Author: Jerome Jones

River Region Prepares for Hurricane Sally

Sally was upgraded to a hurricane at midday on Monday. The storm is expected to make landfall sometime Tuesday and then make a hard turn east, bringing tropical weather to our area. Heavy rains and strong wind gust will follow the system. EMA officials are warning residents in low lying areas to be aware of flash flooding potential. Soaking rains…

EPA Removes Downtown Montgomery From Proposed Superfund Priority List

Parts of downtown Montgomery were added to the list almost two decades ago.

The Environmental Protection Agency has removed roughly 50 blocks in downtown Montgomery from its proposed superfund priority list. The area is called the Capitol City Plume. See the area in this map. A designation on the EPA National  Priority list means a site has  known releases or threatens releases of hazardous materials and/or pollutants. Parts of downtown Montgomery were added to…

Montgomery County School Board Holds Budget Hearings for 2021 Fiscal Year

On Tuesday the Montgomery County School Board held one of two budget hearings. The 2021 fiscal year for MPS begins on October 1, 2020. The board has until September 16th to approve the budget and submit it to the State Board of Education. Despite previous financial issues, the Montgomery County School system has met all of the Alabama State Board…

Payroll Tax Deferment: What You Need to Know

The payroll tax deferment “holiday” is meant to put more money into the pockets of Americans, but experts warn it may not be help many people are looking for. On Tuesday September 1st, President Trumps Executive Order to defer payroll taxes went into effect. So, what does this mean for the average persons paycheck? The payroll deferment only applies to…

Alabama State University Students Move into Dorms

The university is going to great lengths to try and keep students, faculty, and staff safe.

To view the Alabama State University re-opening guide, click here. Alabama State University students have been moving into residence halls on an appointment only basis. This model helps keep large numbers of students from congregating while moving in, thus decreasing exposure risk. ASU is also requiring mask to be worn on campus and in classrooms. “We’re a mask mandatory campus, and…

Montgomery Is On Pace for Deadliest Year in Decades

Montgomery now has 41 murders and is on pace to have one of its deadliest years to date. The uptick in violent crime and murders has many residents concerned and even afraid. Police Chief Ernest Finley says the department is working hard to control what they can when it comes to violent crime, but officers cannot be everywhere at all…

Montgomery Leaders Urge Residents to Support School Referendum

Montgomery County area leaders today said it’s time to invest more than the bare minimum in Montgomery Public Schools. On Wednesday officials announced the formation of a community-wide campaign to raise awareness of the upcoming school funding referendum. MPS Superintendent Ann Roy Moore and MPS School Board President Clare Weil alongside Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean, Montgomery Mayor Steven…

Dr. Don Williamson Describes What Alabama Hospitals Face During COVID-19 Pandemic

Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson, who is a former State Health Officer, took time for a one-on-one interview with Alabama News Network to describe the situation hospitals face during the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked him about the hospitals in Montgomery, as Montgomery County has taken the lead in the number of cases in Alabama. “Our hospitals have now…

Pistol Permit Sales Skyrocket

According to officials at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, everyday they are seeing long lines of people applying for pistol license. Local gun stores also confirm that gun and ammunition sales have greatly increased. Officials attribute the rise in sales to civil unrest and fear. “It’s just a whole different world that that we’re living in right now and its…