Poor old taxpayer

Our government has spent over $1 million of taxpayers’ money to find out what our former leaders already knew. Safety belts on school buses are a waste of money. Almost every injured child is hurt getting on or off the bus where a safety belt would not help one bit. Wonder how our government can sleep good at night after […]

To newly elected representatives

The polls are closed, and the winners named, but the real work is just beginning. You have been elected in a pivotal, monumental time in American history. We, as Americans, live in a time of awakening and refounding of the original principles that made us the greatest, most prosperous nation in the world. You will soon swear to uphold and […]

Quilters Guild controversy concludes with truce

It’s a Wonderful Life

A long-running controversy between the Blount County Quilters Guild and the Palisades Park board of directors finally ended last week with a heart-to-heart meeting between county administrator Ralph Mitchell and Quilters Guild members. Site of the meeting was the Quilters Cottage in Palisades Park, ground zero for the controversy. The purpose of the meeting was to answer quilters’ skeptical questions […]

Poetry/art contest deadline nears

Children between 5 and 19 should act now to enter the River of Words national environmental poetry and art contest, which promotes watershed awareness, literacy, and the arts among young people. Students who enter will use their relationship or knowledge of and inspiration from the rivers, lakes, and streams of Alabama, or the puddles and ponds of their own backyards […]

Many agencies gather for Casa Bonita groundbreaking

Representatives of at least nine agencies – some public, some private, and at least one sacred – gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for Casa Bonita (“pretty house”) housing project last Friday. The project is being carved from a severalacre kudzu-covered hillside across the creek and behind Walmart on the aptly named Kudzu Road. Ten housing units in five duplex buildings […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, November 7, 2001

Multi-Needs Center investigation in sheriff’s hands Sheriff Larry Staton confirmed on Monday that the Blount County Department of Human Resources had orally requested his department handle the investigation of alleged abuse at the Multi-Needs Center in Cleveland. The sheriff said he has not yet received a written request. Staton said he was uncertain why DHR had asked his department to […]

Oneonta cancer society needs local recipes

The American Cancer Society of Blount County is collecting recipes for its first Relay for Life cookbook, Cooking for a Cure. The organization is asking interested cooks to share their most delicious recipes for the book, which is set to become available in February. According to volunteer and cookbook coordinator Greg W. Jones, all types of recipes are needed. He […]

Breakfast-goers entertained


PALISADES PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHTS will be displayed again this year. Reservations for those interested in spots to decorate for their businesses, churches, clubs, or families will be taken through Nov. 15. Contact Jeff Todd at the park at 274-0017. Decorating begins in November. There is no charge for reservations. Prizes will be awarded in four categories. AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION […]

New-concept container home going up on Ebell Road

The house under construction on Ebell Road is a Blount County first. It’s a home being built out of empty, recycled shipping containers. There are four in the accompanying photo – the two side by side rectangular shapes on each side of the structure. It’s being built by Gwen and Bryan Blackwell, who own a company that specializes in shipping […]

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