North Alabama is a region of the U.S. state of Alabama, generally thought to include these 12 counties: Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston, with a combined population of 937,059.
The anchor city of this region of the state is Huntsville, but other cities of notable size include (in order of population): Decatur, Florence (along with its sister cities Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia), Madison, and Athens.
Decatur is considered a quasi anchor city for western North Alabama, being the largest economic center north of Birmingham, and west of Huntsville.
Locals tend to refer to this area as the "Tennessee Valley" in reference to the Tennessee River, which flows through the northernmost part of the state. A section of East Tennessee shares the "Tennessee Valley" moniker.
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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
Apr 29, 2017 4:46 pm
A new Cessna Skyhawk aircraft has been provided to Auburn University for six months for educational events and pilot training. Seventeen students along with Auburn University Aviation Center personnel...
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Apr 29, 2017 3:46 pm
Tuition at Georgia's public colleges and universities will increase 2 percent next fall. WABE Radio reports that the university system of Georgia estimates that full-time, undergraduate studen...
Auburn aviation program benefits from Cessna Skyhawk loan
Apr 29, 2017 2:54 pm
A new Cessna Skyhawk aircraft has been provided to Auburn University for six months for educational events and pilot training.
Georgia college students brace for tuition increase
Apr 29, 2017 2:38 pm
Tuition at Georgia's public colleges and universities will increase 2 percent next fall.
Drake to deliver commencement address at Alabama-Huntsville
Apr 29, 2017 2:26 pm
The chief executive officer and president of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. will deliver the commencement address at the University of Alabama in Huntsville next month.
Alabama company wins $260 million naval contract
Apr 29, 2017 2:18 pm
An Alabama-based company has won a $260 million contract to work on Navy ships.
Savannah asking residents to weigh in on managing tourism
Apr 29, 2017 2:14 pm
City officials in Savannah are asking residents to weigh in regarding how to manage tourism in Georgia's oldest city.
Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'
Apr 29, 2017 6:33 am
Gun owners gathering for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting are celebrating the election of President Donald Trump.
11-year-old governor-for-a-day takes over Twitter account
Apr 28, 2017 7:30 pm
An 11-year-old girl has taken over the Twitter account of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and is spending the day being chauffeured to official events.
Paper mill upgrade, distribution center planned in north La.
Apr 28, 2017 7:22 pm
Two companies will invest $274 million in upgrades to a paper mill and in construction of a new packaging and distribution center planned for Monroe, creating 93 new jobs.
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