Actress Tonea Stewart retires from Alabama State University

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (WDHN) — You may recognize her from films like ‘A Time to Kill” or TV shows like “In the Heat of The Night”, for nearly three decades Tommie “Tonea” Stewart has been a professor at Alabama State University, now she is retiring as Dean. 

“I had a chance to work with young people who had dreams and didn’t know what to dream,” Stewart said. 

Stewart began working at ASU in 1990. She has had roles in films like, “Mississippi Burning,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Rosa Parks Story,” and “Mississippi Damned.” She may still be best known for her recurring role of Miss Etta Kibbee in the long-running television series “In the Heat of the Night.” Most recently, she appeared in the hit film, “Girls Trip” and in the Netflix original movie “Come Sunday.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Walker Texas Ranger for many episodes, Matlock, Andy Griffith was so good he wanted me to be in Gramps with him,” Stewart said. 

Stewart went on to have a career in the film industry that only some can dream of.

“A” Time to Kill” was a major player in my legendary roles in the industry,” Stewart said. 

She helped successfully lobby the state to recruit filmmakers to produce movies in Alabama.

Since then dozens of movies have been filmed in the great state.

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