Commission pays off county debt, votes $800,000 more for roads

The Blount County Commission has paid off $5,560,000 in long-term debt dating back to the mid-1990s. That announcement opened the governing body’s July business meeting. The last installment – $233,499 paid May 3 – means the county is free of debt for the first time since the initial $3,010,000 was incurred to build the new sheriff’s office and correctional facility […]

Sign and smiles say it all

Forgery victim copes with life after robbery

Living a life of normality has proven to be a challenge for Margaret Little of the Summit community after her life was turned upside down four months ago. In March, Little’s home was burglarized. More than $5000 worth of antiques such as golden oak furniture, dolls, and cooking utensils was stolen from her home. Little had collected these antiques for […]

Baton-twirling legend teaches color guard and majorette clinic

Oneonta High School alumnus Stanley Gillispie returned to his alma mater last week to lead the color guard and majorette clinic. When Gillispie graduated from high school in 1977, he was the feature baton twirler for the Redskin Marching Band. He had become interested in baton twirling when quite young. “I always remember being fascinated by those batons that I […]


Cleveland returns as Pennington principal

The Blount County Board of Education wasted little time in naming a new principal for J.B. Pennington High School. Just one week after Craig Sosebee was transferred to the central office, the board named former principal Dr. Philip Cleveland to the post. Cleveland returns to Pennington after four years at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. At Wallace State, Cleveland […]

Oneonta council covers little business in its latest meeting

Besides approval of minutes from its last meeting, the Oneonta City Council’s only action in its last session was to vote to advertise for a part-time firefighter. Councilors decided to extend the job announcement after having allowed a first opportunity for in-house staffers. Oneonta Business Association president Wayne Shaddix announced his group would host an outside movie downtown scheduled for […]

Confusion over animal groups

I saw there was an article in The Blount Countian today [ July 13] about BCASI (Blount County Animal Shelter Inc.), referring to them as the county shelter. This is incorrect. BCASI is not a shelter and they are not affiliated with the county. The article also said that BCASI had asked the County Commission for a NoKill Resolution. Again, […]

‘His spirit lives on’

The following letter is about the twin brother of Dr. Joe ( Joseph Dixie) Tipton of Oneonta, who asked that it be published. It was written July 14, 2011, by Chris Tipton of Dallas, Texas, in memory of his father James Charles Tipton (best remembered here as “Jim”). My father, known by his family and friends as J.C., passed away […]

Snead to continue contract with M4A for seniors

The Snead Town Council voted to continue its contract with M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging) for the upcoming year. The decision came two weeks after a discussion at the council’s last June regular meeting and after a workshop session immediately before its first regular July session. Town clerk Rae Ware had suggested in the work session that the […]

Alabama Scene

Cobb’s decision didn’t foreclose future race

This past June 29 at 10 a.m., Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb announced she would resign her position as head of the state’s judicial branch of government on Aug. 1. She mentioned, in particular, wishing to spend more personal time with her 87-yearold mother and 15-year-old daughter, Caitlin. She also cited the burden of political demands. “Another statewide race at […]