Alabama New Home For U. S. Space Command


Congressman Mike Rogers made the following statement regarding the expected decision to make Alabama new home of U.S. Space Command.

“I applaud the decision by the Air Force to select Redstone Arsenal as the new home of the U.S. Space Command. Alabama has long been home to our nation’s premiere defense and civilian space assets.

This decision by the Air Force makes sense given all the equities in Alabama. Defending our country against threats from our enemies takes a national effort. I am proud of the role Alabama plays in this overall effort.”

Rogers serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee.


Alabama Fugitive Arrested at Floyd Medical Center

Floyd County, Georgia authorities took a man into custody late last week at a Rome hospital after learning of an active warrant for his arrest in Cherokee County (Alabama).

According to Floyd County Jail reports, 48 year old David Anthony Smith of Cedar Bluff, was detained at the Floyd Medical Center Emergency Room – and charged with being a Fugitive from Justice.

(Rome News Tribune/ / WEIS

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Officer Has Died


A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant has died from COVID-19.

Lt. Jeff Bain died overnight of complications from COVID-19, a sheriff’s office spokesman confirmed Monday.

Bain was a senior lieutenant over patrol and also oversaw the sheriff’s office reserve program, according to the sheriff’s office. He also was an FBI firearms instructor and traveled all over the state as an e-crimes instructor.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced as of Monday afternoon.

Mr. Bain has relatives living in Chattooga County.

Burglar Rides Away on Bicycle

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala.  On Tuesday, December 29th, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a burglary on County Road 51 near Collinsville.

DCSO did have a description of the subject thanks to a door bell camera at the residence.  The subject was on a bicycle with no fenders, a basket or backpack on the handlebars, he had a full red beard and was wearing a toboggan.  A be on the lookout was then issued.  Later, the subject approached a Fort Payne Police Officer at a gas station at Hwy 11 and I-59 on the North end of Fort Payne asking for directions.  Recognizing the subject, the Fort Payne Police officer detained him until a deputy arrived.  Tommy Lee Wells (33, address unknown) was charged with Burglary 3rd and Theft of Property 3rd.



WEIS Radio Announcer Passes Away Monday, Dec. 28

Jerry Baker, Owner & General Manager of WEIS Radio makes the following announcement:

“It’s with much sadness and heavy hearts that we let you know the voice of Kim O’Brien has been silenced.  Kim passed away on Monday morning at her home in Gadsden.  She has been the long-time afternoon air personality on WEIS.  Please join the WEIS Radio Family in thoughts and prayers for her sister, Kayla and for her fiancé, Rex, during this difficult time.”


Help Needed in Locating Missing Person

The search continues for a Cherokee County woman reported missing over the weekend.

According to a statement issued on the Ft Payne Police Department Facebook page, Yvonne Wood Covington of Centre was in the Ft Payne area visiting family for Christmas – last seen on Saturday.  The vehicle she was driving was located by the National Park Service the same night, on the Cherokee County side of the Highway 35 Bridge.

No additional information is being released at this time.

That investigation is being headed up by Ft Payne Police with assistance being provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding her current whereabouts, should call Ft Payne Police at (256) 845-1414.


Man Robs Bank On Christmas Eve

Rainbow City Police confirm a man walked into a bank to rob it Christmas Eve and then walked out, right into an officer and was arrested.

Investigators said Seth Hugh Rowland walked into Cadence Bank a little before 10:00 a.m. Thursday, passed the teller a note demanding $100 bills be put in a bag, walked out of the bank with $8,500, and then walked into Rainbow City Police Officer Jacob Works.

Works arrested Rowland promptly on the scene without incident.

Rowland is in the Etowah County Detention Center on two counts of theft of property first degree, held on $200,000 bond.

Officers also said Rowland got into a standoff with police at the Publix in Rainbow City in January 2017.


Alabama Reports Severe Allergic Reaction to COVID 19 Vaccine


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Severe allergic reaction reported following COVID-19 immunization

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has been made aware that a person who received the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday experienced anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) several minutes after taking the vaccine and while in required post-vaccine observation. The patient was immediately treated with anaphylaxis protocol at Decatur Morgan Hospital where the vaccine was administered.

At this time, the patient is stable and appears to be recovering. Information received is that the patient had a previous history of anaphylaxis to biologic agents and, following risk assessment, wished to proceed with vaccine.  Previous anaphylaxis to biologics is a precaution, not a contraindication, to COVID-19 vaccine.

As required by the emergency use authorization (EUA) the adverse reaction has been documented and reported to the manufacturer.

As of Wednesday at 7 a.m., Alabama providers reported 15,286 doses of COVID-10 vaccine had been administered in the state. Nationwide, six persons have been reported to have had anaphylaxis after COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the only notice that ADPH has received of any allergic reactions in Alabama.  ADPH extends its wishes for a quick recovery to the patient, family and all involved.