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  • Kristen Chambers Henderson, Clayton Chambers, Eli Sokolowski and Jean Smallwood died in a fire on St. Clair Lane on August 4.  Henderson was nine months pregnant. (Photos: Gofundme)

    Funeral arrangements announced for family killed in Madison County fire

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Family members have announced the funeral arrangements for four family members whose bodies were found after a fire last week. One of those victims was nine months pregnant. Authorities found the bodies of Carol Jean Smallwood, Kristen Chambers Henderson, her 8-year-old Clayton Chambers and 1-year-old nephew Eli Sokolowski inside a home on St. Clair Lane after firefighters put out the fire that destroyed the home.  Kristen was weeks away from giving birth. The funerals for all the […]

  • A Huntsville man died after his motorcycle left the road and flipped over

    State troopers identify person killed in Thursday night wreck

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – State Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency say a single-vehicle crash killed a Huntsville man Thursday night. The wreck happened on Pine Grove Road near the intersection of Nick Davis Road. Investigators say Shaun Anthony Miller, 31, was driving a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle when it left the road and overturned. Emergency Responders took Miller to Huntsville Hospital in Madison where he later died from his injuries. Troopers have not released any other information about the […]

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    Raising of Old Glory in Havana expected to help heal old wounds

    HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) — On Friday, the American flag will once again fly over the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, the most potent symbol of the shift in relations between two countries that throughout the Cold War bristled with open hostility toward one another. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Havana for fewer than 12 hours to officiate the reopening of the embassy that was closed in 1961 when the Eisenhower administration severed diplomatic ties with the government of […]

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    Former corrections officer in Wayne County, Tn arrested, accused of engaging in sexual contact with an inmate

    WAYNE COUNTY, Tenn. – A former corrections officer for the Wayne County Jail has been indicted on one county of Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure. The investigation started in December of last year. An inmate spurred the investigation after, she says, Christopher Glenn Springer of Loretto called her out of her cell and engaged in sexual contact with her. The victim reported the incident to a supervisor that day, which ultimately led to the investigation by the Tennessee Bureau […]

  • Talisha McCann (Image: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

    Russellville woman arrested, police say she tried to break into the jail

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. – A Russellville woman now faces a number of charges after investigators say she tried to break into the jail. They believe she was trying to smuggle items in. Talisha McCann, 42, is charged with Possession of Burglar Tools, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Promoting Prison Contraband and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver says she tried to sneak in through a back fence with pain pills, two freezer bags of tobacco and a […]

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    Committee of 100 hopes to help train future politicians

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Committee of 100 is holding a Political Training Institute. Candidates, potential candidates, campaign staffers and others interested in the political process are all invited to attend. Training includes campaign information for city, county and state legislative offices. The cost is $125, which includes four lunch sessions from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. The schedule is as followed: Thursday, September 3 Qualifying, Fundraising & Grassroots Paul Finley, Paul Finley Consulting Thursday, September […]

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    Cabela’s announces opening date for Huntsville store

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Cabela’s plans to hold its official grand opening of its Huntsville store on Wednesday, September 30. Organizers have a “unique” ribbon-cutting planned for the event. Cabela’s executives and community leaders will gather for the ceremony that begins at 9:45 a.m. It will conclude with a ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. The store officially opens for business at 10:00 a.m. There will be a week-long celebration with special […]

  • Early J.R.R. Tolkien work to be published

    Early J.R.R. Tolkien work to be published

    (CNN) — An unfinished manuscript that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth will be published in late August in the United Kingdom and late October in the United States, according to reports. Tolkien, whose beloved books were turned into the multibillion-dollar “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movie trilogies, was a student of English at Oxford University’s Exeter College in 1914 when he started writing “The Story of Kullervo.” Tolkien based “The Story of Kullervo” on a character in the Finnish poem […]

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    SMD Symposium: Help for job seekers, interesting displays

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Space and Missile Defense Symposium continues today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The American Freedom Foundation is holding hiring and training workshops today, Wednesday, for active-duty members looking to transition, veterans and spouses. Those events are in the East Hall of the VBC. Attendees need to have resumes in hand, and be prepared to network. You’ll have the chance to talk with employers, submit qualifications and participate in job interviews. Workshops scheduled for today […]

  • Former Green Mountain Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Varnedoe.

    Volunteer firefighters in southern Madison County retire after 50 years of service

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A man and wife who served as a volunteer firefighters at Green Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years are retiring. W.W. (Bill) Varnedoe served as chief of the department for 30 years and as Senior Safety Officer for the last 20. Louise Varnedoe served at the department alongside him. He says the best part about reflecting on their 50 years is knowing “We could do it together. There’s two of us.” He is credited for being […]

  • SMD Symposium 2014

    A sneak peek at the 2015 Space & Missile Defense Symposium

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Space & Missile Defense Symposium gets underway at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Tuesday. The event will be held Tuesday through Thursday in the South Hall of the VBC. This morning gets started with a Continental Breakfast, and a welcome by LTG David Mann, who is the Commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. You can find the full agenda here. Organizers of the event shared a look at some of the […]

  • Hearing scheduled for man accused of burning children with scalding water

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – One of the two arrested for aggravated child abuse in Limestone County back in June. Derrick Defoe, 29, is scheduled for a hearing at 1:00 this afternoon. He and his partner, 22-year-old Amanda Reyer, are accused of using scalding water as a discipline tool. Their 2-year-old child is in Shriner’s Hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns for continued treatment. And a five-year-old was treated at the UAB Burn Center. A family member has been taking […]


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