State Representative Republican Greg Wren of Montgomery, has decided not to seek re-election this year. Wren said he has enjoyed his 16 years of public service but after much prayer, decided to retire when his term ends in November. Wren represents the 74th District, which covers parts of Montgomery and Elmore counties.
Authorities have released the names of the two construction workers who were killed Wednesday morning at a road construction site off Interstate 85. The Montgomery County Sheriff's office said 63-year-old David Lee White of Montgomery and 53-year-old Lomax Phillips of Birmingham died when a lift they were working on fell 90 feet to the ground. The workers were employed by R.R. Dawson Bridge Company based in Bessemer. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the industrial accident. The Alabama Department of Transportation said work on the Outer Loop Road project has been temporarily suspended.
New Task Force
Several law enforcement officials from across the state came together Thursday to announce the creation of the Central Alabama Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force. The goal of the group will be to identify, target, arrest and convict criminals who commit drug trafficking, money laundering, murder and other violent crimes. Jenny Williams, Assistant Special Agent in charge of the the Montgomery Office of the FBI, says the task force helps pool resources and streamline law enforcement processes across the state.
The interposition of Montgomery County Public Schools is now in its third month. It was initiated by the Department of Education after an investigation into grade changing at several high schools. State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice is pleased with the progress being made.