Calvert announces 2011 road paving schedule


District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert announced his repaving program for 2011 will include necessary patching and sealing on three important farm-to-market arteries, along with reclaiming and tar-and-gravel repaving of five county residential roads. Patching/sealing County road 29, 7.28 miles from its intersection with U.S. 231 east of Oneonta to its intersection with county road 24 at the St. Clair county […]

Casey to seek death penalty for 2009 murder

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will seek the death penalty for two suspects in connection to a 2009 murder near Highland Lake. Casey informed the court of her intentions during an arraignment and status call last week. Thomas Doyle Crowe, 32, and Toni Michelle Collins, 34, were indicted on capital murder charges by a grand jury in October in […]

Snead names grant administrator and engineer

The Snead Town Council voted to continue its relationship with Terry Acuff of Community Consultants Inc. and Robert Nelson of Robert Nelson Associates Inc. The decision followed a presentation by Torris Babbs, seeking to win the contract for his firm, Babbs Engineering Consultants LLC. The votes on each authorization were unanimous. Acuff and Nelson have had long-term relationships with the […]

Oneonta elevates firefighter Teal to full-time status

Upon recommendation of fire chief David Osborne, Oneonta councilman Hal Buckelew moved the town elevate part-time firefighter Dalton Teal to full-time status. The council had previously advertised the position within house and to the public. The council endorsed the recommendation unanimously. In additional fire business, members added Christopher Edwards to its volunteer roster. City manager Ed Lowe reported the recent […]

Redskins and Wildcats take county titles

Wright warmly remembered

It’s been both gratifying and fun to read the several articles published about Tom Wright’s retirement as executive editor of The Decatur Daily and that of wife Regina as metro editor. Their exemplary journalism careers, following their graduations from The University of Alabama, progressed together, although Regina’s was hampered in the ’60s, when women weren’t too welcome in the newsroom. […]

High-priced help

Isn’t it strange our new governor said the man he was running against for governor was wrong on every issue while they were running for governor but now feels this man is worth 80K per year and hires him? This is over twice what most people can make working out in the private sector. I guess the governor feels this […]

DA’s actions questioned

Once again Pam Casey’s actions seem to ignore the reality that the political campaign is over and it is time to put some people in the pen instead of continuing to bash Tommy Rountree. As she did in the campaign, she is publishing miss truths with reckless abandon. I refer to her harangue before the County Commission questioning the propriety […]

DA responds to letter

The money within the District Attorney fund is not my money, nor did that money belong to Mr. Rountree. It belongs to the people of Blount County. As elected officials, we are merely stewards of those funds. Facts are facts. As incoming District Attorney, I had a duty to review the finances of the office. And, I did that. In […]

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Riley’s deals in his final days in office

The details of the deals engineered by outgoing Gov. Bob Riley will slowly be revealed in full over the next several months, many of them concocted during the waning weeks of his official tour of duty as our governor … and at least one in the final days. Perhaps the most significant of them all is the meeting he called […]