City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox has appointed Mark Fields as city clerk, effective Sept. 5.

Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Major General Sheryl Gordon as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, upon the retirement of major General Perry Smith.

“General Sheryl Gordon is a trailblazer and visionary leader,” Governor Ivey said. “She has had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years. I look forward to serving alongside her as she leads our National Guard troops in Alabama.”

It’s that time of year again: Area college students are returning to Tuscaloosa for the fall semester. With moving in comes a lot more garbage, and the city is responding accordingly in an attempt to ease the strain – temporarily extending service hours and placing additional resources, including dumpsters, in certain areas.

The environmental services division has placed nine additional dumpsters around Tuscaloosa, in areas with high college student populations from now until Sunday, Aug. 6.

If you're planning on heading to the Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper concert in Tuscaloosa, this weekend, be aware: To enhance public safety and make venue access more efficient, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater says it will institute a clear bag policy for all concerts - effective immediately.

Bags must satisfy the guidelines below in order to be taken into the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater:

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox is forming an exploratory committee to run for Alabama governor. In a videotaped statement on Thursday, Maddox confirmed he’s considering entering the 2018 race.

“Today, I am announcing the formation of a political committee to help me explore the possibility of running for Governor in 2018,” Maddox said in his statement. “The decision to form the committee was easy. By taking this step, I am complying with Alabama’s election and ethics laws and continuing our tradition of transparency.”

By Amy Materson

Walmart Neighborhood Market became the first grocery store in Tuscaloosa to offer customers an online shopping option this week as the store launched an online ordering and grocery pickup program. 

The following is Mayor Walt Maddox’s 2017 Inauguration Address, delivered on May 22 at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

Mayor Walt Maddox 
Monday, May 22, 2017 
Tuscaloosa River Market 

In October 2001, I remember standing on the stairs inside City Hall waiting for the inaugural procession to begin, and thinking about what would the future would hold. 

Nearly 16 years later, I can still feel the excitement, energy and anxiousness that comes with taking an oath to serve your community.  

It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years now since the City of Tuscaloosa set up and launched its 311 call center.

“From day one I wanted our government to be as transparent, accessible and efficient as possible,” said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who spearheaded the creation of 311 after he was first elected mayor in 2005. “311 was the first of many open government initiatives we have done in the past 10 years, and I am truly proud with how this team has stepped up to meet the needs of our citizens.”

The City of Tuscaloosa has increased its population by 10.2 percent since the 2010 census, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates, more than any of the top five cities in Alabama.

By Amy Materson

The Brookwood Career Center opened its doors to the public May 1, offering a number of exciting options to job seekers across West Alabama. The “pop-up” center, located at 15706 Highway 216 across from the Brookwood Town Hall, is funded from more than $1.5 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants and is part of an initiative that will deliver a range of job training services that will fill acute workforce needs in automotive and other manufacturing industries in the area.

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