Front door is open, people



Since Sept. 8, 2015. That’s how long the front entrance to the Blount County Courthouse has been closed for an extensive upgrade. The project to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to make public buildings easily accessible to the disabled is now complete – somewhat behind schedule after a midstream detour to change contractors – but complete at last. […]

Judges recuse themselves in Patrick Dorsett murder arrest



Both Blount County Circuit Judge Steven King and Blount County District Judge Sherry Burns have recused themselves from presiding in the matter of Patrick Dorsett, 26, charged with capital murder in the shooting of Bethany Evans, 23. She was found having been shot multiple times at his home in Cleveland on Feb. 25. A replacement judge has not been appointed […]

Approves Travel Center project; county engineer Sitton resigns



Some 20-odd Locust Fork women basketball players, coaches, and others crowd into the space behind the commission bench to be recognized for – wait for it – the school’s first state championship of any kind. Coach Barbara Roy accepts a framed copy of the celebratory resolution from Commission Chairman Chris Green. How ‘bout it, guys? In a unanimous vote, the […]

‘Water is not a partisan issue,’ CEO claims



Noting the passage of the 1972 Clean Water Act with huge bipartisan support, Alabama Rivers Alliance CEO Cindy Lowry proclaimed, “Water is not a partisan issue.” One of the some 45 attendees at the March 9 meeting of the Blount County Democratic Club concurred by observing that it passed under Republican President Richard Nixon. [Research for this article removed some […]

News Briefs



NARFE CHAPTER 942 will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM Kim Cross, author of the book What Stands in a Storm, a recounting of events during the 2011 tornadoes, will speak tomorrow, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., at The Little Brick Church in […]

Church Briefs



WELCOME #2 BAPTIST CHURCH will have the regular third Sunday singing on March 19 at 2 p.m., featuring the group Surrendered. The church is located in Palmerdale on Terry Heights Road. James Burgess is singing chairman, Tommy Riggs is pastor. PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have the regular third Sunday night singing on March 19 at 6 p.m. with […]

Public hearing on travel center: pros and cons on incentives



At its business meeting Monday,The Blount County Commission unanimously passed a resolution approving the development agreement between Blount County, the town of Hayden, and High Tide Oil Company, Inc., developer of a proposed travel center to be built near the I-65/Ala 160 interchange. The development agreement authorizes rebate of some $1.5 million in tax proceeds over a period of up […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 13, 1980

Blount stays dry Results from last week’s wet/dry referendum:No – 5081Yes – 2929 Whether Blount County would stay dry or go wet brought greater numbers to the polls March 11 than anything else on the ballot. Blount County refused to legalize liquor sales by casting 64% of the votes in the referendum in the dry column. More unexpected perhaps was […]

Jeremy Lesley – more than a radio co-host



For the past four years, local residents have known him as the co-host of WCRL’s Jeremy and Chris Morning Show. However, there is so much more to know about Jeremy Lesley. Husband, father, worship leader, 911 dispatcher, musician, domestic violence victim advocate, and college student are just a few of the hats Lesley wears. Immediately when you meet Lesley, you […]

Child Abuse in Blount County:

perspectives on the problem

This article is about child abuse – neglect, assault, rape, sodomy, deviant sexual intercourse, soliciting, pornography, trafficking, and other forms of pathological behavior – committed against children by parents, grandparents, other family members, and non-family members into whose care those children have been entrusted – teachers, coaches, friends, and assorted other caregivers. The institution mainly responsible for it boils down […]


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