Alabama Scene

Two lame ducks a quacking

In a press conference this past week, Atty. Gen. Troy King compared Gov. Bob Riley to a panhandler begging for crumbs. King said the governor has been “manipulated” by BP, to the extent he believes Riley is working against the state’s interest by criticizing lawsuits that King has filed. This came after BP said it wouldn’t pay Alabama’s $148-million claim […]

The bookworm sez

Animal House

All day long, while you’re sitting in school, you’re thinking about the fun things you’ll do as soon as you get home. It’s not that you don’t like school, because you do. It’s just that when you get home, you can run around and yell and play with your own toys. You can do all the things you aren’t allowed […]

Exhibitor shows Supreme Champion heifer

Will Graves, Cleveland 4-H/FFA member, exhibits the Supreme Champion heifer at the 2010 Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up on July 24 in Montgomery. Will’s heifer, “Graves Sevella,” was named Champion Chianina and then selected Supreme Champion heifer from 13 breeds. The judge for the show was Kyle Conley of Sulpher, Okla. Will also exhibited the Reserve Champion Division I (Maine […]

‘God’s Favorite’

See Neil Simon play in Guntersville

Transferring the setting of the Book of Job to the Long Island mansion of a super-successful businessman, his wife, a prodigal son, and a set of kooky twins, Neil Simon has succeeded in creating a hugely funny play while maintaining the integrity of the lesson. One night a messenger from God enters his life. Our modern Job won’t renounce God, […]

The lion and the lamb

Background Scripture Exodus 34:1-10. Devotional Reading: Acts 3:19-26. This morning I found that today online there are 26 available copies of The Lion and the Lamb: Paradoxes of the Christian Faith by Gerald Kennedy*. Sixty years ago I paid $2.50 for my new hardback copy of that book that has been an enduring influence on my Christian journey. I had […]

Church shares with community

Blount County Children’s Center and Oneonta Senior Center have received boosts in the form of checks, one for $725 and one for $750. Because the public has supported Calvary Episcopal Church’s annual fundraising Boston butt sales, members have chosen to pass proceeds on to the community. Heretofore those proceeds have gone toward retiring the church’s debt for its building. In […]


TESTING THE LIMITS OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is getting quite a workout these days. In case you have forgotten, the First Amendment reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the […]


SINGINGS MOUNTAIN CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST will have its regular fourth Sunday singing Sept. 26 beginning at 5 p.m. This will be a hymnbook singing. NEW HOME #1 MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have Bama Blu-Grace for its monthly singing Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m. Song chairman is Verbon Lancaster and pastor is Tommy Riggs. CLEVELAND UNITED METHODIST will have a singing […]

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Health Care Authority sets $879,128 budget for 2011

Blount County Health Care Authority chairman Wendell Ellis last week announced the agency’s 2011 fiscal year budget will be $880,000 including expenses, agency funding, and payments on bonded indebtedness. That compares with a 2010 budget of $900,000 for the same items. The 2011 budget is about 2 percent less than the current fiscal year budget, reflecting the authority’s trimming of […]