2011 county budget up 4.4 percent; projected revenues dip 1.5 percent


The Blount County Commission passed the record 2011 fiscal year budget of $18,049,376 Monday on a 2-1 vote, with District 1 Commissioner David Cochran and District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts voting in favor and District 3 Commissioner Tom Ryan opposed. Commission Robert Bullard was absent due to illness and did not vote. He did, however, phone in a comment, asking […]

Okra on steroids?

Bill Speegle’s okra plants are nine-feet-tall and still growing. The plants have been producing for more than a month now and a ladder is now a must when picking from the the top of the stalk. Speegle, who along with wife Carol lives on Springville Boulevard in Oneonta, says that this is the first year in quite some time that […]

Place blame where it belongs

In response to the “Roadside editorial” in the Sept. 15th issue complaining about how Blount County is too cheap to fix Mountain Gap Road, the blame needs to be placed somewhere else. Like on the Blount County voters who were too cheap to vote in a lousy $15 a YEAR increase on their license tags to help pay for the […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, September 30, 1998

Inmate unlucky in escape attempts A Blount County inmate originally jailed on theft charges now faces charges of attempted escape. A corrections official was making usual rounds Thursday when he noticed the man was not in his assigned area. He immediately issued a call of an escape in progress, and the inmate was found still inside the correctional facility. According […]

Silver-Haired legislators discuss resolutions

The following was submitted by Silver- Haired legislator Sandra B. Smith of Oneonta. Smith serves as RSVP director for Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, and Blount counties. She can be contacted at sandras@ positive maturity.org. Gubernatorial aspirant Ron Sparks told the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature on the final day of its annual session in Montgomery, “It’s my time to fight for you as […]

Chambless, Armstrong ready to run for District 1 Commissioner

The District 1 commission race is notable in two ways this year. It’s the only remaining county job to be decided in the general election on Nov. 2. And it’s the only political race in the county to be contested by candidates from both parties: Chris Chambless, the Democrat, and Allen Armstrong, the Republican. Last week Chambless discussed his thoughts […]

Statewide fire alert issued

Forestry restricts outdoor burning

All 67 counties in the state of Alabama have been placed under a fire alert. The order was issued Sept. 23 by state forester Linda S. Casey. According to officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission, the fire alert was issued because of extremely dry weather, the increased number of recent fires, and reduced availability of suppression resources. While under the […]


95, of Blountsville, died Sept. 19, 2010, at Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center. She was a member of New Union Baptist Church. A native of Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Bascom and Vida Vick Kemp and the widow of Rufus Davis, who died July 8, 1995. Others predeceasing her were brothers Thurman Kemp and James Kemp […]


was born and died Sept. 22, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. She was the daughter of Brett and Katie Greer. Others surviving are sister Payton Faith Greer; grandparents Tommy and Robin Formby, Randy Greer, Anthony and Cathy Hinton; great-grandparents Robert and Mary Smith, Gary and Carolyn Greer, and Mary Valincourt. Graveside services for the family were held Thursday, Sept. […]


72, died Sept. 23, 2010, at her residence in Locust Fork. A Blount native, she was the daughter of the late Coy Latham and Imogene Grace Mewbourne Holt. She was a retired rental property manager and a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. Her son Mitch Landrum predeceased her. Surviving are husband Mike Estes; son Marc L. (Debi) Landrum of […]