Polk Park resurrection

Mitchell Hill is an independent property maintenance contractor with a vision. It’s not connected to his business, Hill Brothers contracting, but to his community. Two partners in the vision – Charles Kyle and Jesse Polk – share it with him and are determined to make it real. They want to resurrect Polk Park, also know as Sand Valley Park in […]

Moving Blount County Forward community meetings set

One of the first of a series of community meetings to introduce the Moving Blount County Forward tax referendum– and to provide reasons to support it – kicked off at Cleveland High School gym last week. A friendly crowd stunned Probate Judge/Commission Chairman right off the bat by offering him a round of applause. Recovering from surprise quickly, Green thanked […]

Radiothon record falls again

The Blount County Education Foundation’s annual Radiothon has shattered its own record…again. Last Thursday, the Radiothon generated $302,983 in pledges and all the money will go back into the classrooms of the Blount County School System. WCRL Radio donates their studio (and airwaves) one day each year – from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – to the foundation and each […]

CDC tests confirm water uncontaminated

Spring Valley Beach...

Results from water tests for Cryptosporididium confirmed that the water at Spring Valley Beach was clear of the gastrointestinal parasite on the day after the water park closed as a precautionary measure in mid-August. Reports had circulated that at least one individual had become sick with an infection attributed to the parasite after visiting Spring Valley Beach about two weeks […]

Oneonta further tweaks its likely budget

Meeting for a third time to project a 2017 city budget, Oneonta City Council members present appeared to support the latest version of the more than $7.8 million proposal. That proposal reduces capital outlay funding to provide a 1- percent pay raise for city employees. At the prior meeting, city manager/ economic development officer Ed Lowe had reported then absent […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON The monthly luncheon will begin at noon today at Locust Fork Baptist Church. Guest speaker is Lisa Nichols, administrator of St. Vincent’s Blount. MISS COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL PAGEANT will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, for girls ages one month through high school. Visit coveredbridgeprel@yahoo.com for more information and to register. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will […]

Hayden Middle School Ambassadors

This photo came about as Hayden Middle School Ambassadors relaxed after serving as hosts and greeters at an important community event: the Moving Blount County Forward tax referendum presentation at Hayden Community Center. Clockwise from lower left: Julie Fuller, Devan Alexander, Leah Watson, Chloe Bencko, Mary Lucas, Cole Don Juan, Logan Bradford, Tyler Ingle, and Hannah Regland. The Ambassadors represent […]

Inland Lake closed to boating

This sign on Boat Landing Road tells most of what is known about the closing of Inland Lake to boating, either for fishing or simply for pleasure. No official written communication from Birmingham Water Works is known, although at least two county officials were informed by phone. Blount County Sheriff’s Department Operations Officer Tim Kent said Birmingham Water Works security […]

Sipping on Sunday


Alabama’s most famous political restaurant and watering hole for 50 years was Montgomery’s Elite Restaurant. Until it closed about 1995, the Elite (pronounced “E-light”) was the place to eat and be seen. Many a political deal was struck at its back tables. Legislators, politicians, and socialites in Montgomery frequented the famous establishment. The politicians and lobbyists not only met there […]

Mother and daughter work – and spread hope – together

Sheree Sweatt and Bethany Tyree have done a lot of things together. They like to shop together and work on crafts together. But, this mother/daughter duo may be at their best when working together with the substance abuse program at the Hope House. Sweatt is the substance abuse program director at the Hope House while Tyree works there as a […]