Tori Linville

Tori Linville

A graduate of The University of Alabama, Tori is a professional in the publishing industry and brings strong writing and editing skills while contributing creative ideas, contemporary concepts, and editorial experience to her varied projects.

Tiffany Cargile isn’t interested in boring lesson plans. As a kindergarten teacher at Westwood Elementary, she said she tries to keep her students' attention with more interactive lessons.

Tuscaloosa is no stranger to those who master their craft, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, “Brilliance: A Celebration of Masters and Masterpieces,” is bringing its own message to the town of champions.

The season kicks off Monday, Sept. 25 with “The Majesty of Beethoven.” TSO Executive Director Jenny Mann says the concert will present Beethoven in a fresh perspective.

Six NCAA championships. Four-time NCAA Coach of the Year. While those are accomplishments beyond measure, they’re in the rearview mirror now for the United Way of West Alabama’s 2017 Campaign Chairwoman, Sarah Patterson. 

Jessica Procter is a busy woman. The new Miss Alabama, a Tuscaloosa native, is preparing to compete in the upcoming Miss America Pageant, and she's also traveling – most recently appearing at the Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida. That's where Druid City Living caught up with her, and asked her to share her thoughts about the upcoming competition.  

“I think the really important thing that I’ve been reminding myself of is that the hard part is already over. The prize has already been achieved. I’m Miss Alabama,” Procter said. “I already feel like a winner being Miss Alabama. It’s the most incredible opportunity I’ve ever been afforded.”

Michelle Higginbotham teaches ninth grade English, Creative Writing and Southern Literature at Sipsey Valley High School. Before transferring to Sipsey Valley, she taught at Tuscaloosa County High school for 11 years. Higginbotham began her teaching career in the fall of 1999. Since then, she’s tried to set a goal of making her lessons fun and engaging for her students.

Habitat for Humanity will host its Vets for Vets event on Friday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Hotel Capstone ballroom. The event is dedicated to Tuscaloosa’s local veterans who set aside their free time to assist with their fellow veterans’ home repairs. 

New hallways, new teachers and sometimes, a new school. Going back to school can mean a ton of jitters and a brain swimming with new information. How can a student keep it all straight? 

Thanks to our previously nominated DCL Teachers of the Month, we’ve gotten some advice straight from the teachers’ desks. What you do with it, well, that’s up to you. Check out what our esteemed teachers had to say:

Mr. Pig returns for another year to raise funds for the American Cancer Society on Friday, July 28. But instead of going to the market, Mr. Pig will switch venues to The Zone in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“When we first started talking about the event in 2011, we were originally going to do it in The Zone because Dad was a huge Alabama fan, but we scratched it because of the 2011 tornado,” said Jay Welborn of B&W Foods. “The River Market was just built, so we created the event around that venue. We may end up back there next year.”

Tuscaloosa’s streets will sizzle on Saturday, July 29, as the 2017 Hot Hundred Bicycle Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. The hottest ride in the south will start at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex, and riders will choose whether they want to face a 29, 36, 52, 71 or 103 mile ride. 

The ride is organized to raise funds for mental health in partnership with the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance. Since its beginning, the ride has only grown bigger with each passing year.

If Ashlynn Frith were an animal, she’d be a lion.

“Although they are pack animals that desire to work with others, they are also very independent and resourceful,” Frith said. “I feel like this is very indicative of qualities I already possess.”

Frith, an alumna of the University of West Alabama, has been teaching since 2014. As an eighth grade science teacher at Duncanville Middle School, Frith said she tries to keep her students engaged by using relatable information in her lessons.  

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.