Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LOOKING BACK: April 6

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LOOKING BACK: April 6

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50 years ago this week

Chief William M. Marable of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, speaking before a Kiwanis Club meeting, said violence was the most pressing problem facing police everywhere.

City officials were monitoring a hazardous situation in which an Alberta City industrial plant had dumped a foul-smelling and highly flammable chemical in a drainage ditch. The chemical, a form of rosin residue, washed through Alberta City down to Cedar Crest and would wash on through drainage ditches in the Forest Lake area and out to Moody Swamp when there was enough rain. Residents were warned to keep children and flames away from portions of ditches that had deposits of the chemical.

Officials at Druid City Hospital learned that the hospital would have to desegregate

immediately or face the loss of

more than $1 million in federal

assistance during the next 12 months.

Joseph A. Duckworth, chairman of the board of Duckworth-Morris, was honored by the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce for 54 years of active membership in the organization.

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce announced that the Product Engineering Co. of Columbus, Ind., planned to locate a tool and die plant in Fayette.

Alabama football players Joe Namath and Ray Ogden put their handprints and shoe prints in the Walk of Fame on Bama Day.

The Tuscaloosa Transit Company began bus operations with routes similar to those run formerly by the Druid City Transit Co.

Officials of Pizitz announced a new store to be built in the Alberta shopping area.

25 years ago this week

A new 20-stop Holtkamp organ designed and built specially for First United Methodist Church of Greensboro would make its debut on Easter Sunday.

Community Planning Director Adrian Straley told the City Council that the roads in north Tuscaloosa and around Lake Tuscaloosa are relics and were not designed to accommodate the urban development going on there.

SouthTrust Bank of Tuscaloosa County gave a $500 check to the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society to mark the celebration of Heritage Week. The money would be used for maintenance on the McGuire-Strickland House in Capitol Park.

The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education agreed to relax the school system's 18-year-old dress code by allowing students in grades four through 12 to wear "loose-fitting, knee-length walking shorts" to school.

Bevill Energy, Mineral and Material Research Building was dedicated as the first facility devoted entirely to research. The building was named for U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill, D-Ala.

10 years ago this week

The Tuscaloosa County Commission passed a temporary 1-cent tax for schools without asking for public comment.

After a 10-day search, the body of Shannon Tidmore, 33, was found in the Black Warrior River just a few yards downstream from where he was believed to have drowned. …

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