Commission awards annual bids, applies for grant for Palisades Park



At a called meeting last Monday, the Blount County Commission received and opened annual bids for road construction materials and for general supplies and services. Below is a list of materials with the companies awarded the low bids. Road construction materials Annual paving bid: Whitaker Contracting Corp., Guntersville. Concrete by the truckload: Kirkpatrick Concrete, Oneonta (only bidder). Metal culvert pipe: […]

Allgood residents ask to keep their post office



In an obligatory public hearing, Reginald Capers indicated his commitment to closing the Allgood post office. Capers is USPS district manager of marketing. Most of the 12 Allgood adults attending the Aug. 30 meeting spoke in opposition to the proposed closing, seeking means whereby they might challenge Capers’s recommendation. Capers advised the group of the general procedures related to a […]

Downed oak knocks out power to large area



House Road Bridge goes under



Blountsville council approves board’s refinancing



At its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 30, Blountsville Town Council, which includes Mayor Randy Millwood, voted to execute a warrant agreement and sign an ordinance authorizing Blountsville Utility Board to refinance its debt with BB&T bank. The ordinance will also allow the board to borrow additional money to make repairs to the lagoon. The council unanimously voted to donate $1,500 to […]

An Alabama treasure



That was an excellent column on Wayne Flynt’s Memoir. Flynt is an Alabama treasure. The new graphics on the column (“Faith Matters”) look great too. It adds a lot. Kudos to whoever is responsible. Keitha Hudson Royal

Commission work session set for tomorrow evening



The Blount County Commission will hold its monthly work session tomorrow evening, Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. in the commission board room at the courthouse. The meeting time was set to allow citizens to attend who would normally be at work at the commission’s routine 9 a.m. time. The meeting allows commissioners to discuss issues among themselves in public […]

Retired ‘47 Hayden graduate writes



Ask me why I have not gotten upset and involved in the political games being played in Washington regarding the credit crunch and possible default of our nation’s financial situation? I knew those who created the problem once again would “find” a solution, at least a temporary one, as the politicians have for many decades. These inept, greedy politicians have […]

County Solar Tour

Using the sun for sustainable living

Wondering what to do with all this sun lately? Your neighbors have some excellent ideas. Join the Blount County 2011 Solar Tour Saturday, Oct. 1, or Sunday, Oct. 2, and gain tips from some of the county’s innovative homeowners, builders, designers, and gardeners. See their systems up close and hear firsthand from owners how their systems work. Passive solar and […]

Alabama Scene



Unintended consequences Sometime back when I was working in the State Judicial System as a court administrator, then Chief Justice Clement Clay “Bo” Torbert, called to say he had a task for me to carry out the following day. It seems that a fellow who was the Constitutional Law Officer for the country of Austria was visiting Montgomery and wanted […]


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