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  • A welding student at the Muscle Shoals Career Academy practices cutting a piece of metal during lab work. (WHNT - Carter Watkins)

    New Career Academy opens in Muscle Shoals

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – With the cut of a ribbon and a round of applause, the new multi-million dollar Muscle Shoals Career Academy officially opened its doors to students Friday. It’s been a long time vision of Gary Dan Williams, the Director of Career and Technical Education for the Muscle Shoals School System. “We want them to be able to be educated, we want to be able to draw business and industry here, so all students will have an […]

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    Florence police search for accused novel thief

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT / Shoals Area Crime Stoppers) – Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” While that may stand true, this man (pictured) may not be free for very much longer. Surveillance cameras caught this book worm concealing novels down his pants at Books-A-Million in Florence. Investigators say he walked into the store twice on October 2nd, and walked out with just under $300 worth of books. Florence police […]

  • Joshua Lynn Balentine (Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Man makes confession in Lauderdale County murder

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – According to sheriff’s investigators, a Lauderdale County man has confessed to the April 2014 murder of a crippled man inside his Anderson mobile home. Earlier this week, deputies were called to the Alcorn County Jail because an inmate there needed to get something off his chest. No stone has gone unturned in the murder case of 62-year-old Royce Varnell, who was found beaten to death on April 7th inside his county road 511 mobile home. Chief […]

  • Tuscumbia street department workers continue their on going efforts to clear tornado debris from the city. (WHNT - Carter Watkins)

    Tuscumbia leaders hope for help as cleanup costs rise

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – As cleanup efforts get underway in Colbert County from Monday night’s tornado, officials are keeping a close eye on costs. Tuscumbia is crunching numbers, hoping federal assistance will be available for their already tight budget. As professional crews start the process of removing trees off of homes along High Street in Tuscumbia, street department crews continue their work. Since Monday night’s EF1 tornado struck, city employees have worked with little rest. “Everybody has shifted into whatever […]

  • State DOT crews repair a traffic signal on Woodward Avenue in Muscle Shoals. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Muscle Shoals crews continue work to restore power after storms

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – In Colbert County, two cities received quite a bit of damage from Monday evenings storms which rushed through. Due to the path, emergency management officials believe the damage was the result of a tornado that struck in Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals. As the sun rose on Tuesday, the extent of damage in Muscle Shoals became evident.  Sheet metal scattered, power poles snapped, and power lines laying on the ground. Evidence left behind in just the […]

  • A large tree fell on this home at Fourth Street and High Street in downtown Tuscumbia on Monday, Oct. 13. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Tuscumbia couple rescued after massive tree falls on their home

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – By all accounts, this couple is lucky to be alive and virtually uninjured after a tree fell on top of their home Monday night. Tuesday afternoon, John and Fran Simpson went back to the home to evaluate the damage and speak with friends and neighbors. “The angels above are looking down,” stated storm victim Fran Simpson. As the Simpsons walked down the sidewalk next to their Fourth Street home, they counted their blessings. Between what was supposed to […]

  • A outdoor weather siren now sits ready to alert over the town of Rogersville. (WHNT - Carter Watkins)

    Rogersville now covered by an outdoor severe weather siren

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A rather unfamiliar sound may be wailing over the town of Rogersville if severe weather strikes. It’s been years since an outdoor weather siren has been operational in the town of 1,300, but that recently changed. Fifty feet above the ground and just outside the doors of Lauderdale County High School, a new outdoor weather warning siren sits on alert. Placed there two weeks ago, the siren is now a comfort to residents who have not […]

  • Charles Kyle Adcock is escorted by deputies to the Colbert County Courthouse for a bond hearing. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    Bond reduction denied in rape case against former Shoals youth minister

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Family members were called to the stand Thursday morning in an attempt to get bail reduced for Charles Kyle Adcock. Adcock faces more than two dozen charges of rape and sodomy, while employed as a youth minister in Muscle Shoals. Shackled and chained, 31-year-old Kyle Adcock was escorted to the Colbert County courthouse Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing and bond reduction hearing. Arrested in August, Adcock is accused of raping and sodomizing a fourteen year […]

  • State and local authorities continue to investigate a fatal hit and run on Alabama 20 in Waterloo.

    Fatal hit and run remains unsolved in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT / Shoals Area Crime Stoppers) – The investigation continues into the death of an elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle last Wednesday morning in Lauderdale County. According to law enforcement, the driver of the vehicle who struck the woman has still not been found. Alabama State Troopers say 71-year-old Wilma Darlene Carles was crossing Alabama 20 near the Tennessee state line when she was struck by an on-coming vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies say Carles likely […]

  • Brandon Heath Anaya (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff's Office)

    Man arrested in Colbert County woods; drove through 3 states to avoid capture

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Charges have been filed against a man accused of leading police in three states on a car chase Sunday, before wrecking his vehicle in Colbert County, bailing out and running into the woods. Brandon Heath Anaya, 25, was arrested late Monday evening.  He is charged with theft of property and criminal mischief. Mississippi and Tennessee authorities also have numerous charges on him, including reckless endangerment and aggravated assault on a police officer. According to Colbert […]

  • Percy Sledge meets with friends and on-lookers at the unveiling of a historic marker in Sheffield. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    Sledge and Ivy honored with historic marker in Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – He’s the voice behind one of the top five music singles ever released and member of the Music Hall of Fame. Percy Sledge was honored in Sheffield Tuesday with his very own historical marker, forever enshrining the location where the song was recorded. After 48 years, he still has the rock star status wherever he shows up. Sledge is a Leighton native who walked the streets of Sheffield one more time Tuesday afternoon to help unveil […]

  • L to R: Jamie Terry, Joshua Terry and Joseph Terry.  The brothers are charged with theft of property. (Photos: Leighton Police Dept.)

    Colbert County brothers charged with stealing farm equipment

    LEIGHTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Three Colbert County brothers have been arrested for a theft ring involving farm equipment. According to Leighton Police, 31-year-old Jamie Terry, 29-year-old Joshua Terry, and 27-year-old Joseph Terry have all been charged with theft of property. Investigators say the three were stealing tractor accessories, scrap metal, and other items from farms and selling them for scrap. Leighton Police ask if a farmer has had equipment stolen in the last couple of weeks to contact them, they […]


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