Members of West Alabama’s legislative delegation met at Embassy Suites Thursday morning for Chamber in Session: State of the State, tackling topics of interest to Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama members during a panel moderated by JamisonMoneyFarmer PC’s Carl Jamison, the Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council.

Joining Jamison for the panel were Sen. Gerald Allen, in his second term serving Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa’s District 21; Sen. Bobby Singleton, in his third term serving Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa’s District 24; Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa’s House District 70; Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa’s House District 63; Rep. Kyle South of Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Tuscaloosa’s House District 16; and Rep. Rich Wingo of Tuscaloosa’s House District 62.

Senator Allen, who serves as Chairman of the Transportation and Energy Committee, was asked about the ongoing debate on investment in the state’s aging transportation infrastructure.

Members of the Tuscaloosa County Legislative Delegation will be on hand for Thursday morning’s Chamber in Session: State of the State event at 7:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites.

Designed to provide Chamber members with updates from key officials on public policy topics, Thursday’s event will feature Sen. Gerald Allen, Sen. Bobby Singleton, Rep. Chris England, Rep. Bill Poole, Rep. Kyle South and Rep. Rich Wingo.

A record number of Alabamians are registered to vote, and turnout is expected to be high for Tuesday’s general election.

It hasn’t rained in weeks here in Tuscaloosa and Northport (or anywhere else for that matter), and currently there’s no significant rain in the immediate forecast here in West Alabama. Our drought is worsening, prompting state officials to take action on Tuesday – placing Tuscaloosa County and 17 other counties under drought emergency status level – the most severe drought declaration.

Voters in Northport are going back to the polls on Tuesday, to decide the race for mayor and two city council seats.

Also on Tuesday, the Council authorized a one-year extension on Red Mountain Entertainment’s contract to book, promote, advertise and provide other services for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

This summer, West Tuscaloosa and our entire community accepted a challenge not of our choosing. Stillman College, a difference maker in our community for more than 140 years, faced a $1 million shortfall due to slow cash flow. If this shortfall was not addressed, it was likely that Stillman College was going to close its doors. 

After the April 27, 2011, tornado, our goal was to build back stronger, safer and smarter. The Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center exceeds these three facets. In fact, I was impressed at every step of this building and development process, and was blown away with the final product. 

Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will have several opportunities to do just that over the coming weeks and months. Maddox will hold five public meetings outside of City Hall this fall, continuing the Mayor’s Morning Out and Mayor’s Night Out series.

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