JPO jobs rescue: the rest of the story

Last week, The Blount Countian reported that the Blount County Commission appropriated $12,000 toward more than $90,000 needed to save the jobs of two juvenile probation officers ( JPO) from elimination as a result of cost-cutting by the state Administrative Office of Courts (AOC). That was accurate, as far as it went. But it didn’t go far enough. A large-scale […]

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Blountsville to hold public hearing for fire-station grant project

The closeout hearing for the Blountsville fire-station grant project is scheduled for Dec. 5 at 5 p.m., Mayor Randy Millwood told the town council at its regular meeting Monday. The hearing is required by ADECA. In other fire-station news, the council voted to pay Adams LLC $1812 for builder’s risk insurance. Jackie Saint from Otelco discussed with the council pricing […]

First drug court ‘graduating class’ honored

The first two graduates of the drug court program were honored at a celebration at the Family Service Mall last Friday. A luncheon for all drug court participants was held followed by a ceremony in which the first two participants to complete the demanding 12-month regimen were formally promoted out of the program with all charges dismissed. Judge John Dobson […]

Monday’s the deadline

This Monday is the last day to apply to the county-city Chamber of Commerce to have entries in the Blount County Christmas Parade. An application blank can be found on page A3 of this week’s issue of the paper. The parade, as always, will take place the first Thursday in December, which this year is the first. The annual parade […]

Three qualify for county office, two for state office in March 13 primary

As of Tuesday afternoon, three Republican candidates had qualified for county office in the primary election on Mar. 13, 2012, according to Blount County Republican executive committee chairman Tim Kent. Two Republican candidates had qualified for state offices in Blount County, according to state Republican party headquarters. The qualifying deadline for all candidates for the March 13 primary is Jan. […]

Child abuse

You’re responsible for reporting

We have been inundated with stories about the Penn State sex abuse scandal for days now. This high-profile story has shown the national spotlight on the revolting epidemic that is child sexual abuse. It is surprisingly common, but it is a crime of secrecy. One reporter correctly said, “It’s everywhere, but it’s nowhere.” It takes an incredible amount of courage […]

Blountsville getting ready

Christmas at Blountsville will indeed be special if business and property owners follow requests of Blountsville Business Association’s president Allen T. Gilliland. “Please assist in decorating our town the day after Thanksgiving with as many lights as you wish,” Gilliland asks in his letter. He urges everyone to decorate with wreaths and lighted trees on Main Street and at homes […]

Alabama Scene

Our prize-winning Executive Chef

I had actually forgotten that we have an executive chef at the Governor’s Mansion until a few weeks ago when the current chef, Jim Smith, attracted a great deal of attention by winning the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans. Smith is 33 and hails from Troy. In a recent interview he described his duties as preparing lunch and […]

Water problems top Snead council discussions

Bo Kornegay, his wife, and son returned to the Snead Town Council meeting to address water problems. Kornegay, who earlier frequented council meetings over several years seeking a water-line extension to his community, lodged complaints over water-pressure problems. He noted that he and his neighbors experience water-pressure problems up to six times a day. Kornegay lay the blame on a […]