These are some stories from the 9/14/12 version of Tennessee Valley news update (633, 733, 833am, 304, 404, 504, 604pm) …
MADISON, AL (WLRH) - The annual Trail of Tears motorcycle ride rumbles through north Alabama this weekend. The ride commemorates the forcible removal of more than 17-thousand Cherokees from the area, and brings awareness to our area’s Native American history. Line up for rides is tomorrow morning at 7-am in downtown Bridgeport with departure at 8. The first stop of the ride is in Madison.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (Huntsville Times) - 256 acres on Chapman Mountain have been preserved for public use by the Land Trust of North Alabama. The Huntsville Times reports Huntsville City Council could chip in 250-thousand dollars, which will cover about a third of the mortgage. The Land Trust will try to raise the rest through private donations. The new tract runs parallel to I-565 and includes some old growth forest. The Land Trust now controls about half of Chapman Mountain, and offers public use of more than 40 miles of trails in the Huntsville area.
MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - A federal judge in Montgomery says a lawsuit can progress filed by two couples challenging a policy they say denies marriage licenses to some immigrants. The judge ruled the couples have suffered injury and can continue with their suit against the Montgomery County policy that requires documents like a green card or Social Security card are needed to get legally married.
MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - The Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery will offer free admission tomorrow. The open doors are part of a remembrance of the 49th anniversary of a bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, where four young girls were killed. The church was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members in 1963. The center is also remembering a young boy who was fatally shot by white teenagers later that day.