Landowner files suit over road weight restriction

Todd Palmer, a Tuscaloosa businessman and owner of more than 34,200 acres of Blount County timberland, has filed suit against Blount County for what the complaint calls “arbitrary and capricious weight restrictions” on three county roads. Also named in the suit as defendants are District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong and county engineer Richard Spraggins. Plaintiffs in the suit, besides Palmer […]

Weekend fight proves deadly; three sex offenders sentenced

One man is in custody after a weekend dispute turned deadly. Snead Police Department is conducting a death investigation after a fight at a residence in the Wynnville Community Saturday evening. According to Snead Police chief Phillip Weaver, Blount dispatch received a call at approximately 8 o’clock Saturday reporting two males fighting at a residence. When officers arrived, one man […]

Childhood Cancer Awareness Night

“The Oneonta Redskin Marching Band is wearing gold ribbons tonight as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. They do this to honor those young warriors who are battling cancer now and to remember those who have passed.” Thus did band director David Bearden make his announcement before the Oneonta- Hayden game. And how did this come about? Oneonta High band […]

West Blount VFD chief sounds alarm on department’s fitness

According to purely anecdotal reports from knowledgeable sources in the volunteer fire community, the West Blount Volunteer Fire Department has failed on a significant number of occasions to respond to fire/emergency calls in its service area – calls that in a number of cases were covered by other departments in the vicinity. When asked, EMA director Max Armstrong confirmed that […]

Oneonta firefighters ‘go pink’ for breast cancer awareness

Downtown merchants to celebrate the arts

Members of the Oneonta Business Association will sponsor a Celebrate the Arts Day on Saturday, Nov. 5. During that day merchants will display free of charge any handcrafted or handmade items contributed by area artists and artisans. Such items might include paintings, sculpture, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, and photography, as well as written matter. Items will be on display for […]

They served

Although Three Hots and a Cot hasn’t found its way to Blount County, that doesn’t mean to say a Blount County homeless veteran won’t find the way to the 501c3 organization’s nearby Clay Veterans Center. For whatever reasons, some veteran soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen find themselves homeless – living in abandoned houses, under bridges, in old warehouses. Veterans for […]

And then, there was light!

The powers that be at Oneonta city hall recently installed lights at the old Bankhead field–now in use as a Blount County Youth Soccer organization soccer field. I believe I can speak for a number of parents who have attended their children’s practices and watched them practice in the dark when I say “Thank You!” We are grateful for lights, […]


VETERANS DAY AT HAYDEN ELEMENTARY The school invites the community’s help in holding a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 9, to recognize local veterans as well as active members of the Armed Forces, who are invited to lunch beginning at 11 a.m. and a program at 12:30. The school would like to have pictures of them as well as of deceased veterans […]


Last week in the article on the Blount County 2012 budget, the newspaper mistakenly omitted a significant item in the Highways and Roads budget breakdown shown on pg. 3. It resulted in a mathematical error in the Highways and Roads itemization column. Specifically, although the total of $5,128,490 shown is correct, the itemized entries do not add to that total. […]