Rise to the moment of truth Monday, September 26, 2022

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MISSING PERSON ALERT: Freida Weisheit Stidham

Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 69-year-old Freida Weisheit Stidham, who, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), may be living with a condition that can impair her judgment.

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Bestselling author Don Keith gives advice to writers on This Alabama Life

“Writing is sometimes like running through the mall naked,” said bestselling author Don Keith. “You literally have to expose your innermost feelings at times to get that message across.”

Deputy Gordon Williams and Corey Weston Photo from St Clair County Sheriffs Office Facebook page
St. Clair County man reunites with deputy who helped save his life

Corey Weston lost his leg on March 14 in a tragic accident while setting fence posts on his land in St. Clair County. On June 28, he finally got to thank the deputy who applied the tourniquet and helped get him airlifted to the hospital. 

Chef Benard Tamburello who is co founder and co leader of Cooking with Culture with Simply Southern TV reporter Melissa Bowman Photo from Mary Wilson
Popular Hoover cooking class to appear on Simply Southern TV

Cooking with Culture, co-founded and led by Chef Benard Tamburello and Giuliana Russo-Skinner, is an Italian cooking class where students learn to prepare authentic Italian meals. Students also learn the history of each dish. 

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Things to do in Alabama to celebrate Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a time to commemorate the ratification of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in 1776 and the sacrifices of those who fought for American Independence. Over the years, Independence Day has developed a strong tradition of summer celebrations from barbeques to apple pie to fireworks. 

Police siren lights by Erica Thomas
New Mobile Police Operation Echo Stop seeks to clean up the streets, arrests 44 gang members since conception

The Mobile Police Department (MPD) has launched a new program in response to the epidemic of violence that has scourged the city. 

Pre-K. Photo from BBC Creative.
Auburn University providing new accelerated degree to help fill state-funded Pre-K classrooms

A new online accelerated degree program for Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences will begin this fall and is intended to produce teachers for Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program.

Austin Patrick Hall from Eufaula Alabama Police Department Facebook
BREAKING: Two deputies shot, Blue Alert issued

ALEA has issued a Blue Alert to notify the public of Austin Patrick Hall. They have deemed the safety risk “extreme.”

Randall Woodfin from Will Blakely
Birmingham Mayor and other officials address safety before World Games 2022

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin came to the Medical Forum Building at the BJCC on Tuesday to address safety during the upcoming World Games 2022.

Photo from the Gulf Sea Grant Website
Catchin' Cash: Reward offered for certain fish in gulf

Greater amberjack recreation fishing season will reopen later this year in the Gulf of Mexico. This year, fishermen will have an opportunity to win $250 if they catch one of these saltwater fish.  

Protesters from Will Blakely
Protesters rally outside of Regions Center in Birmingham, decry prison construction financing

Activists congregated outside the Regions Center in Birmingham on Monday morning to protest the new $725 million bond sale, which will help finance the state of Alabama’s two new mega prisons.

Wind Creek State Park from Alapark
Get outside: Where to camp in Alabama this summer

Tuesday was the first day of summer, and Alabama state parks are welcoming campers onto their premises to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Law enforcement looking for escaped inmate who stole ambulance; also investigating deputy

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is looking for an inmate who escaped Wednesday after stealing an ambulance. They are also investigating the deputy who was with him at the time.

From Quinten de Graaf
FDA bans Juuls, gas station managers do not expect financial impact

Federal health officials on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the U.S. market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping.

Gatorade Players of the Year Isabel Smith and Jack Heaps from Mountain Brook High School website
Mountain Brook students receive Gatorade Alabama Soccer Players of the Year awards

Every year, Gatorade awards the best male and female soccer players in each state. This year, both of Alabama’s awards went to students at Mountain Brook High School.

Louis from Encyclopedia of Alabama
85 years ago today: Alabama-born boxing legend Joe Louis became heavyweight champion

Today is the 85th anniversary of Chambers County native Joe Louis’s victory over James Braddock, which won him the heavyweight boxing title in 1937.

Helen Keller fest from fest website
44th annual Helen Keller Festival to be held in Tuscumbia this week

This year’s Helen Keller Festival will begin on Thursday evening in downtown Tuscumbia.

Church Van from Church of God of Prophecy from Cephus Prophitt
“This ain’t no way to go”: gasoline stolen out of church van, pastor responds

“They lost, and we did too,” said Cephus Prophitt, senior pastor at Church of God of Prophecy in Pinson.

Western Sizzlin Logo from Western Sizzlin Oxford Facebook
VIDEO: Mouse caught on camera at Oxford restaurant

A Facebook post made Sunday showed a mouse nibbling on produce at a buffet in Oxford.

Tim Dugger from Tim Dugger
ALABAMA MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Tim Dugger

Alabama native and die-hard NASCAR fan Tim Dugger will be playing at the Grand Ole Opry for the second time later this month.

Amtrak train photo by Associated Press
Amtrak crash in Birmingham leaves one man dead

A Thursday evening crash in Birmingham left one man dead after an Amtrack train collided with his car.

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Man involved in deadly Bramblett crash arrested, accused of possessing child porn

The man involved in the 2019 crash, which took the lives of famous Auburn sports announcer Rod Bramblett and his wife, Paula, was charged with possession of child pornography Thursday.

Patterson 2 by Will Blakely
This day in history: Albert Patterson shot in Phenix City

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the assassination of Albert Love Patterson, the Phenix City lawyer and Democratic candidate for Attorney General who vowed to root out crime and vice in East Alabama.

Police siren lights by Erica Thomas
POLICE: Woman leads officers on high-speed chase, two young children in car

A woman led police in North Alabama on a high-speed chase late Monday night. Police said two young children were in the car with her.

Adams Evans by Caleb Chancey chef
Birmingham Chef Adam Evans named best chef in the South

Muscle Shoals native and Birmingham chef Adam Evans was dubbed Best Chef: South this year by the James Beard Foundation at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

From ALEA Facebook Page
State trooper hospitalized after I-59 crash

A two-vehicle crash on I-59 near Springville in St. Clair County ended with one on-duty Alabama Law Enforcement (ALEA) trooper and a civilian motorist in the hospital.

Zamora Shrine by Will Blakely
City of Irondale moves to buy Zamora Shrine for $5 million

An unusual 105-acre plot of land could soon become the property of the City of Irondale.

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