Commission votes to fire county administrator

The Blount County Commission voted 3 to 1 Tuesday morning to terminate Ralph Mitchell from the position of county administrator, following a 65-minute executive session. A hearing date of Sept. 6 was set in compliance with the employee manual to allow Mitchell to defend himself from charges or allegations. Other than those contained in yesterday’s motion, charges or allegations have […]

Father of the trio

Special election called to fill House Seat 34

Gov. Robert Bentley has set the election dates for the soon-to-be-vacant House Seat 34. The office will officially be open Sept. 1 after the Governor appointed longtime Blount County Rep. Elwyn Thomas as executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Home Commission. The Governor has set the primary election for Tuesday, Oct. 23. If primary runoff elections are necessary, they will […]

Thomas retires as state representative; accepts job heading regulatory agency

State Rep. Elwyn Thomas has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to serve as executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission (AMHC), effective Sept. 1, 2012. Thomas currently represents House District 34, encompassing much of Blount County and a portion of north Jefferson County. His resignation is effective Aug. 31. He has represented a majority of Blount County citizens […]

Cleveland hosts open house for storm shelters

Saturday, the Town of Cleveland invited the community to view the new storm shelters located near the town park. The shelters, built by Safety Shelter out of Danville, have a capacity of 200 and are able to withstand 200 mph-plus winds, which is the equivalents of an EF5 tornado. They are handicap accessible, with a restroom, dehumidifier, vented air, and […]

Identity thief attempts to place advertisement in The Blount Countian

After an investigation conducted by the Oneonta Police Department, Investigator Mike Harris says the person who tried to place an advertisement in The Blount Countian was intending to steal readers’ identities. The newspaper received two e-mails from separate individuals, one in June and one in July, wanting to place a classified ad. They said they needed someone to help with […]

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 County Line, Hayden, Highland Lake, Oneonta, and Snead are featured this week. Candidates from Allgood, Blountsville, and Cleveland appeared last week. County Line elected not to distribute their questionnaires, but the candidates featured called the newspaper personally asking […]

Burger contest subscription winners named

The search for Blount County’s Best Burger has ended – congratulations to D&R BBQ – and readers of The Blount Countian have won, as well. Six winners, representing six different restaurants have each won six-month subscriptions to The Blount Countian. Winners (and the restaurant they nominated) are: Becky Chitwood (Wayne’s BBQ), Roger Self (D&R BBQ), Sara Sherbet (Daisy’s Bake Shop), […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, August 22, 1990

$4 Million in marijuana seized Around $4 million in marijuana plants was seized at a Snead area farm after a sweep of the county by law enforcement officials in two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft earlier this month. Several other smaller marijuana patches were found at different areas of the county, but the 2000 plants (with a street value of […]

Bulldog schedule awfully familiar


3A Region 6 to 3A Region 5. One would think that the Bulldogs would get a couple of new teams to play. One would be wrong. Susan Moore makes the move and they bring all but one old region foe with them. Hokes Bluff moved from 3A to 4A and the Eagles have been replaced in the region by former […]