Former Bangor fire chief arrested on theft of property charges

Michael Claude Watson, 45, chief of the Bangor Volunteer Fire Department from 2007 until last year, was arrested Monday by agents of the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office. The arrest was announced by Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, and came after fire marshals conducted an investigation into the use of fire department funds while Watson was chief. Watson is […]

Family awarded $5 million in damages

The family of a Blount County woman, who was killed in an October 2010 vehicle accident, was awarded $5 million in damages after a jury ruled the wreck was the fault of the driver, Lewis Hill, and his employer, SMF Energy Corporation, according to Blount County court records. According to Bob Austin, local attorney and counsel for the case, Stephanie […]

Blue bottle tree revisited

Blount County deputy suspended, under ABI investigation

Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington Monday confirmed earlier reports that he has placed a Blount County deputy on unpaid leave following a referral to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) by the Guntersville Police Department. Earlier reports on said the off-duty deputy had driven his Blount County Sheriff’s Department patrol car to Guntersville and that an incident there involved […]

Commission will study alternate method to update energy systems for county buildings

The Blount County Commission entertained a presentation at last Thursday’s work session from Lathan Associates, a firm specializing in building architecture and mechanical engineering, as an alternate approach to a “performance contract” approach to a comprehensive update of all energy systems in county-owned buildings. The effort is a large-scale approach to replace aging county energy-using systems and reduce repair and […]

Jones named 2013 Community Service Award Winner

Springville man arrested on child pornography charges

Jeremiah Christian King, 32, of Springville, was arrested last week on nine counts of possession of child pornography and nine counts of dissemination/display of child pornography, according to a press release from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. King was arrested by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) after agents and the Blount County […]

Corner woman indicted on murder charges

A Corner woman has been arrested on a murder charge in connection to the shooting death of her ex-husband in 2011, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Elsie Thomas was indicted by a Blount County grand jury in connection to the shooting death of Matt Allen. In January 2011, Allen was shot to death at a house in […]

Smith named Bryant- Jordan Achievement Award winner

A major setback during eighth grade didn’t stop Locust Fork senior Clay Smith from bouncing back and getting the chance to play college ball. This story garnered enough inspiration to earn Smith $2500 to the college of his choice after he was honored as the Class 4A Region 7 winner of the Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award. After suffering a severe back […]


The leaders of the Alabama Senate

We are at the end of the third regular legislative session of this quadrennium. They are closing in on the culmination of their four-year terms. This is the first Republican majority legislature in modern Alabama history. The Republicans not only have a majority, they sport a super majority. That means that the remaining Democratic minority is incapable of stopping or […]