Gov. Bentley vists county on ‘Road to Economic Recovery’ tour

Gover nor, commission honor Lady Redskins; handle routine business

The Blount County Commission at its Monday business meeting approved a contract with St. Vincent’s Blount recognizing them as the official indigent care provider for the county. The designation was necessary in order for the hospital to qualify for federal assistance such as discounts on prescription drugs. In a related matter, it was discussed at Thursday’s work session that the […]

Jane ‘Sally’ Doe identified; Georgia woman in custody

by Nicole Singleton No one has to call her “Sally” anymore. Finally, after three years of searching, the 68-year-old can once again be addressed by her real name, Edith Allen. On Monday, Cathy Jean Thomas, 59, of Douglasville, Ga., was taken into custody by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of identity theft, according to Blount County District […]

Snead funds major paving project

At the encouragement of Mayor Curtis Painter and councilman Jack Freeman, the Snead Town Council voted to budget more than $87,000 to fund the repaving of several town roads. Freeman, whose responsibility is roads, had long pushed for more funding. Painter noted that the town had borrowed money 15 years earlier and paved all town roads and it was time […]

Scoping out the gun law

Act 2013-283 of the Alabama Legislature, commonly known as the “Gun Law” became effective August 1, 2013. Initially perceived as a significant change in rights associated with bearing arms, more deliberate consideration of its provisions – including a day-long seminar conducted jointly last week by the Alabama District Attorney’s Association and the Alabama Sheriff’s Association in Montgomery and attended by […]


Governor Bentley and 2014

When Robert Bentley ran for Governor in 2010, he made a campaign promise that resonated with voters. He declared that he would not take a salary as governor until the state’s unemployment level reached a certain low bar. Bentley inherited a ship of state that was sinking. He rolled up his sleeves and went to work to bring jobs to […]

Alabama tourism director visits Blountsville

Plans to promote tourism in Blountsville were explored by some notable elected and appointed officials last Thursday. Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell visited Blountsville and was escorted to two tourist spots – the Blountsville Historical Park and Spring Valley Beach. “We wanted Lee to see the great things Blount County has to offer,” District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd said. “We […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian August 16, 1995

Work begins on Horton Mill Bridge repair Work has begun on repairing Horton Mill Covered Bridge, closed since December. Workers took one week to cut a road down the steep hillside – preserving larger trees, said Commissioner Ralph Moore – drill pipe into bedrock, set culvert pipe, and build a form for some 50 yards of concrete to serve as […]

Sloan to continue softball career at Blue Mountain

Oneonta’s Rebecca Sloan wrapped up her two-year career at Itawamba Community College in Fulton Miss. earlier this year. However, her softball career will continue at Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Miss. Sloan was named the North Division Pitcher of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC). She was also the school’s firstever selection to […]

Sports briefs

SNEAD STATE FALL BASEBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION will continue through Aug. 20. The league is open to players in grades 9-12 and the registration fee of $120 includes game shirts, equipment and facility use, and instruction. The teams will be coached by Snead State players and all par ticipants must sign a waiver, have an updated physical, and a copy of […]