A career teacher’s thoughts on new trends in schools

John Hollis taught physics for 40 years at Shades Valley High School. He also taught advanced placement physics for the International Baccalaureate School. Shortly before 2000 he was asked to join in the formation of an academy to be located at Shades Valley High School, but that would take applications from eight-grade students throughout the Jefferson County system. Creators ended […]

New medical clinic planned for Locust Fork

The town of Locust Fork has solicited bids for the interior build-out of an existing building to be renovated as a medical clinic. The interior of the former Cedar Realty building will be finished to house laboratories, offices, patient examining rooms, and equipment rooms as needed for a medical clinic, according to Locust Fork Mayor Joseph Hughes. “The Locust Fork […]

Resignations highlight meeting


Five resignations – three from teachers and two from bus drivers – were accepted by the Blount County Board of Education at this week’s meeting. The retirement resignations of Locust Fork Elementary teacher Jerry Faulkner, Hayden Elementary teacher Karen DeBerry-Holt, and bus driver Wanda Marie Hogeland were accepted. Resignations were also accepted from Susan Moore Elementary teacher Emily McGahee and […]

Snead hears from Douglas water department head

With Mayor Tim Kent and long-time councilman Phillip McHan absent, the Snead Town Council delayed consideration on several matters. Bill Foshee, manager of the Douglas Water Department, began the meeting expressing concerns over possible town plans. Kent had indicated at a previous meeting his desire to see Snead independent in its water sources. The town buys several million gallons of […]

Fr inge trees make it official: spring is here!

Warren epitomizes winning ways

Blountsville encourages participation in ‘Clean-up Day’

At Monday night’s town council meeting, Blountsville Mayor Randy Millwood reminded the public of the upcoming annual “Clean-up Day”, scheduled for Saturday, April 14. He encouraged local residents and businesses to take part in this event. All citizens who are able to participate are asked to meet in front of the town hall at 8 a.m. Groups will be formed […]

Dr. Bronner’s newest $200,000 employee

Alabama Scene

The State of Alabama’s government is already in a deep recession. But my sources at the State House are fearful of what’s to come next year, when the state’s general fund operating revenue is expected to decrease by over $300 million or about 20 percent. “We can survive this year. What terrifies me is next year. There’s absolutely no wiggle […]

Sugarland Lake area subject of grant request

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 8, 1976

Coal tax for roads to be proposed Rep. Joe Brindley informed The Democrat Monday night that he plans to introduce again a bill to levy a coal severance tax in Blount County. The 15 cents a ton levy on coal producers is to be used to repair, maintain, and construct improved roads in Blount County. Brindley introduced such a bill […]