JENSEN FALLIN celebrated his fourth birthday April 25 with a Transformers party. Jensen is the big brother of Jenna and the son of John and Jennifer Fallin of Cleveland. His grandparents are Kenneth and Patricia Leathers of Berry Mountain and Ezekiel and Carol Fallin of Brooksville. His great-grandparents are Bobby and Jo Dunn of Allgood and Lillian Leathers of Friday’s […]


KENNETH LANE BROOME was born February 10, 2009, at St. Vincent’s weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz. Proud parents are Mary and Ryan Broome of Pinson; Mary is a graduate of Oneonta High School, and Ryan graduated from Pinson Valley High. Grandparents are Melissa Evans of Oneonta and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Broome of Trussville. Great-grandparents are Margie Dutton of Hayden […]


KALI FAYE SMITH of Locust Fork will graduate as valedictorian of the class of 2009 at Locust Fork High School and has been awarded a full-pay academic scholarship to Wallace State Community School. During her senior year, Kali was elected “most likely to succeed” and senior class secretary. She was also a member of Mu Alpha Theta national honor society, […]


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. JOHN WILLIAM ALLEN BLACKMON, 82, of Altoona, died May 1, 2009, at Golden Living Center. A native of Blount County, he was a plumber and a member of […]

Oneonta Athletic Complex officially opened

Oneonta alumnus Steve Johnson (left) and city board of education member Bill Burdette were on hand at the official opening of the new Oneonta Athletic Complex Sunday. The 12,000-square-foot facility, officially named the Steve Johnson Athletic Complex, has been under construction for approximately two years at a cost of around $850,000, according to booster club organizers John Dobson and Dalton […]

Larry Esco is 2009 Caring Heart Award winner

This week, May 3-9, is National Be Kind to Animals Week . Each year during this week, the Blount County Animal Shelter Inc. (BCASI) recognizes a local resident to receive the annual Caring Heart Award. This year Larry Esco, above left, was recognized for his outstanding effort as kennel manager at the Animal Adoption Center of Blount County. The award […]

Oneonta wins title

Blount County Scholars Bowl Tournament

The Oneonta Scholars Bowl Team took home the Blount County Tournament title during the competition held April 23 at Hayden High School. Oneonta swept through the first five rounds undefeated and then faced once-beaten Hayden in the final match of the competition. Playing in the spacious Hayden High library, Oneonta pulled away during the second round of questions and then […]

Retirements begin month of personnel decisions

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education accepted retirement resignations from two teachers during Monday’s meeting. The retirements came from Hayden Elementary teacher of the gifted Marie H. Johnson and Blount County Career Tech Center teacher Sharon L. Smith. The board also granted leaves of absence to Amy T. Langley, guidance counselor, Susan Moore High, Kaye Baldwin, teacher, Locust Fork Elementary, […]

New nursing programs gear up at Career Tech Center

A program now available at the Blount County Career Technical Center enables Blount County high school students to enroll as dual enrollment students there and complete course work leading to an LPN in nursing. The program is offered in conjunction with the Snead State Community College satellite presence at the Career Tech Center. Students will begin ideally as sophomores in […]

Readers write

‘So, they were imposters!’

As the organizers of the seven June flings, we were very upset at the tone of the article about this year’s May fling. We started with a zero mailing list for vendors. Traveling much of the state to other events, we started our list. We researched dates in craft magazines as well as the Alabama Tourism Book. So as not […]