Burns pursues rescue package for juvenile probation office

Appearing before the Blount County Commission work session to appeal for funding last week, District Judge Sherry Burns told commissioners the county needs to raise nearly $47,000 to avoid losing an administrative support worker considered critical to the operation of the county juvenile probation office ( JPO). The three other probation officers assigned to the office could not function effectively […]

Anti-alcohol group begins fundraising for referendum

Opponents of legalizing sale of liquor in Blount County – still going under the same name from the 2008 referendum battle of Keep Blount County Special – met for the second time Sunday afternoon at Oneonta First Baptist Church to muster both facts and funds for the pending election battle, if those favoring sale manage to collect enough valid signatures […]

Accident on Main Street

Commission handles routine business; no word on county administrator status

The Blount County Commission held its August business meeting Monday and conducted mainly routine county business. The commission had a quorum of three commissioners and the commission chairman present. District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong was absent on vacation. Also absent was county administrator Ralph Mitchell, who has not returned to work after being asked to absent himself from the job […]

Five plead guilty

A man convicted of manslaughter in 2006 is back in prison. After being sentenced in 2009, Tyler Beam, 24, of Albertville, served 598 days for the crime and was then released on probation. During his probation in 2011, he led Alabama State Troopers in a car chase from Marshall County into Blount County where he crashed his vehicle in Snead. […]

I don’t think so

After reading the Blount Countian this week, it seems that the people of Blount County do not know what is good for them and what is good for Blount County. Without stating the obvious that drinking alcohol is not good for a person and not getting into what the Bible says about consuming strong drink. Just looking at the practical […]


Blount Countians, friends, neighbors: Well, here we go again, with some of our people believing if we can just sell alcohol drinks in our county we will have plenty of money and all live happily ever after. Everyone has a right to their opinion and viewpoint. But I pray that as a people we will really use wisdom about this. […]

Municipal qualifier profiles

Municipal elections will be held Tuesday Aug. 28. Polls throughout Blount County will be open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Profiles from Allgood, Blountsville, and Cleveland are featured this week. Candidates from Hayden, Highland Lake, Oneonta, and Snead will appear next week. County Line elected not to distribute their questionnaires. The following municipalities will not hold elections – Allgood, Locust […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 14, 1985

School board borrowing funds to meet current payroll Blount County Board of Education is borrowing $50,000 from The Bank of Blountsville in order to meet current payroll. At the board’s Aug. 5 meeting, members approved Supt. Joe Hazelrig’s recommendation to borrow funds. “When we made out our budget at the beginning of the last school year, we knew we were […]

Pennington gets new coach, new schedule

The J.B. Pennington Tigers will tackle a new schedule this fall with a new head coach. Former Arab and Crossville head man Keith Garner was picked to lead the Tigers and he has been on the job for almost the entire offseason. Garner inherits a Tiger program that has struggled to win the last few years. Pennington is just 3-27 […]