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I-Team: Pending Salvation Army Sale Impacts Montgomery Whitewater Project

This week marks one year since Montgomery’s Whitewater Project was announced.  The 120-acre outdoor complex will be centered around an Olympic standard whitewater rafting course.  You won’t see many changes at the project site off Maxwell Boulevard right now, but county leaders say the project is full steam ahead. Project Catalyst (Source: Montgomery County Commission) One component of the project…

Final Push for Votes in Prattville Mayoral Race

Municipal Elections are less than a week away.  Today we’re taking a closer look at the race for Mayor of Prattville and learning what the candidates are most focused on. Incumbent Mayor Bill Gillespie and Dean Argo are facing off in the race.   Gillespie is proud of his record as mayor since 2011, but says there is still room for…

State Leaders on Challenges Facing Schools

Staffing, supplies and stopping the spread of the Coronavirus…those are just a few of the many challenges schools are facing this year.   State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says the need for substitute teachers will cause problems for schools this year.  While the number of teachers retiring has not gone up from previous years, Dr. Mackey says they are still…

MPS Works to Fill Teacher Openings

There are hundreds of job openings posted on the Montgomery Public Schools website right now, with the first day of school less than a week away. 226 job openings were posted to Montgomery Public Schools’ website, as of Wednesday.  The positions vary from English and Science teacher…to Librarian and Athletic Director. “Most of our principals I think have the people…

Local Schools Implement Safety Protocols

We are approaching the start of school for students across our area, and many school districts are taking different approaches. Pike Road Elementary is hosting a summer camp this week that gives us a look at the protocols in place for a safe return to the classroom.  Pike Road is offering traditional in-person schooling, all virtual, or a blended model…

Former MPD Chief Reflects on Friendship with Congressman John Lewis

On the day the world says a final goodbye to Congressman John Lewis, the Chief Deputy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is remembering the special friendship he had with the late civil rights icon. In 2013, when Kevin Murphy was Montgomery’s Police Chief he formally apologized to Congressman John Lewis for MPD’s actions during the attack on the Freedom…

AEA Surveys Educators on COVID-19 Concerns

A new survey from the Alabama Education Association gives us a look at educators concerns about returning to the classroom this year. The AEA got close to 41,000 responses to the survey.  It covered many topics including reopening plans, masks, social distancing and buses.  Here are some of the results: 65% of those asked are very uncomfortable returning to school…

More Calls for Resignation of State Rep. Will Dismukes

There are more calls for the resignation of Republican State Representative Will Dismukes, after he posted on social media this weekend about attending a celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate General and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  The Alabama GOP released a statement condemning Dismukes’ actions Monday. Republican State Senator Clyde Chambliss takes it a step further…

Senators Propose Plan to Reopen Schools

Two state senators say the state’s “Roadmap to Reopening Schools” does not do enough to protect students and staff.  Tuesday, they took their plan for reopening schools to State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey and the State Board of Education. Senators Jim McClendon and Bobby Singleton presented the Safely Opening Schools Program.  The plan has three main components: -Building nursing stations…

ADPH Increases Contact Tracing Staff

The Alabama Department of Public Health is now increasing its contact tracing staff as more Coronavirus cases are confirmed everyday, but health officials say staffing isn’t the main challenge when it comes to contact tracing. On any given day, the Alabama Department of Public Health has more than 200 people working on contact tracing.  The department also now has contracts…