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  • 050515 LD Music Triangle 6pm PKG

    Shoals placed on the ‘Golden Road’ for music tourism

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Northwest Alabama has joined a regional tourism effort to promote the southeast as the number one music destination in the world. During a star-studded event Tuesday morning, the Americana Music Triangle was introduced to the Shoals. By now everyone knows the about the gritty, soulful sound which has come out of the Shoals area since the late 50’s and 60’s. It’s a heritage which stayed pretty quiet until the recent years, and now it’s a stop […]

  • Jerome Uding (Photo: Lauderdale County Detention Center)

    Convicted sex offender charged in new crime involving mentally handicapped woman in Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A convicted sex offender has been arrested in Lauderdale County for allegedly sodomizing a mentally handicapped female. Jerome Uding, 50, is charged with strong-arming a woman into sodomy and sexual abuse.  Investigators say the alleged incident took place this past weekend at Uding’s home on Alabama 20 in Florence. Uding was convicted in 1995 for sodomizing two girls under the age of 7 and released in 2010. He remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

  • Teams use a recovery barge to pull helicopter wreckage from the Tennessee River near Colbert Ferry Park. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    NTSB releases preliminary report on Colbert County helicopter crash

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary findings for the crash of a Haverfield Aviation helicopter. It happened in Cherokee last month. The report says the helicopter, which was recovered from the Tennessee River, was flying in dense fog when it went down. Abraham Bronn, 55, died in the crash. He was the only person on the aircraft at the time. Investigators say the helicopter controls were consistent with normal flight conditions and had […]

  • Phil Campbell Water Works Superintendent Darren Steward closely monitors the water system while dealing with the "turnover" fall out. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    Lake “turnover” causing smelly water problems for people in Phil Campbell

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a natural phenomenon which has an entire Franklin County community in an uproar right now.  Mother Nature has turned crystal clear drinking water into a cloudy, stinky, undrinkable mess. At Mrs. D’s restaurant in Phil Campbell, folks not only come in for a hot meal, they come for a cold beverage, too.  But the demand came to a halt when customers started noticing a different taste. “I’ve had a whole lot of people tell […]

  • An actor is transported to an ambulance during a mock DUI wreck at Central High School in Florence. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    Central High School students scared straight with mock fatal wreck

    CENTRAL HEIGHTS, Ala. (WHNT) – With prom season upon us and high school graduations just around the corner, first responders have entered schools with a strong message: Don’t drink and drive. Fire fighters with the Jaws of Life, a medical helicopter, and a coroner all descended on a mock wreck scene Friday morning at Central High School.  Sadly, it’s a reality emergency responders see all too often. Fortunately this is a mock wreck, meant to show students at what a […]

  • 043015 LD Singletons Closing WEB PIC

    Florence barbecue restaurant, Singleton’s, closes its doors after 58 years of service

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The staff of Singleton’s, an iconic restaurant in the Shoals will be cleaning up and locking the doors for the final time tonight. Most people outside of the Shoals know Rick Singleton as a no non-sense police chief and now Sheriff of Lauderdale County.  Folks here also know Singleton for his work in the kitchen. “I don’t care for the golf, it stresses me out,” Singleton explained. “Cooking, that’s relaxing for me. So it’s been a good stress […]

  • Tiffany King, left, and Lindsey Scott, right, are charged with exposing their unborn babies to drugs. (Photos: Lauderdale County Detention Center)

    Two Shoals women charged with exposing children to narcotics

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two Lauderdale County women, both in the community corrections program, have been rearrested. According to Florence Police, 27-year-old Tiffany King and 29-year-old Lindsey Scott both face charges of exposing children to narcotics.  Investigators say both women are pregnant and both failed mandatory community corrections drug tests. According to reports, King is 14 weeks pregnant and opiates were found in her sample.  Police say Scott is 7 months pregnant and meth was found to be in her […]

  • 042815 LD St Florian Red Light 6pm PKG

    Lauderdale County town to get some much needed traffic control

    ST. FLORIAN, Ala. (WHNT) – For years one intersection in the Shoals has caused numerous headaches and collisions for a small town. A single stop sign is all that sits between drivers on County Road 30 and oncoming traffic on County Road 47 in St. Florian. Hands down it’s one of the most congested intersections in Lauderdale County. More than 12,000 vehicles travel through the intersection each day. “We work quite a few wrecks at this spot right here, and […]

  • PCHS librarian Sissy Moore goes through a box of donated books she just received from the Library of Congress. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    Phil Campbell High School library gets generous contributions during recovery efforts

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – Four years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed Phil Campbell High School, school leaders are still trying to recover from the devastation. A new school opened in September of last year, but it’s taking donations from other schools and organizations to fill the shelves in the library. Cardboard boxes line the walls of the Phil Campbell High School library. They’re filled with books donated by groups wanting to help replace thousands of books destroyed in 2011. […]

  • A concrete slab remains in Phil Campbell, four years after an EF-5 tornado blew a church off its foundation. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    4 years later, Phil Campbell still has a long road ahead

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – On April 27, 2011 an EF-5 tornado destroyed much of the small Franklin County town of Phil Campbell. Four years later, the clean-up has ceased and the volunteers are long gone, leaving the town trying to recover the best they can. In the center of town, a granite marker is etched with the names of 27 Phil Campbell residents who lost their lives that day. An afternoon no resident will ever forget. “It’s really sad, especially […]

  • 042215 FR Russellville Downtown Rehab 6pm PKG

    Russellville looks to rehab and energize downtown

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – City leaders want to re-energize downtown and they’ve taken the first steps in doing so. Boarded up windows and empty store fronts welcome visitors to downtown Russellville each and every day. Years of neglect by building owners has grabbed the attention of Mayor David Grissom. “Hopefully, looking back ten years from now, when you’re in this district you’ll see a huge difference,” Grissom explained. The city council and mayor have taken steps this week to change […]

  • 041515 LD New Middle School 6pm PKG

    Florence school leaders vote to build a new middle school

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Florence Board of Education has chosen to take on the first major school campus construction project in more than 30 years. Administrators say Florence Middle School is not only busting at the seams, it’s a security threat as well. For months now, school system leaders have been pouring over data and options about what to do with the middle school campus. Built in 1951 as Coffee High School, the school transformed into a middle school […]

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