WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Notable City, Notable Residents

Sachin Ghatwal

Here are the top news highlights we saw around the area this week:

  • Mobile Breaks Grounds on $38.3M Parking Garage 

On January 9, the city kicks off a $38.3 million project for a 1000-space parking garage. Completion is set for early 2025. 

  • Mobile’s Port Ranks Second in Forbes’ Fastest-Growing US Ports 

mobile's port ranks second in forbes' fastest-growing us ports

Mobile’s Port just snagged second place on Forbes’ list of America’s fastest-growing ports, doubling its trade in a decade. 

Expect even bigger waves once it becomes the deepest channel in the Gulf!

  • Fire at Krispy Kreme on Hillcrest Extinguished

KK’s Hillcrest Road branch had firefighters dousing a rooftop HVAC unit blaze. 

Luckily, no doughnuts (or people) were harmed. 

  • Coastal Flood Advisory for Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Jan 8-9

Brace for minor coastal flooding and rough seas from Monday evening to Tuesday morning. 

Remember, safety first: avoid water travel, stay off jetties, and watch out for those sneaky rip currents!

  • Miss Alabama 2023 Heads to Miss America Competition 

miss alabama 2023 heads to miss america competition

Miss Alabama 2023, Brianna Burrell, is all set to dazzle at the Miss America competition. 

With her focus on STEM education and a fresh take on pageantry, she’s ready to inspire on the national stage.

  • Johnny Morris Jr. Named Mobile’s New Fire Chief

Mobile’s firefighting force just got a new leader! 

Johnny Morris Jr., a veteran with over 30 years in the department, steps up as Fire Chief, bringing a blend of experience and a vision for community-focused service.

  • Dr. Grant Stone Named in Mobile Bay’s 2024 Top 40 Under 40

Mobile’s Dr. Grant Stone makes the 2024 Class of 40 Under 40, recognized for his groundbreaking work in pain management and community contributions.

  • Cooper Riverside Park Undergoes Revamp, Pauses Events for a Year

Cooper Riverside Park in Mobile is getting a $6.9 million makeover, pausing public events for a year. 

The upgrade will fix the aging bulkhead and deck, setting the stage for exciting future waterfront projects like RiverWalk Plaza and a potential Amtrak stop.
Disclaimer: These news stories are summaries of various local news and reports from the past week.

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