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Past articles by Tim:

Saban Center and State of Alabama announce partnership to create STEM hub

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The State of Alabama has announced a significant partnership with the Saban Center to create an innovative STEM hub for local and regional school districts that will prepare students, educators and the workforce for the future. Head Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry attended a news conference at the […] → Read More

Controversial recycling plant catches fire again in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa residents are concerned and angry after a controversial recycling plant caught on fire — and not for the first time. Resident Linda Greene says it should not have happened at all. Liberty Recycling, located on 24th Street, was supposed to move the shredder machines operation used to crush cars to a […] → Read More

Trash dumping causes frustration for residents in west Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Residents are complaining about large amounts of trash that is being dumped along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in west Tuscaloosa. Shirley Thomas lives down the road from where the trash is being dumped. She is fed up and wants something to be done about the constant and excessive littering. “Help us […] → Read More

Alabama softball teams travel to Tuscaloosa to compete in annual Gena Frith Classic

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — 52 softball teams from all over Alabama are in Tuscaloosa to compete in a 3-day tournament to raise money for the DCH Foundation Breast Cancer fund. The tournament got underway Thursday afternoon at Bowers Park. The competition is called “Gena Frith Classic” to honor a Hillcrest school employee who is battling breast […] → Read More

Weeks after student walkout, Hillcrest High School holds Black History Month program

On Wednesday, Hillcrest High School held a Black History Month program, weeks after many students claimed school officials weren't allowing them to talk about topics like the civil rights movement or slavery. → Read More

Testimony: UA basketball player Brandon Miller allegedly provided gun to Darius Miles in deadly Tuscaloosa shooting

Police are now claiming another member of the Alabama men's basketball team provided the gun that was used in a deadly shooting in Tuscaloosa last month. → Read More

Aging roofs in the Hale County courthouse and county jail are being replaced

GREENSBORO, Ala. (WIAT) — Aging roofs in the Hale County courthouse and county jail are being replaced. Last October, a heavy downpour of rainwater leaked into the courtroom causing flooding and damage to the floors and walls. County Commissioner Donald Anderson says getting the roof replaced is long overdue. “This was much needed , we had […] → Read More

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office hires new K-9 deputy to detect drugs

CARROLLTON, Ala. (WIAT) —The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is adding two new members to the force: K-9 Deputy Zuna and her handler Deputy Justin Franklin. The duo is looking forward to protecting and serving the community. Franklin says having a partner that can help him locate a missing person or track down a dangerous drug […] → Read More

University of Alabama storm shelters prepared for possible severe storm impact

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama had storm shelters on campus ready due to the threat of severe weather Thursday in Tuscaloosa. Emma Deitz is a sophomore at UA and was concerned about potentially bad weather hitting west Alabama. She was glad to know the university had tornado storm shelters where students can go […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa County voters reject property tax increase

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Voters in Tuscaloosa rejected a proposed $8 million property tax increase Tuesday that would have helped the county school system build new schools and pay for more school resource officers. Superintendent Dr. Keri Johnson says she was very disappointed with the outcome of the vote. “It didn’t go the way we […] → Read More

Turning Point in Tuscaloosa helping domestic violence victims

As investigators with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigate a weekend murder suicide, domestic violence advocates are raising awareness on resources available to those who need help. → Read More

Road expansion project for McWright’s Ferry Road in Tuscaloosa starts next month

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A major road project set to begin in Tuscaloosa will take years, but once complete City Councilman Norman Crow says it will be a game changer. Upgrades to McWright’s Ferry Road are expected to take over two years to build a new roadway bridge spanning North River, south of the Lake […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa County superintendent responds to student protest

Tuscaloosa County Superintendent Keri Johnson is speaking out about Hillcrest High School students walking out of class in protest Wednesday. → Read More

Hale County Sheriff voices concerns about new permitless concealed carry law

GREENSBORO, Ala. (WIAT) — A new state gun law is causing controversy for some sheriffs in Alabama. Hale County Sheriff Michael Hamilton says many are worried about losing revenue from residents not purchasing pistol permits any longer. However, Hamilton also said many Hale County residents are still paying the $20 fee for a pistol permit […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa County builds new storm shelter in Samantha

SAMANTHA, Ala. (WIAT) — Residents living in the Samantha community of Tuscaloosa County now have another safe place to go whenever severe weather is a threat. The new shelter is located near Samantha Volunteer Fire Department, next to an older unit that was built eight years ago. Nicole Phillips and her family think it’s comforting […] → Read More

Business owner and city dispute over parking lot in downtown Northport

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — A downtown store owner and the city of Northport are in a dispute over a parking lot. Merchant Crystal Buck owns Everlasting Boutique on Main Avenue and wants the city to pay her to rent her parking lot for public access. City Councilwoman Jamie Dykes says the issue is causing problems […] → Read More

Greenetrack casino closes after years of business

EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) — The owner of Greenetrack casino has decided to close down the business Wednesday but did not provide any other details as to why he made the decision. Eutaw mayor Latasha Johnson says she is disappointed and frustrated about the news. She says the casino provides critical funds to police, the hospital and […] → Read More

First responders taking class “Emergency Operation Center training in Northport”

Dozens of first responders from different counties in Alabama are in Northport this week taking a class to learn more about how to deal with emergencies like tornados and other hazards. → Read More

FEMA assisting tornado victims in Hale County

AKRON, Ala. (WIAT) — A team from FEMA is set up in Akron in Hale County to help tornado victims and accept applications from those who need assistance. Hale County EMA director Russell Weeden says 92 homes were damaged and 31 destroyed by the storms. He’s hoping the team of federal representatives from FEMA can help […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa bar owners concerned about safety following fatal shooting

Some bar owners of the strip near the University of Alabama campus are concerned after gunfire erupted recently and as a result a 23-year-old woman who shot and killed. → Read More