summer and that means lots of people will be headed to Lake Tuscaloosa for swimming and boating. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency wants to make sure everyone is obeying the law on the water. Senior Trooper Freddie Ingram says he […] → Read More

Eutaw bridge collapse frustrates residents

EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) — Some residents living in a Eutaw neighborhood are frustrated after a bridge collapsed Saturday. Stephanie Poole uses the Flag Road bridge to get in and out of her community. “I am so angry about this,” Poole said. “You take it for granted your always going to be able to get […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa County schools starting later in upcoming school year

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Parents in Tuscaloosa County now know when schools will reopen now that a revised school calendar has been released. It shows that the first day of school will be Thursday, August 20. Courtney Tapia agrees with the school systems move, but she has concerns about getting child care. Her 8-year-old […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa authorities confiscate dozens of illegal firearms

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Dozens of illegal firearms are off the streets in Tuscaloosa thanks to a new crime-fighting effort. The Safe Streets Project has led to several arrests as police crackdown on violent crime after two recent murders. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley says 40 guns have been recovered including rifles and handguns. […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa cracking down on bars, restaurants not complying with safer-at-home order

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Tuscaloosa is beginning to crack down on bars and restaurants that are not complying with the state’s safer-at-home order. Nick Snead is the manager at Innisfree Irish Pub in downtown Tuscaloosa. He says his establishment is adhering to the social distancing guidelines. All the employees are wearing […] → Read More

Moody Music Hall restoration underway after devastating fire

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Two weeks ago, lightning caused a large fire that led to serious damage to the Moody Music Hall at the University of Alabama. Some band instruments were saved and some were destroyed. All the Million Dollar Band uniforms were ruined by smoke and water damage. Skip Sneed and Ken Ozzello were […] → Read More

‘He was a great nurse and that was his life’: COVID-19 claims life of Northport nurse

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa County family is grieving the death of a loved one. 60-year-old Jerry Alford, who died two weeks ago from COVID-19 complications, was a nurse at DCH Regional Medical center in Northport. Valerie Alford was married to her husband for 27 years. She is also a nurse in Northport and […] → Read More

Stores open back up in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — More retail stores are opening the day after Alabama’s “Safer-at-Home” order went into effect. Many businesses in Tuscaloosa opened their doors Friday morning for the first time. Sarah Morrison is the owner of Tuscaloosa Flower Shoppe, she and her workers are ready to get back to what they do the best: […] → Read More

UA president says there will be college football this season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — University of Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell tells CBS 42 there will be football in Tuscaloosa this fall despite the Coronavirus emergency. He also says he expects 38,000 students to return for the fall semester. “As we look forward to accomplishing another great fall semester welcoming back students and welcoming back […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa retailer has concerns about economic impact if college football season canceled

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A number of Tuscaloosa downtown store owners are preparing to reopen once the statewide stay at home order is lifted Thursday evening. But some like Charles Spurlin have concerns about the potential economic impact if the coronavirus sidelines Alabama football this year. “Football is loved in the south and is […] → Read More

West Alabama Food Bank working to help families in need during coronavirus crisis

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — The West Alabama Food Bank is helping to feed hundreds of people in Tuscaloosa County every week who are struggling to feed their families. Executive director Jean Rykaczewski says her staff is handing out 500 grocery bags of food two times a week on Monday and Wednesday from nine until eleven. […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa restaurants, Habitat for Humanity team up to feed those in need

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Three Tuscaloosa restaurants are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa to feed dozens of Habitat homeowners who are struggling due to COVID-19. Chucks Fish, the Five Bar and Southern Ale House are providing meals and delivering the food to 75 families in Alberta and the west side of Tuscaloosa. […] → Read More

2 cats in NY state test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed cases in companion animals in the United States, federal officials said Wednesday. The cats, which had mild respiratory illnesses and are expected to recover, are thought to have contracted the virus from people in […] → Read More

Clean up underway in Tuscaloosa following severe storms

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Storm clean up is underway in Tuscaloosa after severe weather caused damage to dozens of homes on Watermelon Road in the North River Yacht Club neighborhood. Homeowner Marina Williams says she is thankful she and her family were not hurt. “I am so thankful for our lives and for our health […] → Read More

UA producing protective equipment for healthcare workers battling COVID-19

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The College of Engineering at the University of Alabama is working to help protect healthcare workers on the front lines combating the coronavirus. Ken Fridley from the College of Engineering says students who are still in Tuscaloosa wanted to help their community. “Many of our students have decided to stay […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa store wants to deliver alcohol to people’s doors

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Many businesses have been struggling in Tuscaloosa as a result of the coronavirus emergency and 24-hour curfew set in place by Mayor Walt Maddox. Dan Robinson says his sales have dropped roughly 50% in recent weeks. He is the owner of Cravings specialty grocery store in downtown Tuscaloosa. The business […] → Read More

‘Surreal’: New York funeral homes struggle as virus deaths surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled down so his pleas could be heard. “Every person there, they’re not a body,” he said. “They’re a father, they’re a mother, they’re a grandmother. They’re not bodies. They’re people.” Like […] → Read More

Eutaw to begin 24-hour curfew to combat COVID-19

EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Eutaw in Greene County joins the list of towns in Alabama now to be under a 24-hour curfew to combat the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Raymond Steele tells CBS 42 the curfew went into effect Wednesday night. Steele says he and the city council thought it was the […] → Read More