Every day, the men and women of the Tuscaloosa Police Department tell their loved ones goodbye, never knowing if they will return home. For every officer, never knowing the clear and present dangers is part of the mission and what sets them apart – it is what makes them heroes.

Trying to figure out what you want to do as it pertains to a long-term career is a pretty daunting task. And it should be. Teenagers have a hard time picking out shoes… you think they have a clue what they want to do for the rest of their life 

A Tuscaloosa Police officer has died after being shot on Monday. 40-year-old Dornell Cousette, a 13-year veteran of the TPD, passed away at DCH Regional Medical Center after being shot around 6:30 p.m. at a home in the West End of the city.

“Heroes come in many different forms,” said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox during a press conference on Monday night. “In our community, our heroes wear the uniform of the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Tonight, one of our heroes has died in the line of duty protecting our community.”

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox was recently appointed as a senior fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Program on Crisis Leadership for his effective leadership during times of crisis. Maddox has served as a fellow since 2014. 

What was life like in Tuscaloosa during the year 2019? That’s the question the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission is trying to answer, and they need the community's help.

The City of Tuscaloosa has been awarded a $72,000 Federal Metropolitan Planning Fund Grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive transit study. This study will allow the Tuscaloosa County Parking and Transit Authority to identify the best approach for optimizing and expanding service to Tuscaloosa residents.

When Crimson Tide fans travel to Tuscaloosa for football games, they will have a new way of getting information.

UA Info Radio is broadcasting on 92.5 FM and streaming through ready.ua.edu, the UA Safety app and the UA Gameday app.

Do you have outstanding parking tickets? If so, you might be able to pay for them by donating school supplies this month.

Tuscaloosa is going through a time of exciting progress. The City of Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Department of Transportation, and the Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission (jointly funded by the City, Tuscaloosa County Commission, City of Northport, and Legislative Delegation) have embarked on significant projects across the community. We are the envy of most cities in Alabama because we are building a better future. However, with collaboration, innovation, and expansion comes growing pains.   

It is difficult to make hard decisions during good times. 

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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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