Gov. Robert Bentley is calling for a special session of the Alabama Legislature to create a state lottery to help solve what he calls a state funding crisis. Bentley made the announcement in a video posted to his official website on Wednesday, July 27.  

A weekend wastewater leak in Northport sent emergency crews scrambling for a temporary fix, and now permanent repairs will be made. The 20-inch wastewater force main broke on Fifth Street near downtown Northport, resulting in the massive sewage spill.

If you’re looking for a great way to beat the heat with the kids and enjoy some fun movie time, the City of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department has a solution. “The Green Scene” indoor summer movie series starts on Friday, July 1, at the Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex. Movies will be shown each Friday afternoon through July 22.

When the April 27, 2011, tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, the city vowed to build back stronger, safer and smarter. The newest example of that resolve is The Gateway: Alberta’s Innovation and Discovery Center, which opens its doors to the public this week.

A flurry of excitement rippled through Tuscaloosa on Tuesday afternoon, with word that a Public Safety Committee had passed legislation allowing ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to operate within city limits. The news came courtesy of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox via Twitter:

After a long negotiation process, the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday approved legislation allowing the ride sharing service Uber to operate within the city limits. Shortly after the meeting, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox indicated he would sign the measure into law on Wednesday, June 29.

The City of Tuscaloosa was recently awarded $314,457 in grant funds from the Southern Rail Commission’s State of Alabama Delegation for a new multimodal station in Alberta’s tornado recovery zone.

The funds will be used to construct a new train station at the former Leland Shopping Center. At nearly 3,000 square feet, the station could become the new home of Amtrak in Tuscaloosa. The City, which will contribute additional funding to the project, is said to be close to completing negotiations with Amtrak and the owners of the property.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. until noon at the City of Tuscaloosa Public Safety Logistics building located at 3311 Kauloosa Avenue.

Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. Many hazardous wastes bear by warning labels such as poisonous or flammable. Improper disposal of these wastes can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Items dropped off will either be neutralized and recycled into new product or safely and properly disposed.

Tuscaloosa was named one of 50 midsize cities nationwide to take part in the Invest Health Initiative, aimed at transforming how leaders from the city work together to help low-income communities thrive.

The Initiative, a program for cities with populations between 50,000 and 400,000 seeks to improve the health of residents by paying specific attention to community features that drive health, including access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise and quality jobs.

Life is not fair.  Life is too fragile. These two truths converged unmercifully at 5:13 p.m., on April 27, 2011, when a deadly EF-4 tornado with winds of 193 mph swept into the southwestern edge of this city, and took aim at the heart of Tuscaloosa. In a matter of six minutes, 12 percent of the City was destroyed.  

Tuscaloosa’s world changed forever, yet, out the darkness, a confident hope emerged. 

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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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