County engineer Spraggins will retire after 35 years



In what he said was a single sentence, county engineer Richard Spraggins notified Commission Chairman David Standridge of his intention to retire at the end of this month, capping – at 35 years and nine months – one of the longest careers in Blount County public service history. No reason for the unexpected retirement was given, by Spraggins or by […]

Lesson learned



“A wreck? Why would I do something stupid like that?” Those were the first thoughts of 17-year-old Natalee Kerby after waking up in the intensive care unit of Huntsville Hospital. The waking up part is the key because it was definitely not a certainty. Kerby’s accident was on Oct. 3 of last year. She was racing home trying to beat […]

Blountsville prepares for spring



At Monday night’s Blountsville Town Council meeting, several items related to upcoming warmer weather were addressed. The council and Mayor Randy Millwood officially designated Saturday, April 14, as the town’s annual Spring Clean-up Day, with a rain date of Saturday, April 21. For the entire month of April, large dumpsters will be placed at town hall, for use by residents […]

Incumbent, challenger vie for Hayden school board job



Elective office: Blount County school boardplace 1 memberTerm of office: six yearsAnnual salary: $7,200 Craig Johnson, incumbent Craig Johnson, 46, has served one full term as school board member for the Hayden district. He lives on a farm in Hayden where he grew up, attending Hayden schools and graduating from high school in 1984. He attended Faulkner University, graduating with […]

Incumbent, challenger vie for Hayden school board job



Elective office: Blount County school boardplace 1 memberTerm of office: six yearsAnnual salary: $7,200 Rodney (Rod) Dabbs, challenger Rodney Dabbs was born in Chickasaw, Alabama, after his family moved to the Mobile County community from Blount County to take a job. When he was only a few months old, the family moved back to Hayden where Dabbs still resides. He […]

Oneonta to the Opry



It’s 189 miles from Oneonta to the front door of The Grand Ole Opry. Not a long trip if you’re visiting, but if you want to be a performer there, it’s a much longer journey. I grew up on Straight Mountain and attended Appalachian school. Mom paid for piano lessons, and after high school, Mike Evans was nice enough to […]

Final list of qualifiers for local offices in March 13 primary



Summary of qualifiers (county offices) For probate judge/commission chairman: Chris Green (R) For District 2 commissioner: Jeremy Smith (R) Carthel Self (R) Roger Bullard (R) Andy Neill (R, incumbent) For District 4 commissioner: R.C. Smith (R) Gary Stricklin (R) For county board of education superintendent: Jim Carr (R, incumbent) For county board of education, place 1: Rodney Dabbs (R) Craig […]

Alabama Scene

The first casualty of the federal invasion

The Department of Justice has spent an estimated $50 million on its Bingo prosecution in Montgomery and all the department has done so far is drive a decent man to an early death. I didn’t know Ray Crosby but I knew who he was and what he did. He drafted bills, constitutional amendments, and resolutions and amendments to legislation for […]

Blount County Fair honored again



Once again, the Blount County Fair brought home the coveted Grand Champion Award from the Association of Alabama Fairs. The Blount County Fair placed highest based on the scoring of judges who visit and score the 23 fairs throughout the state. “Our goal was to once again deliver the caliber of fair that the great folks of Blount County deserve, […]

Commission adopts tobacco tax, acts against mortgage companies

In recessed meeting...

In a meeting Monday recessed from its Jan. 9 business meeting, the Blount County Commission resolved to request from the county’s state legislative delegation local legislation to prohibit mortgage companies from placing household goods on county rights-of-way in the event of foreclosure actions. The resolution cited the danger to public safety and welfare occasioned by the practice. The legislation requested, […]


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