Brrrracing for the cold

Missing money investigation complete

The investigation of money missing from the county revenue office at the West Blount satellite courthouse is complete. The incident, involving some $2,598 according to Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong, occurred during the latter part of November and has been under investigation by the Blount County Sheriff’s Department since that time. Sheriff Loyd Arrington told The Blount Countian Monday that the […]

Record low temperatures set, no major issues reported

On Tuesday, at 4:41 a.m., the agricultural weather station in Cleveland reported a temperature of 5 degrees, according to Blount County EMA director Max Armstrong. The temperature drop began Sunday night and continued throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning. At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, the station reported a temperature of 56 degrees. By Tuesday morning, the temperature was a lowly […]


Early look at offices on the ballot

2014 is a big election year with candidates for election/ re-election at all levels: federal, state, and county government. Blount Countians will vote for one U.S. Senator, the District 6 candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, four members of the state Legislature (two senators and four members of the House of Representatives in total, though each voter will vote […]

Driving electric could reduce monthly power bill

Alabama Power is giving its customers an incentive to get charged up about electric and hybrid vehicles. Owners of PEVs (Plug-in Electric Vehicles) are eligible to apply for the Residential PEV Rate Rider. With this rate, during the hours from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., customers can charge their PEV with a savings of 1.7155 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh). […]

Cleveland tax preparer arrested for identity theft and theft of property

Sue Donaldson Dean, 47, of Cleveland, is being held at the Blount County Correctional Facility after being arrested for five counts of identity theft, three counts of theft of property 1st, and two counts of theft of property 2nd, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Dean, who turned herself in, is being held on a $100,000 bond. She […]

Johnson resigns District 1 school board seat

Craig Johnson of Hayden has resigned from his position as place 1 member of the Blount County Board of Education, effective Jan. 6, 2014. Place 1 represents Hayden public schools, covering the entire western area of the county lying between the Mulberry Fork and Locust Fork rivers and west of Sugar Creek. Johnson said he resigned mainly because of changes […]


In the article headlined “State of the county: past and future” in the Dec. 25 edition, The Blount Countian reported that the county received $758,572 from the state to complete storm damage repairs on Maple Drive and Joy Road in District 1. The information was correct except for one important detail: those roads are not located in District 1. They […]

Early session and Common Core


The 2014 legislative session begins next week. The session starts early in the fourth year of the quadrennium because it is an election year. Legislators want to come in and get out early so that they can go home and campaign. Usually legislatures do not do much other than pass the budgets in a campaign year session. They especially do […]

Warrior woman arrested for distributing obscene material to a minor

Jody Layne Stratton, 38, of Warrior, was arrested last week by the Blount County Sheriff’s Department for distributing obscene material to a minor, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Stratton was indicted by a grand jury in December for the offense, which involved a 16-year-old. Casey said no details about the investigation or the crime would be given, […]