State Parks Director Greg Lein administered the oath to Alex Prickett surrounded by park officials and employees outside the park’s Vista Cliffside restaurant. There visitors enjoy a panoramic view of the rolling north Alabama hills — another selling point for Prickett.

Eight vehicles near Interstate 20's exit 191 collided shortly before 5:15 p.m. Thursday, when a deluge of rain descended upon the area. Four tractor trailers, three cars and a pickup truck were involved in the wreck, state troopers said. Three people suffered minor injuries.

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