Are you ready to boogie?

Boogie(v): derived from the Sierra Leone term “bogi”, which means “to dance”; it may be akin to the phrase “hausa buga”, which means “to beat drums.” Boogie Bottoms plans to have a little of both. This Saturday, April 4, Boogie Bottoms opens to the public with its first annual Crawfish Festival. Along with fresh Louisiana mudbugs, visitors can enjoy music […]

Are we there yet?

Is it spring yet? Some indicators say it is and some say it is not. Technically, the official spring season arrived in Blount County this year at precisely 12:48 a.m. on March 20, when the path of the sun was directly above the equator on its move toward the northern hemisphere. However, what about the cold nights we have had […]

Attn: sophomores…

Drafting program will debut at Career Tech Center this fall

Building construction instructor John Ganus is pumped about a drafting program beginning this fall semester at the Blount County Career Tech Center in Cleveland. “This is a new career area for Blount County students that we’re opening up here, and we want to get the word out to high school students that it’s available,” he said. All eighth and 10th […]

Alabama Scene

An important return to Alabama ownership

Allow me a column very personal in nature, but one I believe is of some historical value. The daily newspaper in Florence was a very important part of my life. In the fall of 1959 and a kid just out of high school, I enrolled at Florence State College and the next day started work at The Florence Times/Tri Cities […]

Running from run-away thoughts

Addiction to downers

Today we will continue our discussion on drugs by addressing substances that slow down (suppress) the thought process – such substances as alcohol and opiates (heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, etc.) and tranquilizers (Valium, Zanax, Ativan, Halcion, etc.). These types of drugs, sometimes called downers, are used to relieve pain and to treat anxiety and insomnia. People often seek help for drug […]

From the Archives

From The Blount Countian, April 7, 1993

Blountsville residents oppose mandatory sewer service The purpose of the public hearing at the beginning of Monday night’s Blountsville Town Council meeting was to discuss making sewer service mandatory when the service is available. Allen Gilliland, chairman of the Blountsville Utilities Board, repeated this purpose as discussions sometimes led in other directions. The 20 or so residents were united in […]


Diet and Exercise on a Budget: Getting Ready for Summer

Summer is coming and that means we are all going to try to look our best by getting into shape. Being in shape doesn’t mean we need to starve ourselves or eat like birds. Starving yourself could do more harm to your body than you may realize. When you try to starve yourself, your body reacts in a strange way […]

April Fools Day

April 1 is the one day of the year where people are encouraged to be pranksters and engage in all sorts of shenanigans. Remarkably, even though people are expecting some hijinks on April Fool’s Day, many fall victim to pranks and have the wool pulled over their eyes. While the precise origins of April Fool’s Day remain a mystery, evidence […]

Reader writes

People ... make a difference!

We wish to thank the following for their generous donations that made Valentine’s Day special for our seniors: Beautique Salon, Charlie B’s, Dollar Tree, Elgin Tire, Evans Florist, Hallman Pest Control, Hometown Market, Jack’s, McDonald’s, O So Good, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Silhouette Salon, The Flower Shop, and Uncle Sam’s. People like you make a difference. Thanks! Oneonta Senior Center […]

‘Make a difference in the life of a child in need’

As a business or individual in Blount County and surrounding areas, you have the opportunity to give back to your community in a number of ways. One would be to help the nearly 100 children of Blount County who are in foster care after being removed from their families due to situations beyond their control. These children are placed with […]