Welcome to the Tuscaloosa Thread, West Alabama's newest source for hyperlocal breaking news, crime and courts coverage, restaurant and retail development reporting, ace coverage of high school and University of Alabama sports, real-time updates on traffic and severe weather and much more.

The Tuscaloosa Thread is a standalone digital news website owned and operated by Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa. Under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Stephen Dethrage, the Thread and its staff will strive to provide Tuscaloosa and its surrounding areas with premier news coverage without a paywall or subscription.

The Tuscaloosa Thread will also work hand-in-hand with Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa's eight live and local radio stations -- the DJs you already know and trust on 95.3 the Bear, 92.9 WTUG, Alt 101.7, Tide 100.9 and more will post stories to the Thread and provide its reporters with local leads to follow, and the stations will air news updates provided by the staff of the Thread multiple times each day to keep our listening audience informed.

As other companies with media interests in the Druid City continue to pull back, cut staff, reduce coverage and hide content behind paid subscriptions, Townsquare Media will double down its investment in local reporting. We know the appetite for comprehensive coverage of the Tuscaloosa area is as large as it has ever been, and our goal is to fill the ever-increasing gaps in the local media landscape with news your trust and share.

This project can't work without you, though, and we humbly ask for you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for our daily e-mail newsletter and download our mobile app. You can use these platforms to stay informed, with stories coming to you minutes after they develop, but also to guide our coverage, to submit story tips and let us know the topics that matter most to you, our readers, so that we can give them the attention they deserve.

At Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Thread, we truly believe that unbiased, hyperlocal news coverage is a universal commodity, one without an assumed audience and it is the thread that ties our community together. We will strive to become a news leader in West Alabama, and hope you will join us and help us on the journey to do so.

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