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Allgood receives grant

Senator Scott Beason front, second from left) presents a CSX grant check to Allgood Mayor Gene Armstrong at the council meeting Monday. Looking on with approval are council members (left to right) Roy Quinn, Edwin Wilson, Barbara Dobbs, Sandy Holland, and Sue White. The town of Allgood received the $1000 check to assist with funding street repairs. Mayor Armstrong contacted […]

Snead agrees to workers’ comp bill and examines possible condemnation

Meeting at the town hall rather than the usual community center, the Snead Town Council accepted a $12,413 state workers’ compensation premium for the current calendar year. Town clerk Rae Ware broke down the figure among the police, water, fire, administrative, and park and recreation employees. Councilman Jack Freeman voiced his support for the premium, noting, from his experience as […]

Free help to stop smoking

Alabamians making a New Year’s resolution to stop smoking in 2010 have free help available. The Alabama Department of Public Health offers a free telephone-based tobacco cessation service that provides free counseling and four weeks of free nicotine patches to callers who begin the telephone counseling and are medically eligible. The Alabama Tobacco Quitline – 1-800-Quit- Now – is available […]

Accidental shooting on 75

A Blount County man remains in a Birmingham hospital after he was shot by his granddaughter while driving last week. The incident happened last Friday on Ala 75 in Remlap. The 2-year-old granddaughter was riding in the backseat while her 5-year-old brother was in the front seat next to the grandfather. The girl apparently found her grandfather’s loaded pistol and […]

And the beat goes on and on and on….

Town of Cleveland

At precisely 7:03 p.m., Tuesday Jan. 5, the Cleveland Town Council meeting was called to order, apparently yet to publicly adjourn. The meeting began in the usual fashion. Present were Mayor Larry Longshore and council members Mike Evans, Kandy Little and David Grigsby. The meeting opened with a unanimous motion to hire attorney Scott Gilliland, who was also present. Gilliland, […]

Commission sanctions legal action against Warrior encroachment, votes rewards for turning in sign thieves

The Blount County Commission unanimously passed two resolutions in its monthly business meeting Monday to challenge legally the extension of Warrior’s taxing authority into the Blount County portion of its police jurisdiction. The Warrior Town Council passed an ordinance Dec. 7 imposing a 1.5 percent sales tax on businesses within its police jurisdiction, which extends 1.5 miles into Blount County […]

Warrior ‘tax grab’ prompts Hayden annexation efforts

Warrior’s imposing a 1.5 percent sales tax within its police jurisdiction has prompted affected citizens in west Blount to consider the possibility of annexing into Hayden. Becoming part of another municipality is one approach that would defeat the Warrior ordinance, since it could not impose taxes on an area annexed by another municipality, a fact Warrior Mayor Rena Hudson acknowledged […]

Proposed taxation ‘is wrong’

We, the staff of Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home of Warrior, would like to inform the businesses, merchants, and residents of Blount County that we support their efforts and concerns with the newly imposed taxation actions taken by the Mayor of Warrior. In a recent news article, she was stated as saying she had spoken to the business owners of Warrior […]

‘No morals, no conscience to steal from the dead’

I am writing because I want to know what has happened to people and their morals. My brother-in-law died in 2004 and is buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery on Straight Mountain. Every year since his passing someone has stolen the flowers from his grave. This time, however, it went from just stealing his flowers to breaking things on his grave […]

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