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Tuscaloosa has a new police chief. On Feb. 17, Mayor Walt Maddox officially announce that Lt. Brent Blankley will serve as chief of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, effective March 3.

“The appointment for the position of chief is not one that I have taken lightly, and I have taken into account the recommendations of the community, city staff, and many current and former police officers. I have full confidence in Lt. Blankley’s experience, and know that he deeply cares for the department and its officers, and will lead our department with integrity and dedication," said Mayor Maddox.

Tuscaloosa County School System Superintendent Dr. Walter Davie and Chief School Financial Officer Mr. Danny Higdon have announced they’re retiring. Higdon plans to retire effective March 31, and Davie will retire on May 31.  

The more you enjoy playing with your children, the more they may be able to learn. Your children's abilities to learn many skills in the early years will depend on their stages of development and their individual interests. In addition, their learning will depend on the opportunities and support that the family offers them at home and in their surroundings. Here are a few helpful hints to assist you in planning and doing the activities with your children.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

The City of Tuscaloosa will partner with the Alabama Power Service Organization and the Alabama Forestry Commission to give out 5,000 bare root tree seedlings in honor of Arbor Week. The tree seedling giveaway will be held at the Tuscaloosa River Market on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This big sweet baby is Missy, a 1-year-old female Labrador Retriever mix. This beautiful girl is the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week.

Hours of heavy, unrelenting rain inundated parts of Tuscaloosa County on Monday, making for hazardous driving conditions. With more rain expected on Tuesday, some area schools opted to close for the day.

These are techniques to use when your baby cries, but they are also preventive tools to keep your infant from getting over-stimulated all day long.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

The hiring process for a new Tuscaloosa Police chief is underway. Former Chief of Police, Steve Anderson, retired in August of last year, and Assistant Chief Mitt Tubbs was selected to serve as interim chief.
 
According to a release from the city of Tuscaloosa, search for the new permanent chief began in October with a public survey distributed to Tuscaloosa Police Department employees, city residents and stakeholders about their priorities for the chief. The survey was open for three months, and was completed by almost 1200 people.

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

 

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