Blount Health Care Authority focus of January breakfast

Update from the chamber of commerce

The monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and features members of the Blount County Health Care Authority, elected officials, and others involved in the renovation of the old Blount Memorial Hospital. The program will be sponsored by a company operated by Jeff Hallmark, […]

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This past Saturday, a series of high school basketball games was held at Cleveland High School. Just as in other sporting events there were winners and losers, but that’s not what this is about. If you want to know which team won the games, you’ll find sports on page A4. No, this is about raising money for a good cause. […]


Oops! Last week we inadvertently identified Shirley Lowry as Shirley Marsh in the front-page caption about new exhibits on display at Memorial Museum. She had two contributions – handmade scarves and hats and handmade Barbie doll clothing – but somehow, we failed to get the word on Shirley’s married name and mis-attributed both of them. It’s Shirley Lowry for the […]

St. Vincent’s Blount encourages community to scale back

Scale Back Alabama, a 10-week weight loss competition, kicks off the week of January 12th and St. Vincent’s Blount will serve as a public weigh-in site. Teams of four can weigh in at any of St. Vincent’s Health System’s five locations (Birmingham, Blount, East, One Nineteen, or St. Clair). With a goal of losing half a million pounds statewide, the […]

Horton woman killed in mobile home fire

Dorris Jean Wilson, 59, was killed on the night of Dec. 29 in a fire at a mobile home in the Horton area, according to Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn. The cause of death was given as carbon monoxide poisoning from smoke inhalation. Wilson’s husband, Kenneth Wilson, 39, attempted to get his wife out of the burning trailer. The […]

Alabama Scene

Troy King plays Santa to Alabama

Two days before Christmas, Attorney General Troy King played Santa to Alabamians, announcing that the state has recovered nearly $35 million dollars from drug companies who cheated the state’s Medicaid Program for 14 years from 1991 to 2005. The lawsuits filed by the state’s attorneys alleged massive overcharging by drug manufacturers by misreporting and inflating prices for drugs for the […]

Clearly Speaking

Saving America's Storied Automakers

Just in time for the holidays, the White House agreed to a much anticipated rescue of American automakers. Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. would immediately receive $13.4 billion in shortterm loans from TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program), followed by potentially $4 billion more in February. The White House offered to help the automakers after Congress was unable to agree […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, January 7, 1960

Car stolen here and wrecked An automobile belonging to Mrs. L.D. Bynum was stolen in Oneonta Monday night and was found wrecked and abandoned just over the line in Marshall County on the highway from Guntersville to Huntsville. The car contained some cigarettes and other loot believed to have been taken from the Hudson Filling Station between Liberty and Brooksville, […]



The first step on the path to becoming physically fit is to seek information on how to get started. The next step is to decide that you want to be physically fit. The decision to carry out a physical fitness program cannot be taken lightly. It requires a lifelong commitment of time and effort. Exercise must become one of those […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

  Continuing as space allows are recipes The Blount Countian is featuring from cookbooks produced by groups within the county. Recipes below were printed in Tail Wagging and Paw Licking Good from the Blount County Animal Shelter. Picky eaters may find cause for alarm when they see recipes below. Sticky bones? Pinto beans in pie? Doesn’t sound exactly like Mom’s […]