Several lawsuits naming some of the city’s best-known restaurants claim servers deserve back pay and damages because the restaurants allowed dishwashers and other kitchen staff to benefit from tip pools only the servers contributed to. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argue the practice is a violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act. Grab this issue of Lagniappe to learn industry representatives' advice on how to avoid the trouble. In Bay Briefs, motions in License Commission Kim Hastie’s case have been denied as her trial date looms. Also, the Mobile City Council approved funding for litter trap and police body cameras. In Cuisine, Andy shook off his blues with oysters, shrimp, crawfish, grouper and lobster at Half Shell Oyster House. We also have the latest on the food happenings. Artifice takes a closer look at a downtown exhibit that is both world-class and eye-opening talent taken from our own grass roots. In Music, country songstress Logan Brill is taking the road less traveled in Nashville, leaving the pop element behind. Brill will be making a stop at Moe’s BBQ Thursday March 26. In Style, Boozie has the scoop on this week’s crazy gossip, which includes the Gulf Shore Police Department’s message to vacationing punks. Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
Residents concerned with Mobile’s future came out in droves to be among the first to offer suggestions, during the initial long-range planning meeting on Monday evening.
City staff members and planners from Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood and Planning NEXT were on hand at Government Street Baptist Church to help gather information from residents on what they would like to see for the future of the city.
A little more than a week after hearing arguments from both sides, United States Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson today granted a request from federal prosecutors to disqualify one of the three attorneys on Mobile County Licence Commissioner Kim Hastie’s defense team.
Attorney Buzz Jordan, who teamed up with the Mobile-based Hanley Law Firm following License Commissioner’s November indictment, will not be able to participate as Hastie’s attorney during an upcoming public corruption trial.
Gov. Robert Bentley made a stop today in the Port City to promote his plan of increasing certain state taxes in hopes of accruing funds to cover a $700 million shortfall in the state’s general fund budget.
While laying out his plan, which is estimated to generate about $541 million in state revenue by increasing some taxes and closing tax loopholes,
Mayor Sandy Stimpson traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where he joined Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew and other senior White House and administration officials in a roundtable conversation about infrastructure investment, as part of the President’s Build America Investment Initiative. Stimpson was joined at the White House on Wednesday by a select group of elected officials including: Mayors from Dallas, Detroit, Tampa, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; the County Executive from King County, Wash.; as well as the governors of Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Additionally, the White House invited representatives from 19 investment funds whose funding capacity exceeds $7 trillion dollars. “I was humbled and honored to represent Mobile at this important gathering to discuss how our country is addressing the infrastructure funding needs of our cities and states,” Stimpson said. “The momentum in Mobile has clearly captured the attention of the highest levels of our government, as well as a compliment of investors looking to enter into innovative public private partnerships to help improve and fund our aging infrastructure.” Continue Reading →
Mayor Sandy Simpson will host a “Focus on the Future” community workshop where citizens can share their vision for the future of Mobile. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 30, at Government Street Baptist Church, 3401 Government Boulevard. The workshop will provide an overview of the mayor’s initiative to create long-range, comprehensive plans for all of Mobile. It is part of a community-driven process known as the “Map of Mobile,” which will make recommendations for preservation, revitalization and growth across the city. The planning process will be closely aligned with ongoing economic and community development activities, will engage Mobile’s diverse citizens and, perhaps most importantly, will include realizable action steps to ensure that recommendation steps will become reality. Continue Reading →
Much like high school athletes moving forward to play collegiate level sports, today 43 Murphy High School sophomores participated in the Mobile County Public School System’s first-ever Academic Signing Day — each publicly signing up for a “one-of-a-kind” partnership with the University of Alabama Early College. (more…) Continue Reading →
Due to time restraints with logistical planning and the proximity to the Greater Gulf State Fair, The Grounds has withdrawn from negotiations with BayFest to host the music festival in October 2015. “In October, The Grounds will host more than 100,000 people at the Greater Gulf State Fair, The Grounds Executive Director Scott Tindle said in a statement. “It’s a massive undertaking to plan and implement an event of this caliber and size. We’re committed to making it the cleanest, most family-friendly event in America, and that is our number one priority right now. “When we were approached by BayFest to host their music festival this year, we tried our hardest to make it work logistically. Continue Reading →
Bayou la Batre Councilwoman Annette Johnson has launched several legal allegations at Bayou la Batre Mayor Brett Dungan recently, but during Monday’s working session she suggested he had also used his city-owned electronic devices to send her “inappropriate” communications. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Mobile Police Department announced today that one of its own had been arrested, as officer Gregory Evans turned himself in at the Mobile Metro Jail after being charged with third degree domestic violence. (more…) Continue Reading →