Engineer Bonner discusses fire hydrant accident: ‘That one accident drained the entire system’

Reform City Engineer Jonathan Bonner discusses the recent accident where a fire hydrant was hit in the city.

REFORM - The Reform City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Melody Davis on February 2, 2021 with all council members present.
The minutes from the last meeting of January 25, 2021 was approved by the council as well as the payables.
The first item on the agenda in old business included the council’s approval of  the September 30, 2020 audit given by Don Wallace.
The audit was given on ways to improve costs and income increase for the city of Reform.

Computer literacy program looking to expand to Black Belt

A program by Microsoft called Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), which is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that connects classroom teachers with tech-industry volunteers, through remote and in-classroom learning, to create sustainable computer science and technology education programs, is looking to expand into the Black Belt region of Alabama.
Amber Pope was one of the first instructors to bring the TEALS program to Alabama and has been with the organization for over three years.


Reform council discusses water tank issues

REFORM - On January 19, 2021, the Reform council meeting was called to order by Mayor Melody Davis with all council members present. Following the order of the agenda, the minutes from the last meeting of January 5, 2021 were approved, as well as the payables. Under Old Business, the council discussed issues with the water tank. “We are still working on the tank,” Davis said. “I tried to be more proactive on Facebook and let everybody know each step we took. I think I posted like maybe four or five different steps.

Missing elderly Gordo man found safe

GORDO - The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office reported on Friday that an elderly Gordo man. who had been reported missing, was located off a dirt road in the Gordo area Thursday night by Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies, City of Gordo police officers and Pickens County Coroner Chad Harless. The elderly gentleman had been missing for several hours and with the weather deteriorating, family members contacted the Sheriff’s Office and a search began immediately.


Gov. Ivey to Lead Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority

COLUMBUS, MS – The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has elected Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama to serve as chair for 2021. Governor Ivey has been involved and supported the Tenn-Tom Waterway and the inland waterway system during her time in office and has worked with new and existing industry along the inland waterway system such as Pinnacle Renewable Energy in Demopolis, Alabama and Enviva Biomass in Epes Alabama. Gov. Ivey has also led the effort for channel and harbor improvements at the Port of Mobile.


Commission meets for first time in a month due to commissioner quarantines

CARROLLTON - The January 12, 2021 Pickens County Commission was called to order by Commission Chairman Bobby Ingram with all commissioners present. The December 22, 2020 meeting did not meet quorum due to several of the commissioners being under COVID-19 quarantine, so several items from the agenda of the December 17th administrative meeting were also discussed under new business.