‘What if ?’

My name is Frank Smith. I was born in 1936 and reared two miles south of Nectar at what is now the Murphree place. When I was a child there was no Highway 160, just a poorly gravelled road from Cleveland west to Highway 31. I enjoyed watching the construction and paving of Highway 160. I now live in Fackler, […]

Warrior wrong to consider tax

Years ago, my grandfather bought ice at the old ice house in Warrior. He would fish at Guntersville, bring the fish home, and ice them down to sell out of an old refrigerator on the back of his truck on Sunday afternoon. Often, I went with him to buy the ice and sell the fish. I remember going with my […]

Citizens gather to protest Warrior tax ordinance

A crowd of more than 200, with what appeared to be that many or more vehicles, swarmed the area around Logan’s General Store Saturday afternoon to attend a rally protesting what many of them consider a “tax grab” by the town of Warrior. The group stood in 30-degree weather for almost an hour to hear county officials and two state […]

Control of Susan Moore Park returned to town

Blount County Board of Education

At the request of the town council, the Blount County Board of Education agreed to terminate a lease agreement signed with the town of Susan Moore on March 3, 2008. The board approved the termination at its regular meeting held Monday. Control of the park will now revert back to the town, although the Susan Moore High School baseball and […]

Top stories of 2009

Following is the conclusion of last week’s initial installment on the top public affairs stories of 2009. The stories are listed in order of reader interest and/or news value impact. Stories covered last week in order were the story of Cleveland’s 2009 civic dysfunctions, developments in the reopening of the Rosa Mine, county roads problems, citizens’ use of the commission […]


The scheduled time for the Blount County Commission’s January work session has changed. Instead of being held Thursday at 9 a.m. as regularly scheduled, it will be held TODAY, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m.The meeting is being held a day early because of the possibility of inclement weather on Thursday.


An admirer of Jesus?

Background Scripture: Mathew 4:1-11. Devotional Reading Hebrews 2:101-18. Although it all took place in a desert wilderness, nevertheless for Jesus it was a “mountaintop experience.” Submitting himself to John for baptism in the Jordan River, he heard “a voice from heaven saying, ‘This is my beloved Son…’ ” (3:17). Just one verse later this high moment is immediately followed by […]


SINGINGS PINE BLUFF BAPTIST CHURCH at Locust Fork will have The King’s Messengers as guests Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. WELCOME #2 BAPTIST CHURCH will have singing Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. with Covenant as guest singers. Pastor is Johnny Allred, and singing chairman is James Turner. Church located in Palmerdale on Jerry Heights Road. MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST […]



The holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is the most intensely charitable time of the whole year. Church and civic groups gather clothes, food, and toys for needy families. Volunteers make their way to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Busy shoppers dutifully drop their change into Salvation Army buckets. People feel good about doing good. And obviously, seasonal […]

Alabama Scene

To Alabama: Win this one for Coach Tommy

The Alabama Crimson Tide goes for the National Championship of Collegiate Football Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rose Bowl against the Texas Longhorns. It is a historic contest, set against the backdrop of Alabama’s great history in championship games played at the Pasadena venue. The most recent and perhaps the greatest of all was the Crimson Tide’s domination of […]

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