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  • 080315 CO Direct to Paramedic 6pm PKG

    New pilot program will increase the number of paramedics statewide

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A pilot education program is being launched across the state this fall to increase the number of first responders. For years we’ve heard about the shortage of nurses, but now there’s a shortage of qualified paramedics who respond to emergency scenes. To help fill the increased need for paramedics, the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education partnered with select community colleges across the state to offer the “Direct to Paramedic” program. “They have to be trained […]

  • 073015 CO All Volunteer Army 6pm PKG

    Auditor calls Shoals volunteers into action to halt corruption and waste

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – An army is being gathered across the state of Alabama. Citizens are being asked to volunteer to be watch-dogs against government waste and abuse, and the request is coming from a state agency. In a noon gathering at the Tuscumbia Roundhouse, State Auditor Jim Zeigler assembled his troops. An “All-Volunteer Army” of retirees, students, and house wives needed to investigate government waste and abuse. Zeigler said with the state $200-million in the hole, the time is […]

  • 072915 LD Scope 310 Walk 5pm PKG

    Marchers descend on Shoals legislative office asking for more funding

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – An effort to bring adequate funding to mental health services took to the streets Wednesday morning. From the parking lot of the Lauderdale County Courthouse to the Alabama legislative office, dozens braved the hot temperatures Wednesday to have their voices heard. Organizers of the march say the lack of increased state funding is taking its toll on mental health services. SCOPE 310 Executive Director Arvy Dupuy believes if people understood what their individuals deal with on […]

  • 072315 Newberns Arson_LDSO

    Breaking: Lauderdale County deputies search for arson suspect

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – An early morning fire outside a famous eatery in Florence is being considered arson. Fire fighters with Mid-Lauderdale Volunteer Fire Department were called to Newbern’s Restaurant on Florence Boulevard just after 6 a.m. when a motorist spotted smoke coming from the back of the building. Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department said the fire appears to be intentionally set by someone. Surveillance cameras captured this image of a vehicle in the parking lot just before […]

  • 072115 LD ONeal Bridge 6pm PKG

    ALDOT takes to the airwaves to assist in major Shoals detour

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The warning signs have been up for a while asking truckers to steer clear of O’Neal Bridge in the Shoals. Major repair work has the bridge down to one lane in both directions and trucks can’t safely make it through. But somehow commercial truckers are failing to heed the warning. “Still some are attempting to cross the bridge,” stated Seth Burkett with the Alabama Department of Transportation. “We are trying to cut down on that […]

  • 072015 CO Sheffield Salvation Army Damaged 5pm PKG

    Salvation Army tries to recover after Sheffield tornado damages their store

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. – It’s been almost one week since a tornado tore through Colbert County, creating significant damage in its path. From the outside the Salvation Army Family Store in the Town Plaza Shopping Center in Sheffield looks fairly normal.  Inside, it’s a different story. The Salvation Army’s Patricia Clemmons responded to the store shortly after an EF1 tornado ripped pieces of the roof off the business. “The inside of our building at that point looked like we had actually […]

  • 071715 LD Scholar Dollar 630pm PKG

    Auction on Saturday to raise scholarship money for Shoals high school seniors

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Bidding paddles will be held up Saturday night to help put some Shoals students through college. Organizers of Shoals Scholar Dollars hope to make up a significant funding shortfall to keep more than 200 students in class. From a set of wall mounted candle holders which once hung in John Wayne’s home to a brand new truck, everything is for sale. Volunteers have spent months planning the project’s largest fundraiser.  The program allows graduating high school […]

  • 071415 LD Handy Festival 6pm PKG

    Renewed excitement surrounds 34th W.C. Handy Music Festival

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The W.C. Handy Music Festival starts this week, and music will soon fill the air across northwest Alabama.  There seems to be a new energy surrounding this year’s festival, which is its 34th. Steady streams of patrons have been filing into the festival headquarters on Tuscaloosa Street this week in Florence. They’re picking up the latest T-shirts and pamphlets for the festival, which officially kicks off Friday. “We’ve got 15 new events, 27 new venues, and […]

  • 071615 CO Tornado Classifications 5pm PKG

    Colbert EMA answers why no warnings were issued during Tuesday storm

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Two days after storms hammered Colbert County, the devastation is still evident. Emergency personnel in at first thought it was straight line winds which created widespread damage. Not until a tour by the National Weather Service was it realized a tornado swept through Sheffield and Tuscumbia. “Until you actually put it on a map with latitude-longitudes and saw that there was actually a path of this storm track,” explained Colbert County Emergency Management Director Mike Melton. […]

  • 071515 CO Storm Cleanup 5pm PKG

    Sheffield crews continue cleanup after Tuesday’s storms

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – There have been numerous storm damage reports in northwest Alabama from Tuesday’s front which swept through.  The city of Sheffield may have gotten the brunt of the storm with dozens of homes damaged and power lines down all over. Since Tuesday evening, the roar of chain saws could be heard throughout the city. Crews worked through the night to start clearing impassable roads. “They’ve been busting it since yesterday afternoon,” stated Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford. “I […]

  • 071315 LD Dispatcher Training 630pm PKG

    Florence dispatchers train for anything, including hostage negotiations

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a job which changes by the second, and they’re part of the public’s first line of defense when things go bad. 9-1-1 dispatchers may have one of the most stressful jobs around, and it takes constant training to deal with just about anything. Inside a darkened room in the basement of the Florence Police Department, dispatchers spend 12-hours behind their computer terminals waiting for the next call. “You never know what you are going to […]

  • Leon Tidwell (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff's Office)

    Search continues for Colbert County man one month after his disappearance

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been one month since a Muscle Shoals man vanished while on a walk in rural Colbert County. At the end of a dead end road a weathered missing person poster hangs from a metal pole.  The faded pictures of Leon Tidwell mark the area where he was last seen. Searchers spent days combing the waters of Bear Creek and the woods along Margerum Road with no luck. “We couldn’t find anything,” Colbert County Sheriff […]

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