Roy Thomas "Tommy" Smith of Attalla, who was convicted of capital murder March 18th, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for strangling his wife. Prosecutors argued that he murdered his wife, Carla, an ER nurse, and stuffed her in to the trunk of her blue Jaguar in a gravel lot on Pump Station Road. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case. Judge Allen Millican, who passed down the sentence gave Smith an opportunity to make a statement to which Smith replied, "I'm not guilty.”
Just after a deadly fire in Attalla, Anniston authorities are investigating a fire Wednesday of a mobile home on Weatherbrook Lane in Anniston and believe the fire was intentionally set. Before the fire destroyed the home, two flat-screen televisions sets, worth about $700, were stolen before the home went up in flames. Anniston police said the fire that destroyed the mobile home is under investigation Thursday as arson. No additional information was released.
Timothy Michael Price, 24, of Anniston, has been arrested by Anniston Police on charges of rape and sodomy. Price was arrested and charged with first degree rape and first degree sodomy, both felonies. The arrest came after a woman told police Wednesday she had been sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. Price is currently being held in the Anniston City Jail on $15,000 bond per charge. He has a preliminary date in court of May 5th.
The Etowah County Sheriff's Office Mounted Unit presents the Lone Star Championship Rodeo, May 9th and 10th at the Etowah County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6pm The rodeo starts at 8pm. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. Parking is free. Tickets are on sale at all locations of the Exchange Bank and Family Savings Credit Union in Gadsden and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. Proceeds will benefit the Mounted Unit, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization and the Etowah Sheriff's charities.
The AEA is fighting private school tax credits in court and the architect of the tax credits at the ballot box. The teacher union’s political action committee filed a campaign finance report showing the largest donation it gave in March was $50,000 to Democrat state Senate candidate Taylor Stewart of Anniston. Stewart is opposing Republican Senator Del Marsh of Anniston, who was the chief architect of the Alabama Accountability Act. AEA filed suit over the law shortly after it passed. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese has heard arguments from both sides, but has not ruled.
Lost recordings - previously unreleased songs of country music legend Hank Williams, Sr. performing on a 1950 radio show will be released next month. "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950" features 24 songs that aired on early country radio stations. Most of the tapes were lost, but the copies from one station, survived. The songs were restored and re-mastered for release May 20th by Omnivore Records. Williams’ daughter, Jett Williams, said that no one knew these recordings existed.
Atlanta has become a Major League Soccer expansion franchise city that will begin play in 2017. Arthur Blank, who owns the NFL Atlanta Falcons, will own the team. The MLS team will play in a new $1 billion retractable roof stadium to be built next to the Georgia Dome.
Nick Saban hosted Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning last week for two days during a visit to Tuscaloosa. Saban called visit mutually beneficial and said that Manning was a good example of how athletes at all levels should approach their crafts.
A.J. Burnett threw a 3-hitter in seven innings, Ben Revere hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth and the Phillies beat the Braves 1-0 Thursday. In his first start since learning he'll need surgery for a hernia, Burnett struck out five. Alex Wood (2-2) got the loss.