Two companies file for surface mining permits

In the last two weeks, two different firms have published notices of permit applications filed with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to surface mine properties in Blount County. Legal notices are required as a part of the application. The first notice, advertised for the first time in last week’s legal notices by Travis Creek Energy LLC of Trafford, is for […]

Elliott resigns as head of parks and recreation

The City of Oneonta is looking for a new head of parks and recreation after the resignation of David Elliott. According to city manager Ed Lowe, Elliott tendered his resignation last Friday and the council was expected to formally accept the resignation at last night’s meeting. Lowe said that the city will begin the process of replacing Elliott but no […]

Let the games begin

Snead man found guilty of sodomy

Mark Daniel Davis, 53, of Snead, was found guilty by a Blount County jury last week of first degree sodomy of a family member. “This is one of the most disturbing cases that I have ever prosecuted,” said Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. “The victim in this case showed incredible courage to get on the witness stand and tell […]

Immigration law prompts changes in courthouse routine

Beginning Sept 1., state law will require citizens engaged in varied transactions at the Blount County courthouse to prove their citizenship or legal presence by showing identification to verify their status. In the case of vehicle tag purchase or renewal, the most common transaction, either of two forms of identification will be accepted at the courthouse license renewal window: a […]

Cleveland Council to apply for FEMA grant

At their regular monthly meeting last Thursday, Mayor Jerry Jones and Cleveland Town Council unanimously voted to apply for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a safe room and two generators. That action and all other business conducted were unanimous. The safe room, to be attached to the town hall, will hold up to 10 people. […]

Just a stray

She’s just another Blount County stray, most would say. Nothing that really stands out about her – a mixed breed, not cute or cuddly, just scrawny and hungry, covered with fleas. Abandoned along the road within the county’s borders. Not worth much. Why bother? But some do bother because they care; they know that all this land and all its […]


OSBORN REUNION Descendants of James D. and Elizabeth Folsom Osborn will have a family reunion Sunday, Sept. 11, at Royal Community Park. Friends and relatives are invited to bring pictures, memories, and a covered dish to enjoy. Lunch at 12 noon. Questions? Contact Ann 763-0259 or BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a called meeting today, Aug. 24, […]

Alabama Scene

Alabama businesses hit with new unemployment tax assessment

For many years Alabama had one of the lowest unemployment tax rates in the Nation. We also paid some of the lowest benefits. So when the recession hit a few years back, Alabama’s unemployment trust fund dried up quickly and ran out of money in 2009. To shore up the fund, a tax increase from $119 to $267 per employee […]

Big evening for future JSU students

The Blount County Alumni Chapter of Jacksonville State University feted Blount County high school seniors and junior college transfers who will attend JSU in the fall with a Send-off Party. Seventy attended the event, held Thursday night, Aug. 4, at Limestone Springs. Kaci Ogle, alumni director, discussed the JSU experience, introduced the JSU officials present, and provided each introduced student […]