Clevelands Town Council

Same topic, different day

The Cleveland Town Council meeting was quietly called to order Monday night. There was moderate attendance of the townspeople, and along with Mayor Larry Longhsore, all council members were present. Following prayer, councilman Mike Evans began with an estimate from SprayMax for herbicidal treatment along the roadsides. The motion to accept the estimate of $2016 was passed, but all agreed […]

Rep. Thomas recaps status at session’s midpoint

Legislative update...

(Ed. note: The Blount Countian interviewed state Rep. Elwyn Thomas March 13 on significant issues before the state House as it prepared to pause for its mid-session break. Thomas represents House District 34, encompassing about 75 percent of Blount County.) The PACT program The newspaper’s first question was on the state’s ailing Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program. Will the […]

Emergency planning group gets semi-annual reports

At its semiannual meeting March 18, the Blount County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) received reports from county agencies that could respond to or be involved in major emergency incidents. Fire and rescue departments, law enforcement, schools, utilities, and security, mass care, and disaster relief agencies are among these. EMA updates Max Armstrong, Blount County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director, […]

Color of spring

This red maple (Acer rubrum), located across 4th Street from First Baptist Oneonta playground, shows the beauty of spring. The tree – also known as scarlet maple, swamp maple, soft maple, Carolina red maple, Drummond red maple, and water maple – is generally one of the first trees to flower in the spring, usually several weeks before others, and the […]

Community Foundation supports crisis housing

Kate Nielson, president of Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, shows off a check representing a $10,000 grant recently issued by the foundation to Blount County’s Hope House to assist families in jeopardy of foreclosure or eviction. It is intended for people about to lose their homes, owned or rented, because of an acute crisis of short duration, such as loss […]

Snead considers vehicle expenses

Moving forward on plans to purchase a new fire engine, Snead town councilors reviewed offers from the two banks with offices in the town. Town clerk Rae Ware distributed quotes from HomeTown and Superior banks for loans to complete purchase of the $235,000 vehicle. Members noted one offer provided significant savings with a “tax free” rate. The council accepted Ware’s […]

Meeting members discuss dirty subject

The West Blount Development Association meeting of a couple of weeks ago zeroed in on a dirty subject: the amount of litter and trash accumulating on local streets and roads and what to do about it. As featured speaker at the meeting, held at Hayden Town Hall, Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington volunteered his department’s help in cleaning up the […]

Thompson Motors Still going strong


Lewis Thompson started Thompson Motors more than 30 years ago and the original location is in a place that few can remember. “We started in a little lot next to the old grammar school just about where Otelco is now,” he recalls. “My brother (Gary) and I had been working on cars out on the mountain and had sold some, […]

Alabama Scene

An intramural blood bath on Goat Hill

Some around the capitol call it an intramural fight. I call it an intra-party blood bath. It started several months back when, according to talk circulating around Montgomery, sources believed to be connected to Gov. Bob Riley began circulating certain rumors about Atty. Gen. Troy King, a man appointed by the governor. The rumors came out as Birmingham lawyer Luther […]

The physiology of addiction

Stop and/or go circuitry gone bad

The hundreds of choices we make every day shape our lives’ peace and joy – or lack thereof. Healthy choices support a life of abundance. Addiction’s choices, habitually unwholesome, are harmful to the whole of one’s being. Humans are hardwired with a stop-or-go, decision-making mechanism. The need to decide to act or not to act continually comes up during each […]