Juvenile probation office set for downsizing; Burns appeals to county for help

The Blount County juvenile probation office, made up of three probation officers and an administrative assistant, has been scheduled for an immediate cutback to two employees by the state Administrative Office of Courts (AOC). The juvenile probation office is a state agency with payroll and operating funds and administrative supervision provided by the state through the AOC. It provides a […]

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Molester found guilty

A Blount County jury has found a Hayden man guilty on counts of first-degree sodomy and firstdegree sexual abuse. Anthony Papineau, 44, was arrested in Utah in July 2010 by a special agent with the Utah Attorney General’s office. Papineau had fled after allegations surfaced in 2009 in which he was accused of sexually abusing a Hayden boy. Papineau was […]


County program puts recycling on the map

When county administrator Ralph Mitchell renegotiated the county solid waste contract with vendors in April, he had three major related objectives he wanted to accomplish as part of the process: Provide weekly garbage pickup services on site to the county’s 22 volunteer fire departments, at no cost. He got it. Arrange for a truck and attendant to work for 10 […]

Local summer reading programs a success

This summer, many transported themselves to various destinations through the summer reading programs offered at Blountsville and Oneonta public libraries. Each library offered a children’s program called “One World Many Stories.” Children who participated learned about diverse cultures from different guest speakers each week and took part in many activities. The Blountsville Public Library’s program began May 30 and ended […]

Rotary Club honors two

The Rotary Club of Oneonta honored two individuals Monday at its weekly meeting. One, retired, has seen a successful career and a life of community service. The other, her career before her, is ready to begin her college education. The club presented the prized Paul Harris Fellowship to Vance Morton, district manager in Oneonta of Liberty National Insurance from 1973 […]


JIMMIE HALE MISSION MINISTRIES invites Blount residents to its “I Had No Idea” tour of Royal Pines Recovery Center on Friday, July 15, beginning at 1 p.m. The center is located at 5 Guinns Cove Road, Hayden. The tour offers the community an opportunity to learn what the center does, how it helps, and how the public can get involved. […]

Alabama Scene

‘If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit’

Our jury system isn’t perfect. It isn’t meant to be, but it does protect us from the zealous “out of control prosecutor who presents his convictions as trophies,” primarily because he must seek election to office or his tenure depends on an elected official. Like most judges in America outside Alabama, prosecutors should not be subject to popular election, but […]

Covered bridge roundup

Developments affecting Blount County’s covered bridges are currently proceeding on three fronts. Friends of the Covered Bridges: a profile This relatively new organization first appeared on the scene this spring, coming to the public’s attention with its cleanup of the area around Horton Mill Bridge on June 25. A second clean-up day is planned for Swann Bridge on July 23. […]


ROSHELLE McCLURE, daughter of Charis Doty and Charles McClure, both of Blountsville, has been awarded an honors technology scholarship from Bevill State Community College. While attending Holly Pond High School, she was a member of Robotics and band. McClure plans to major in drafting and design.