Alabama Scene

Hotter than a pepper sprout’

Those words were part of the lyrics in the song (Going down to) “Jackson” written by Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler and made into a Grammy-award winner by Johnny Cash and June Carter in 1968. The words were’t used in the song to describe the weather, but they would sure be appropriate for the past month in the deep […]


Proud of your humility?

by Lawrence W. Althouse Background Scripture Philippians 2:1-3:1. Devotional Reading: Matthew 20:20-28. Behind Paul’s enlightened words in Philippians there is a dark shadow. The apostle does not acknowledge this darkness in so many words, but if we read between the lines, it is evident: the beloved congregation of Christians in Philippi is afflicted with a growing disunity. The congregation he […]

Blount County Gospel Choir concert tradition to continue August 15

Director reaches for ‘stars’...

The fifth annual concert of the Blount County Gospel Choir will be held at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta, birthplace of the event, on Sunday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. The 90-minute musical is free and open to the public, according to Lester Memorial music director Beverly Ellis. “This concert has become an important event on our church […]


SINGINGS MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST, county road 47, Blountsville, will have a singing Saturday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. featuring Sonny Jones and the Cavaliers. Earl Young and Milo Hamm, singing chairmen, invite all to attend. PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST on U.S. 278 East will have its regular third Sunday singing Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. with guests Sonlife Quartet from […]

Snead developer brings engineer to replay dispute

Lee Ridge developer Terry Stover tried again to persuade the Snead Town Council at its last regular meeting to accept his subdivision road. With the assistance of his engineer John Hyde, Stover argued they had done what the city asked in 2005. Councilman Curtis Painter, mayor in 2005, viewed the matter differently, claiming that Stover never took the final step […]

Sherry Burns appointed district judge


Sherry C. Burns, 41, former assistant district attorney for Blount County, was appointed Friday afternoon by Gov. Bob Riley to fill the unexpired term of retiring district judge John Dobson. Burns was sworn in by Dobson Monday afternoon and took office immediately. The term she is filling expires in 2012. Burns had worked in the office of the Blount County […]

Montgomery arrested for sexual abuse of a minor

Charles Montgomery, 70, chief of the Oneonta Fire Department from 1984 until 2006, was arrested by Blount County sheriff’s deputies last Friday and charged with first degree sexual abuse of a female family member who is a minor. The arrest followed a July 27 grand jury indictment; bond was set at $40,000. Montgomery made bail and was released pending trial. […]

Empty buildings generate more questions than answers

by Ron Gholson Accompanying this article are photos of several of the two-dozen-odd vacant retail buildings in Oneonta. Fourteen are downtown, the remainder scattered along state highway 75 from near downtown to the Creekside shopping development across from Walmart. Taken together, they constitute a photo editorial on the economic status of the Oneonta area today. Local officials don’t want to […]

Oneonta’s new coach hits the ground running

High school football teams took the field for the first fall workouts this week, and only one school in the county has a new coach. The Oneonta Redskins are under the direction of Don Jacobs, a Scottsboro native and former quarterback for Bear Bryant at The University of Alabama. Jacobs was hired May 10 to replace Gardner Gilliland, who remains […]

Part 2 to Citizens of Locust Fork

“What has your town council done for you?” Lets talk about the park. In the article I wrote last month, of course for everything I pointed out Mr. Powell had the perfect response. But I still was not impressed. As far as the park, in my opinion it should be self-supporting. In the Feb. 9 meeting the Softball League addressed […]