It is Thursday, October 12, 2023, and the light rain from Wednesday is at an end. The less than a quarter inch in most places will have little effect on the drought but should settle the dust for a while.

As the sun-tropical system moving across the northern Gulf Coast moves eastward it will take the moisture with it. Other than a very small chance for scattered light rain tomorrow, the possibility for precipitation will be gone at least through next Wednesday.

On the bright side, weather should be great for the University of Alabama's homecoming pep rally and bonfire tomorrow night and parade and game Saturday morning.

The Forecast:

Today:  Cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

High School Football and Bama Homecoming Pep Rally Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind around 5 mph.

UA Homecoming Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

Remainder of the Weekend: Clear, highs in the mid 60s Sunday and lows in the mid 40s Sunday night.


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Topping the News:

Some Northport residents are voicing concern about the impact business growth in the city is and will have on traffic congestion. The planned car wash at the busy McFarland and Highway 69 is one example. Northport Council President Jeff Hogg reports the business interest is a result of Northport’s steady growth. Northport Mayor John Hinton recently the council the city’s population is approaching an estimated 30,000.


Carlee Russell’s attorneys are appealing her Hoover municipal court sentence of a year in jail for faking her kidnapping.  Attorney Emory Anthony is ok with $18,000 dollars in restitution ordered but believes the jail time for two misdemeanors is excessive. The case will now go to Jefferson County Circuit Court.


Isaiah Buggs was a defensive star for the Alabama Football Team and currently plays for the Detroit Lions. He also owns the King's Hookah Lounge on Greensboro Avenue and lives in Tuscaloosa.  He posted on Facebook yesterday that his white Corvette with black trim was stolen from his yard. He is offering a $5,000 reward.


 

Tuscaloosa's new crisis center for people in urgent need of mental health care is just a week away from accepting patients to a still-growing facility with a sharp focus on privacy, dignity and respect. The Hope Pointe Behavioral Health Crisis Care will host a ribbon-cutting next week at their home in the heart of Tuscaloosa at 1401 Greensboro Avenue. The is investing $7 million in developing crisis centers across Alabama.


 

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved $38 million in federal funding to help fight crime and make Alabama communities safer.

West Alabama Democrat Congresswoman Terri Sewell announced the funding is part of a nationwide push to prevent and reduce crime by providing federal resources to combat gun violence, sex trafficking, substance abuse, and violence against women and children.

Six awards go directly to organizations in Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County while five other award impact other West Alabama counties.



 

In Sports:

Isaiah Buggs was a defensive star for the Alabama Football Team and currently plays for the Detroit Lions. He also owns the King's Hookah Lounge on Greensboro Avenue and lives in Tuscaloosa.  He posted on Facebook yesterday that his white Corvette with black trim was stolen from his yard. He is offering a $5,000 reward.


 

The Atlanta Braves are one game away from doing what they usually do in the post-season – choke.  They gave up 6 homeruns last night in a 10-2 loss to Philadelphia a major league post-season record.


 

Have a terrific Thursday!

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