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Looking Back: Aug. 29

Looking Back: Aug. 29
Posted By: HBCU Connect Sports on September 14, 2011

Published: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9:22 p.m.

-A giant still, capable of producing 500 gallons of whiskey a day, was destroyed and two men were arrested.


-Fayette Sheriff Travis McKinney was reprimanded by a Fayette County grand jury, charged that he was not making proper efforts to halt liquor traffic.


-A well-known 63-year-old Eutaw service station operator, John D. Screwdriver Johnson, was shot and ****.


-A crowd gathered at the Gordo Jail when a white man was arrested for **** and battery of a black youth at a carnival. There was no **** from the crowd, although the Gordo Police called in the State Highway Patrol and the sheriff.


-As the Alabama Crimson Tide began drills, coach Paul W. Bear Bryant said, I thought the players looked real good ... but you cant look at a rabbit and tell how fast he runs.


25 years ago this week


-Members of the Crimson Tide football team, headed by coach Ray Perkins, filled the pews at the funeral of Willie Ryles in Columbus, Ga. Cornelius Bennett presented a football autographed by team members to Ryles mother. Ryles died from an injury suffered during football practice.


-A Northport man and Seventh-day Adventist Church member, who alleged he was fired from BFGoodrich because of his religious practices, was ordered reinstated and granted full back pay by a U.S. District Court judge. The company was ordered to assign him a shift that didnt work on Saturday.


-The closing of the Stafford Inn meant some Crimson Tide fans would have to scramble to find other lodging.


-Joe C. Kennedy would become the first black on the DCH Healthcare Authority board if the ordinance prepared by the city council was approved.


-University of Alabama enrollment was expected to increase about 400 from the previous years 15,206 students, according to UA President Joab Thomas.


-The hard work of the Sipsey Valley Volunteer Fire Department paid off for residents when the departments rating went from 10 to 6 in an assessment, saving money in fire insurance premiums for residents.


10 years ago this week


-Tuscaloosa incumbent Mayor Al DuPont faced a run-off with Mark Booth when he fell just shy of 50 percent of votes.


-Shelley Jones remained chair of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education after a victory over Harold Bishop.


-A new face carried the day in the race for City Council District 6 with Walter Maddox soundly defeating Clell Hobson.


-A real estate agent was assaulted by a man who asked to see a house, prompting officials to issue a crime alert to real estate agents.


-A grand jury returned indictments against two former Memphis high school coaches, Lynn Lang and Milton Kirk, at the center of an NCAA investigation of possible recruiting violations by UA.




-Albert Means, former UA defensive lineman who transferred to Memphis in the wake of the recruiting **** that had become the focus of the NCAA investigation, debuted with the Memphis Tigers.


-Crimson Tide head coach Dennis Franchiones debut before a sell-out crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium had a promising beginning, but in the end, Alabama lost to UCLA 20-17.


Five years ago this week


-It was revealed the son of fired two-year college chancellor Roy Johnson was paid $3,000 a month by an architectural firm to oversee work on a new residence hall at Lawson State Community College, the school where the son was already being paid $69,000 per year. Johnson put a beach condo, a Helena home and an Opelika home up for sale. The architectural firm that designed the Opelika home was paid more than $2.4 million for work at two-year colleges between October 2003 and September 2005.


-After nearly two years of work, the addition to Bryant-Denny Stadium was completed just in time for the season opener. The 92,138 seats were sold out, and fans saw Alabama defeat Hawaii 25-17. Statues of former championship coaches were unveiled at the stadium.


-Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate was negotiating with Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers to purchase Clara Verner Tower with promises to refurbish the senior complex.


-The new PARA activity center, the Bobby Miller Activity Center, opened in Taylorville.


One year ago this week


-Musicians and fans gathered in the late Johnny Shines backyard in Holt to honor the memory of the blues legend.


-The first organized black church in Tuscaloosa, Hunter Chapel AME Zion Church, was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.


-Joseph Van Heest was sworn in as the new public defender for Tuscaloosa County.


-Running back Mark Ingram would not play in Alabamas season opener against San Jose State because of a knee injury.


-Stillman College leaders eliminated about 15 jobs because student enrollment would not support them.


-The voter fraud trial of Gay Nell Tinker ended when the former Hale County Circuit Court Clerk pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of illegal absentee balloting.


-Sheriffs deputies seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana from a woman stopped on Interstate 20/59 who was impersonating a U.S. Army recruiter.


-More than 6,000 students registered at Shelton State Community College for the fall.


Compiled by news librarian Betty Slowe.


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