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District 34 Candidate Forum:

a snapshot of answers to issues

Six candidates running for the office of state representative, District 34, representing about two-thirds of Blount County, met at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School last Thursday night and faced an audience of about 100 to answer questions on election issues. The event was sponsored by the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Rob Rice of The […]

If Blount goes wet, commission will lose money

According to Probate Judge Chris Green, if the citizens vote to legalize the sale of alcohol in Blount County approximately $400,000 that is funded by the Alcohol Beverage Control Board will be taken away from the Blount County Commission. Green says he has spoken to multiple sources including a lawyer from the ABC Board, an attorney from the Alabama County […]

Merit Board pre-hearing reset in Mitchell matter

The Blount County Merit Board hearing for Ralph Mitchell, former county administrator fired by the county commission on Aug. 21, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at the county courthouse. At Mitchell’s request, the hearing will be closed to the public. The hearing had initially been set for Oct. 12, but was rescheduled to accommodate schedules […]

Ferry joins Blount County Board of Education

Chief Deputy William Ferry of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department has been chosen to replace Gregg Armstrong on the Blount County Board of Education. Being employed by the Sheriff’s Department for more than 12 years has given Ferry a unique outlook on the role education has in a person’s life. Education teaches prevention, and prevention is key. Teaching students the […]

House District 34 race profiles; last in series

Jim Murphree Personal profile Age: 49 Residence: Muirfield Circle in Oneonta Born and raised: Born in Oneonta and resided here all his life. Grew up on farm adjacent to Horton Mill Bridge on Ala 75. Family details: Two children: Hanna, 17, and Andrew, 15, both attending Oak Mountain High School in Shelby County. Education Graduated Oneonta High School in 1981. […]

Film and lecture series…

Oneonta Public Library begins ‘Southern Nights’

“Arsenic and Old Lace” the movie classic from the halcyon days of filmmaking, starring Cary Grant, will be the first movie featured in Oneonta Public Library’s “Southern Nights” series of classic movies and lectures. Time is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m at the library. The series will be held at that time on the third Saturday night […]

History Lesson 101

The proponents of alcohol sales have strongly indicated that our county is not “special.” However, the same proponents reveal (from their point of view) that alcohol will make our county “special.” However, what does our history tell us? “Drink is a cancer in human society, eating out its vitals and threatening its destruction.” – Abraham Lincoln “Liquor may have its […]

Sheriff’s Department recovers stolen heavy equipment

A 26-year-old Cleveland man is in custody at the Marshall County Jail after a stolen brush cutter was found at his residence. The suspect is charged with theft of property 1st degree and faces a $30,000 bond for that offense. In addition, he is charged with criminal mischief 1st degree and burglary 3rd degree, in relation to an incident in […]


In last week’s article, “Crowe found guilty” which appeared on the front page of The Blount Countian, Toni Michelle Collins was identified as saying she had agreed to a sentence of life without parole. The information is incorrect and should read she agreed to a sentence of life.