Commission okays beltline resolution, approves annual materials/services bids



The Blount County Commission passed four significant resolutions among other items at its monthly business meeting Monday. Resolution 09-01, renewing the county’s participation in the Alabama County Commission Association’s Liability Self-Insurance for the three-year period of January 2012 through December 2014. Resolution 09-02, supporting the “expeditious completion of the Northern Beltline (I-422) in order to address regional transportation needs;” resolution […]

Some struggle, some thrive as downtown businesses deal with slow economy



Miller Soda Shoppe is a major contributor to Oneonta’s smalltown main street atmosphere with its old-fashioned soda fountain counter and ornamental iron tables. It has been operated by current owner Chuck Morrison for a yearand a-half – perfect timing to catch the economy in a downturn and slow recovery. Morrison says he initially employed himself and five part-time employees, but […]

Reader writes

‘It makes me sad’

It’s like watching your neighbors cheer as they drag the Trojan horse inside the gates – and you know that inside is the beginning of the end of your way of life. We say we love the natural beauty and rural lifestyle of Blount County, yet we wring our hands in anticipation of the money to be made by selling […]

From the Archives



The Southern Democrat, September 12, 1940 Oneonta Grammar School to open on Monday The Oneonta Grammar School will open on Monday, Sept. 16, at 9 o’clock with brief opening exercises in the auditorium followed by registration in the classrooms. The morning session only will be held on the first day. The corps of teachers for the year are as follows: […]

CORRECTION



Tim Kent was identified as “Snead mayor and police chief” in the Sept. 8th picture and article “County agencies hit jackpot.” Kent is the current mayor and the former police chief of Snead. He is not both, as incorrectly stated in last week’s The Blount Countian.

Gubernatorial duo promise interesting breakfast debate



Next week’s debate between gubernatorial candidates Dr. Robert Bentley and Ron Sparks promises to be entertaining as well as interesting. The two will be guests at the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting Thursday, Sept. 23, at Twin Oaks. Breakfast-goers will need to serve themselves and be seated quickly, as the debate will commence promptly at 7:30 a.m. […]

Roadside editorial



A homemade sign at the intersection of Mountain Gap Road and Berry Mountain Road offers acid commentary on the condition of Mountain Gap Road. The threemile stretch of road is badly deteriorated with potholes and pavement breakage – like other stretches of road around the county – from freezing winter weather. Such roads have negatively affected county road budgets and […]

Warrior, Blount County reach interim agreement on tax case



Attorneys for the city of Warrior and the Blount County District Attorney’s office have reached an agreement concerning the case involving Warrior’s attempt to collect sales taxes from businesses located in the Blount County portion of the town’s police jurisdiction. The parties agreed in jointly requesting that the Jefferson County Circuit Court either stay the proceedings or place the case […]

Ambassador leadership program gets grant



NEWSBRIEF



EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE The fall meeting of the Blount County Local Emergency Planning Committee will be Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. in the emergency operations center in the basement of the courthouse. Members and interested parties are urged to attend or send representatives.


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