No critical injuries reported after accident



A two-vehicle accident that occured on Monday resulted in no serious injuries despite the damage pictured. Blount County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Moon was airlifted by helicopter to UAB Hospital and was treated and released Monday, according to Sheriff Loyd Arrington. The other driver, Mark McKissack of Blountsville, was transported via ambulance to Cullman Regional Medical Center and has been released, […]

New DHR director Maria Dresser signs on



After five months under an interim arrangement whereby a director shared his time between Blount County and Walker County offices, the state Department of Human Resources (DHR) has assigned Maria Dresser as full-time director of the Blount County office. She began the job on July 16. Dresser is a professionally trained social worker, holding a bachelor’s degree in social work […]

Child welfare check leads to meth bust



Monday morning of last week Oneonta police officers responded to a Crimestoppers tip concerning the welfare of two children. When officers arrived at the scene they opened the door to the house and were met by a haze lingering in every room of the residence. In the home, officers found a weighable amount of finished meth product and components used […]

Commissioners identify roads for $1 million improvement project



At its last business meeting on July 9, the Blount County Commission approved a $1 million appropriation from the county capital outlay fund. The immediate need was to improve three roads (county roads 21, 28, and 41) on which federal road funds have been spent and that have failed annual inspections for three years in a row. They cannot fail […]

Hayden man arrested for shooting at plane



Last Thursday, Jason McCay, 36, of Hayden was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for shooting a long gun in the direction of a 1943 Boeing Stearman Biplane. The incident took place on June 22 near Campbell Field in West Blount, a grass strip runway constructed by Fred Campbell in 1963. McCay is charged with attempted destruction of […]

Committee prepares for 59th Blount County Fair



Even though the rides and booths at the Blount County Fair seem to appear overnight, the 22 groups that help organize the event prepare months in advance. Representatives from 14 of the 22 organizations were on hand Monday evening to discuss the details of the 59th annual fair coming September 18-22. “We want this to be the place to be,” […]

Those 65 and older and retired due to disability must requalify for property tax exemptions



By the time most readers see this, those affected will have received a letter in the mail from Blount County Revenue Commissioner Chris Green. Intended for all citizens 65 or older, blind, or retired due to permanent and total disability who are currently receiving property tax exemptions, it is reprinted below. If you have not yet received it, read it […]

West Blount Chamber of Commerce gets organized, educated



The West Blount Chamber of Commerce held its second organizational meeting last week at Crossroads Baptist Church, electing nine members to the board of directors and approving proposed by-laws as its principal business for the evening. Elected to three-year terms: Nina Harvey, Marlene Green, and Delores Fort. Elected to two-year terms: Danny Riggs, Greg Reid, and Larry Anderson. Elected to […]

Farmers Market hosts ‘Special Day’



Keith Hamby, executive director of the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center, gives Ann Tawbush a basket of tomatoes donated by Jerry Gibbs Farms on Saturday, July 14, at the Blount County Farmers Market “Special Day.” The once-a-year event gives farmers and customers an incentive to go to the market. Both parties submit their names in a drawing for a chance to […]

Community supports family after house fire



After an unforeseen tragedy struck the Price family of Snead, they immediately experienced an outpouring of support from those closest to them as well as complete strangers. On Sunday July 15, while the family was away from their home, 15-year-old Mason Price, son of LaShone and Misty Price, received a call from a family friend telling him that his house […]


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