Increase in reward for assault information

Dr. Joe Tipton was found at his home on Aug. 15, the victim of an assault, and information as to the perpetrator(s) has been hard to come by for investigators. After a lengthy stay in a Birmingham hospital for treatment of a severe head injury, Tipton has been released and the investigation is continuing. The Blount County Crime Stoppers Board […]

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BLOUNT COUNTY SOLAR HOMES TOUR will be Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. The five-home guided tour is offered in the Royal community and features homes that are both energy efficient and use solar technologies. Email or phone 429-3088 to register. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The ‘Living History’ event will be Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m until 2 […]

2016/2017 budget comparisons for 29 functional expense categories*

* This is not an official, Blount County Commission-compiled breakdown; some minor items are not included in both breakdowns. The 2017 breakdown covers almost all of the actual budget of $16,922,453. The 2016 breakdown covers 99.3% of actual budget of $17, 047,730. **School resource officers

Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Deputies in tactical combat casualty care training class learn basics of acute care from UAB nursing instructor Dale Davis (kneeling, in scrubs). From left (bending over training mannequin), Officer Glass, Palmerdale Police Department; standing from left: Weslie Powell, Haynes Helicopter pilot, followed by Blount County Sheriff’s deputies Jerry Stone, Stephanie Lind, Tracy Lipscomb, and investigator Pat Thomas. Deputies learn how […]


The 2017 fiscal year budget expenditure figure appearing in the paper last week was incorrect. One line item was left out in the calculation of the final budget figure, although it was included in the detail breakdown approved by the commission. The corrected total for the 2017 fiscal year expenditure budget is $16,922,453.62 – $159,450 more than the original figure […]

Pennington powers past Hanceville

The visiting J.B. Pennington Tigers romped to a 28-6 halftime lead and then held on in the second half for a 44-30 victory at Hanceville last Friday night. The Tigers once again got a huge game from senior running back Trey Griffin, who pounded out 281 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. Travis Haynes added 30 yards and a […]

Hornets roll over Bulldogs

For the third straight week, the Susan Moore Bulldogs played solid football at times but it wasn’t enough in a 22-7 loss at Locust Fork last Friday night. On a night when passing yards were hard to find – the teams combined for just 77 yards through the air – points weren’t exactly easy to come by for the offenses, […]

Sumiton blows past Southeastern

The visiting Sumiton Christian Eagles jumped out to a 48-6 halftime lead and never looked back in a 48-19 victory over Southeastern last Friday night. Austin Lee picked off a Sumiton Christian pass on the second snap of the game but the Mustangs couldn’t capitalize. Southeastern turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession and the Eagles seized […]

An undefeated county-on-county showdown? Yes, please


Most teams will step outside the region this week for a little dose of rivalry – just don’t tell Locust Fork or Hayden or Southeastern. No, the Hornets, Wildcats and Mustangs will face a brand new opponent – as in this is the first meeting in the history of the programs. Weaver visits Susan Moore while Hayden travels to Huntsville […]

Tax plan to be explained; questions encouraged

The next presentation of the ‘Moving Blount County Forward’ one-cent sales tax action plan will be at Cleveland High School gym at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. The action plan, if passed by county citizens at the polls on Nov. 8, specifies how tax proceeds will be allocated among roads, schools, municipalities, and fire departments to benefit citizens. School […]