These are some stories from the 9/27/12 version of Tennessee Valley news update (633, 733, 833am, 304, 404, 504, 604pm) …
HUNTSVILLE, AL (Huntsville Times) - Governor Robert Bentley was in Huntsville today, urging the public to vote for Amendment 2 during the General Election, which would allow the state to borrow money to create incentives for recruiting new business. The Huntsville Times reports Bentley also said he on the verge of making a major economic development announcement, which he called ‘more significant’ than the Airbus airplane assemble plant coming to Mobile. Tomorrow, he’ll be in Cullman County to cut the ribbon on an expansion at Topre America’s automotive parts plant, which created 250 new jobs.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WLRH) - After more than a year and half of detours and construction, Meridian Street in Huntsville reopened today. Crews shut down the road, which runs between Pratt and Oakwood, for a widening project. The work was expected to be completed last Spring, but there were delays caused by sewer and phone lines. The project finished six months behind schedule.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WLRH) - The haunting season looms ahead, and several Alabama cities hope to see a bump in tourism with ghostly event during the month of October. The city of Athens will hold its annual Historic Haunts Walk each Tuesday night next month. In Florence, the 10th annual Haunted History at the Shoals Ghost Walk takes place each night from October 19th-31st. Huntsville will conduct ghost walking tours on Friday and Saturday nights in October and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll takes place on Sunday, October 14th.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WLRH) - Top state and federal criminal justice officials are pushing an effort that will allow people to turn in prescription drugs with no questions asked. The goal is to keep unused prescription drugs off the streets and out of landfills and sewers, where they can contaminate ground water. This Saturday, more than 60 sites around Alabama will accept unwanted medications. Huntsville area law enforcement holds its “Take Back Initiative” on Saturday, October 13th .from 9 until noon. Drop off points are the Jaycees Building on Airport Rd … Flint River Baptist in Hazel Green and the Madison Police Department.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Some well-known businesses could be moving into Bridge Street Town Center. WAFF 48 reports a Super Belk is expected to set up operations. The report says there could also be two major restaurants coming on board, including the Cheesecake Factory. The Huntsville City Council is considering a $4-million incentive package to help pay for the project, which calls for filling in a lake on the west end of the property to create room for the new additions. A two story parking deck would be also added.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WLRH) - The North Alabama International Festival continues through Saturday at UAH. The festival is held to help celebrate Huntsville’s diverse community and increase awareness of other cultures. Friday at 11-30 in the Salmon Library there’s a lunch and lecture titled “Why Culture Matters”. Poetry in Music is Friday night at 7-30 at 1st Baptist Church, featuring UAH Chamber Orchestra and the Huntsville Community Chorus. The festival itself is Saturday from 10-5 at Spragins Hall. We’ll hear more about this event during Morning Blend tomorrow between 9 and noon.