First win in new stadium

East Lawrence struck first, but Locust Fork maintained its composure and ultimately obliterated the Eagles 44-6. The Hornets took the lead in the first quarter after quarterback Eli Musso scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and Jose Hernandez booted the extra point through the uprights. Brody McCay then scored on a 28-yard run to put the Hornets up 13-6 at […]

Board passes 2019 fiscal year budget

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education passed the 2019 fiscal year budget (see page A7) as the first item of Superintendent Rodney Green’s recommendations for the Sept. 14 special meeting. The board then approved the remainder of Green’s recommendations for the system. It approved: • entering a broadcasting and sales agreement with Our Town Radio LLC for the period Aug. […]

New state dog law, county dangerous dog protocol game-changer for dog owners

To indicate the seriousness of the subject, the excerpt below is taken from the text of the state dangerous dog law signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on March 8. It went into effect June 1. The law is referred to as the dangerous dog law, or “Emily’s Law” after the child who was killed by a pack of dogs in […]

Harbin arrested for theft by deception

Timothy Daniel Harbin, a 22-year-old Huntsville man, was arrested on Aug. 24 on a charge of first degree theft by deception (a Class B felony) after a warrant was issued in Blount County alleging he received money from a local resident to repair a home, but the work was never performed. Kerry Weaver alleged in an affidavit that Harbin was […]

2018 BCEF Radiothon

Twenty years strong

Celebrating 20 years of boosting children’s success in Blount County schools, the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) will flood WCRL 95.3 and 94.7 FM airwaves from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, for the 2018 Radiothon. Throughout the day, BCEF members, past grant winners, and those making donations will be featured on the program. In honor of […]


RECOVERY CELEBRATION In recognition of National Recovery Month, there will be a celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Woodland Park. Guest speakers will be Mark Moon, sheriff-elect, and Jodi Cone, Community Corrections Manager. Hot dogs and snacks will be available. The event is free and the public is invited. BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES will […]

Between the Lines

A couple of weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to leave the comfort of my home and travel abroad on a mission trip to Senegal, Africa. A far cry from the slow and easy life most are afforded in Blount County, I learned the real meaning of poverty and disadvantage. Since I have been home, I have developed an […]

How to squirrel proof deer feeders

County Agent’s Corner

Corn is a universal grain and we are blessed to be able to grow, enjoy, and utilize this wonderful plant. Everything likes corn: deer, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and a host of predators that feed on these critters, including fox, bobcat, coyotes, maybe even a weasel or two. When you put corn out as a food source for any animal, you’re […]

Commission moves quickly on new jail addition following task force report

Blount County Commission

Last week, the Blount County Commission voted, following discussion in executive session, to proceed with building a 72-bed addition to the Blount County Correctional Facility to house low-risk inmates, appointing District 2 Commissioner Mike Painter as project manager for planning and construction. This week, Painter and others met with Lathan Associates, architects for the project, for an initial planning meeting. […]

Commission adopts 2019 budget– with last-minute changes

The Blount County Commission adopted the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget on the second call for a motion to adopt after the first call failed from lack of a motion. After the failure, Commissioners Mike Painter, Allen Armstrong, and Nick Washburn each requested an amendment to the budget. Painter proposed an amendment reducing the line item for communications/computers and light bar […]