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Oneonta police seize potential meth lab

An anonymous tip called in to the Oneonta Police Department led to the seizure of components that could be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. According to Oneonta police chief James Chapman, the call came in Saturday morning and alerted his department to a residence on High School Street. Authorities believe the items were seized before any methamphetamine could be […]

Day on the River

Locust Fork river event needs volunteers

Friends of the Locust Fork River is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Day on the River Saturday, Sept. 12. The environmental education happening takes place at Kings Bend on the banks of the river on U.S. 231 between Cleveland and Blountsville. It’s designed to teach students who live in the watershed to be good stewards of it […]

Red Cross gives guidelines for water safety

Almost half the adults questioned in a recent Red Cross water-safety survey* reported they had nearly drowned at some point in their lifetime, and one in four knew someone who had drowned. Almost half also said they planned to swim at sites where there was no lifeguard. It is important that the over 90 percent of families with young children […]

Help for growers with disaster damage

Drought is not an eligible cause of loss.

USDA is making money available to repair farmland damaged by natural disasters and to compensate farmers for livestock deaths resulting from disaster. Farmers and ranchers will receive approximately $1.9 million in emergency conservation program funds to repair farmland damaged by tornadoes and floods that occured in 2008 and ‘09 in Blount, DeKalb, Marshall, and eight other Alabama counties. The money […]

Prescription discount cards ready for pickup Aug. 3

Discount cards for a new prescription discount program will be available beginning Aug. 3 at locations around Blount County. The program is provided as a joint project of the Blount County Commission and the National Association of Counties (NACo) through Caremark, national administrator for the program The cards will be provided as the detachable portion of brochures that will be […]

Blount’s Best Burger

The search continues

The judging (or sampling, if you prefer) is about halfway done in the search for Blount’s Best Burger. Already three burgers appear to have jumped ahead of the competition. We won’t list them yet but let’s just say that the three that have grabbed the early lead represent distinctly different parts of the county. Restaurants nominated this year: Double B […]

Campbell and Price resign Snead positions

Snead Mayor Tim Kent read letters of resignation from councilwoman Trudy Campbell and chamber of commerce representative LaShone Price at Monday night’s meeting. Municipal chamber representatives serve oneyear terms not limited on reappointments. Campbell began her four-year council term the first Monday in November (2008). Campbell’s letter cited business obligations for her action. She and Price co-own the Snead Funeral […]

Vandals strike Lebanon United Methodist Church

Historic Lebanon United Methodist Church was struck by vandals either Sunday night or early Monday morning. According to church trustee George Reid, the back door of the sanctuary was damaged and items were pulled from the pulpit. Glass in the back door was broken but nothing appears to have been taken from the church. Reid said the Blount County Sheriff’s […]

Literacy Council wants to reactivate Blount program

For anyone who thinks the problem of illiteracy has been solved, there’s evidence to the contrary. According to The Literacy Council serving five counties in the Birmingham metro area, over 3800 adults in Blount County didn’t complete the ninth grade. 9768 adults in Blount County didn’t receive high school diplomas. As a result of that and other factors, some 8000 […]