Tuscaloosa, Alabama

What is Tuscaloosa, Alabama known for?


medical buildings

in the Jefferson and Hillman Hospitals, which were acquired by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees (University of Alabama System) from Jefferson County (Jefferson County, Alabama). The rapid growth of the Greater Birmingham (Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman Combined Statistical Area) area led the hospital to continue to expand to some 20 surrounding medical buildings. In 1992, UAB opened "The Kirklin Clinic", a 5-story outpatient facility. http: medicine.uab.edu


wrestling team

, one-half of the professional wrestling team The Rock 'n' Roll Express *Vera Hall, born near Livingston, AL, but worked, occasionally lived in and married a man from Tuscaloosa; folk musician *Charlie Hayward, bass guitarist of the Charlie Daniels Band *Chuck Leavell, born in Birmingham but raised in Tuscaloosa; keyboardist for The Rolling Stones http: www.chuckleavell.com *Debra Marshall, professional wrestler and diva with World Wrestling


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image_caption Images top, left to right: Downtown Tuscaloosa near "The Strip", Denny Chimes on the University of Alabama Campus, Bryant-Denny Stadium image_map Tuscaloosa_County_Alabama_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Tuscaloosa_Highlighted.svg mapsize 250px map_caption Map of Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama coordinates_region US-AL subdivision_type Country (List of sovereign states) subdivision_type1 State (U.S. state) subdivision_type2 County (List of counties in Alabama) subdivision_name United States subdivision_name1 Alabama subdivision_name2 Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa County, Alabama) government_type Mayor-Council (Mayor-council government) leader_title Mayor leader_name Walt Maddox leader_title1 Council President leader_name1 Harrison Taylor established_title Incorporated established_date December 13, 1819 area_total_sq_mi 70.3 area_land_sq_mi 60.2 area_water_sq_mi 10.1 population_as_of 2010 (2010 United States Census) population_est 95334 pop_est_as_of 2013 pop_est_footnotes '''Pain''' was an American (United States) rock (rock music) band from Mobile (Mobile, Alabama) and Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Alabama. The main songwriters Dan and Pose, grew up in Mobile and graduated from Mcgill Toolen High school in midtown Mobile. Though they have not produced any chart-topping hits, the band enjoyed a semi-mainstream following after touring relentlessly. Cartoon Network also aired a short two-minute music video set to their song "Jabberjaw (Running Underwater)", featuring the cartoon character of the same name along with "updated" versions of the rest of the show's characters. YouTube.com, "Jabberjaw (Running Underwater)" music video featured on Cartoon Network - Retrieved January 6, 2011 The corpse Hazel's body was taken to Adams Vermillion Furniture which also sold caskets and functioned as a funeral parlor. No one showed up to claim her, but the body wasn't decomposing, either—supposedly an effect of the poison. With an endless supply of curious visitors the proprietor started charging 10¢ a gander to see the notorious outlaw. The corpse was later loaned out to various exhibitors, including Adams' brother in Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), and Captain Harvey Lee Boswell, before it came into the possession of O. C. Brooks in 1907. He featured the well-preserved remains in his traveling show for 40 years. When he died, Brooks left Hazel to his nephew, on the condition that any money raised from displaying her be donated to charity. '''DS: That would seem like racy material for grade school or high school. :'''EW:''' I don’t mean in Alabama; in America the curriculum is determined by each community, which is unlike every other country in the western world. So, in Tuscaloosa (w:Tuscaloosa, Alabama) they are not going to teach something racy, but in Darien, Connecticut (w:Darien, Connecticut) they are.


created massive

peoples in this area are believed to have descended from the Mississippian culture, which flourished throughout the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys and the Southeast from about 1000 to 1450. They were mound builders, who created massive earthwork (earthworks (archaeology)) mounds as structures for political and religious purposes. They relied greatly on fishing and riverway trading at their major sites (c.f. Moundville (Moundville, Alabama), Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)). Some


free publication

White '', the independent, student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama and one of several UA-affiliated student publications (University Of Alabama#Student media). ''Kids Life Magazine'' is a free publication which focuses on family friendly events in the Tuscaloosa area. Tuscaloosa is part of the Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston television market (media market), which is the 40th largest in the nation.


music building

Building on the UA campus holds a 1000-seat Concert Hall and a 140-seat Recital Hall. The Concert Hall features a three-story-tall, 5,000-pipe Holtkamp organ and frequently hosts concerts and other musical events. The Recital Hall features a Schlicker organ (Organ (music)) that was crafted in Buffalo, New York. The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, in its thirty-fifth year, is based at the Moody Music Building and is conducted by Adam Flatt. Also on the UA campus, Rowand-Johnson Hall, holds the Marian Gallaway Theatre, a 305-seat proscenium theater (proscenium), the Allen Bales 170-seat thrust theatre, and the 600-seat Morgan Auditorium. These facilities primarily host University sponsored performing arts shows, such as Dance Alabama and the University's theater productions. The Sandra Hall-Ray Fine Arts Centre on the Shelton State campus holds the Bean-Brown Theatre, a 450-seat proscenium theater, and the 100-seat Alabama Power Foundation Recital Hall. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Choir School. http: www.alachoirschool.org thumb right Coleman Coliseum (File:Coleman Coliseum.JPG)Coleman Coliseum is a 15,383-seat multipurpose arena that serves as the city of Tuscaloosa's municipal civic center. Because the City of Tuscaloosa does not have a civic center, the demand for events grew rapidly and the Coliseum doubled its capacity in the 1970s. In the 1990s, marquee concerts and events that the arena had seen in the previous two decades grew scarce as the facility became more outdated and mostly devoted to Crimson Tide athletic events. In the hope that the University could pull more events at the facility, the Coliseum underwent a significant renovation in 2005, costing over $24 million. The coliseum has hosted a diversity of events including commencement exercises, a visit by President Ronald Reagan, alumni gatherings, student convocations, concerts, operas, ballets, appearances by political figures, WCW Saturday Night, etc. Travis Tritt filmed his "Bible Belt (Bible Belt (song))" country music video there. Stars who have performed on its stages include The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Jay Leno, Hank Williams, Jr., Daughtry (Daughtry (band)), and many, many more. thumb left Tuscaloosa Amphitheater (File:Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.jpg)In December 2010, construction on the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater officially wrapped up with the dedication ceremony taking place days after. The 7,470 capacity Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is blocks away from the downtown district and sits at the end of the Riverwalk on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Since its dedication ceremony in March 2011, performers such as Kenny Chesney, Widespread Panic, Steely Dan, Jeff Dunham, Jill Scott, and Fun. have performed. The Amphitheater has also held events such as the Blues and Brews Music Festival and a pro boxing match. Festivals and events thumb right Kenny Chesney performing at The Jupiter Bar on The Strip. (File:Kenny Chesney Tuscaloosa.JPG)Prior to each football game is a massive gathering at the UA Quad, where people gather starting on Friday for tailgating and the University of Alabama holds pep rallies on the Gorgas library steps. The Quad has hosted ESPN's ''College Gameday (College Gameday (football))'' several times and also is a place to meet Alabama football legends on game day and perform the "Elephant Stomp" (a pre-game parade) to Bryant-Denny Stadium with the Alabama mascot "Big Al (Big Al (mascot))" and the Million Dollar Band (Million Dollar Band (marching band)). On the first Thursday of each month, the Tuscaloosa art galleries open their doors for "Art and Soul"—highlighting local artists. There is a shuttle service that runs between this event and Northport (Northport, Alabama)'s "Art Night." The City of Tuscaloosa holds parades annually for holidays such as New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, and Christmas Day. Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church also hosts an annual religious procession parade for Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Virgin of Guadalupe feast day in December, which reflects on both the catholic and Hispanic community. Other annual city festivals worth noting are: *Weindorf Festival – The Weindorf Festival is a cultural German festival in which native Tuscaloosans and German immigrants celebrate Tuscaloosa's bond with Germany through the nearby Mercedes-Benz Automobile Plant and Tuscaloosa's sister City of Schorndorf. The celebration includes German alcoholic beverages, singing, dancing, and other Germanic arts. *Sakura Festival – The Sakura festival celebrates the symbolic moment when a cherry blossom petal detaches itself to float earthward, which reminds one of the paradoxically fleeting, yet enduring, nature of life. Every March Tuscaloosa celebrates its ties with Japan and its Sister City of Narashino City. This festival features a Haiku Contest. *Kentuck Festival of Arts – This annual event takes place during the third week in October near the banks of the Black Warrior River in Historic Downtown Northport. This nationally recognized event brings in visitors and artists from all over the United States. As several hundred talented artists bring their creations, several thousand visitors come to pay tribute to their skills. Those crowds come not only for the art, but also for the artistry of the days of old. Several artisans provide live demonstrations of blacksmithing, furniture making, quilting, and potting. There are music acts performing on stages and many varied foods available. *Moundville Native American Festival – This annual festival takes place at the Moundville Archaeological Park. Native American performing artists, craftspeople, and musicians entertain and educate visitors about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. Visitors can look forward to learning about the society and culture that existed there 800 years ago. *Dickens Downtown – An annual Victorian holiday celebration known as Dickens Downtown takes place on the first Tuesday night in December in Downtown Northport. Dickens is a community supported gathering to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas involving Theatre Tuscaloosa performing scenes from "A Christmas Carol", local choirs, the 5th Alabama Regimental Band, a real English Town Crier, father Christmas, and business and neighborhood open houses. As the area comes alive with characters and props straight from 'A Christmas Carol', local shops offer hot cocoa and cookies. http: www.tuscaloosabusiness.com Tuscaloosa_Pages Tuscaloosa+Festivals~83.html Sports and recreation Sports thumb right Bryant-Denny Stadium (File:Bryant-Denny north.jpg) Tuscaloosa is known for its collegiate athletics—particularly the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football (Alabama Crimson Tide football) team. The University of Alabama also currently fields championship-caliber teams in baseball (Alabama Crimson Tide baseball), golf (Alabama Crimson Tide golf), women's gymnastics (Alabama Crimson Tide women's gymnastics), and softball (Alabama Crimson Tide softball). These teams play in athletics facilities on the university campus, including Bryant-Denny Stadium (capacity of 102,000+), Coleman Coliseum (formerly Memorial Coliseum), Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Rhoads Stadium, Foster Auditorium and the Ol' Colony Golf Complex. Stillman College fields teams in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball, among other sports. In the past decade, Stillman has gone through a series of renovations, including a new football stadium, Stillman Stadium. Previous professional teams calling Tuscaloosa home included the World Basketball Association's Druid City Dragons in 2006, and Tuscaloosa Warriors football team in 1963, with both folding after one season. In 2008, Tuscaloosa hosted the USA Olympic Triathlon trials for the Beijing Games. Parks '''Pain''' was an American (United States) rock (rock music) band from Mobile (Mobile, Alabama) and Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Alabama. The main songwriters Dan and Pose, grew up in Mobile and graduated from Mcgill Toolen High school in midtown Mobile. Though they have not produced any chart-topping hits, the band enjoyed a semi-mainstream following after touring relentlessly. Cartoon Network also aired a short two-minute music video set to their song "Jabberjaw (Running Underwater)", featuring the cartoon character of the same name along with "updated" versions of the rest of the show's characters. YouTube.com, "Jabberjaw (Running Underwater)" music video featured on Cartoon Network - Retrieved January 6, 2011 The corpse Hazel's body was taken to Adams Vermillion Furniture which also sold caskets and functioned as a funeral parlor. No one showed up to claim her, but the body wasn't decomposing, either—supposedly an effect of the poison. With an endless supply of curious visitors the proprietor started charging 10¢ a gander to see the notorious outlaw. The corpse was later loaned out to various exhibitors, including Adams' brother in Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), and Captain Harvey Lee Boswell, before it came into the possession of O. C. Brooks in 1907. He featured the well-preserved remains in his traveling show for 40 years. When he died, Brooks left Hazel to his nephew, on the condition that any money raised from displaying her be donated to charity. '''DS: That would seem like racy material for grade school or high school. :'''EW:''' I don’t mean in Alabama; in America the curriculum is determined by each community, which is unlike every other country in the western world. So, in Tuscaloosa (w:Tuscaloosa, Alabama) they are not going to teach something racy, but in Darien, Connecticut (w:Darien, Connecticut) they are.

: www.bamatheatre.org bamaarthouse.php BAMA Art House , which screens foreign and independent films The Bama Theatre hosts a Jewish Film Festival in the spring, as well as several traveling film festivals. Additionally, the Bama Theatre has recently been serving as a concert venue, hosting recent performances by Joan Baez, Aimee Mann, the Drive-By Truckers, Umphrey's Mcgee, Ryan Adams, Chuck Leavell and many other performing artists. The Frank Moody Music


basketball game

student section in Coleman Coliseum at a Crimson Tide basketball game. '''Coleman Coliseum''' is a 15,383-seat multi-purpose arena in Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Alabama, on the campus of the University of Alabama. It is the current home of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball (Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball) and women's gymnastics (artistic gymnastics) teams and previously served as the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide women's basketball women's


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of 34 schools—6 high schools, 8 middle schools and 19 elementary schools. It also provides services for special needs students at Sprayberry Education Center. In 2013 the school system hired its first minority superintendent of Hispanic Latin origin who is also only the second female. Tuscaloosa is also served by several private schools, both secular and religious, including Tuscaloosa Academy, American Christian Academy (American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)), Holy Spirit Catholic


called black

, Alabama Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area (Tuscaloosa metropolitan area). Economy Sumter County is part of the so-called Black Belt (Black Belt (region of Alabama)) region of central Alabama. The region has suffered significant economic depression in recent years. But in April 2008, United States Steel announced plans to build at $150 million alloy plant near the community of Epes about southwest of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The plant will require 250


time gold

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March 21, 2012. was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on July 12, 1932. "Otis Davis". USA Track & Field. Retrieved March 20, 2012. He is black and Native American. He served four years in the United States Air Force.

publisher The Hudson Reporter date March 18, 2012 url http: hudsonreporter.com view full_stories_home 17921918 article-A-truant-officer…and-an-Olympian-Two-time-gold-medalist-inspires-students-to-achieve-?instance union%20city_story_left_column Since 1987, Bei Dao has lived and taught in England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, France, and the United States. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, including five poetry volumes in English ref

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

'''Tuscaloosa''' ( Located on the Black Warrior River, it is the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with an estimated population of 95,334 in 2013. Founded in 1819, the city was named after Tuskaloosa (Chief Tuskaloosa), the chieftain of a Muskogean (Muskogean languages)-speaking people who battled and was defeated by Hernando de Soto (Hernando de Soto (explorer)) in 1540 in the Battle of Mabila (Mabila), "Tuscaloosa", ''Encyclopedia of Alabama'' and served as Alabama's capital city from 1826 to 1846.

Tuscaloosa is the regional center of industry, commerce, healthcare, and education for the area of west-central Alabama known as ''West Alabama''. It is the principal city of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Tuscaloosa, Hale (Hale County, Alabama) and Pickens (Pickens County, Alabama) counties and has an estimated metro population in 2013 of 235,628. Tuscaloosa is also the home of the University of Alabama, Stillman College and Shelton State Community College. While the city attracted international attention when Mercedes-Benz announced it would build its first automotive assembly plant in North America in Tuscaloosa County, the University of Alabama remains the dominant economic and cultural engine in the city.

Tuscaloosa has been traditionally known as the "Druid City" because of the numerous water oaks planted in its downtown streets since the 1840s. Hubbs, Guy (Spring 2009). "Tuscaloosa on My Mind", ''Alabama Historical Association newsletter''. Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 4–5. The city has also become well known nationally for the University of Alabama's success in sports, and particularly in football. City leaders adopted the moniker "The City of Champions" after the Alabama Crimson Tide football team (Alabama Crimson Tide football) won the BCS National Championship game in 2010 (2010 BCS National Championship Game), 2012 (2012 BCS National Championship Game), and again in 2013 (2013 BCS National Championship Game). In 2008, the City of Tuscaloosa hosted the USA Olympic Triathlon (United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics) trials for the Beijing Games (2008 Summer Olympics). http: continuingstudies.ua.edu IFES ifes-tuscaloosa.html

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