Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa will host Alabama's biggest Christmas parade tonight. It's the 28th year of the West Alabama Christmas Parade. This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland". More than 200 floats, marching bands and other entries are expected to take part. The parade begins at 6:30 at the intersection of Queen City Avenue and University Boulevard. It ends on Greensboro Avenue near 13th Street. The city's official tree lighting ceremony will be held at 5:15.
Talladega, AL – Alabama's textile industry is suffering even more losses. Mohawk Industries in Talladega will end operations early next year. The move will affect 125 employees. Company officials says the yarn production plant will close January 30th. Mohawk will offer the workers severance packages, and some employees may be able to relocate to plants in other states. The decision to close the Talladega plant comes despite Mohawk's record earnings during the past three quarters.
Montgomery, AL – Another group of soldiers based in Alabama are being deployed to the Middle East. About 250 members of the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base will spend at least 12 months on active duty. They will be serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Spokesperson Major Jerry Lobb says the Montgomery-based unit operates nine C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. He says members of the 908th gathered Sunday to begin the mobilization process, but he was not sure when the unit would depart.