Snead council revisits water leak charges

Once again, Snead town councilors have agreed to consider assisting a customer who faces a water bill of several hundreds of dollars. Gary Jessen asked the council for adjustment on his more than $800 bill resulting from a delayed-detected leak. Councilman Greg Ogles expressed sympathy and urged the council to find a means to help Jessen. He added that he […]

West appointed as Southeastern assistant principal

Susan West only had a couple of weeks to prepare for her transition from the classroom to administration. “It’s still a transition, but that’s what education is about – identifying needs and making changes to meet those needs,” she said. When Southeastern’s former assistant principal, Shawn Marsh, was hired as the Hayden Elementary School principal last month, some major changes […]

City hears from several seeking rezoning for Crisis Center expansion


At the suggestion of Mayor Ross Norris, the Oneonta City Council took no action on a zoning request from the local crisis center. In discussion, with no formal vote taken, the council agreed to delay until its next meeting the center’s request for its leased former Church of Christ sanctuary property. The inaction came in the regular council meeting following […]

Commissioners restructure 2016 budget; charge local 2¢ gas tax ‘misused’ for 23 years

In a surprise move without prior public discussion, Blount County commissioners voted unanimously in the Oct. 19 business meeting to move $455,000 in gas tax revenues from the county general fund to maintain county roads. The money would not be transferred directly to the road budgets, but moved temporarily into a reserve fund “to be determined” later, in the language […]

School receptionist charged with rendering false alarm

On Friday, police received a 911 call concerning a man with a gun on the Hayden Elementary School property, according to Operations Officer Tim Kent, of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. The call was made by principal Shawn Marsh who had been informed by a school receptionist, Carmen Williams, 42, concerning the matter. However, Kent said, it was later confirmed […]


THE BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD QUILT SHOW will be Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Palisades Park. Admission is $5 and vendors will be on site. Quilters are invited to enter quilts for the show at the Quilters Cottage at Palisades Park on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. […]

Snead looks toward thousands in additional expenditures

Snead town councilors, in their first meeting of fiscal 2016, voted to spend more than $90,000 toward the new year. The largest portion – $54,000 – will purchase 200 radioread water meters and supporting software, training, and hardware. Over $28,000 will apply to the purchase of a new police cruiser, with later detailing and decaling costs to follow. Another $7,600 […]

Snead State receives threat

Extra security was on Snead State’s campus on Monday after authorities were alerted to a threat directed toward the school. The threat was made through an anonymous message board, according to a press release. Snead State Community College, located in Boaz, was contacted on Oct. 14 by the Birmingham Police Department concerning the threat which read,“RIP to all the people […]

Qualifying update #2


Six Republican candidates have qualified for local office in Blount County as of early Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 20. No Democratic candidates have qualified as yet. Incumbents are shown in italics., Qualifying candidates and offices• Superintendent,Blount County Board of EducationRodney Green • Blount County Commissioner,District 2Carthal SelfAndy GravesMike Painter • Blount County Commissioner,District 4Gary Stricklin • Blount County Board of Education,District […]

Key year for Republicans


There have been monumental budget battles in Washington and Montgomery this year. The big difference is that the state of Alabama has a constitutional requirement that we have a balanced budget. We cannot spend more than we can take in. Unfortunately, the United States does not have the same constitutional provision. To his credit, our senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby […]