Urgent Care South on track to open in May at I-65/160

Urgent Care South, a 10-room, 7600-sq.-ft. clinic described as a comprehensive urgent care medical facility, will open for business May 1 next year, according to Dr. Mike Patton, who will have his primary office there. The clinic is located on Smoke Rise Trail just off Ala 160 near I- 65. It adjoins the Traditions Bank parking lot. The clinic had […]

Portrait of a ‘dust-up’

Don’t worry. Easley bridge is fine. In fact it’s better now than before the dust storm engulfed it. The storm resulted when workers for Bob Smith Construction of Trussville used a high-pressue air treatment to remove an accumulation of years of leaves and dirt from one of Blount’s three covered bridges before taking up the decking to allow inspectors to […]

Cleveland prepares to acquire sewer pump station

The Cleveland Town Council held a brief meeting last Thursday night, with the sewer pump station in the River Heights subdivision being the main topic of discussion. Town attorney Alex Smith was present with the necessary paperwork, including the deed which – once signed by all parties involved – will give the town official ownership of the pump station. This […]

Oneonta sets calendar, hires part-time librarian

Mostly matching state and county calendars, the Oneonta City Council adopted its 2012 holiday schedule. The city will take Jan. 2 and 16 as New Year’s and Robert E. Lee – Martin Luther King days, Feb. 20 (Presidents’ Day), April 23 (Confederate Memorial Day), May 28 (national Memorial Day), June 4 ( Jefferson Davis’s Birthday), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. […]

Consider giving to Big Brothers/Big Sisters

As another year draws to a close and you begin looking at projected charitable contributions for 2012, please consider adding Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Blount County to your annual tax-deductible charitable giving program – if you are not already supporting this program. Big Brothers/Big Sisters provides a valuable service to our schools by matching younger students with older students who […]

Blountsville ‘angels’come together to help children

At least 120 students from J.B. Pennington High School and and Blountsville Elementary School have been helped and an additional 100 children sponsored with toys and clothes by Blountsville United Methodist Church and various community angels. According to guidance counselor Carol Hays, it’s been like Grand Central Station in her office, as needs and gifts have been matched for a […]


Iraq War: costly, controversial and finally over

The last U.S. military convoy leaving Iraq rolled through the desert just before dawn this past Sunday, carrying the last of our troops into Kuwait and ending what became a costly and controversial military occupation. After the soldiers entered Kuwait the media covering the event reported hearing shouts of “Going home!” and “It’s over!” mingled with bear hugs and high-fives. […]

Scofield gives legislative report to Blountsville citizens

Sen. Clay Scofield, who represents all or portions of three counties in northern Alabama including 11 precincts in Blount, met with about 40 constituents at a luncheon at Something Special restaurant in Blountsville on Dec. 2. He reported at length on legislative work completed in the last session as well as matters slated for attention in the coming session next […]

Young volunteers spread holiday cheer to hospice patients