Two members resign over Solid Waste Authority vote

Two members of the fivemember Blount County Solid Waste Authority resigned last Thursday night following the authority’s 3-2 vote after a public hearing to recommend approval of B&B Tire landfill’s request to expand it’s tire coverage area. The landfill operator, James E. “Bud” Adams, had requested permission to add four states – Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi – to the […]

Oneonta’s Ray issues pardon; Lowe updates veterans park status

In a council session devoid of any official business except approving minutes, Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray announced a rare pardon. Ray explained the details behind his decision to pardon Ronald David Templeton. According to Ray, Templeton, who has worked as a volunteer jailer in Roane County, Tenn., has applied for a paid position with the county. Tennessee law forbids his […]

Neely owners say music school remains open for foreseeable future

by Ron Gholson The Neely Arts Center – referring to the extensive program of music school instruction operated on the renovated first floor of the old Neely Theater – is a going concern in good financial condition that continues to offer a full range of lessons and will do so indefinitely, according to owners Randy and Debra Beason. They were […]

BBQ Cookoff and Festival

Starts tomorrow! Event runs April 19-22

The four-day extravaganza of the Alabama BBQ Cookoff and Festival starts tomorrow with a school day (they should’ve called it Eating Day – read on), carries through business day Friday, festival and-fun-for-everyone day Saturday, concluding with an old-time gospel singing Sunday afternoon. The constant through all four days of the event is lots of savory BBQ and BBQ plates prepared […]

District 2 commissioner runoff set for next Tuesday; also state PSC chairman

The election set for Tuesday, April 24, will feature a runoff race between incumbent Andy Neill and challenger Carthal Self for Blount County District 2 commissioner. Included in the runoff will be the District 2 precincts of Blountsville (voting at town hall), Summit (fire hall), Royal (community center), Brooksville (fire hall), Snead (fire hall), Susan Moore (fire hall), and Rock […]

Reader writes

Need to know

This letter is long overdue, and I think the residents of Blount County need to know what Operation Grateful Heart does and how they are good stewards of the donations they receive. Operation Grateful Heart was formed at the end of 2004 when our local National Guard was deployed. Our mission statement was, “To help any deployed military from Blount […]

Snead accepts audit; agrees to reinvest CD

At the request of Mayor Tim Kent, Snead town clerk Rae Ware reviewed major points of the town’s 2011 audit. According to that review, the town enjoyed surpluses in both its general and water and sewer funds. Ware indicated revenues for the general fund of $967,550 with expenses of $902,676. The water and sewer account showed revenue of $902,187 and […]

Poster winners

On Sunday, March 18, children from all over Blount County gathered at the family court annex in Oneonta to honor the winners of the 2012 child abuse prevention poster contest. Over 80 family and friends were there to applaud the young artists and enjoy cake and punch. The event was hosted jointly by the Blount County Children’s Center and District […]

Blountsville seeks additional grant funding

During Monday night’s council meeting, Blountsville Mayor Randy Millwood thanked the approximately 30 volunteers who helped with the town’s annual Clean-up Day held last Saturday. The volunteers, along with several town employees and police officers, worked from 8 a.m. until noon in different areas of the town, cleaning up debris and other unwanted items, as part of a general effort […]

Alabama Scene

Siegelman, Scrushy had different paths

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy will walk free in a couple of months while his partner in crime, Don Siegelman, will have to return to finish the remainder of his sentence unless an appeal now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court is successful. The question that comes to mind is which of these two who were convicted in a corruption […]