That’s Governor Robert Bentley this morning calling for a special session of the Alabama Legislature to begin next month. Thanks for joining us. I’m Carl Brady. The governor announced this morning that he will call the Legislature into special session beginning on August 15th to consider the lottery proposal he made earlier this week. That means the statewide lottery vote could be held at the same time as this November’s presidential election. When he first suggested the lott
The Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce is celebrating a recent membership drive that exceeded expectations. Chamber President Heather Brothers New says the drive was called the "Belong" campaign, and it began with a goal of bringing in 75 new chamber members through volunteer recruitment. When the campaign ended last month, Ms. New says, the chamber had added 83 new members. Ms. New says the leadership of the Chamber is working with local officials to promote business develop
A major marijuana find in rural Cherokee County has led to the destruction of a large number of plants. Sheriff’s investigators seized those plants from a wooded area along County Road 6 in the Gnatville area last week. Sheriff Jeff Shaver says his deputies had help from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Aviation Unit. Approximately 60 to 70 plants were seized and destroyed, according to Chief Investigator Josh Summerford.
Two Piedmont residents were arrested in the Cherokee County community of Forney on Monday and charged with criminal trespassing. Sheriff Jeff Shaver says an alert neighbor saw the pair and called law enforcement immediately. Shaver identifies the suspects as 44-year-old Amanda L. Livingston and 39-year-old Shane L. Shell. In addition to the trespassing charge, Livingston has also been charged with third-degree burglary. Shaver says no property was stolen thanks to the alert c
The 2016 Black Creek 4-H Archery Invitational Tournament got underway at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden today. It’s the first time the park has hosted this event, which brings in young archers from around north and central Alabama. Those archers will be competing in several different events at the park’s practice fields. One of the youth taking part is 15-year-old Dalton Maddox, who serves as the 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador for Alabama. This unique competition has some sp
Gadsden police say they are looking into a shooting incident Thursday night involving a beer purchase. A 22-year-old Glencoe man told police he stopped at a local convenience store Thursday night to buy some beer, but the clerk wouldn’t sell it to him because he did not have proper identification. He said he approached a woman in the parking lot and asked her to buy the beer for him, which she did. However, instead of giving him the beer she got into a van and left. The Glenc
alladega County Media Day There are only three more Fridays until we’re playing high school football in Alabama and schools around the state are gearing up for practices next Monday. A growing trend around high school ball is getting the county schools together for Media Day. TV24 Sports was at the Talladega Superspeedway for Talladega County Media Day on Friday. Ten teams in all made the rounds all with different storylines heading into 2016. Schools in today’s session inclu
That’s civil rights attorney Eric Hutchins, leading a group of about 100 protesters this afternoon in front of Gadsden Municipal Court. The protesters say they are upset with the way Gadsden Municipal Judge Tom King operates his court. Among their complaints are the judge’s requirement that only people on the docket are allowed in the courtroom, and the manner in which he addresses defendants during their cases. Hutchins says federal lawsuits have already been filed in connec
Regions Bank announced late this afternoon that it will be closing its branch on Rainbow Drive in Rainbow City this fall. The branch is one of 63 that will shut down on October 23 as part of a cost-cutting move by the bank. Regions officials say they considered traffic, volume, location of other branches and profitability in deciding which branches should be closed.
A Riverside man who was found guilty last week of extortion through the use of phony legal documents has now been re-arrested on charges stemming from his behavior during his trial. Oxford police went to the home of Everett Leon Stout on Tuesday and arrested him on charges of perjury and threatening local officials with fake legal documents. Stout’s bond on the new charges has been set at $400,000 in cash by Calhoun County Circuit Judge Debra Jones. Jones presided over Stout’