A Silent Crisis gets noisier

A Silent Crisis is a publication that says Alabama roads and bridges have been allowed to deteriorate so long and so far that they have now reached crisis conditions. That means the only option to restore them now “is to take steps that are much more expensive and less efficient than maintenance programs which could have been employed decades ago.” […]


Blount County’s ugly number

Citizens petition commission

The Blount County Commission heard petitions at its work session last week from citizens requesting consideration on three subjects: access for evening political meetings at the Frank Green Building, reassurance that MCoal will not be allowed to subject county roads to mining damage without being held accountable, and hiring a professional grant-writer who would combine the abilities of a registered […]

A balloon adventure…

Blountsville’s first-graders have been learning that air is part of the atmosphere and that weather is the condition of the atmosphere, which changes over time. Wind is air in motion, and two factors are necessary to specify wind: speed and direction. This is definitely needed for air travel too. The study is a part of the AMSTI science unit on […]

Guilty verdict for sex crimes

A former employee of the Oneonta school system was found guilty of sex crimes by a Blount County jury last week. Tommy Sanders, 53, was convicted of second-degree rape, seconddegree sodomy, and second-degree sexual abuse. According to testimony presented during the trial, Sanders raped a 15- year-old family member. The testimony came from four witnesses, all under the age of […]

Of funerals and joy

My family’s perspective on funerals has been anything but traditional. I never knew my mother to attend a church funeral; I can count on the fingers of one hand the number my dad attended. Both were loving people. Daddy sat up nights with many of the dead at their homes before the advent of funeral parlors. Mother quietly expressed sympathy […]

Out-of-towner enjoyed rodeo

I am from North Adams, Mass., and attended the Pro Rodeo on April 1, 2011, while visiting my parents. I had a really fantastic time watching all the events, especially the bull and bronc riding and the calf roping. It was my first pro rodeo, and I hope to see another when I return for a visit. The clown was […]

Thanks to those who came to the rodeo

Now that the dust has settled and the show is back on the road, I want to thank all of the fine folks in and around Blount County for coming out to the 30th annual Blount County Pro Rodeo. This year’s rodeo was the most successful rodeo of the past five years due in part to local support of businesses […]


BLOUNT RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Guest speaker will be Susan Parker. Members are urged to attend. MORRIS/HAMBY FAMILY will have a reunion Saturday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park, Oneonta. Bring a covered dish, and enjoy the day with […]

Care First joins St. Vincent’s

Care First Home Health has joined St. Vincent’s Health System and is now St. Vincent’s Home Health. The joint venture became effective April 1. Care First is a Medicare-certified home health agency serving patients in 12 counties. “Our agreement with Care First reflects the commitment both organizations have to providing a strong continuum of quality, compassionate care,” said John O’Neil, […]