Council takes no action on Browns’ water request

Following Mayor Tim Kent’s reading of Jim and Shirley Brown’s letter, the Snead Town Council sat silent on their request. The Browns, who have reported two water bills totaling over $1800, asked the council to refund $528 for some 96,000 gallons of water used between the time their meter was read and the water department notified them of a leak. […]

Santa, Leah, and Mrs. at Quilters Cottage

Chamber ends year with holiday parade, program

Merry Christmas from the staff of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce! We hope you had a chance to get out to the Annual Christmas Parade that was held on Dec. 1. The parade is always a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas Season and this year’s version was certainly no exception. More than 120 entries and more than […]

Oneonta City Board recognizes staff

Commission approves paving plans; grants funding requests

The Blount County Commission Monday approved 2012 paving plans for Districts 1 and 4 and approved funding requests for Hope House and Appalachian Elementary School, using monies from the Community Service Grant Fund provided though a grant of legislative funds arranged by state Rep. Elwyn Thomas. For 2012, roads scheduled for paving in District 1 are Armstrong Loop, a short […]

Attorney honored

Brett King, Locust Fork attorney, has been honored as Jefferson State Community College’s 2011 Alumnus of the Year. King was invited to address the Alabama State Board of Education on the important role community colleges play in preparing students for further post-secondary education. Last month, King was also selected by the Alabama State Bar as one of 30 attorneys statewide […]

American Teacher: ‘must see’ viewing for those concerned about the future of education

On Friday Dec. 2, the Blount County Board of Education presented a screening in advance of its official release date of a remarkable documentary film called American Teacher. It played at J.B. Pennington auditorium to an audience of about 70, mostly teachers or others in education and their family members. The film was awarded the silver prize in the documentary […]

Alabama Scene

Only cheap apples for teachers

Our previous ethics law allowed seasonal gifts of up to $100 in value for state teachers so long as the gifts didn’t exceed $250 in a year. The new law, adopted in the waning days of 2010, doesn’t assign a specific limit but allows school boards to have a policy that would permit students to contribute a “de minimis” amount […]


PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER will again sell hickory-smoked hams this holiday season. The 18-20 pound hams will be available Dec. 16-Dec. 21 for $45 each. To place your order or pick up hams, phone Charles Head, 681-0341 or 516- 7656. Last day to order is Monday, Dec. 19. Hams may be picked up at Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine […]


Pair of mid-year teachers hired

In a meeting called mainly to handle student disciplinary hearings, the Blount County Board of Education did make some official moves. The board hired Joshua Gentry as a science teacher at Hayden High, effective Jan. 4, 2012, and continuing through the end of the 2011- 2012 school year. The board also hired Donald Jeffery Lake as a long-term substitute physical […]