MARLEE ELYZABETH ROBERTSON, daughter of Timmy and April Robertson of Oneonta, was born March 22, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. Weighing 8 lbs. 15 oz. and measuring 20 1/2 inches at birth, she was welcomed by siblings Bailee Robertson, 2; Samantha Robertson, 9; and twins Cody and Clay Fountain, 17. Grandparents are Tom and Celia Fortson and Gerald and Nancy […]


BAILEY BRANHAM was crowned the 2009 Little Miss Blount County Alabama Forestry Queen on April 5 at Cullman Civic Center. Other awards included Most Photogenic and Prettiest Hair. Cullman County presently hosts both Blount and Cullman preliminary pageants preceding the state pageant. Bailey, who attends Blountsville Elementary kindergarten, will compete in Montgomery in June for the state title of 2009 […]


The Blount Countian generally does not publish obituaries unless the deceased have direct connections to this county. If your relative’s obit did not appear in the paper, that is probably the reason. MAXINE MORTON CARR, 84, of Oneonta, died April 24, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Widow of J.C. Carr, former Blount County sheriff, she was a member of First […]

A & I commissioner visits

Ron Sparks (center), Agriculture and Industries commissioner, joins local Democrats for their annual spring barbecue. Barbara Anderson (left), county Democratic Executive Committee chair, and Mattie Harvey, county Democratic Club president, pose here with Sparks at the Palisades gathering. Local Democrats say they sold all the barbecued chicken plates available. While Anderson invited all state Democratic officeholders, only Sparks attended. Anderson […]

Snead accepts $25,000 grant; settles suit with mayor/former chief

The Snead town council accepted a $25,000 ADECA grant at its latest council meeting. Dispensed by the Alabama Departmentof Economic and Community Affairs, the grant, which the town will match with $2777, permits the purchase of a new police cruiser. Councilors directed town clerk Rae Ware to solicit bids for the purchase, noting the funds run through the fiscal year, […]

Pool bids coming this week

Blountsville Town Council

The much anticipated plans for Blountsville’s town swimming pool have been completed, and the town will open bids on April 30, beginning at 10 a.m. The town has received a $250,000 grant – contingent on a 10-percent match – for the project. The grant comes through Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). Design of the project was handled […]

Expert says light at end of economy’s tunnel will brighten by year’s end

The county-city Chamber of Commerce breakfast speaker told his audience last Wednesday at Twin Oaks he believes the economy has not bottomed out yet. Noting that unemployment often lags economic recovery by several months, he said he believes that employment in Alabama “will pick up by the end of the year.” His opinion should carry some weight. The speaker was […]

Closing Rickwood Caverns not imminent, says state parks head Lawley

Readout from meeting...

Barnett Lawley, commissioner of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), recently told a Blount County delegation that, at present, Rickwood Caverns is not targeted for closing. The county delegation included Probate Judge David Standridge, commissioners David Cochran and Tom Ryan, county engineer Richard Spraggins, and county administrator Chris Green. The meeting was held on April 9 to clarify […]

Commission votes to hire new county administrator

The Blount County Commission voted in a meeting recessed from its April 13 business meeting to offer the job of county administrator to Ralph Q. Mitchell of Hayden. In a followup motion, the commission authorized Commission Chairman David Standridge to offer the job to Mitchell at an annual salary of $60,000 and to negotiate a starting date for the job […]

Coal truck overturns on 132

A coal truck overturned on Ala 132 between Oneonta and Altoona yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital with what were thought to be non-life-threatening injuries. The wreck was discovered and reported by an Altoona ambulance that happened to be traveling on the road. Murphree Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Oneonta Fire Department, Blount County […]