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She grew up in rural Blount County, neither deprived nor privileged. She earned a college degree, taught school, traveled through many states, lived in several. Now retired, she’s back in this county, her favorite place to be, whose people and small towns, countrysides and farms, schools and churches she cherishes. That being so, she’s dedicated to preserving the county’s history […]

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Another November 13th Heisman?

On Nov. 13, 1971, a perfect autumn football Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., Auburn quarterback Pat Sullivan clinched the Heisman Trophy. I was there in the press box covering the game in my former journalistic life for the daily newspaper in Florence. On Nov. 13, 2010, another perfect autumn day, I sat in the press box at Jordan-Hare […]



Two experts in political science have sounded a warning bell for conservative evangelicals. Robert D. Putman, professor of public policy at Harvard University, and David E. Campbell, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, wrote an op ed piece in the Los Angeles Times warning that young people are rejecting conservative Christianity – and in big numbers. […]

THE BIBLE SPEAKS Fear no darkness

Background Scripture Psalm 91. Devotional Reading: Isaiah 52:7-12. One summer during my seminary years, I worked as a laborer at what was then the Armorcast Co., a military tank factory in Birdsboro, Penn. After several weeks of arduous labor, the project safety engineer told me I was to be his assistant. That sounded considerably better than what I was doing. […]


SINGINGS WELCOME #2 MISSIONARY BAPTIST on Terry Heights Road at Palmerdale will have the King’s Messengers as special guests for singing Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. Johnny Allred is pastor, and James Turner is singing chairman. PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have its third Sunday night singing Nov. 21 at 6 with Tradition from Fort Payne as guests. The […]

Blountsville announces plans for new fire station

In a special meeting called last week, Blountsville mayor Randy Millwood announced that the town has received a Community Development Block Grant of $250,000, which the town will match, to build a new fire station. The station will be built on an acre donated for that purpose by Superior Bank. It will be located on U.S. 231 about a mile […]

New commission begins work with routine items

Missing man commission

The new Blount County Commission, its two recent members having been sworn in an hour earlier, began its twoyear journey Wednesday toward the next electorial cycle with a low-key agenda allowing new commissioners to get acclimated to their roles without undue stress. With District 2 Commissioner Robert Bullard absent, the quorum remaining handled the short agenda of routine items quickly. […]

Oneonta adds Tom Ryan to its street department

Completing the city street department staff, the Oneonta council has hired Tom Ryan, outgoing county commissioner, and Kevin Nicodemus. Councilman Ross Norris, who coordinates public works for the council, commended the two, chosen from among more than a score of applicants, as excellent choices. Norris noted Ryan can operate almost all types of equipment. The council approved Nicodemus unanimously; Mark […]

Robert Bullard dies following 10 years’ service to District 2

Commissioner Robert D. Bullard, who served as commissioner for Blount County’s District 2 for almost exactly 10 years, died last week following a year-long battle with lung cancer. He had just returned from the hospital in Huntsville where he had been undergoing chemotherapy periodically for the last 10 months. He is survived by his wife Sandra, sons Danny Wayne and […]

Snead passes resolution to join state health plan

In an uncharacteristically brief session, the Snead Town Council passed a resolution committing the town to the Local Government Health Insurance Program under the state employees health insurance board. That commitment follows the council decision to leave its present BlueCross BlueShield carrier. BC/BS had notified the town it would drop the municipality’s present plan beginning in 2011. Members also approved […]