Alabama's standard license plate is switching from a coastal scene to the mountains of north Alabama.
The state Revenue Department says the new tag will be available Jan. 1. It will replace the "Sweet Home Alabama" tag that promotes Alabama's coast. State Tourism Department spokesman Brian Jones says the new tag is designed with mountains and a lake reminiscent of north Alabama and is designed to show that Alabama has those attractions. The new license plate doesn't include the "Sweet Home Alabama" slogan that was on the old tag.
There are still hotel and motel rooms available in some Alabama cities for coastal residents trying to escape from Isaac. For those who have been unable to find a room, the Alabama Department of Tourism is providing a toll- free number to tell evacuees where a room might be available. State tourism director Lee Sentell said there were still rooms available in Montgomery for Monday night, but that they were filling up fast for Tuesday night. He said rooms were almost all booked in Auburn for both nights. He said there were still rooms available in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.