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Fire district petition filed; annual bids processed

The Blount County Commission acknowledged by resolution at its business meeting Friday receipt of a petition from a group of citizens representing the West Blount Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. The petition, containing some 16,000 signatures – more than the 20 percent of registered voters required – calls for a vote on the mandatory collection of fire dues for a […]

Dispatch from the

Budget front

The budget meeting last Thursday was the liveliest one since 2006 – when the historic formula for allocating gasoline tax proceeds to the four commission district road budgets was first agreed upon. That formula specifies that three districts – 2, 3, and 4 – will all receive equal shares of the fund, 24.24 percent apiece. District 1 receives a larger […]

News Perspective

The agreement emerged in 2006 as a compromise after a storm of controversy among commissioners about an equitable way of dividing the pot. For at least 10 years before 2006, there had not been a routine formula. It changed every year. In 2006, a strong argument was advanced that allocation should be based on road miles, with each district’s cut […]

Blount’s Best Burger

Jumbo cheeseburger from Double ‘B’ Barbecue wins contest

Upsets happen all the time in sports. After all, Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990, and the U.S. Olympic hockey team took down the Soviets in Lake Placid in 1980. Add another monumental upset to the list – Double “B” Barbecue of Blountsville has won the 2014 Blount’s Best Burger Contest. Double “B” wins the title with a […]

Place 2 candidate profiles

Six candidates are running for two spots on the Oneonta City Board of Education. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26. This week, Place 2 candidates are featured; Place 4 candidate profiles will appear next week. STEVE ANDERTON Age: 44 Family: wife, Melinda ; son, Bailey, age 15 and a sophomore at Oneonta High School; daughter Chaney, age 12 […]

Squire Parsons Homecoming in Cullman

Tolbert honored by Lester Memorial

Since 1999, Sonny Tolbert has served as host for Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, and last month he retired from his position. In recognition of his commitment to the church, Lester Memorial’s congregation honored Tolbert during a retirement party on June 30. “Many people spoke and the remarks were so heartwarming,” Tolbert said.“My basic philosophy was I would provide a […]


DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY and DivorceCare 4 Kids will also be offered for children (ages 5-12) affected by divorce or separation. Registration will be Sunday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. and the session begins Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost for the meetings and they will be held at 309 4th Ave. East, Oneonta. Phone Dawn King at […]


1968: Brewer vs. Wallace

Upon Lurleen Wallace’s death in May of 1968, Lt. Governor Albert Brewer moved up to Governor. Brewer was no novice to state government. He came to the Legislature from Morgan County at a very early age and rose quickly to become Speaker of the House during his second term. He won the 1966 Lt. Governor’s race against two state senators […]