The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued a tropical storm watch for several Central and West Alabama counties. This watch includes Tuscaloosa County.

Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued a statewide State of Emergency in anticipation of the potential impacts for Tropical Storm Nate. According to the National Hurricane Center, Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane when it makes landfall on Sunday morning. This storm is expected to bring direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rain.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox is running for Alabama governor. In a videotaped statement on Thursday, Oct. 5, Maddox confirmed he is entering the 2018 race.

Norman A. Crow, a member of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). He will represent Congressional District Seven and will be subject to confirmation by the 2018 Alabama Senate.

The City of Tuscaloosa will again host the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels on April 14 and 15, 2018. Online ticket sales will begin this Sunday, Oct. 1, with reduced pricing options for early purchases. Ticket prices increase Nov. 1.

This will mark the Blue Angels’ fifth performance at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport since 2009.

After 31 years as the executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA), Dara Longgrear will retire, effective Nov. 1.

The possibility of high winds and rain from Hurricane Irma has prompted a number of area schools to announce closings for Monday, Sept. 11.

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox presented his recommendation for the fiscal year 2018 operating budgets at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The budgets include the general fund and the water and sewer fund.

The City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority will present “Midday Moon Solar-bration,” a solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21, noon - 2 p.m. in Government Plaza located at 2106 6th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2009, Dr. David Beito, a University of Alabama history professor, and his wife, Dr. Linda Royster Beito, released a book called “Black Maverick,” a biography about unsung civil rights pioneer Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard.

The book received positive reviews, but, for the Beitos, a book wasn’t enough. Howard’s story needed to reach a wider audience.

In 2015, they attempted something they hadn’t done before: writing a screenplay about a part of Howard’s life they hoped would become a movie.

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