March 28, 2017

Major upgrades planned for Lurleen Wallace Blvd.

The city of Tuscaloosa and the Alabama Department of Transportation will team up on a $23.2 million project to renovate and improve Lurleen Wallace Boulevard. The project, approved by the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday, is expected to improve road conditions, eliminate parallel parking by adding turn lanes and improve pedestrian safety, city officials said. Other parts of the project …

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March 22, 2017

Lyft to launch operations Thursday

The ride-sharing service Lyft will launch operations in Tuscaloosa and four other Alabama cities Thursday afternoon. According to a company news release, Lyft drivers will be available in Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery at noon Thursday. Their services are already available in Alabaster and Birmingham. “Lyft has spent the first three months of 2017 bringing better transportation options to …

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March 14, 2017

Maddox proposes PARA task force

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is asking Northport and Tuscaloosa County government leaders to join him on a 10-member task force to discuss the long-term future of the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. There is debate every year about how much funding PARA will receiving from its three primary financial backers — the city of Tuscaloosa, the city of Northport …

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March 7, 2017

Maddox re-elected to fourth term

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox was re-elected to a fourth term Tuesday by almost 90 percent of voters. Maddox, 44, thanked his supporters for ushering him to victory in his first political challenge since 2005. “You don’t ever take for granted the opportunity to serve,” Maddox said. “Certainly, I respect the voters of Tuscaloosa and I was going to give them …

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March 7, 2017

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox wins 4th term

Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox wins a fourth term in office. With 8 of 9 precincts reporting by 10 p.m. Tuesday, Mayor Maddox was up 89% over his challenger Stepfon Lewis. Maddox’s watch party was at Hotel Indigo in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Mayor Maddox gave his victory speech very early in the evening. He told his supporters “tonight’s victory …

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March 5, 2017

Maddox faces first challenger in 12 years

For the first time in 12 years, Tuscaloosa voters will have a choice in the mayor’s race. Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa’s mayor since 2005, is relying on his record and accomplishments since taking office as reasons why he deserves a fourth term as the city’s highest executive officer. Stepfon “Step” Lewis, an entrepreneur and political newcomer, has mounted his campaign on …

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February 27, 2017

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater releases “competitive” 2017 lineup

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — “This is an awesome lineup that’s been put together for 2017. But know this: there are more to come,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox warned the crowd at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater’s season kickoff press conference. The season lineup: Mary Mary and Tasha Cobbs, Jaheim, Def Leppard, Dave Matthews, Soundgarden, John Legend, and Rod Steward with Cyndi Lauper. Maddox said …

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February 12, 2017

Tuscaloosa audit finds city spent money properly

A recent audit of Tuscaloosa’s usage of federal tornado-related recovery funds found that the city properly spent the money. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General found that the city of Tuscaloosa’s application of $43.9 million in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) dollars was appropriately applied to the areas of need. “The city administered …

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January 21, 2017

Funding agreement expedites two projects

Two road projects will now advance after the Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission unanimously approved amended funding agreements with the city of Tuscaloosa. The widening of Jack Warner Parkway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, expected to cost about $23.3 million, and the projected $54.5 million expansion of McWright’s Ferry Road will now be overseen by the city of Tuscaloosa. …

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January 5, 2017

Portal offers residents a trove of information

A new online data portal grants Tuscaloosa residents access to the details of City Hall spending. Now available at, the free-to-access web page is the first of its kind for a municipality in Alabama. Announced last year, this online portal was established to provide information and data on the city’s budgetary revenues and spending as well as up-to-date crime …

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