Lightin’ up the streets

Ten fire departments brought their trucks and lit up the night sky during the Blount County Christmas Parade last week. Some 120 entries participated and the winner of the best float went to Appalachian High School FCCLA, followed by Spring Valley Beach, and Cross Halo Cowboy Church. Some parade-goers wisely chose to remain out of the cold and in the […]

Looking back

with Probate Judge Chris Green

The Blount Countian sat down last week to review the ups and downs of 2014 in the governmental life of Blount County with Probate Judge Chris Green, the county official who oversaw much of it. The following story contains highlights of that conversation, with Green’s comments on major areas of endeavor, followed by a summary of other individual actions. Ups […]

Hayden sets Jan. 20 for wet/dry election

The town of Hayden has set an election for Jan. 20, 2015, to determine whether its citizens favor legal sale of alcoholic beverages within its corporate limits, according to Mayor Larry Armstrong. Armstrong said the number of qualified voters in the town is approximately 900. If 50 percent, or 450, turned out to vote, it would take a majority of […]

Liberty Bank

to open branch in Snead

Snead continues to enjoy economic expansion with the announcement that north Alabama’s 43-year old Liberty Bank will be opening a branch in the town in the upcoming year. Joyce Breasseale, formerly associated with another closed bank’s Snead location, updated councilors on progress toward the opening. This will be Liberty’s first foray into Blount County. The bank currently serves Cherokee, DeKalb, […]

Snead to help with Susan Moore schools expansion

Following remarks by Eddie Phillips, director of transportation and maintenance for the Blount County School System, the Snead Town Council agreed to absorb costs to expand fire protection to the Susan Moore campus. Utilities department supervisor Jeff Whited estimated the town expenditures between $4,000 and $5,000. Phillips had asked for the help as the county school board prepares for two […]

Standridge, Shedd

elected officers of Alabama House Rural Caucus

Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden) was elected chairman of the Rural Caucus of the Alabama House of Representatives, it was announced last week. Standridge has represented Blount County’s District 34 in the House since he was elected in a special election in 2012 to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Elwyn Thomas. He was recently re-elected without opposition to a […]

Blount County Art Show

Oneonta accepts church alley vacation request

In its latest brief session, the Oneonta City Council agreed to vacate the alley in the 100 block between Third and Fourth avenues east. Lester Memorial United Methodist Church officials had made the request pursuant to the church’s planned building expansion. According to city manager Ed Lowe, the church will cover expenses to relocate natural gas lines in the alley. […]

2014 – a political year in review


As we approach the end of the political year, a few thoughts and observations on 2014 political happenings in the Heart of Dixie. Jim Sumner retired as Executive Director of the Alabama Ethics Commission in October. He had been Ethics Commission Chairman for 16 years and had an outstanding career in state public service that spanned 35 years. Prior to […]

Cleveland refinances, saves big bucks; approves liquor license application

The Cleveland Town Council approved two landmark actions at its meeting last week. Shown above, Walter Lewis of Benchmark Securities, summarizes details of the debt consolidation and refinancing plan arranged through his company for the benefit of the council. The $4 million action consolidates all existing water and sewer debt for the town. The deal saves the town $2,500 in […]