Peter Taliaferro


Governor Ivey Names Kelly Butler Interim Director of Finance

MONTGOMERY, Ala (EETV)- Governor Kay Ivey announced Kelly Butler as Acting Director of the Alabama Department of Finance. Butler has a career that spans more than 30 years beginning with the Alabama Department of Revenue and later with the Department of Finance as an Assistant State Budget Officer. “Kelly Butler has more than two decades of experience working with the state’s budgets and more than three decades experience as a fiscal analyst.

Gov. Ivey Announces BAE Systems' arrival to Alabama

Montgomery, Ala. -- Gov. Kay Ivey will be welcoming plans for BAE systems to expand their Alabama operations during the Farnborough International Airshow, near London, she announced Monday, July 16. BAE systems announced, in London, an expansion plan to expand its operations to the state of Alabama with a $45.5 million project, creating hundreds of jobs, according to the company. “BAE Systems’ decision to carry out this significant expansion project in Huntsville is a powerful testament to the expertise that makes Alabama’s ‘Rocket City’ an aerospace hub,” said Ivey. According to the company, the expansion extends to its offices in Huntsville, along with the development of an office space facility and the development of state-of-the-art manufacturing. The work at the facility will consist of new and existing programs and businesses including design, development and manufacturing of precision munitions and aircraft survivability technology.

New documentary profiles Alabama’s pre-k program

Montgomery, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey announced the release of “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America,” a video detailing Alabama’s nationally renowned prekindergarten program. The video, produced and filmed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, debuted at the National Forum on Education Policy hosted by the Education Commission of the States in Washington D.C. “We know that investing in quality early learning impacts a child’s future far beyond the classroom,” said Gov.

New grocery delivery service comes to Auburn and Opelika

Auburn, Ala. — Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service, is expected to come to Auburn on June 28. Founded by former Amazon employee Apoorva Mehta, the company gives customers the opportunity to shop for goods at in-store prices and have these groceries delivered to their homes at a delivery window of one hour or up to five days in advance. Instacart’s customers mainly access the site through mobile apps on iPhone or Android, but can also access the main website. The service will be available to over 40,000 people who live across Auburn, Opelika, Waverly, Gold Hill, Woodland Hills, Woodfield, The Bottle, Wrights Croassroads, Whippoorwill Estates and Beauregard. Customers will be able to order from stores such as CVS pharmacy and Publix.

Auburn library debuts Aubie exhibit

Auburn, Ala. — The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries recently opened an exhibit on Aubie the mascot, commemorating the soon-to-be 40th anniversary of the mascot. Phil Neel, an artist for the Birmingham Post-Herald, drew the original cartoon Aubie. The drawing made its first appearance on the cover of an Auburn football program on Oct.

City of Auburn holds job fair to help those displaced by MasterPlan

Auburn, Ala. — The City of Auburn announced a partnership with local businesses and Auburn City Schools to host a job fair on Tuesday, June 19, from 3 - 8 p.m. The job fair is to assist those recently laid off by the closing of MasterBrand’s Auburn plant. The company stunned employers and city officials on June 12 by announcing its closure because of ‘market conditions and changes in consumer taste.’ Auburn City officials announced their efforts to assist in placing the 445 affected employees in jobs. “It’s great to see the entire community coming together in this critical time for those who lost their jobs this week,” said Cary Cox, the City of Auburn’s workforce development director.

Former Tuskegee police lieutenant convicted for assaulting arestee

Tuskegee, Ala. -- Former Tuskegee police lieutenant Alex Hunley, was convicted for his role in the beating of a compliant, handcuffed arrestee and a cover-up of the incident in 2014. According to evidence presented at the trial, Huntley arrested a man who scuffled with police near the Tuskegee town square and directed a fellow police officer to transport him back to the Tuskegee Police Department for booking.