Council congratulates citizen academy graduates

Oneonta police chief James Chapman, lieutenant Steve Gunn, and officer Mike Harris conducted graduation exercises for members of the police department’s first citizen academy at Oneonta City Council’s latest meeting. Chapman noted he had wanted to begin the academy several years ago but found, as with so many good things, it had been pushed to the back for a time. […]

Blountsville to refinance with BB&T

After much discussion at its regular meeting Monday night, Blountsville Town Council unanimously voted to refinance the town’s existing debt and the fire station loan with BB&T Bank. The town had previously financed with PeoplesBank for the town debt and Superior Bank for the fire station construction loan. BB&T’s proposal allows the town to consolidate the debt and the loan […]

Cleveland council approves budgets

At its monthly meeting Thursday, Cleveland Town Council approved the 2011-2012 general fund budget and the water/sewer department budget. The council projected a revenue increase for the coming year. The town has stayed within its budget and will begin the new fiscal year with carry-over funds for improvements to the football/soccer field and for the 25-percent match for FEMA grants […]

The pressure is on

County budget reflects struggling economy

The Blount County Commission last week passed a 2012 expenditure budget that – at 8.6 percent below last year – is a mirror image of the state and national economy. At $16,496,317 it is 4.5 percent less than the 2010 budget, and 3 percent less than the 2009 budget. It is roughly equivalent to the 2008 fiscal year budget, the […]

It’s Constitution Week

Public hearings set on redistricting

The Permanent Legislative Committee on Reapportionment will conduct public hearings throughout the state to receive views of individual citizens and citizen groups on redistricting. As a result of the 2010 decennial census, the Legislature is required to redraw state House and state Senate lines to comply with the one-person, one-vote requirement of the federal Constitution and the representation requirement of […]


CASA BONITA Alabama Nonprofit Housing Inc. invites the public to the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Casa Bonita dwellings at 31 Morales Drive behind Walmart in Oneonta Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will not be able to file for flu shots with any private insurance companies this year, including BlueCrossBlueShield. It will accept Medicare insurance for […]

Alabama Scene

Strange maneuvers at the AG’s office

I reported several months back that former Gov. Bob Riley transferred $7.9 million in BP cleanup funds to the attorney general’s office three days before he exited as governor. The new attorney general, Luther Strange, did not comment about the transfer but publically agreed to give the money back after the new governor, Robert Bentley, asked last February for the […]

Notes to the county 2012 fiscal year budget

Because of the shortfall of projected revenues compared to projected expenditures, the Blount County general fund was about $256,000 short as projected for 2012. To offset the shortfall, several steps were taken: The commission approved a modified prescription-drug program to reduce administrative cost, keep health care premiums affordable, and continue the county’s paying 85 percent of premiums, with employees paying […]