Your Wednesday Digest for West Alabama
1) A woman who got into a physical disagreement with another woman in this morning’s early hours at Temerson Square Entertainment District, downtown, received non-life-threatening wounds when she was shot.
The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit reports as one woman attempted to leave the area, the other woman pulled out a gun and fired into the victim’s car. Neither woman has been identified, both are Tuscaloosa County residents.
2) Diesel prices are climbing again and that could lead to overall higher prices for your Christmas shopping.
A gallon of diesel currently averages $4.99 in Alabama, up 34¢ per gallon from last month. Triple-A Alabama’s Clay Ingram told reporters diesel fuel supplies have tightened across the world because of the war in the Ukraine. "It is not a major difficulty but it is enough to raise our prices."
Unleaded gas prices are also up 12¢ over last month.
3) Lamar, Pickens, Sumter, Marengo, Greene, Perry and Hale Counties are listed by March of Dimes as Maternity Care Deserts. Bibb County is identified in the study as having low maternity care availability.
The 2020 study released Tuesday shows maternity care decreasing in the south. A county was classified as a maternity care desert if there were no hospitals providing obstetric care, no birth centers, no OB/GYN and no certified nurse midwives.
4) One of the proposed amendments on next week’s election ballot would require the Public Service Commission to regulate the privately owned Tannehill Sewer Company.
Amendment 9 was prompted by complaints about unusually high rates and four rate hikes in three years.
Lakeview Mayor Dr. Adrian Dudley told news partner ABC33/40 the problem has been ongoing since 2017."The amendment would not only regulate rates but would also assure the system is operated properly."
The amendment will also apply to a private sewer company in Shelby County.
5) It is “Thank Alabama Teachers Month”. A time to recognize the hard-working, often underpaid and stressed teachers of our state.
Governor Kay Ivey, herself a former teacher, joined state education leaders in offering their praise to those who directly impact the future of our state. "I know that I would not be where I am if it were not for the teachers I had along the way."
Courtesy of Nick’s Kids, one lucky teacher can win tickets to the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26.
Terry Saban, also a former educator, said, "It doesn't matter whether they are an Alabama or an Auburn fan. It is important to say thank you to our teachers."
You can go to weteachalabama.com/thank-teachers to nominate a teacher.