Merit board votes to hear Wall case

The Blount County Merit Board voted 3-2 to take jurisdiction over the case of dismissed city of Oneonta employee Geneva Wall. Removed in December of 2015, Wall has fought that action within city channels and beyond. Wall had appealed to the merit board after the Oneonta City Council had upheld Mayor Ross Norris’s dismissal action. The city holds that Wall […]

News Briefs

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, June 10 and 24, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will offer a basket weaving class on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 9 a.m. ‘Family Movie Night in the Park’ will […]

County eases forward

Economic snapshot...

“We’re experiencing slow, steady, measured growth. Sometimes, there’s a certain level of impatience with that, but I think it’s a good way to serve this community,” said Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe in a brief interview sandwiched between breaks in a meeting on broader aspects of economic development last week. Lowe unintentionally summarized the results of three interviews – his […]

Municipal elections set for Aug. 23

Blount County’s 12 municipalities will observe Aug. 23 as election day this year for mayors and town or city council members, with a runoff election scheduled for Oct. 4, where needed. The last day to register to vote in municipal elections is Aug. 10 for those not already registered to vote in county, state, and federal elections administered by the […]

Cooper appointed to governor’s committee

Roger Cooper, owner and administrator of The Jacobs House in Hayden, was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Board of Examiners of Assisted Living Administrators for the state of Alabama. This board is charged with overseeing licensing procedures of assisted living administrators, as well as investigations within assisted living facilities. “It is exciting to be chosen over all of […]


In last week’s report on the meeting of the Snead Town Council, it should have been noted that Woodmen of the World donated the flag and the pole and the town is going to install the pole at the Snead Senior Citizens Center. A dedication ceremony has been scheduled for Flag Day, June 14, at 10 a.m.

He had to park on the Capitol steps


While observing the Legislature the other day, I fondly remembered a very eventful day as a youth. As a teenager, I grew up working at the Capitol as a page in the House and Senate. Albert Brewer had been elected to the House from Morgan County in his late 20s and became speaker of the house in only his second […]


AT&T has new location in Oneonta

With elected officials, members of the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and guests on hand, store manager Hollie Williams (middle) was joined by Oneonta Councilman Danny Robinson last Wednesday for the ribbon cutting of the new Cellular World, an AT&T store, on Hwy. 75 in Oneonta. The AT&T location had been in the former CorrWireless building in Oneonta but […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 11, 1986

Birmingham after Blount property Blount County Probate Judge Frank Green was informed yesterday that Birmingham City Council has voted to annex Remlap, Village Springs, Inland Lake, Pinson, and Palmerdale provided a majority of residents affected (including Jefferson and Blount residents) vote in favor of annexation. David Vann, chairman of the Birmingham Industrial Water Works Board and Birmingham city attorney, told […]