A group of people are working to try and keep the doors of a local hospital open. The Jacksonville Industrial Development Board met Tuesday evening to discuss options for preventing the closure of Regional Medical Center in Jacksonville. State Representative KL Brown says he spoke with St. Vincent’s Chief Executive Officer Jason Alexander about buying and using the hospital. Once the hospital closes, people in and around Jacksonville will have to travel at least to Anniston f
Cherokee County Coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton is recovering after suffering a heart attack earlier this week. According to a coroner’s office spokesperson, Deaton suffered a cardiac episode Tuesday after responding to a call near Pruett’s Fish Camp outside of Centre. Deaton was treated at Cherokee Medical Center and transferred to Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. At last check, Deaton’s condition was stable.
90% of the tornado debris in Jacksonville has been cleared but there is still work to be done. Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith says people affected by the March 19th tornado are encouraged to take any remaining debris to the curb as soon as possible. Smith says debris not put out by Thursday may not be picked up as quickly. Smith also says the city of Jacksonville has completed an application for financial assistance for disaster relief efforts with the federal government and
The US Small Business Administration announces it will approve more than one million dollars in low-interest disaster loans to those affected by the severe weather in Alabama on March 19th. The disaster declaration covers Calhoun, Cullman, and Etowah Counties, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. SBA disaster loans are an affordable way for businesses and residents to rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible. Businesses
A local church holds a musical fundraiser for a West Anniston medical clinic. The third annual BBQ and Bluegrass Benefit is set for this Saturday at The Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Anniston. The fun and tasty event is a benefit for the church's St. Michael's Clinic which is the sole provider of health care for the uninsured in West Anniston. BBQ and Bluegrass will get underway Saturday morning at 11:00 and will feature performances by Glen William's Foggy Hollow R
The state Attorney General announces an Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision to uphold the murder conviction of an Oneonta man. David Wooten was convicted last year for the 2014 machete murder of Bernie Clark in DeKalb County. Wooten admitted to killing Clark but said it was in self-defense. During the appeal, Wooten argued that he was entitled to a jury instruction on the stand-your-ground law because he was invited into Clark’s home, where the murder happened. Howeve
Two Centre residents are behind bars in connection to drug distribution. Cherokee County Investigators say the arrests of Alexander Brown and Melissa Jolly stem from two unrelated drug investigations. Both are charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The two are being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center.
Children of all ages are invited to the Houston Cole Library at JSU for some educational fun. Jacksonville State is hosting College for Kids. Children are welcome to experience art, history, music, science and mini-lectures from JSU professors. If your child attends at least five of the 20 lectures they will receive a JSU College for Kids diploma at the Graduation Party with Cocky at the end of July. JSU's Business and Social Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor Kim Wes
A new industry is making its way to northeast Alabama. Calcean Minerals and Materials, LLC. is investing $2.6 Million to relocate to Gadsden. The company specializes in a type of sand that is harvested in the Bahamas. It’s refined and used by glass, plastics, and agricultural industries. Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton says this will bring dozens of jobs to Gadsden. Guyton also says the development will have a long-term impact on the community with quality jobs. Calcean is curre
A grand jury indicts a Centre man for several sex crimes. Cherokee County Investigators arrested Douglas Goffaux on a multi-court grand jury indictment. Goffaux was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center for sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, sodomy, and sexual abuse. Law enforcement says the investigation stemmed from allegations of illegal activity from 2013 until this year. Goffaux was also arrested in April in connection to sodomy charges. He remains i