Brandon Etheredge


First Transit responds to driver allegations of inadequate hiring procedures.

Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - First Transit is now responding to allegations that drivers were not properly screened during the hiring process. Following the arrest of two Tiger Ten Transit Drivers for rape and sodomy, many people on social media began questioning the pre-employment screenings of the drivers.  Facebook users began to point to a public profile with the name Tony Patillo (same name and picture as the Tony Patillo that was arrested) discussing what it takes to be a transit driver. The post said, "Attention everyone in the Opelika., Auburn and surrounding area!!!Drivers needed ., qualifications::: no license.,no background check.,,the only qualifications needed is showing up for work...If interested call 1800(come to work)..." First Transit has responded to these allegations and assert that transit drivers are subject to pre-employment background screenings and random drug tests throughout their employment. Senior Director of Corporate Communications for First Transit, Chris Kemper says both drivers have been removed from service and that the termination process has begun. The following statement from First Transit is below: At First Transit, we are greatly troubled by the events of  Friday  night.

Kay Ivey announces run for Alabama Governor

Montgomery, Alabama (EETV) - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has officially announced that she will run to keep her position.  Ivey, who ascended to the governor's office following the  resignation of Robert Bently , has made it her mission to "Steady the ship of State" in Alabama. Ivey has had her fair share of historic political moments, this one is no different.

Auburn ranked among the best Small Towns by Southern Living

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Auburn has been ranked as one of The South’s Best Small Towns 2017 by Southern Living. Two Alabama cities Auburn (7) and Florence (10) made the list, which was determined by a survey of more than 22,000 Southern Living readers.  Towns selected span across the south and share traits such as “a thriving downtown with locally owned restaurants, shops, and galleries; a touch of the artsy; loads of character; friendly locals; and, of course, a beautiful location." The list highlighted Auburn’s tree-shaded streets and old storefronts as elements that lend to its quality.