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MPS Boardmember Passionately Pleads Case for Ad Valorem Tax Increase

AD VALOREM TAX

At Tuesday night’s Montgomery School board meeting, the board approved the hiring of lobbyists to work on the Ad Valorem tax with the legislature. Before the vote, several members made impassioned pleas in support of the issue,  including District 1 member Jannah Bailey. Categories: Montgomery, News Extras, News Video Tags: Ad Valorem, Jannah Bailey, Montgomery Public School Board, mps

Extra: Emergency Call: Alabama

Alabama lawmakers are exploring a new statewide emergency notification system this legislative session. The proposal making its way through the state legislature would give all county EMAs a base level notification system.  This would include text and call alerts of severe weather notifications from the National Weather Service. The legislation has the support of Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth and the…

Changemakers: Bryan Stevenson

Usually when we hear lawyers say they’ll “fight for you,” they’re referring to personal injury, but when Public Interest Attorney Bryan Stevenson says he’ll fight for you, it’s about protecting a client’s basic human rights. For more than 30 years, he and his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative which is based in Montgomery, have helped those who’ve been dealt a…

Extra: A Conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King’s Barber

Malden Brothers Barbershop sits on Jackson St. in Centennial Hill, a once bustling neighborhood in Montgomery that catered to black citizens at a time when Montgomery was dominated by segregation. Many of the most iconic figures of the civil rights movement were patrons. Nelson Malden was Dr. King’s barber. He remembers their first meeting. “I saw the blue Pontiac pull…

Extra: Saving the St. James Hotel in Selma

The St. James Hotel in Selma has stood since 1837 — decades before the Civil War, through the Civil Rights Movement. While it’s been closed and boarded up for years, there’s an effort underway to save the St. James and this important part of Alabama history. The St. James is known as the crown jewel of Water Avenue, overlooking the…

Extra: If Walls Could Talk at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Montgomery

After years of disrepair, leaders share new efforts to restore Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church

There’s a new effort to breathe life into a landmark Montgomery church that for decades has fallen by the wayside. Mt. Zion A.M.E.  Zion boasts of being the backdrop to pivotal moments in the civil rights movement, though the building itself has struggled to survive.  The church was once a pillar in the community that’s been quietly crumbling for years; but…

Changemakers: Tim Essary, Offers Sensory Inclusive Restaurant

Tim Essary, owner of Cahawba House in Downtown, Montgomery has been serving up good food at the restaurant since 2016. Along with that good food, he’s tried to provide every customer with a great experience. “I think when you’re going out to eat with family and friends, we ‘re in the south, so I always think family and friends I…

Extra: Impact Whitewater, Part 1 & 2

Project Catalyst (Source: Montgomery County Commission) It’s been three months since a multi-million dollar Whitewater project was announced for Montgomery.  It’s known as project catalyst, and its design is based on the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina. In an Alabama News Network Extra, Andrew James travels to Charlotte, North Carolina to see the facility Montgomery leaders are using…

Crumbling Classrooms: A Look Inside MPS Schools & the Millions It Will Take to Repair

Two hundred million dollars in deferred maintenance… That’s just the estimate for Montgomery Public Schools, but one board member said that number could actually be higher. Unusable classrooms, faulty heat and A.C. units… and numerous schools that need new roofs. Now, we’re taking you inside the schools to see these issues up close. It is no secret that Montgomery Public…

I-Team Extra: Crumbling Classrooms

In an Alabama News Network I-Team Extra, Andrew James investigates maintenance needs across the Montgomery Public School system.   School leaders estimate deferred maintenance needs are near $200 million and say the money in the budget doesn’t even scratch the surface. So what is the plan to address the maintenance needs & who will pay for it?  Hear what MPS…