‘Then, the ceiling fell’

Burst pipes and damage occurs after warmer weather returns

Warmer weather proved bittersweet for many in the area last week. The Blount County Sheriff’s Department, Heritage Golf, the Oneonta Senior Citizen Center, and Magnolia House were only a few of the many of those who suffered from burst water pipes. “If a pipe is exposed to freezing temperatures, the water inside freezes and expands,” said Ed Lowe, Oneonta city […]

Marshall County man killed while hunting in Hopewell community

Adam Scott Jordan, 37, of Arab, was shot and killed Sunday evening while hunting in the Hopewell community near Ebell Road, according to Sgt. Fred Cochran of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Jordan was one of three men hunting together. He died at the scene after being struck by a shotgun blast, reportedly fired by one of his fellow hunters. […]

Six candidates qualify first day for four county offices

Six county offices are up for election this year: sheriff, county commission Districts 1 and 3, revenue commissioner, coroner, and board of education District 3 (Susan Moore). Candidates for four of those offices qualified with the Republican party on Monday, Jan. 13, the first day permitted. Candidates and the offices they qualified for are listed below. No Democratic Party candidates […]

Commission’s first 2014 meeting addresses three big items, among others

Monday’s January commission business meeting included three significant matters that stood out among the 20-odd agenda items. One was its decision to proceed with a comprehensive administrative study of personnel policies and procedures, job description updates, and associated pay plan adjustments. The study would be performed during the second half of 2014 by Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services at […]

Lee birthday observance

We would like to invite the public to the 15th annual General Robert E. Lee birthday observance on Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. in front of the Blount County Courthouse. Guest speaker will be John Killian, Lt. Cmdr. Ala. Society of Military Order of the Stars and Bars. Mr. Killian gives an outstanding presentation on General Robert E. Lee’s […]

Second-year food drive almost doubles in collections

During the second-annual Hope for Hunger Campaign, sponsored by the Blount County District Attorney’s office, a total of 18,062.3 pounds of food, including cans and boxed food, were donated to Blount County-based food banks to help families in need. Last year, the campaign brought in 10,504 pounds. “We’re excited that in our second year we almost doubled what we collected […]

House fire leads to homicide investigation

A man found dead in a burned-out house on Ebell Road has not been officially identified, but Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn says circumstantial identification indicates him to be 66-year-old Donald Clayton Whited. “No identification was found, but he was the only occupant of the house,” Vaughn said. “The incident is of a highly suspicious nature, and is being […]

New revenue app provides for easy car tag renewal

The Blount County Revenue Commission has provided a new mobile application that county residents can use to pay car tag renewal fees from a smartphone. Called “Blount Tags,” the application can be accessed from the iPhone app store or Android Google Play store. The application displays screens necessary to input the user’s identification information, including name and driver’s license number, […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian • January 14, 2009

Work-release program proposed for inmates at county jail Hope House director Bud Jones appeared before the Jan. 8 work session of the Blount County Commission and proposed creation of a formal work-release program for inmates of the county jail. The program would begin with selection of 20 to 30 inmates who qualify by reason of non-violent offenses, good behavior, and […]

New American Legion post looks to make impact in community

American Legion Post Pfc. Jonathan Millican 2014 is currently awaiting its license, but its members are already operating as if they are official. “We want to be a community-active post,” said post commander John E. Hand Jr. “We want to assist youth, veterans, and the community in general.” Hand, who retired from the Army last year as a first sergeant, […]