(WAFF) - The long-waited re-opening of Old Madison Pike is finally upon us. The $5.2 million City of Huntsville project is opening one month ahead of schedule and includes a 4-lane expansion, new bridge, sidewalks, wider lanes to accommodate bicycles and a new greenway parking area. Prior to the ribbon cutting, a Healthy Huntsville walk beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the newly constructed section of Old Madison Pike. The walk will take place from Jan Davis Drive to Slaughter Road near Cummings Research Park. Following the walk, at 12:15 p.m., Mayor Battle, City Engineers and ALDOT will cut the ribbon to reopen Old Madison Pike to traffic.
Barry Whitton was found guilty of murder in a Jackson County courtroom Thursday night. Whitton was accused of beating his first wife, Michelle, to death in their home on December 6, 1997. Prosecutors said that Whitton killed his wife because she planned on leaving him. Michelle's body was found in a shallow grave in Jackson County six weeks after she was reported missing. No word on when he will receive his sentencing.