Commission experiences ‘severe learning curve’ on letter of credit



Blount County Commissioners concede they’re still learning to manage regulation of subdivision development. They discussed on Monday problems arising from a letter of credit that in retrospect seems to favor the developer and the guaranteeing bank to the disadvantage of the commission, which required the letter to protect itself from default by the developer. Both District 3 Commissioner Tom Ryan […]

Narcotics unit racks up two more drug busts



The Blount County Sheriff’s Department narcotics unit last week announced that two recent drug raids resulted in arrests of three suspects. Between onehalf and three-quarter pounds of marijuana along with meth lab paraphernalia such as pipes, scales, and residue were confiscated in an operation conducted in the Royal area. According to narcotics officer Larry Dabbs, a suspect arrested had served […]

Lawsuit continues to dominate discussions;

Snead agrees to purchase fire truck

Almost immediately after the call to order March 9, Snead councilors recessed into executive session with attorneys Donald Scott and Alex Smith. Citing the Alabama Code and state law, Scott read his justification for the closed-door meeting. Smith, the town attorney, and Scott, specialist in municipal law, represent the town in the ongoing suit brought by current mayor and former […]

‘Talk about a deterrent’

New SRO team coming to your school in April

New drug dog Nikki and sheriff’s deputy Randall Hosey make up the new team assigned to Blount County schools. They will take to the halls and classrooms of Blount County high schools, literally sniffing out drug hiding places in cars and school rooms following a course of intensive training for the team at a special school in Mississippi. “They might […]

Do you want better roads?

Demand stimulus money

Governor Bob Riley State Capitol 600 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36130 Phone (334) 242-7100 Fax (334) 353-0004 Website: www.governor.state.al.us Representative Jeremy H. Oden (11th District: Blount, Cullman, Morgan) State House: Room 527-D 11 South Union Street Montgomery, AL 36130 Phone (334) 242-7722 District: P.O. Box 9, Eva, AL 35621 Home: 1268 County Road 1459 Vinemont, AL 35179 Work (256) 734-4236 […]

Oneonta spends a quarter million plus and counting



Awarding six contracts at their last regular meeting, Oneonta city councilors agreed to spend over $260,000 and to readvertise for another estimated $85,000- to-$100,000 piece of equipment. In its next session, the city will also decide the contractor(s) for several miles of repaving. Councilman Ross Norris conceded the total figure seems high but emphasized the need for the items and […]

Local reports of Cullman attacker unfounded



“I have no idea how this started but there is no truth to these rumors whatsoever,” said Oneonta police chief James Chapman. The rumors the chief was talking about concerned reports his office received last week that a man wanted in connection to several attacks on females in Cullman County had reportedly done the same in Blount County and perhaps […]

Baxley is new Blountsville chief



New Blountsville police chief Charles Ray Baxley (center, dark coat) is formally welcomed to town by (from left) town councilmen Michael Glass and Barry Smith, Mayor Randy Millwood, and councilmen Ken Wilson, Marlin Murphree, and Ken Mullins. Baxley, who has 31 years in law enforcement, formerly served as police chief of Hopewell,Va. Along with his wife Pam, Baxley has four […]

D.C. trip sets off solons…

Governor shorted counties on stimulus funds for rural roads, commissioners say

In comments at the end of its monthly business meeting Monday, the three commissioners who made the trip last week to Washington D.C. – Cochran, Pitts, and Ryan – all strongly criticized Alabama Gov. Bob Riley for his handling of the federal stimulus package money allocated to Alabama. According to commissioners, the governor assigned the smallest amount of money possible […]

Contact Washington officials:



Senator Jeff Sessions (3rd-term Republican from Alabama) Washington office: 335 Russell Senate Office Building District of Columbia 20510-0104 Phone (202) 224-4124 Fax (202) 224-3149 Website: www.sessions.senate.gov Montgomery office: 7550 Halcyon Summit Dr., Suite 150 Montgomery, AL 36117 Phone (334) 244-7017 Fax (334) 244-7091 Senator Richard Shelby (4th-term Republican from Alabama) Washington office: 304 Russell Senate Office Building District of Columbia […]


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