It is Wednesday December 27, 2023. It is back to workday for many who had both Monday and Tuesday off for the Christmas holiday. For those of us who returned to the job yesterday, welcome back!

As we move through the week a system of cold weather will move in with highs only in the 50s and lows in the 20s and 30s. The area of expected snow flurries and snow showers forecasted yesterday for Tuscaloosa northward has now been scaled back to mainly areas of the Tennessee Valley in northeast Alabama.

The Forecast:

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 31. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind around 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 29.

New Years Eve Day: Sunny, with a high near 58.

New Years Eve: A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

New Years Day: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26.


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Topping the News:

The tasing of handcuffed Micah Washington in the Pickens County town of Reform by a female officer earlier this month has not only sparked protests but also legislation. State Senator Merika Coleman is proposing two versions of a bill, a civil version and a criminal version, that would prohibit officers from tasing someone who is restrained. The civil version would allow a judge to award restitution while the criminal version of the bill would allow prosecution of an officer.

Coleman points out that her legislation is not an attack on law enforcement but an effort to keep citizens who are already in custody safe.

The legislation has been prefiled for the legislature's regular session that begins in February.


 

Police in the Greene County City of Eutaw will hold a press briefing at 10:00 this morning to discuss a fatal shooting that occurred there on Christmas Day.

Eutaw PD reports that a male died of wounds suffered around 6:45pm Monday. The victim apparently knew the suspect who is in custody.


 

United Way of West Alabama is celebrating. They reached their 2023 campaign goal of more than $4.5 million. United Way funds 30 non-profit agencies in West Alabama. Campaign chair was Chris Gunter of Buffalo Rock Pepsi.


 

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Captain Kenneth Abrams and Lieutenant Jeff Judd are being congratulated for reaching a milestone in their law enforcement careers. Probate Judge Rob Robertson and Chief Deputy Loyd Baker presented them both with a 25-year service pin.


 

Firefighters were called to a residence on Boyd Road in Echola this morning. The call came in shortly before 7. Upon arrival they found the blaze was not significant. No injuries were reported.



 

In Sports:

The Alabama Football Team is in California preparing for Monday’s Rose Bowl. They flew out of Tuscaloosa National yesterday morning. The game matches the nation’s two winningest college football programs. Michigan has more that 1,000 wins while Alabama has recorded 965.

The line on the game has risen a tad. It opened with the Wolverines a 1.5-point favorite, but it has now risen slightly to 2-points.

The Crimson Tide is 3-2 all time against the Maze and Blue.


 

The first Southeastern Conference team will see action today as "Bowl Week" continues. Texas A&M will play Oklahoma State in the TaxAct Texas Bowl. The kicks off at 8:00 tonight on ESPN at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Undefeated FSU has a number of players who have opted out of the game against one loss Georgia.

The SEC is slated to play in nine bowl games this year.


 

The Georgia Bulldogs are expected to be without star tight end Brock Bowers and offensive tackle Amarius Mims against the Florida State Seminoles after neither player was spotted when Georgia arrived in South Florida on Tuesday evening to prepare for the Orange Bowl.


 

Have a wonderful Wednesday as 2023 counts down toward the new year.

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