Country music star Taylor Swift has made another donation to Tuscaloosa-area storm recovery. The Tuscaloosa City Schools announced Thursday that Swift is donating $150,000 to the school system. TCS spokesperson Lesley Bruinton said the money will help the three schools impacted by the April 27 tornado.
Swift's first donation to Tuscaloosa County happened earlier this year. She gave $250,000 to Nick's Kids to help rebuild homes through Habitat for Humanity.
Former high school football coach Dwight Bowling is asking a federal court to appoint him a new attorney to appeal his sentence on charges of witness tampering and two counts of enticement of a minor. Bowling pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced on Aug. 16 to 25 years in prison. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss., Bowling's attorney, Christy McCoy, says her client is indigent and will need a court appointed counsel. She says it's in Bowling's best interest to have a "new set of eyes" to review the case and all appealable issues. ...Read more
Football coaches Nick Saban and Gene Chizik are joining forces to serve as spokesmen for Project Rebound, a state mental health effort that provides counseling and other services to those still dealing with the effects of the April 27 tornado outbreak. Public service announcements featuring the coaches will begin airing this week. ...Read more
Authorities say a federal grand jury has indicted a Tuscaloosa teenager on charges connected to the March armed robbery of a Tuscaloosa credit union. U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said the indictment charges 18-year-old Desharese Kendrell White with armed bank robbery; and
using and carrying a firearm during a robbery. Prosecutors say the teenager robbed the Alabama Credit Union on New Watermelon Road of more than $15,000. Tuscaloosa police say
they arrested him two days after the robbery. It was not known Wednesday whether White has an attorney in the case. ...Read more