Mobile Gets July 4 Fireworks Despite Lack of Sponsors; City Approves $18,000 Contract

The city of Mobile has approved a contract to spend $18,000 on a July 4 fireworks display. (File photo) The Mobile City Council has approved an $18,561 contract for the city’s July 4 fireworks display, an amount that’s about the same as last year – but which apparently won’t be offset by major sponsorships this year. In July 2016, the council approved a contract for $18,554 with Pyrotechnico Fireworks, the same company that will handle this year’s display. But the city didn’t have to pay the full amount, as a bank had contributed $1,500 and a shoe retailer had contributed more than $5,000. Discussing this year’s contract, which was sponsored… Read More

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Mobile Water Service Lowers Estimate of Cindy Sewer Overflows, Says ‘Serious Problem’ Remains

Tropical Storm Cindy is seen in a satellite image is from June 20. (NASA) Officials at Mobile’s water system have revised their estimates of the amount of untreated water released during Tropical Storm Cindy, dropping the amount by half. During the week, the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) released statements that the heavy rains brought by Cindy had led to widespread overflows, but that totals were not yet available. Early Friday afternoon, it released estimated totals that added up to nearly 18 million gallons – a remarkably high figure, considering that MAWSS had estimated spills of up to 10 million gallons during Hurricane Katrina and that Cindy’s rains,… Read More

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Mayoral Challenger Thompson Wants to ‘Make Mobile Healthier’

Anthony Leonard Thompson has announced a run for the mayor’s office in Mobile. (Courtesy of Anthony Thompson) Mobile has a third mayoral candidate in the mix, with political newcomer Anthony Leonard Thompson trying to bring an evolving focus on public health issues to the forefront. Thompson enters a clash of heavyweights: On Saturday, former Mayor Sam Jones formally announced that he is battling to take his old job back from incumbent Sandy Stimpson, who unseated him in 2013. Jones and Stimpson both have abundant name recognition and the proven ability to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thompson, by contrast, launched a GoFundMe.com fundraising drive on June 10 which, as… Read More

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Tropical System Forecast to Enter Gulf Today on Path to — Where?

There are two tropical systems in the Atlantic, and one of them is poised to enter the Gulf today, where it is expected to develop. Another storm to the east will likely beat it to becoming Tropical Storm Bret today. (National Hurricane Center) Today is the day that forecasters should get a better handle on what a tropical system nearing the Gulf is going to do. Two things will help: The system is expected to cross over land and make it into the Gulf of Mexico, and the Hurricane Hunters are planning to fly in for a closer look. But this storm may not get a chance to become Tropical… Read More

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Former Mobile Mayor Sam Jones to Seek the Office Again

Former Mobile Mayor Sam Jones is seeking the city’s top job again. Jones, who served as mayor from 2005 to 2013, announced his run for mayor during a Saturday afternoon event at the Greater Nazaree Baptist Church in Mobile. Jones was Mobile’s first black mayor. “I’ve come to tell you that I am running for mayor,” he said, before a crowd in the church, where Jones said he grew up attending Vacation Bible School. The energetic crowd continually shouted the phrase: “All in,” to show their support for the former mayor. Jones, 68, lost to current Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson in the 2013 mayoral election. Stimpson is also seeking re-election.… Read More

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Boat Capsizes in Mobile River, Two People Missing

The Mobile Fire Rescue is actively searching for two people who fell overboard after their boat capsized in the Mobile River Delta on Wednesday afternoon. Mobile Fire Rescue Spokesman Steve Huffman said they received the call at around 1:41 p.m. He said a boat was towing another boat when it capsized and began taking on water. “Two people on the towing boat apparently fell off,” said Huffman. “What we understand is the third person on board had his back turned. He was fooling with whatever they were towing and when he turned around they were gone.” Huffman said once the main boat began taking on water the third unidentified man… Read More

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Mobile Christian Linebacker Ethan Hearn Honored with Jimmy Smothers Courage Award

Ethan Hearn, who responded to his mom Lanie’s sudden death in November by helping Mobile Christian to the Class 3A football state championship game, was honored with the 2017 Jimmy Smothers Courage Award on Sunday night. The award was presented to Hearn, a rising junior, at the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s annual convention in Birmingham. The award, named after longtime Gadsden Times sports editor Jimmy Smothers, honors a high school athlete who has overcome adversity and shown immense courage. RELATED: ‘He wanted to make his mom proud’ Hearn returned from a Leopard playoff football practice on a Thursday night last November to find his mother dead of an apparent suicide.… Read More

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Mobile Leaders Wary on Spending as Sales Taxes Stagnate

Mobile has had its share of positive economic news in the last 18 months, including the start of production at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Despite such job-creating developments, however, city sales tax revenues haven’t taken off — and that’s a trend that could make for hard choices if it continues. (Courtesy of Airbus) (bn) Mobile seems to be out of sync with the rest of the state when it comes to sales tax revenues, and a lack of growth is leading city leaders to step cautiously as they shape the city’s 2018 budget. As yet, there seems to be no sense that drastic… Read More

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Does Trump-Sessions rift create ‘difficult situation’ for Alabama’s GOP Senate candidates?

President Donald Trump talks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, gestures before speaking at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ memorial service, Monday, May 15. 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Alabama conservatives love former Senator and now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and they backed President Donald Trump with historic support last November. But if recent national news accounts about a growing rift between the two continues to fester, sides could be taken. And for the GOP candidates seeking Sessions’ former Senate seat, it could be a tricky issue to address this summer, political observers note. “If there is a Trump-Sessions fallout, it puts those desiring to… Read More

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Why You Might Want to Take a Vacation to Mobile AL

Have you been to Mobile Alabama before? It’s a city where there are many things that you may not expect. You can see many different attractions, museums, and take tours of the city just to take everything in. It is something that you should do at least once, and if you have a week off from work, this is a place you should go. The following destinations are at the top of the list with many people that have visited Mobile Alabama before. Best Places To Go One place that gets an incredible amount of reviews is to visit the battleship USS Alabama. This is an absolutely incredible vessel. They… Read More

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