New book features Alabama rivers

Headwaters, A Journey on Alabama Rivers features photographs taken by Beth Maynor Young, some of whose beautiful pictures of the Locust Fork River have been published by The Blount Countian and also highlight notecards for sale by the organization Friends of the Locust Fork River. The book is reviewed in the spring/summer 2009 issue of Alabama, the magazine where publications […]

163 get free toys, coats, shoes at Red Hill Church

Organizers said 163 children turned out last Saturday at Red Hill Church in West Blount County for the finale of the congregation’s free Christmas toys and clothing drive. All kids were allowed to select two free toys. Shoes, coats, gloves, and toboggans were also available in various sizes for those who need them. The effort is headed by pastor Danny […]

Alabama Scene

Henry Ford's vision for Alabama

In 1921, Henry Ford, accompanied by Thomas Edison, came to North Alabama with a vision of transforming it into “a 75-mile city” from Muscle Shoals eastward. Ford also said he would employ a million workers. The news of Ford’s plan caused a real-estate panic. Speculators began buying up land along the Tennessee River in Colbert County and parceling it out […]

Clearly Speaking

The Fed went to where it has never gone before by dropping its target shortterm interest rate to no more than a quarter of one percent last Tuesday. By making the cost of money almost zero for interbank lending, the nation’s central bank has now pushed its stated monetary policy to the limit. Its next move may include the buying […]

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