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. 

For our children, the world has never been a more difficult and complex place, especially as it relates to the value of an education. According to most experts, two out of three jobs created in the next 25 years will require a minimum of a two-year degree with a heavy concentration of digital literacy.

Technology is creating a doubled-edge sword in forecasting the next generation of job opportunities. On one end, we have individuals who do well in school and are well versed in the digital revolution, thus they are poised to succeed. Conversely, for those who fail to achieve academic success, low skill jobs are disappearing from the landscape rapidly. The next time you visit Home Depot or Lowe’s notice the amount of self-check-out lines, as just one small example.

Run-off elections will be held statewide on Tuesday, April 12, including in Tuscaloosa County – where both a Republican and a Democratic primary race will be decided. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Stillman College is about to commemorate its 140th anniversary with a gala celebration. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and Alabama native, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner on May 19.

For 140 years, Stillman College has encouraged and endorsed education as a liberal arts institution. Now, the school will celebrate its history and achievements with its celebration, “A Foundation for Life,” next month. Friends, students, alumni and community leaders will all attend.

Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will be able to do just that on Wednesday, March 23 at the Mayor’s Morning Out – which will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at Chick-Fil-A South located off of Skyland Boulevard.

This past weekend, C-SPAN was in Montgomery, filming segments for its C-Span Cities Tour, which features the literary life and history of a specific city. Now, C-SPAN is visiting Tuscaloosa.

Mayor Maddox was set to host C-SPAN at Tuscaloosa’s historic The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion on Monday morning. More will be revealed about the specific segments and stories covered. And mark your calendars, because Tuscaloosa’s C-SPAN Cities Tour segment is set to air April 16 and 17.

The Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday evening voted in favor of a resolution to establish an entertainment district in downtown Tuscaloosa – at least for one day.

The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, led by Gina Simpson, had requested that a formal Entertainment District be established on April 9 – coinciding with the Druid City Arts Festival (DCAF), which is scheduled for that day in Government Plaza.

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 two public meetings, Mayor’s Morning Out and Mayor’s Night Out, for City residents at local businesses.

In a continued effort to be open, efficient and effective, these meetings give Tuscaloosa residents an opportunity to discuss plans, ideas and concerns directly with the mayor. These come-and-go meetings will not include presentations.

If you’re looking for up-to-the-minute results from Alabama’s primary election, you’ll be able to get just that this year. Election night results will be available online, in real time, for the first time ever.

The Office of the Secretary of State is conducting a new project to collect and report results for Alabama’s primary election – one which will offer up results to everyone quickly, once the polls close. The election night results will be reported to the Secretary of State’s website at alabamavotes.gov.

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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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