Commissioners Approve Slaughter Road Repaving

WHNT on pothole patrol. I think this will be a common sound as we continue on after the thaw. JB

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The unpleasant but all-too-familiar sound of tire hitting pothole is nothing new for thousands of commuters on Slaughter Road in Huntsville and Madison. But relief is now on the way.

Madison County Commissioners unanimously approved funding for a complete repaving of the road at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. The cost of the project is being equally split three ways between Madison County and the city governments of Huntsville and Madison. Slaughter Road traverses the boundary that separates both municipalities

County officials said work is expected to begin sometime next month. Commissioner Steve Haraway represents the district that Slaughter Road runs through, and called the repaving project welcome news.

“The road is getting in pretty rough shape with the weather that we’ve had this winter,” said Haraway. “A lot of Madison residents use it to go to Redstone Arsenal. A lot of Harvest and Monrovia residents coming south also use…

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Please Work on your own house before buying another…(EDITORIAL)

The business channels have been making a deal out of Charter Communications wanting to purchase Time Warner Cable.  The price (both per share and total) amounts to above $60 Billion.

Before Charter Communications could even get the stronghold in the Time Warner Cable territory, they should do some fact checking of their own, or better yet, have the FCC and Securities and Exchange Commission do it for them.

I admit, I have a  bit of a personal stake in it, as I subscribe to their service.  And for the last year, even through having the Flu over the Christmas Holidays, I still called in to them when my family and I had problems connecting to their lackluster service.  Their claim for investing $2 Billion in infrastructure upgrades sounded good, but what is said on the TV, Radio, Print, internet, and hold queue is not what translated to me.  Excessive downtime, equipment that could not keep connected and cable condition that was tantamount to treason of contract (this was no ordinary breach) convinced me that I had been scammed for a year and I wanted out.

I filed not one, but two complaints with the Federal Communications Commission, and received a limited amount of credit, but not enough to keep me satisfied after more downtime and frustration.

Tonight I called in, and was told after requesting a supervisor that I couldn’t talk to one.  I informed her I would contact the Congressional Delegation.  I didn’t tell her I would post this on my news blog.  I figured if they look back they would know that I am a Journalism student through Ashford University online and that my consumer advocacy targeting is right on them.

I will eventually connect again, where and with who I do not know, but I will and I will defend the fellow Charter subscribers and call on Charter to drop the Time Warner Cable deal and FIX their own infrastructure and keep who they have happy for a change.

This is a STRENUOUS OBJECTION to the deal, and I intend to contact Congress about it.

On a side note…After I hung up the phone from Charter, the connection was quite miraculously restored.


Two we lost today…And another one


(CNN/AP)The News with James Barcus is saddened to bring you the news of two actors who have passed away Thursday.

Russell Johnson, who became known to many fans as “The Professor” on “Gilligan’s Island” during the three-season run on CBS in the 1960’s and movie spinoffs, died of natural causes according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt.  Johnson was 89.

Johnson attributed the long success in reruns to the show’s charm.  “Parents are happy to have their children watch it,” he said. “No one gets hurt.  No murders.  No car crashes.  Just good, plain, silly fun – that’s the charm.”

Dawn Wells and Tina Louise are the only two left from the series.

Johnson had also appeared in many television shows as a character actor, including “The Twilight Zone”, “Wagon Train”, “The Big Valley”, and more.  Johnson appeared on “My Two Dads”, “Dynasty”, and “Newhart”.  In recent years, Johnson did voiceover work for radio commercials in Seattle, ferrying from Bainbridge Island, Washington where he moved to in 1988.  It was there he wrote his memoir “Here on Gilligan’s Isle.”

Johnson is survived by his wife and daughter.  Johnson was married before to Kay Cousins, who passed away in 1980, and his son was a prominent Los Angeles AIDS activist, who also had AIDS and passed away in 1994.

Canadian Born Dave Madden, the father-figure and agent of “The Partridge Family” on the TV series, also passed away today.  He was 82.

Madden had been in a hospice center, according to his niece Mary Frances Miller.

Madden had been a positive influence on Danny Bonaduce, writing that Madden served as a surrogate father to him during filming.

Shirley Jones remarked that his character hated kids, but off camera, he loved them.

Madden also had recurring roles on “Alice” as a regular at Mel’s Diner.  He was a guest on “Bewitched”, “The Love Boat”, “Barney Miller”, “Happy Days”, and “Fantasy Island”.

He also wrote a book called “Reuben on Wry” in 2007.  He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Also in to the newsroom is another passing.  The last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” has died.  Ruth Robinson Duccini was 95, and with her death Thursday, only one actor is left from the 124 Munchkins who originally graced the screen.  Her death was confirmed by author Stephen Cox, who wrote a book on the Munchkins called “The Munchkins of Oz”.  He stated that Duccini’s son made him aware of the death.  She also appeared in “Under the Rainbow” with Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

The actor left from the Original 124 Munchkins is Jerry Maren, age 93, who portrayed a member of the Lollipop Guild.

CNN’s Randi Kaye has a blunt assignment…From TV Newser

Ok, More pot jokes were said in Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList than in any other broadcast.

Here’s the reason…Since Colorado became Rocky Mountain High-er, by legalizing pot, CNN decided to send Randi Kaye to Colorado to cover the big business that’s pretty blunt…a nice joint, if you ask me.

Ok, I’m going to stop the jokes here and let you read the link.  It includes the segment from AC 360 Later in the post.

But Seriously, can we just pass this one around the late night shows?

Business Closings & Delays: Jan. 6-8

Business Closings and Delays are important too, and so I include them in this repost. Check it out in the Tennessee Valley and I’ll blog the rest that do not use WordPress.

TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The following businesses have notified WHNT News 19 of delays or closings during the cold weather.

These are for Tuesday, January 7:

  • Cartagram – Closed Tuesday
  • Lawrence County, AL Senior Centers – Closed Tuesday
  • Tyson Processing Plant, Albertville – UPDATE: All shifts closed Tuesday
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville – Liberal leave policy remains in effect for Tuesday, Jan. 7. Employees who wish to request liberal leave should contact their supervisor.

We will continue to update this list as we receive word of more delays and closings.

Do you need to list a closing? Please read WHNT’s Closings Policy.

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School Delays for January 6-8

Updated list since I compiled a list for most of Alabama and Atlanta Metro area. Keep tuned here for the latest.

TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Here are the school delays for Wednesday, January 8.  Thank goodness, the weather is expected to warm up today – we’ll finally get above freezing.

Check the Forecast Page on for the latest details as well as our weather blog,, for further discussion.

Here are the school closings and delays announced for Wednesday, January 8:

  • Athens City Schools – 3 hour delay Wednesday
  • Albertville City Schools – 3 hour delay Wednesday. Buses will start running at 9:30 a.m. Car riders should be at school by 10:30 a.m.
  • Arab City Schools – Classes resume 10:00 a.m. Wednesday
  • Bethel Baptist in Hartselle – 2 hour delay Wednesday
  • Blount County Schools- 2 hour delay Wednesday
  • Boaz City School – 3 hour delay Wednesday
  • Colbert County Schools – 10 a.m. start time Wednesday
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy – 3 hour delay Wednesday
  • Cullman County Schools – 2 hour…

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