Capital murder case continues

The future of Thomas Doyle Crowe is now in the hands of the jury. Crowe, 34, of Blount County, is charged with capital murder during the course of burglary, robbery, and arson. Crowe entered a plea of not guilty to all charges and has been on trial in the Blount County Courthouse for the past two weeks. Blount County District […]

Merit board hearing on Mitchell case subject to schedule rearrangements

The merit board hearing for terminated county administrator Ralph Mitchell, initially set for Oct. 12 at 1 p.m., is being rescheduled due to a schedule conflict with that day by a member of the board. Merit board chairman Bill Newman said another board member has recused himself from the hearing because of his personal friendship with Mitchell. The remaining four […]

Radio-thon scheduled for tomorrow

The 14th annual Radio-thon will be held tomorrow ( Thursday) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Radio-thon gives the Blount County community a chance to donate money to the Blount County Education Foundation. The foundation uses the contributions to fund their numerous projects but most importantly their Classroom Grant Project, which has provided more than $800,000 to Blount County […]

Blount County will vote on sale of alcoholic beverages Nov. 6

Members of Citizens for Blount County’s Future present their petition requesting a referendum on legal sale of alcoholic beverages in Blount County. [From left: local attorney Bonnie Peavy, former Blount County Commissioner R. C. Smith, Lisa Wester (handing over signature sheets), Ronnie Branham, the group’s president partially hidden), and Probate Judge/Commission Chairman Chris Green.] The probate judge officially certified the […]

House District 34 race profiles; first in series

Candidate profile: Bill Burns Personal profile Age: 40 Residence: 626 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap Born and raised: Born in California, moved to Atlanta at age 8, then to Auburn where he graduated high school in 1991; married Jada Pate of Remlap in 2002, moved to Remlap in 2009. Family details: Wife Jada is Blount County native, a former school teacher, […]

A well kept secret

Money talks. The Blount County Master Gardeners who make up the bulk of the workforce at the Blount County Fair want to let everyone in on a little secret. It pays to participate in the Blount County Fair. In fact, area residents who participated in this year’s Blount County Fair pocketed a share of seventeen thousand, seven hundred and sixty […]

People still do the right thing

On Saturday, Sept. 22, outside a store in Gadsden, I lost my wallet. I didn’t notice until nearly an hour later, at a shoe store across town. Of course, I panicked! I searched the store, my car, the area around where I had parked and everywhere in between frantically. I returned to the store where I had been previously, only […]

Snead police officer hits woman with car

A Snead police officer has been put on administrative leave after striking a pedestrian while on duty Saturday night at approximately 7:30, according to Snead Police Chief Phillip Weaver. The incident happened in the parking lot of the Snead BP. The pedestrian was transported to Gadsden Regional where she was treated and released, said Weaver. The officer will be on […]

County Road 39 wreck kills one, injures two

A two-vehicle crash last Wednesday morning killed 62-year-old Billy Joe Harris, of Oneonta, and injured Walter Ray Harris, of Oneonta and Ryan Fells, 18, of Altoona. Both survivors are in critical condition at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, according to the hospital. Trooper Curtis Summerville of the the Alabama Department of Public Safety said the head-on collision occurred three-and-a-half miles north […]

Amendment would cut legislative pay

IN THE STATEHOUSE There will be an amendment on the November ballot that will probably be approved by Alabama voters. The amendment will reduce legislative compensation. This proposition may garner more votes than Romney does against Obama. Most voters disapprove of the very controversial 61 percent pay raise the Legislature gave itself in 2007. That legislative vote, which occurred during […]