Cyclists plan blood drive bike ride



LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is sponsoring a “5 Points of Life” bicycle ride that will visit 30 cities in six states in 30 days. One of those cities is Blountsville during the October Harvest Festival there. The riders are a group of individuals which credit their survival to blood donors. While LifeSouth is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization which […]

Oneonta cheerleaders win camp awards



The Oneonta junior varsity cheerleaders brought back two first-place trophies (camp cheer and pom-pom) and one second-place award (extreme dance) from the Cheer Camp in Panama City, Fla., earlier this year. Pictured are: (seated, from left to right) Anne Marie Wester, Jamie Loyd, Emily Thompson, Peyton Putman, Macie Walker, Sarah Taylor, and Lexie Taylor; (standing, left to right) Macie Leuce, […]

Join the parade



You don’t have to drive a tank or fly a bomber to participate in our own tribute to our veterans. A farm tractor pulling a wagon or a convertible with a load of cheerleaders will do just fine. Veterans Day activities honor all veterans, both living and dead, for their loyal service to their country. Nov. 8 is the day […]

Retired probation officer Hicks recognized for service

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education presented recently retired juvenile probation officer Danny Hicks with a plaque in recognition of his years of service to the county. “Danny Hicks has done so much for the children in our system,” said Superintendent Jim Carr, “and we wanted to make sure he knew that his work was appreciated. He has done so […]

Jackie Miller lands $25,000 grant for Appalachian



Hero met hero when well-known television host Jenny Jones made a surprise phone call to Appalachian PTSO president Jackie Miller at the high school. Jackie is a hero because the $25,000 grant she applied for will enable the school to buy new computers and finish the lab she has started there. Jenny is a hero for approving a grant for […]

Oneonta Girls’ Chorus will sing again Thursday



Many memories will be stirred again tomorrow (Thursday) when the Worthwhile Club presents former members of Oneonta Girls’ Chorus in concert in the sanctuary of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Club members and singers invite the public to be their guests. Some 15 former members, some having sung in the ’50s and ’60s, will sing in the reunion concert, their […]

Griffitt Auto Service:

New garage on Straight Mountain

Not all of those shown here are preparing to work on the unsuspecting van in the foreground – not even Elwyn Thomas, who’s brandishing the wrench. All shown turned out to celebrate the new garage’s opening ceremony last month. (Counter clockwise from left foreground): Carl and Pamela Griffitt with daughter Audrey, Amy Dobbs, Kevin Ellis, Kelley Cochran. (Back row from […]

Fifty-year sentence in beating case



Circuit Judge Steven King pronounced a 50-year prison sentence on Robert Wayne Patterson of Locust Fork who was found guilty in August of first-degree assault on his neighbor, Charles Gilliland. District Attorney Tommy Rountree asked the court to consider Patterson’s two prior assault convictions and impose the maximum sentence of life in prison. Patterson’s attorney and several family members, however, […]

Alabama Scene

Definition of 'moral turpitude' could affect rights of thousands to vote

The Alabama constitution says persons convicted of crimes involving “moral turpitude” cannot vote without having their rights restored, but leaves the definition of those two words to the courts and statutory law. A recent registration drive focused on inmates convicted of drug crimes. It initially had the blessings of the Department of Corrections commissioner but he was forced to order […]

Clearly Speaking

By The Numbers…

A YEAR TO FORGET – This Thursday (10/09/08) marks the 1-year anniversary of the S&P 500’s all-time closing high of 1565. The low close for the index over the past year took place on 10/03/08 (last Friday) when the S&P 500 dropped to 1099, off 29.8% from its peak. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held […]


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