Bomb hoax causes a scare

Commission honors Spraggins at retirement; approves 2012 tax levy

The Blount County Commission voted Monday to accept the one-sentence resignation from county engineer Richard Spraggins to Commission Chairman David Standridge announcing his intention to retire, effective Feb. 29. It also unanimously approved a resolution commending him for his “innumerable accomplishments as county engineer” and wishing him the best in his retirement. An audience of about 15 in the commission […]

Two meth labs seized in Oneonta

The Oneonta Police Department has seized two meth labs in the city this month and each of the busts came as a result of tips from the public. The two labs – one on Park Avenue and the other on 2nd Avenue East – were operational but very little actual meth was recovered, according to investigators. Police say that while […]

Smith, Stricklin square off for District 4 commission job

Elective office: District 4 commissionerTerm of office: four yearsAnnual salary: $40,360 (approximate) R.C. Smith:‘been there, done that,know what to expect’ R. C. Smith served previously as commissioner of District 4 for one term from 2000 to 2004. He didn’t run for re-election in significant part because of the tragic death in 2004 of his youngest daughter Shannon, then 31, in […]

Smith, Stricklin square off for District 4 commission job

Elective office: District 4 commissionerTerm of office: four yearsAnnual salary: $40,360 (approximate) Gary Stricklin:something he ‘always had in mind’ to do Gary Stricklin is a successful businessman who owns Stricklin Services, a company that builds convenience stores, car washes, and mini-storage buildings and installs gasoline pumps. He owns a convenience store, three car washes, and a mini-storage building himself. He […]

Jackie Sivley is lone candidate for county school board place 2

Elective office: Blount County schoolboard place 2 (Blountsville)Term of office: six yearsAnnual salary: $7,200 Jackie Sivley, 59, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former school board chairman Andy Neill in late 2010. Neill resigned the job when he was appointed to finish out the term of former District 2 Commissioner Robert Bullard, who died in November of that […]

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 educationsuperintendent:Jim Carr (R, incumbent) For county board of education, place 1:Rodney Dabbs (R)Craig Johnson (R, incumbent) For county board of education, place 2:Jackie Sivley (R) Summary […]

Alabama Scene

Columnist George Will argues Siegelman’s case

George Will is one of the most widely recognized and read conservative writers in the world. Writing for more than 450 newspapers, his biweekly Newsweek column and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will is also one of the most influential writers in the United States, Last week he took up the matter of former Alabama Gov. Don […]

Blount County Board of Education

Routine business handled

The Blount County Board of Education approved 39 elementary and high school teachers and patrons to serve on the 2011-2012 textbook committee. The teachers appointed to the committee come from every school in the system and no more than three teachers on a committee come from any one school. In all, 20 teachers and three patrons were appointed to the […]


LOCUST FORK BAND BOOSTERS will host “Best of the 80s” lip sync contest Saturday, Feb. 18, to raise money for the Emerald Night Marching Band. Admission is $5, and the show starts at 4 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Door prizes will be given away. AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 will hold the regular monthly meeting Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. […]