ALAN RUSSELL JACKSON,



47, Blountsville, died Dec. 25, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. A 1985 graduate of Douglas High School, he attended Snead State Community College, Wallace State Community College, and graduated from Jacksonville State Law Enforcement Academy. He worked as a computer programmer and served with the National Guard. Predeceasing him were grandparents Z.T. “Rabbit” and Ivaleen Moore Currey and Levi […]

RAYMOND MCCOWN,



60, Hayden, died Dec. 21, 2013, at the residence. A member of Cross Halo Cowboy Church, he enjoyed fishing, camping, football, and his tractor. Parents William and Leona M. Bennett McCown predeceased him. Surviving are wife Denise Wall McCown; sons Scott Brewster, Joseph McCown; daughter Kimberly (Adam) Johnson; grandchildren Tatum McCown, Reya McCown, Brooklyn McCown, Joseph McCown; brothers Joe (Nancy) […]

AUDREY LEE MILLWOOD,



79, Birmingham, died Dec. 18, 2013, at Mt. Royal Nursing Home. A member of Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church, she was retired from the Jefferson County Probate Judge office. Parents Marvin Elvin and Artie Desma Linderman Millwood and sister Jeanette Millwood Smith predeceased her. Surviving are sister Betty Robbins, Vestavia Hills; brother Durlon (Linda) Millwood, Remlap; nephews Pete Robbins, Quinton, […]

TROY EARL MEADE,



84, Snead, died Dec. 24, 2013. A member of Joppa Church of God, he was married to Velma Sue Painter Meade for 49 years. Parents James and Annie Belle McCutchen Meade predeceased him. Surviving besides his wife are a host of family and friends and special caregivers Darlene Mead and M.C. Davis. Jimmy Haymaken, Dale Murray, Mike Painter, and Dan […]

BERNARD DALE MORO,



57, Pinson, died Dec. 23, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Parents Jerry and Betty Christine Snow Moro predeceased him, as did brother Danny Moro. Surviving are brother Michael (Renee’) Moro, Trafford; nephews Paul (Brandi) Moro, Pine Mountain, Steven (Stacey) Moro, Kimberly, Kevin ( Whitney) Moro, Birmingham; nieces Amanda (Kyle) Mulvehill, Amy Moro, both of Trafford; chosen mother Betty […]

RICKEY LAMAR RIDDLE,



60, Remlap, died Dec. 23, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Surviving are sister Janice (Frank) Dunn; brothers Randall (Kay) Riddle, Steve Riddle; nephews Randall Riddle Jr., Chuck Riddle, Jathan Riddle, Benjamin Riddle. Jim Hawkins and Randall Riddle officiated the noon service held Dec. 27 at Starnes Chapel Holiness Church. W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel of Rainsville directed.

JOHN DOUGLAS SEATON JR.,



48, Oneonta, died Dec. 19, 2013. A member of Grace Baptist Church, he enjoyed singing with his church family and serving his church. An outdoorsman, he was a fan of Alabama football. Predeceasing him were mother and stepfather Wanda and Larry Wheeler, grandparents Edsel and Sarah Riley, Evelyn Shield, “Papa” Joe Seaton, and Clara A. Seaton. Surviving are wife Lori […]

West Blount mounts drive to create fire district



The West Blount Fire and Rescue Department will host a series of “Meet and Greet” speaking engagements for area residents to get acquainted with the new chief and officers of the department and to ask questions about the department’s plan to establish a fire district. The events are intended to collect signatures for a petition requesting a referendum on the […]

Welcoming the new year with a bang



Even though the warm weather associated with the Fourth of July isn’t around during the first of the year, it doesn’t stop some people from braving the cold and lighting up the night sky. Fireworks dealers offer to bring a flash and a bang to any New Year’s Eve celebration, but they admit it’s a lot different than what they […]

Senate voting districts for Legislature change in 2014



Blount County’s voting districts for the state Senate change in 2014, but changes are minor compared to the extensive changes that go into effect for the state House of Representatives this year. Blount county keeps both Senate districts – 17 in the southern two-thirds of the county and 9 in the north – and does not add any new ones. […]