Council retires Risner’s badge and call number

SHEFFIELD– Monday night, the Sheffield City Council voted to officially retire K-9 Whiske. Whiske had a few years of service left, but the department and council agreed it was in the best interest to have Whiske with her family.

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POLICE ARREST FLORENCE WOMAN FOR FELONY ASSAULT

KATIE ANN FITCH

FLORENCE– Police officers made an arrest early Sunday morning after receiving a domestic violence call.
According to Florence police, at around 5:13 Sunday morning, officers responded to 745 Meridian Street Apartments, to a domestic call involving a knife.

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MUSCLE SHOALS CITY CLERK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

RICKY WILLIAMS

MUSCLE SHOALS– Muscle Shoals City Clerk Ricky Williams announced at the Monday night city council meeting that he will retire at the end of January 2022.

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JUDGE RULES FLORENCE INN & SUITES TO REMAIN CLOSED


FLORENCE — Citing the need for order and the protection of the citizenry, Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Gil Self denied a request for a preliminary injunction that would have reopened Florence Inn & Suites.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER DOUSING CONFEDERATE STATUE WITH PAINT

FLORENCE – Authorities took a man into custody Wednesday afternoon who they say slung paint on the Confederate monument in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR MUSCLE SHOALS CAR BURGLAR

JIMMY ROBERTS

MONTGOMERY – Parole was denied last week for a Muscle Shoals man convicted in Colbert County Circuit Court. According to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, 39-year-old, Jimmy Roberts formerly of Pilgrim Avenue in Muscle Shoals was denied parole for his criminal conviction on the charge of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.

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MUSCLE SHOALS CALLS SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS HIRING BRUSH HAULING CONTRACTOR

MUSCLE SHOALS– Muscle Shoals has called a special meeting of the city council for this Thursday to discuss hiring a third-party contractor to haul brush and debris to the landfill in Cherokee.

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New Ag Center prompts city to apply for funding to provide sewer system

Artistic rendering of the Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center

FLORENCE–With the construction of the new agricultural center in full swing, the city of Florence is searching for new ways to fund the $2.4 million sewer system needed to support the facility.

The city council voted unanimously to apply for a $1,672,895 grant from the Economic Development Administration under their Economic Adjustment Assistance Program with the agreement that the Lauderdale County Agricultural Center Authority would pay the remaining $716,955; comprising the needed 30% match. If the grant is approved, this project would require no financial investment from the city.

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Funds from the Relief Funds Act will benefit Tuscumbia Employees

TUSCUMBIA– Mayor Kerry Underwood says the City of Tuscumbia has been awarded $2 million in American Relief funds, and he and the council intend to pass benefits on to their employees in the form of a one time bonus. These funds are intended to be used to help cities boost their economies as they deploy efforts to recover from financial losses during the height of COVID-19.

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Mastercard Recognizes Bank Independent for Outstanding Community Service

FLORENCE–Community service and partnership have long been a passion of the Bank Independent brand. Their partnerships with local agencies have made it possible to continue strong initiatives that keep the area thriving while providing opportunities for the less fortunate to have a helping hand.
This year, Mastercard recognized Bank Independent as the winner of their “Doing Well by Doing Good” award. This award highlights a financial institution on a national level that has been sighted as using their assets in ways that strengthens charitable organizations and builds the community through service.

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Fire Prevention Week in the Shoals

Every year, firefighters in the shoals take an opportunity to alert the public to the dangers of fires and to teach the minor preventative measures that can be taken to lessen the severity of a fire should one occur. Life-saving tactics are taught and rehearsed, and information about home smoke detectors and other devices are relayed to help families feel safe yet capable.

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Pedestrian hit by vehicle

FLORENCE– A pedestrian on a mechanized scooter was struck Friday night in Downtown Florence.

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DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO STREAM MEETING ON YOUTUBE

The Fall Meeting of the Democratic National Committee will be held tomorrow, October 9th, at 10am CT. This meeting will be streamed for the public on the DNC’s YouTube page. You can watch the meeting HERE.

Speakers will include DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison, Governor Terry McAuliffe, President Biden, Governor Phil Murphy, and Congressman James Clyburn. 

Jury Convicts Decatur Man of Soliciting Videos and Webcam Shows of Filipina Children Being Sexually Assaulted

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A federal jury convicted a Morgan County man Tuesday for using internet applications to seek images, videos and live transmissions of the violent sexual abuse of Filipina children as young as five years old.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Benjamin Walter, 41, of Decatur, used two web service provider accounts, including messenger and webcam applications, to get women in the Philippines to sexually abuse their own children and relatives. Walter’s requests to these women, which spanned approximately three years, included directions to arrange for the gang rape of young children and to sexually assault several young children in other harmful ways. Walter sent the money to the Philippines for these videos, images and live transmissions via MoneyGram, Western Union and other money remitters in $25 to $50 increments. In addition to the live webcam shows, Walter also sent and received emails to which the senders attached images and videos of young children engaged in sex acts with adult men. This investigation was part of a joint FBI and Homeland Security Investigations operation that targeted the buyers and sellers of these types of webcam shows in the Philippines.

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20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

This week marks the 20th Anniversary of the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation. It was a day in your life where you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard of the attacks on the New York World Trade Center and Pentagon. It changed our world.

Like most people, I thought the first plane that flew into the towering Trade Center, was an accident. However, when the second plane hit you knew it was not pilot error. It was traumatic and terrifying. I asked several of our state leaders their memories of that fateful day. Allow me to share some of their experiences.

Today, only two members of our current congressional delegation were in Congress at the time: Senator Richard Shelby and Congressman Robert Aderholt. Our senior senator, Richard Shelby, was actually chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. He was immediately briefed by the CIA, however, amazingly, he was not placed in a protective bunker. He quietly sat in his office with his staff and watched the day unfold on television.

Congressman Robert Aderholt, who was a brand new 33-year old congressman recalls he and his wife, Caroline, were taking their daughter to her first day of school while all the 9/11 events were unfolding. That daughter, Mary Elliott, is now a senior at Auburn.

PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh had just left Washington and was back home in Alabama getting ready for a conference call. The call was cancelled, and she sat in shock all day.

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FORMER LIMESTONE SHERIFF SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON

ATHENS — Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former
Limestone County Sheriff Michael Anthony Blakely was sentenced recently to serve three years in jail.Blakely was found guilty by a jury in Limestone County Circuit Court on August 2 of two counts, one of theft and one of an ethics violation. After his two felony convictions, Blakely was removed from office as Limestone County Sheriff and taken into custody.

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AG Announces Ethics and Theft Convictions of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely

FORMER LIMESTONE SHERIFF MIKE BLAKELY

ATHENS —Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Limestone County Sheriff Michael Anthony Blakely was found guilty on theft and ethics charges after a Limestone County jury returned two guilty verdicts Monday afternoon. As a result of his two felony convictions, Blakely has been removed from office as Limestone County Sheriff and taken into custody.

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Inmate Indicted on Assault Charge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury today indicted an inmate on an assault charge, announced federal authorities.

A one-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Lemond Lawrence Burns, 22, of Alpine, with assault of a correctional officer resulting in bodily injury. Burns is accused of assaulting an on-duty corrections officer in the Morgan County Jail in April 2021.

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WOMAN DIES IN LAUDERDALE CRASH

KILLEN–A two-vehicle crash at approximately 2:50 p.m. Monday, July 26, has claimed the life of a Lawrenceburg, Tenn., woman and injured two others.
According to Troopers, Patricia Mashburn, 81, was killed when the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving struck a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado.

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LEIGH TIFFIN NAMED PRESIDENT OF TIFFIN MOTORHOMES

Red Bay, AL – The Tiffin Group, owner of luxury recreational vehicle manufacturers Tiffin Motorhomes and Vanleigh RV, announced today that Leigh Tiffin, grandson of founder Bob Tiffin, will assume the role of President of the Company on July 12, 2021.

“It was always important to me that the legacy of this company be protected and managed by someone who understands what we have built at Tiffin and by someone who is passionate about maintaining the great Tiffin brand. This was a big part of the reason why our partnership with THOR made so much sense to me, because THOR lets us run our company and make decisions like this that are in the long-term interest of our customers. Leigh is the right person for the job, and I could not be more excited about the future of the company under his direction,” stated founder Bob Tiffin, who will stay in his current role of Chief Executive Officer.

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