UA stonewalls on cost of suing artist Daniel Moore

Alabama Scene

“The University of Alabama is paying for the legal fees in this case,” according to a deposition under oath by Montgomery attorney Joe Espy, past president pro tem of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. “Thus, it’s clearly public money, whether it was donated to us or how we came involved, so certainly public funds are being used,” Espy […]

Community News

VOLUNTEER WITH GIRL SCOUTS to help girls in north central Alabama, which includes Blount County, and take home critical skills in management, event planning, and public speaking while learning how to care better for yourselves and your families. Volunteers in any capacity are welcomed, but troop leaders, service unit volunteers, cookie and fall produce workers, and trainers in the Blount […]

Neely Arts registration August 8; new theater program to launch

Neely Arts Center will hold its annual registration for classes Sunday, Aug. 8 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration covers private lessons for the following: voice, piano, violin, guitar, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, banjo and drums. Also offered are two dance programs: interpretive (tap and jazz) dance, and classical (en pointe) ballet. A child-friendly modern dance class featuring hip-hop […]

Of obstacles and joys

Background Scripture Philippians 1. Devotional Reading: Acts 9:10-16. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is my favorite of all the epistles. William Barclay calls it Paul’s “loveliest letter” and I agree. Although we will be spending the five Sundays of August with this letter, we will not come even close to extracting from it everything of importance and value. I hope […]


SINGINGS SOUTHSIDE CHURCH on Hudson Avenue, Oneonta, will have a singing Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Special singers will be The Boys of Alabama. JONES CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have its homecoming and singing Aug. 1. The 2 p.m. singing will feature the Campbell Family. Pastor is Sammy Blakely, and song chairman is Fay Owens. BLOUNT COUNTY GOSPEL CHOIR will […]

District attorney gives employees pay raises after election

District Attorney Tommy Rountree confirmed Monday that he authorized pay increases for all seven staff members of the district attorney’s office after the runoff election. Six of the increases had an effective date of June 1. The seventh was retroactive to October of 2009. Increases went to all employees except Rountree himself, he said. Rountree answered questions concerning the raises […]

Personnel approved for new school year


The Blount County Board of Education approved the hiring of nine employees during last week’s called meeting. Among the employees approved was Christopher Ashley as band director/ music teacher at Locust Fork High School. Ashley, who previously served as band director at Etowah High, takes the place of long-time band director Alvin McKinney who resigned last month to take the […]

Swings equal scholarships

New principal says this is where she belongs


For seven years, Amy Williamson devoted her time and energy to students at Hayden Elementary. Then in what she described as a leap of faith, she applied for and was hired as the new principal at Locust Fork Elementary. “This was definitely a calling,” she said of her choice. “This decision was about faith and being obedient. I know this […]

Never a doubt about what she wanted to do in life


Shannon Lakey never had any doubts as to what she wanted to do with her life. Coming from a family of educators, Lakey always knew that one day she would be a part of the teaching profession. After graduating from Oneonta High School, Lakey set out to accomplish her goal of becoming a teacher at Jacksonville State University where she […]