Lemak Sports Medicine invited to West Blount

Members of the West Blount- Hayden Improvement Association and others of the community hosted Matthew Lemak, CEO of Lemak Sports Medicine, Thursday to discuss a potential satellite location in West Blount that could provide advanced orthopedic services to community residents. Ongoing communication between WBHIA and Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics could result in a potential business relationship within the next […]

Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming

It’s that time of year again! Pretty soon that little red truck will be rolling into town, bringing with it the experience of a lifetime. Presented by the Community Arts Council of Blount County, Missoula Children’s Theatre will present a theatrical workshop June 27 – July 2, culminating that Saturday night in a performance of The Little Mermaid. Registration will […]


Personnel actions taken; trip requests approved

The Blount County Board of Education kicked off what should be a busy summer of activity by approving several personnel actions at the request of Supt. Jim Carr. The board also gave approval for several summer trips involving athletic teams and clubs. The personnel actions included the hiring of Mark Dobbs as the boys basketball coach at Susan Moore High […]

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for upgrades at Palisades Park

County leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday for improvements at Palisades Park. Construction, completed the first of June, created two fenced playgrounds with new equipment: an upper area designed for children 2 to 5, the other for youngsters 5 to 12. The Blount County Commission, park employees, county engineers Richard Spraggins and Glenn Peek, Sheriff Loyd Arrington, recreation program manager […]

Something I felt, ‘My NASA Moment’

I was born in Tait’s Gap and raised in Champion and Oneonta. I was only one of many Blount Countians who worked in the space program. On April 16, 1965, everyone at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville was waiting for the Saturn SIC T, 5 p.m. first static firing of the world’s biggest rocket. I was the engine […]

With young men like this, there’s hope for the future

It is difficult to be optimistic about our future when surrounded by the news of the world we have created for our children. Threats to our nation abound, from a slumping economy, rising drug use, and crime, to international violence and political scandals, to ongoing wars, as well as natural and manmade disasters. Politicians, athletes, and celebrities behaving badly continue […]

Keep pets safe in hot weather

Reports are made every year about animals that suffer horrifying deaths during spring and summer. Even dogs left in the shade can quickly succumb to heatstroke and suffer brain damage as a result. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a shaded car is 90 degrees, while the inside of a car parked in the sun can reach 160 degrees […]


JIM and BERTHA HILL FAMILY will have a reunion Sunday, June 26, from 12 noon until 3 p.m. at the D.S. Loyd pavilion at Palisades Park. All family and friends are welcome and invited to bring covered dishes for the meal. For more information, phone 274-9289 or 680-2228.

Alabama Scene

Lawyers, GOP are big legislative winners; public workers, Democrats are big losers

This week I will summarize some of the major pieces of legislation that passed the recently ended session of the Alabama Legislature and discuss the winners and losers. IMMIGRATION – The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, and Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, makes it a crime to be in Alabama without possessing proper documentation and illegal for undocumented aliens […]

Investigation into fire death

An Oneonta man was found dead in his burning home Monday afternoon. Authorities have confirmed the death of 37-year-old Jamie Allen Henderson whose body was found in his home on Oak Street in Eastwood around 3 p.m. Henderson was taken by ambulance from the scene but he was declared dead at St. Vincent’s Blount. An investigation into the fire is […]