Governor Kay Ivey announces Alabama’s unemployment rate is at a record low. As of October, the unemployment rate is down to 3.6 percent.This is down from September’s previous record tying rate of 3.8 percent. Ivey says the numbers show that Alabama currently has the fewest number of unemployed people in history. She also says she will persist in her efforts to put everyone who wants to work in a good paying job by recruiting high-wage, high-skill industries to Alabama.
Alabama’s overall high school graduation rate has dropped compared to the rest of the country. The graduation rate for the class of 2016 is 87.1 percent, which puts Alabama 16th in the country. This is a drop from 2015, when the state was ranked third. The graduation rate for the country, as a whole, for the class of 2016 hit a record high with 84.1 percent, increasing from 83.2 percent in 2015. The federal graduation rate is calculated as the percentage of students who gradu
Holiday stress can take an emotional toll on you and put your health at risk. The holiday season can be stressful with family visits, holiday parties, shopping for the perfect gift in massive crowds, and the traffic. When you stress out, you may stress eat. That’s because it’s harder for the body to regulate your appetite, and the holidays are known for its already high calorie packed foods. Psychologists and an emotional eating expert say our adrenal glands release cortisol,
Three men who put the lives of others above their own are honored and awarded for their bravery. On May 26th of this year, a fire started inside the common area at the Etowah County Detention Center. Deputy Sheriff Andy Reed, Hayden Clements, and Tyler Cline sprang into action without a second thought. The three men ran into the unit and began pulling out the inmates. For their efforts, Reed, Clements, and Cline were all awarded the Medal of Valor: the highest decoration for
A November armed robbery lands a Gadsden man behind bars. Gadsden Police Sergeant John Hallman says Marqualin Sumpter robbed a convenience store in the 1700 block of South 11th Street on November 22nd. Sumpter entered the store with a gun and demanded money. As he was leaving the store, he fired the gun, hitting a glass cooler-door. Police arrested Sumpter on Monday, December 4th, and charged him with Robbery and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Building. He is being he
The Oxford Police Department needs your help in two cases. Take a look at these surveillance videos. In this video, the person driving this SUV is wanted in connection to a theft that happened at a Samco gas station on Highway 78. In a separate case, the Oxford Police Department is looking for these four people, three women and a man. They are wanted for questioning about a theft that happened at the T.J. Maxx in the Oxford Exchange. If you have any information about either i
Governor Ivey announces a grant to help expand the state’s Pre-K through Third Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning program. Ivey says the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is awarding the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education with a 1.5 million dollar grant. Ivey says “Ensuring that our children receive a high-quality, early childhood education is a key component to my ‘Smart Start, Strong Finish’ initiative.” The Pre-K through Third Grade Integrated Approach to Early
The Toyota-Mazda decision will soon be made. Toyota and Mazda will choose between Alabama and North Carolina on where to build a new manufacturing plant. Toyota Chief Executive Jim Lentz says the final decision has not yet been made. The company will announce the site for the new 1.6 billion dollar plant in the first quarter of 2018. Toyota and Mazda say the plan is estimated to be operational by 2021 and employ about four-thousand people.
It’s the holiday season, but it’s also the beginning of flu season. It’s national influenza vaccination week and the Centers for Disease Control says getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu. December through February is the peak of flu season in the United States, but some seasons can last through May. The CDC recommends getting a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. They says those at the highest risk of catching the flu and developing s
A library creates something new out of old and unused books. The Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library held a Christmas Tree Book Art event today. People from all over used old books to create Christmas trees. People took 200 pages of the books and folded each page to create a tree and then decorated the top with a bell. Anniston local Donna LePrell says the trees make wonderful gifts. LePrell also says she and her grandmother have taken several different classes at the libr