WVUA 23 staff



Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox today released an executive order detailing new rules for some businesses in the wake of the city’s State of Emergency order.

These new rules, effective today at 5 p.m., include:

Kentuck Festival of the Arts


The 49th Kentuck Festival of the Arts is canceled.

Kentuck’s Board of Directors voted unanimously on canceling the festival, always held the third weekend in October, because of the ongoing COVID-19 threat.

Instead, there will be a virtual celebration, with more details coming in August.


Gov. Kay Ivey announced Alabamians can now renew their driver licenses online twice within 12 years.

Previously, Alabama residents could only renew online once per eight years.  However, the ongoing challenges of the pandemic made the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency change its online renewal process for the time being.


According to the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information Division, the majority of online wanted ads were aimed at registered nurses, retail salespersons, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.

The month of June saw 6,050 ads catering to these professions.

The Help Wanted Online data was gathered by analyzing every online job posting published in the state of Alabama.

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Eugene Tinker, a Sawyerville native, believes he has found the solution to concerns about spreading the coronavirus inside schools. Tinker has tinkered with a device that automatically reads body temperatures and tests for signs of the virus before someone walks inside a building. Tinker introduced this device to the County Commission July 16.

Tuscaloosa County School System


Tuscaloosa County School System Superintendent Keri Johnson released a video last week with answers for parents and students regarding the system’s reopening plans.

“Our School system serves 18,000 students,” Johnson said. “There are no perfect solutions and no one solution is perfect for everyone.”

The system is offering on-campus and off-campus options, but even the on-campus option could feature some online learning, Johnson said.



Social media has been a breeding ground for coronavirus rumors.

This weekend, the Alabama Department of Public Health sent out a series of Tweets dispelling misinformation that has been circling across the internet recently.

Tanisha Pughsley


Montgomery Police Det. Tanisha Pughsley, who was found dead on Monday, was laid to rest this Thursday. She was 27 years old.

The police department led a 10 mile caravan from the state forensics facility to Ross-Clayton Funeral Home.

More than 75 law enforcement vehicles and fire rescue units flashed their lights along the way. Motorists pulled over and slowed down on I-85 to pay their respects.

Her death was unrelated to her police work. Her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Deshawn Webster, has been charged in her death.



Alabama's stay-at-home order is expiring April 30 at 5 p.m., but the state isn't allowing businesses to throw open doors for residents just yet.

In an announcement at 11 a.m. this morning, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the state can begin reopening, but it’s important to do so slowly and maintain current Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines.

Restaurants and hair salons are remaining closed, but retail stores can open and elective medical procedures can continue.

Rama Jama's


An anonymous person spent $1,200 for the construction workers at Bryant-Denny Stadium to eat at Rama Jama's.

Michael Hebron, the owner of Rama Jama’s, said he received a text first from an unknown number. He later spoke with the person who said they wanted to do this for those essential workers who are on the frontlines. And, it was definitely appreciated.

Druid City Garden Project
University of Alabama


With some grocery stores experiencing food shortages due to the coronavirus, fresh produce is in high demand. That means community gardens like Jeremiah's Garden in Tuscaloosa are more important now than ever. Since produce is so sought after, the non-profit garden is expanding.

Jeremiah’s Garden donates much of its produce to the West Alabama Food Bank, who distributes it to those who need it most.

Big Al


TUSCALOOSA, AL-- Even though Big Al couldn’t entertain fans in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, he still celebrated what would have been A-Day by spreading spirit throughout the Tuscaloosa community. 

Big Al toured several areas of Tuscaloosa to greet fans while maintaining social distancing. Alabama fans from around the country were also able to follow the festivities via social media.

Since A-Day was canceled due to the pandemic, UA's athletic minds decided that they had to do something to raise team spirit among fans.



Mercedes-Benz donated 30,000 face masks to healthcare and public safety workers in Tuscaloosa County on Thursday. The company’s plant in Vance began producing the masks and face shields to help others combat COVID-19.

Masks will go to Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue, Northstar EMS and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Tuscaloosa County probate judge Rob Robertson said he is appreciative of the Mercedes-Benz plant's effort to make critical PPE equipment for essential workers.


Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has enacted a 24-hour curfew within the city of Tuscaloosa starting Sunday.

Maddox made the announcement in a news conference Thursday at 8 p.m., saying that the COVID-19 situation is rapidly worsening and the only way to help reduce the numbers of people catching the virus is enacting stricter rules.

The curfew, which begins 10 p.m. Sunday and runs through April 11, will close nonessential businesses such as night clubs, gyms, spas, hair salons and retail stores not offering essential services.



Here’s a list of which types of businesses are affected by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s closure of nonessential businesses from 5 p.m. March 28 to April 17, along with a rundown of businesses still allowed to operate.

Nonessential businesses required to close



Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox announced Wednesday that the city will be under a curfew beginning Friday and lasting through April 3.


The curfew will last from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and there will be exemptions for those traveling to and from work or other essential tasks.


“Within a one-hour drive of city hall, one-third of the state’s coronavirus cases can be found in Jefferson County,” Maddox said. “Within Lee County, which closely mirrors Tuscaloosa County, we see some of the fastest-growing rates of COVID-19 cases in our state.”