License pulled on physician who had clinic in Center Star

By srmg2019 | April 1, 2020

A physician who had a clinic in Center Star has had her license revoked and owes a $60,000 fine after an Alabama Board of Medical Examiners say she committed fraud and overprescribed controlled substances. The board’s order against Dr. Francene Aretha Gayle was issued in March and involves actions she took at the now-closed Advance…

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Update: Alabama reaches 1,106 coronavirus case

By srmg2019 | April 1, 2020

The state has 1,106 coronavirus cases, according to the Wednesday evening update from the Alabama Department of Public Health. The health department, which provides updates twice a day on cases, also stated there are 28 deaths reported to be linked to the virus, 17 of which have been confirmed. The total case number is a…

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UNA postpones spring commencement

By srmg2019 | April 1, 2020

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama’s Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies have been postponed to July 31 and Aug. 1 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and recommendations for social distancing. The ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. July 31 for graduates from the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of…

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Florence Utilities disconnection suspension, extended hours continue

By srmg2019 | March 31, 2020

FLORENCE – Florence Utilities has announced it will continue to suspend disconnections and late fees through April 15 and extend drive-thru hours. The department issued the following announcement: “In an effort to help customers who are currently impacted by the COVID-19, Florence Utilities will continue to suspend disconnections for non-payment of utility services and not…

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UNA remote-only classes continue through summer

By srmg2019 | March 31, 2020

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama announced this week it is extending its remote/online instructional environment throughout all of the Summer 2020 sessions. The change is due to the coronavirus pandemic. UNA presently is holding all spring semester classes online due to the disease. In the announcement, the university added, “in light of recent…

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Lauderdale County takes over Rogersville garbage collection

By srmg2019 | March 31, 2020

ROGERSVILLE – The Lauderdale County Solid Waste Department will start providing residential household garbage collection in Rogersville next week, Solid Waste Department Director Tom Smith said. The $14 monthly service starts Tuesday, which is the day Rogersville residents are accustomed to having household pickup, Smith said. Mayor Richard Herston said the county is replacing Waste…

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COVID-19 update: 12 cases in Lauderdale, 4 in Colbert, 3 in Franklin

By srmg2019 | March 30, 2020

Lauderdale County has 12 cases of coronavirus, Colbert County now has four and Franklin County has three, according to the latest update from the Alabama Department of Public Health. Overall, 923 cases have been reported in Alabama, according to the department. That includes six deaths, including one in Lauderdale County when Elgin resident Albert Trousdale…

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About 20 tents housing homeless at Veterans Park

By srmg2019 | March 30, 2020

FLORENCE — The local homeless population is allowed to shelter in tents at Veterans Park through April 9 since the closing of churches means Room in the Shoals cannot provide a place for them to stay, officials said. Churches are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic but the city of Florence agreed to a proposal…

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FreightCar America closes after worker gets COVID-19

By srmg2019 | March 29, 2020

CHEROKEE – FreightCar America has shut down its Cherokee plant until April 7 after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a company statement. Company officials said all workers at the railcar plant who were exposed to the employee has been contacted and FreightCar has initiated its health and safety protocol. Some…

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McFarland Park flooding continues

By srmg2019 | March 26, 2020

Flooding continues for the Tennessee River at Florence, which peaked at 22 feet Thursday and is expected to gradually decrease but remain above flood stage through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service office in Huntsville. The river exceeded its 18-foot flood stage Tuesday evening, weather service data indicates. A flood warning continues for…

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Weather service: Colbert tornado was an EF-1

By srmg2019 | March 26, 2020

The National Weather Service has rated Wednesday’s tornado that struck Colbert County as an EF-1. The weather service determined the tornado, which caused no injuries and limited damage, peaked at 100 mph and traveled mainly eastward for 8.16 miles from Mississippi into the southwest area of Colbert County. It started at 5:30 p.m. and continued…

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United Way creates local fund amid coronavirus outbreak

By srmg2019 | March 26, 2020

United Way of Northwest Alabama has established the Northwest Alabama COVID-19 Emergency Fund to assist with needs that result from the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said. Jennifer McNulty, CEO of the Northwest Alabama chapter, said United Way is establishing the fund since it oversees funding for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). “We are responsbile stewards…

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