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Decatur is a city in Morgan and Limestone counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. The city, nicknamed "The River City", is located in Northern Alabama on the banks of Wheeler Lake, along the Tennessee River. It is the largest city and county seat of Morgan County. The population in 2010 was 55,683.
Decatur is also the core city of the two-county large Decatur, Alabama metropolitan area which had an estimated population of 153,374 in 2013. Combined with the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, the two create the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area, of which Decatur is the second-largest city.
Like many southern cities in the early 19th century, Decatur's early success was based upon its location along a river. Railroad routes and boating traffic pushed the city to the front of North Alabama's economic atmosphere. The city rapidly grew into a large economic center within the Tennessee Valley and was a hub for travelers and cargo between Nashville and Mobile, as well as Chattanooga and New Orleans. Throughout the 20th century, the city experienced steady growth, but was eclipsed as the regional economic center by the fast-growing Huntsville during the space race. The city now finds its economy heavily based on manufacturing, mining, cargo transit, chemical, and high-tech companies such as Vulcan Materials,Daikin,Toray, and United Launch Alliance.
Initially the area was known as "Rhodes Ferry Landing", named for Dr. Henry W. Rhodes, an early landowner who operated a ferry that crossed the Tennessee River in the 1810s at the present-day location of Rhodes Ferry Park. The city was incorporated as Decatur in 1821. It was named in honor of Stephen Decatur; after he was killed in a duel in 1820, President Monroe directed that the Alabama town be named for him.
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Racking Horse World Celebration kicks off in Decatur
The Racking Horse Breeders Association will crown a new World Grand Champion this week at the 50th World Celebration event in Decatur.
Decatur City Schools teacher dies after long battle with illness
A Decatur City Schools teacher died Sunday night after battling a lengthy illness, according to spokesperson Elizabeth Gentle. Rodney Randell served at several schools during his tenure with Decatur ...
Decatur City Schools mourns death of second educator in one weekend
A longtime Decatur City Schools educator passed away Sunday night. This is the second staff member to pass away this weekend. The district said Mr. Rodney Randell taught for many years at Brookhaven ...
Car Tips Over in Alabama Flooding
A car was seen with its front submerged in floodwater in Decatur, Alabama, as heavy rainfall hit the area on .A flash flood warning was in place for the Decatur, Priceville and Trinity areas, with ...
‘Retain Alabama’ effort aims to sell students on homegrown opportunities
Alabama college students rank cost of living, job opportunities and salaries as key factors in deciding where they’ll live after graduation and about 43% of them are undecided about staying ...
Decatur City Schools mourning sudden loss of beloved teacher
A long-time third-grade teacher at Oak Park Elementary School died suddenly on Friday night, Decatur City Schools announced. Amanda McCurry also served as an Alabama High School Athletic Association ...
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Alabama councilman, 19, sick with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’
Nineteen-year-old Hunter Pepper said he and his family began to worry after he began showing symptoms, including difficulty breathing. He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday morning.
Decatur, Hartselle seniors among 4 local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists
Four students from Decatur, Hartselle and Limestone County received recognition Wednesday as semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, which rewards students who show academ ...
COVID-19: How Cases in the Decatur, AL Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros
The U.S. reported over 1,325,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending September 14, bringing the total count to more than 40.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more ...
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind opens a new campus in Decatur
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind opened a North Campus in Decatur. It will allow more people to receive beneficial services.