Latham recognized as CLAS secretary of the year

Blount County Board of Education employee Karla Latham was honored to receive the inaugural Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Secretary of the Year award at the 2018 Secretaries Conference in Birmingham, on Dec. 5. The award is presented to a secretary or administrative assistant for their hard work and dedication by helping keep the school systems and school […]

B&B Tire Landfill withdraws application for site in Cleveland

Blount County Commission

B&B Tire Landfill operator Bud Adams notified commission chairman Chris Green Friday that he wished to withdraw the company’s application for a site for a new landfill near Cleveland. The existing B&B site near Hayden is nearing capacity. The Blount County Commission was scheduled to vote to approve or deny the application at its business meeting Monday. Instead, it voted […]

Highland Lake Council devolves into factions

An anonymous caller requested The Blount Countian provide coverage of the latest Highland Lake Town Council meeting. The council was divided over actions of the mayor and police chief. In the Dec. 4, 6 p.m., work session, regularly held an hour prior to normal monthly meetings, councilors sparred verbally over Mayor Connie Vice’s previous decision to suspend police privileges of […]

High winds and flooding play havoc on county

High winds and three consecutive days of rain played havoc within the county this past weekend. The National Weather Service issued high wind and flood advisories during this time. According to EMA director Don Roybal, flooding, which caused some roads to become impassable, minor property damage, unconfirmed structural damage, power outages, and trees down were widespread throughout the county. Flooding […]

Collins pleads guilty

Megan Collins, 29, pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter in a Blount County courtroom on Dec. 4, according to a press release distributed to by District Attorney Pamela Casey. Collins was charged and indicted earlier in the shotgun slaying of Clint Alan Myrick, 28, for an incident that occurred early in the morning of Nov. 20, 2014, at […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Winners of the 6th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest and the Festival of Lights Tree Decorating Contest will be announced tomorrow, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., in front of Miller’s Soda Shoppe. Visit,, or phone 446-0462 to obtain more information about all OBA special events. BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, at […]

Hayden marijuana bust

Monday was a busy day for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), its Narcotics Unit, and officers from the Warrior Police Department who were working with BCSO. According to sheriff-elect Mark Moon, busy is normal. It started off with the execution of a search warrant in the Mountain Woods Lake area near Hayden. Deputies found an as yet undetermined quantity […]


In last week’s article on the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame, Buddy McCay was omitted. He is, in fact, a member of the board.

Between the Lines

If you are like me this time of year, you’ve spent all your money on gifts for friends and family. You’ve searched for that perfect gift to give your mom or that special present for your nephew. Giving gifts is something we all love to do. Even though we know it’s not about the gift, giving a wrapped boxed to […]


County Agent’s Corner

My stepmother brought home a little plant several years ago to plant out in the yard. It was a gift from one of her friends at church. It was a pretty little flowering plant with white petals that did indeed form a star, if you looked at it long enough. The leaves of the plant were rounded, much like that […]