County Gospel Choir to sing Sunday

Sopranos Pam Green Cleveland First Baptist Suzanne Robinson Hayden First Baptist Terri Nelson Pine Grove Baptist Mary Green Gardendale First Baptist Mike Tidwell New Bethel Baptist Pat Tidwell New Bethel Baptist Frank Green Locust Fork Baptist George Reid Lebanon United Methodist Danny Gunter Holly Springs Baptist Jennifer Horton Oneonta Worship Center Jimmy Stewart Oneonta First Baptist Teresa Ratliff Union Hill […]

Alabama Scene

An ethical redux in the state’s judiciary

In the early 1970s following a decadeslong demise in the ethical conduct of our elected judges in Alabama, including, but not limited to, the “quickie divorce” scandals of the 1960s, Alabama voters enacted constitutional reform of the court system that included a judicial disciplinary system to monitor and discipline judges. A two-tiered system was created. A Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) […]

County commission…

Districts get $150,000 in contingency funds

In its regular business meeting Monday, the Blount County Commission approved Waymon Pitts’s motion to amend district road budgets with the addition of $150,000 per district, to be taken from road and bridge and gasoline tax contingency funds. At Thursday’s work session, commissioners discussed the need as arising from extraordinary road repairs and spot repaving required as a result of […]

Snead deals with computer and general matters

In an unusually brief meeting, the Snead Town Council agreed to purchase virus-protection plans at four work stations for $225 each. Town clerk Rae Ware reported some users of systems like the town’s have experienced virus problems with their equipment. The present provider, City Tech of Hoover, has indicated it will no longer absorb costs of servicing computers infected with […]

Walmart, Hope House team up

Giovanni’s returns


Look where you’re looking!

Background Scripture Philippians 3:1B-4:1. Devotional Reading: 1 John 4:7-12. A recent cartoon depicts a man standing at the admissions desk in Heaven, outraged because the angel-in-charge requests credentials supporting his claim to be a Christian. “Surely,” he huffs, “you’ve heard of me? I’m Senator Token: I put prayer back into the public schools, had the Ten Commandments chiseled on the […]


SPECIAL EVENTS SNEAD UNITED METHODIST will have a benefit singing for the Taylor Joiner family Saturday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the church gym. Admission is a $5 donation for the family. The Scott Rogers Band will be performing. STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN MENNONITE will have a concert Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Terry Hall, gifted bass soloist and “one-man […]


‘Rent’ set for Quilters Guild

If the Monday commission meeting had been a football game, the effort to advance the Quilters Guild’s ball could have been called a misdirection play. It started in one direction with Commissioner Tom Ryan’s motion, which went nowhere from want of a second, which Ryan obviously expected from Commissioner Robert Bullard. The main thrust of the play then went in […]

Canadian lottery scam victimizes local resident

An elderly woman in the southern part of Blount County was victimized recently by a telephone caller posing as a lottery official who told her he was calling to notify her she had won $220,000 in lottery prize money. The caller told her that in order to collect the money, she had to wire cash to two locations in Canada […]