New permit application filed for coal mining

North of County Line...

Travis Creek Energy Company of Trafford has applied to the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to extract coal, along with other minerals, at its Trafford Mine site. The 200-acre mine is located mainly in the southwest quarter of section 11, township 14 south, range 2 west in Blount County. It lies east of Deans Ferry Road, beginning slightly over a quarter […]

Snead fills council and chamber vacancies



Members James Campbell, Jack Freeman, and Phillip McHan voted Monday night to appoint former mayor Curtis Painter to an open seat on the Snead Town Council. Painter’s appointment came after Mayor Tim Kent proposed that he read the names of those who had signed of their interest in the position and have councilors vote. Upon reading the first name, Painter’s, […]

A call to action



Blount County is about to be changed from the home we know unless we act quickly and directly. The Canadian based MCoal corporation is seeking a permit from the Alabama surface mine commission to ravage and rape our county, making 3000+ acres a coal mine. This foreign corporation has no interest in our state, county, towns, area citizens, or our […]

‘Making tough times more painful’



There is a lot of coverage in the papers these days about elected officials putting a rate cap on payday loans. I wanted to make sure you heard from someone involved in the industry. I work in a payday loan store. Every day I go to work with pride because I know I am helping people who have no other […]

‘Join hands to preserve …’



We are very blessed and fortunate to live here in the foothills of these beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Many of us cut our teeth here looking out to the mountains. These trees and waterways are part of us. Our heritage is being threatened now by the coal mining industry. My plea is to all of our people here in Blount County, […]

Child safety



As you are no doubt aware in the mornings and afternoons there are considerable traffic problems in and around the Blountsville Elementary School due to parents dropping off and picking up their child/children. As a solution to the problem I would encourage you to consider taking advantage of the free bus service that the school supplies. However, if it is […]

Many school problems can be solved



I want to extend a public thank you to Blountsville police chief Ray Baxley and our school superintendent Jim Carr for their great work and involvement in getting the Blountsville Elementary School traffic problems solved. It is apparent that when we open school a few minutes early and parents can drop off their children like last year that the cars […]

‘FLFR supports Rosa residents



Friends of the Locust Fork River supports the Rosa Coal Group’s position regarding the Rosa Coal Mining Venture because it is in the Locust Fork River watershed and will have an effect on that watershed. FLFR does not have direct experience dealing with mining companies, but is learning more every day. We do not have a lot of experience helping […]

What sheriff’s department do you want?



MARYVILLE – The people of Blount County, Ala., have reason to believe that old saying that there’s never a cop around when you need one. That’s because if they look up their sheriff’s department in the phone book, they will get the number for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office all right, the one in Tennessee. A newly published Yellowbook for […]

Hayden High obtains new distance-learning lab



Hayden High School is one of four Blount County high schools in their second years of the state’s Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide (ACCESS) distance learning program. ACCESS is an education program that utilizes online and interactive video conferencing (IVC) to provide Alabama public high school students the opportunity to participate in a broad range of courses, including […]