Drug court other aspects:

phases and requirements

Drug court made its full-fledged appearance in Blount County in mid-2010 when Judge John Dobson retired from the district court bench and immediately accepted the position as head of the drug court formed shortly thereafter under his auspices, with community corrections head Daryl Wheeler as overall coordinator. The move cleared a longstanding logjam in launching drug court in Blount County, […]

Appalachian’s Willingham retires



The Blount County Board of Education officially accepted the retirement resignation of Appalachian head football coach Ernie Willingham during a called meeting Monday. Willingham retires after leading the Eagles during the most successful stretch in school history. Since Willingham became head coach in 2004, the Eagles have posted records of 5-6, 8-3, 5-6, 5- 6, 10-3, 10-3, and 8-3 and […]

Brooksville area gets ISO reclassification



The Brooksville Fire and Rescue Department was recently notified that the ISO classification fortheareahasimprovedfroma9ratingtoa6/9 classification, as a result of a review conducted in late September last year. The composite classification means that some households – those that fall into the 6 rating area – stand to benefit from reduced insurance rates. All properties that are within five road miles of […]

Snead names Brad Pannell to head its baseball committee



Brad Pannell, president of the local youth baseball program, requested that the Snead Town Council at its last regular meeting confirm him as the town’s official representative for its baseball program. He and councilman Jack Freeman indicated there had been some issues over who had the council’s endorsement. Council members sought more details and finally decided to confirm Pannell to […]

A charge of wild horses



Blountsville center now part of St. Vincent’s



Blountsville Health Center is now St. Vincent’s Family Care- Blountsville. This established medical office in Blountsville now has the support of St. Vincent’s Blount and the entire St. Vincent’s Health System. Dr. Robert Smith and nurse practitioner Sharon Turner will continue to provide health care to the community at the Blountsville clinic. “We are pleased to have Dr. Smith and […]

Chamber forms three working committees

Update from the Chamber of Commerce

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce continues to work hard for our local businesses in this struggling economy. At the same time, we are actively recruiting industrial prospects to our area to aid in the recovery process. While we understand that these objectives are “long term” in nature, we understand the urgency of the matter, as people are losing jobs, […]

Grant for Snead Fire department



Snead Fire Department has been granted $38,580 by Homeland Security in response to its application for funds to upgrade its turnout gear and buy an infrared camera. The department is among six in the state to receive such funding earmarked for operations and safety. The money is to be used to improve response capabilities and to more effectively protect the […]

Ambassadors of J. B. Pennington



Alabama Scene

The crusade against public workers

Since the day I finished third in the 12-boy race for attorney general at Alabama Boys State in 1958, I have wanted to be involved in public policy issues. I got that chance in 1963 when I moved from the mail room to become a full-fledged reporter at the daily newspaper in Florence. Later that year I found myself covering […]


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