Council accepts residents’ de-annexation requests

After a hefty amount of discussion from several petitioners, residents were granted their requests to be de-annexed from Hayden last month. The council passed a resolution granting de-annexation rights to six residents who were annexed in July by mistake. According to town attorney Jeff Sherrer, a parcel of land was inadvertently annexed into the town without the residents’ knowledge. “The […]

Opposition grows to County Line landfill

About 80 to 90 concerned citizens met at the Circle M Builders building in County Line Saturday to register opposition to the proposed County Line landfill. State Sen. Scott Beason attended the meeting to hear citizen concerns. He spoke briefly saying that he was there mainly to learn about citizen reaction to the proposed landfill and that his inquiries into […]

Vision of springtime


Citizens Academy to begin in June

The Oneonta Police Department has announced that the first Citizens Academy will begin in June. “We hope to make the academy both fun and informative,” said Oneonta police chief James Chapman. “We are still working to firm up some of the specifics about the academy. Whether to meet one day a week or two, how long the sessions will last, […]

Getting the right ‘fit’ crucial to choosing college, counselor says

The most difficult part of choosing where to go to college is the matter of getting the fit right – matching it to the student’s own needs and predilections. It’s not necessarily something you can do on autopilot. It can benefit from some thoughtful consideration, according to Brenda Tidwell, who should know. As college guidance coordinator she works with school […]

From the publisher

A Silent Crisis

How many times have you complained about this county’s roads? Its bridges? As many times as you’ve lamented that taxes are far too high? You can’t put up with the conditions of the roads any more, and you surely can’t pay more taxes. So where do we go from here? That’s the dilemma the Blount County Commission and the engineering […]

Snead anticipates upcoming events

In the absence of Mayor Tim Kent, the Snead Town Council spent much of its latest meeting on informational matters. The council and town clerk Rae Ware reviewed details of previous town-sponsored Easter egg hunts. Members did vote to spend $300 on candy for the event Saturday morning, April 23. Ware also informed the council of the state’s established sales […]

Save the seniors

HR 1, the Continuing Resolution for 2011 passed the House of Representatives on Feb. 19. It eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Senior Corps programs it administers, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), and the Senior Companion Program (SCP), as well as Americorps, VISTA, and Learn […]


HELP FOR CHIEF BAXLEY Several fundraisers have been scheduled in Blountsville with benefits going toward town police chief Ray Baxley’s medical expenses: (1) collections at the stoplight Saturday, April 9, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; (2) spaghetti lunch at the Methodist church hall Sunday, April 10, between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at $5 a plate; (3) musical benefit […]

Alabama Scene

Legislative pay and longevity

We pay our state legislators $52,596 annually. All but the $10-per-legislative-day salary set out in the state Constitution is categorized as an expense allowance. While that may sound like a lot of money to many for a part-time job, for most, particularly those lawmakers who live outside Montgomery, it is mostly eaten up in travel and subsistence expenses. The $10-per-day […]