Toyota investing $150 million on Alabama engine plant upgrades

June 21, 2013

HUNTSVILLE — Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. said today it is investing $150 million to boost machining capacity and the production of V-6 engine parts at its Alabama engine plant. “Toyota Alabama continues to play a key role in our efforts to build engines in the region for our loyal customers,” said Jim […]


Alabama’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.8%

June 21, 2013

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Alabama’s preliminary May unemployment rate is 6.8%, down from April’s rate of 6.9% and well below last year’s rate of 7.5%.  May’s rate represents 147,788 unemployed persons, compared to 150,401 last month and 161,848 in May of 2012.   The seasonally-adjusted employment numbers continue to show growth in Alabama’s […]


New! Tuscumbia Arrest Reports 06/07/13 – 06/14/13

June 21, 2013

TUSCUMBIA-New Booking Photos from Tuscumbia Police. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. Don’t judge. The Quad-Cities Daily publishes this public service.


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Boeing Alabama operations take aim at missile threats, help develop Mars rocket

June 21, 2013

HUNTSVILLE– Boeing Co.’s commercial jet business has racked up billion-dollar orders at the Paris Air Show this week. The company’s Alabama operations are concentrating on different tasks – making a rocket powerful enough to get man to Mars and defending against enemy missile threats. A lot has changed in the 51 years since NASA commissioned Boeing to help […]


3614 Jackson Highway, the deal is done

June 20, 2013

SHEFFIELD-The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation has made it happen.  They have acquired the historic 3614 Jackson Highway, the original Muscle Shoals  Sound Studios in Sheffield.   The building has seen some of the most iconic names in the music world from the Rolling Stones to Rod Stewart as well as Bob Dylan, Cher and many […]


Muscle Shoals High School grad heads to Annapolis

June 20, 2013

MUSCLE SHOALS – There’s nothing like it. Seeing years of hard work and sacrifice pay off. It gives one a great sense of accomplishment. Blake Copeland, recent graduate of Muscle Shoals High School, is beginning to experience how good life can be when you give it your all. His grandfather, Kenneth Copeland of Littleville, told […]


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Helen Keller Festival poised for biggest festival yet

June 20, 2013

TUSCUMBIA-It is that time of year again!  The Helen Keller Festival is next week and it will be jam packed with fun and interesting things to do.  Music, Parades, Crafts, Contests…lots of food and some very awesome music… Muscle Shoals style.  The fun starts on Tuesday, June 26 and will run non-stop until Sunday, June […]


Shoals Industrial Development Committee approves funds for 2 companies

June 20, 2013

FLORENCE – TheFreeDictionary.com defines, “GONER” like this: gon•er (ˈgɔ nər, ˈgɒn ər)  n. Informal. a person or thing that is dead, lost, or past recovery. Tarkett Alabama, Inc., located on County Road 30 in Florence has been having a tough time in recent years. It was almost a goner. Tarkett has been around in one name or the […]


Florence Police Blotter

June 20, 2013

06/10/13 – Theft of Property occurred at 2708 Hough Road in Florence, $3500 was stolen. – Burglary and Theft of Property occurred on the 100 Block of Button Avenue, a Playstation 3 worth $399, an Acer Laptop worth $1,300, a Gold nesklace worth $300, an SKS Rifle with Folding Composite stock and pistol grip (serial […]


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Summer brain drain? Tips to help children, teens learn all year

June 20, 2013

UAB NEWS – School’s out for summer, but that long break doesn’t have to mean holiday brain drain. Solutions are easily found for most families, if they know how and where to look, said Professor Lynn Kirkland, Ph.D., chair of theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. “Research shows us that […]


New! Franklin County Arrest Reports 06/10/13 – 06/16/13

June 20, 2013

RUSSELLVILLE-New Booking Photos from Franklin County Sheriff. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. Don’t judge. The Quad-Cities Daily publishes this public service.


Approval of 280-bed facility for RegionalCare Hospital Partners

June 19, 2013

MONTGOMERY – Regional Care was seeking to construct a hospital to replace Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, and the Certificate of Need Board had a unanimous vote this afternoon to allow a 280-bed hospital to be built in Florence. At the board meeting , Keller officials contested the number saying that 280 beds would put the […]


Alabama Accountability Act; Where do Shoals Area Schools Stand?

June 19, 2013

THE SHOALS – The Alabama Department of Education released a list of the 78 schools that are “failing” in regards to state standards. This list was an effort to inform parents of the possibility of sending their children to a private school, if the child/children attends one of these school, by the use of a state […]


Wayne Farm receives grant to hire and train farm workers

June 19, 2013

ALBERVILLE— Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $20,000 grant to help a Marshall County farming operation provide work skills training to 16 machine maintenance employees. The training for Wayne Farms is enabling the company to preserve existing jobs and create five new ones. The Albertville company will use the funds to train employees to troubleshoot and […]


UNA Summer Theatre brings Hank Williams to life in HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY

June 19, 2013

FLORENCE – “No matter how I struggle and strive,” Hank Williams once famously sang, “I’ll never get out of this world alive.” Widely considered country music’s most tragic and towering talent – along with one of the most deeply influential artists in the annals of American roots music – Williams died of heart failure in […]


New! Helen Keller Hospital Births 06/09/13 – 06/13 /13

June 19, 2013

THE SHOALS – The latest cohort of babies born at Helen Keller Hosptial is published in The Quad-Cities Daily. We hope you find your family and friends’ loved little ones.


SCA and Wise Alloy Sponosr Recycling Bags for SSWA Recycling

June 19, 2013

TUSCUMBIA–  Canvas, reusable recycling bags have been purchased thanks to the sponsorship of SCA and Wise Alloy.  SSWA Recycling has over 1300 bags that we are now giving away to the community.  These bags are made available to individuals who want to come to our center at 721 HWY 43 S in Tuscumbia to request […]


Governor Bentley wraps up successful two days at Paris Air Show, work continues

June 19, 2013

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley is traveling back to Alabama today after two long days of back-to-back meetings at the Paris Air Show. The Governor held meetings with 24 aerospace industry companies in Paris and leaves with new relationships and several leads on potential aerospace projects and expansions for the state. “The most important thing we’re […]


Film Festival Hunts Huston’s TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

June 19, 2013

The free film series The Screening Room: Classics, Crowd-Pleasers, Cult Favorites and Neglected Gems continues this week with special showings of two cherished Hollywood classics at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Ave., Florence, Alabama. Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Oscar winner Walter Huston star in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) at […]


New! Florence/Lauderdale Arrest Reports 06/04/13 – 06/11/13 Part II

June 19, 2013

FLORENCE-New Booking Photos from Florence/Lauderdale. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. Don’t judge. The Quad-Cities Daily publishes this public service.


Futuristic Raytheon Alabama factory makes missiles with robots

June 19, 2013

HUNTSVILLE – In the futuristic Raytheon Alabama factory, robotic vehicles glide silently across gleaming plant floors, transporting nose cones and other missile parts to the precise spots where they are needed for assembly. The $75 million Raytheon Redstone Missile Integration Facility in Huntsville, however, is not simply a marvel of technological design. The 70,000-square-foot facility — one […]


Lasers to be used at GE Aviation plant in Auburn – VIDEO

June 18, 2013

AUBURN — A new GE Aviation plant in Auburn will use Star Wars-like laser technology to help the industry giant produce critical jet engine components at a time when global demand for aircraft is projected to surge. Inside the GE Aviation plant in Auburn, workers use powerful lasers to drill miniscule cooling holes in jet engine blades made from […]


78 failing schools identified in Alabama – Any Shoals Schools in here? Here is the list.

June 18, 2013

MONTGOMERY -A total of 78 schools across Alabama have been identified as failing according to standards set by the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013. The newly-passed Accountability Act allows students at failing schools to transfer to a better performing public school or get tax credits to transfer to a private school. Poor schools and middle schools […]


Florence-Lauderdale Public Library presents “Escaping Viet Nam: H’Yoanh”s Story”

June 18, 2013

FLORENCE-Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will present another installment of Book Talk and Signing with Escaping Viet Nam:  H’Yoanh’s Story by Harriet Hill and H’Yoanh Buonya on Sunday, June 30th at 2:00 pm. This story tells  of how H’Yoanh, at age 16, fled from persecution by the North Vietnamese Army/Viet Cong. A naturalized U.S. citizen, H’Yoanh Ksor Buonya was a Montagnard […]