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.
Mayors from Alabama’s five largest cities met in Montgomery on April 20, where they urged state lawmakers to support issues critical to residents of Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, a constituency comprising nearly one third of the state's population.
Since World War II began, more than 83,000 Americans remain missing. On Friday, a special dedication was held to honor the POW/MIAs: a special Chair of Honor, located on the second floor of the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Tuscaloosa. The chair will remain perpetually empty, in memory of all Americans who have gone missing or became prisoners of war while serving their country.
Wednesday’s forecast does not look good for much of Alabama, with several counties expected to see some form of severe weather. As a result, many area schools are opting to close for the day. Storms began making their way into West Alabama in the wee hours on Wednesday, bringing torrential rain, lightning and high winds. A tornado watch was issued for Tuscaloosa County until 9 p.m.
Governor Robert Bentley declared a statewide State of Emergency for severe weather in Alabama on Wednesday.
School and Business Closings on Wednesday, April 5:
Tuscaloosa City Schools
Tuscaloosa County Schools and County Offices
Holy Spirit School & Preschool
American Christian Academy
University of Alabama
Shelton State Community College
The Tuscaloosa Public Library
Local officials are investigating reports of an alligator sighting in a Lake Tuscaloosa tributary.
The City of Tuscaloosa on Monday afternoon said it had received “unconfirmed reports” of an alligator in Hamner Creek – which is a tributary of Lake Tuscaloosa.
Area residents turned out at the polls on Tuesday, March 7, to decide several key government races and seats on the Tuscaloosa City School Board.
Unofficial results are in (results won’t be official until canvassing on March 14), and these are the winners in each race – or those headed into a runoff on April 18.