Your Thursday Digest For West Alabama
1) The son of Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey has left the hospital and is home after treatment for injuries suffered when he was struck by a car on the UA campus last Friday.
Christopher Mackey was treated at DCHRMC for bruises, lacerations and a concussion. The UA Freshman was in a crosswalk while leaving class when he was hit. In a social media post Dr. Mackey thanked the medical staff at DCH for care they gave to the younger Mackey.
2) Being a firefighter can be stressful, whether career or volunteer. People’s lives and property are at risk when firefighters respond and Alabama Fire College Executive Director Matt Russell tells us what they witness can be taxing on their mental health: "The fire service has a high incidence of divorce, they have a higher incidence of drug and alcohol abuse."
The Alabama Fire College is working with the Alabama Department of Mental Health in a new free peer support program to help recognizing symptoms and help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
3) Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day and there are major observances going on. The day to recognize those who have served beings in Northport. At 8 a.m. there will be an opening ceremony at the Shirley Place in Downtown Northport followed by the city’s first-ever Veteran’s Day Parade at 8:30 along Main Avenue.
"This is our time to thank those who have served and the sacrifices they have made for us," said Mayor Bobby Herndon. The West Alabama observance will be at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park at 1701 McFarland Boulevard. Keynote speaker will be Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge and Marine Corps Veteran Rob Robertson. Tuscaloosa City Hall is also lit in purple all week to commemorate the 240th Anniversary of the Purple Heart Award.
4) Small and portable cameras that take a picture of a passing cars license plate and other identification are now in use Tuscaloosa County.
Northport Asst. Police Chief Keith Carpenter told news partner ABC 33/40, the city purchased two of the cameras three years ago and they have helped solve crimes like shootings and vehicle break-ins. Other agencies like housing authorities and the county also own cameras. Recordings are automatically deleted after 30 days.
5) West Alabama continues to be the hot spot for flu cases in the state. The area has seen an increase in cases by more than 13% in the last week. Doctors urge flu shots for the young and the elderly especially.
6) In sports: Tomorrow night is round 2 of the high school football playoffs. In Class 6A, 11-0 Hillcrest will host 10-1 Saraland. In 5A, Demopolis travels to Faith-Mobile and American Christian is home to Andalusia. In 3A play, Gordo welcomes Lauderdale County. In 2A, Tuscaloosa Academy is at Lexington while Aliceville hosts Falkville. In 1A, Linden is home to Brantley and Pickens Co. travels to play at undefeated Meek.