Two tornadoes, zero injuries

The storm front that came through Blount County late last Thursday afternoon brought with it high straight-line winds, thunder, lightning, and, in some places, hail, and two tornadoes that touched down, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham. It also brought damage, destruction, and fear. The first tornado, as measured by the Enhanced Fujita Scale, was an EF-0, meaning […]

City accepts bid on Wallace-Oneonta expansion

Oneonta City Council members accepted city manager/ economic developer Ed Lowe’s recommendation to award Adams Building, LLC, the contract for an extension to the current Wallace State-Oneonta facility on Ala 75. Adams’ $83,500 bid fell below the other two bidders, AAA Metal Building $89,600, and Jerry Tidwell Construction $99,195.14. Lowe also successfully recommended the city name Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood […]

Commission handles routine matters

Following extended discussion of substantive items such as the state gas tax and the unit system referendum resolution in Thursday’s work session, the commission took no action on either of those matters in its Monday business meeting. Instead, it handled an agenda composed mainly of routine items, ending with a nearly two-hour-long executive session to discuss pending litigation and security […]

Museum open, Heritage books available

The newly renovated Blount County Memorial Museum is now open, says curator Amy Rhudy. She invites everyone to come see the changes. A very unscientific polling of about 10 recent visitors by The Blount Countian reveals that they are all happy with the new look and most called it “wonderful.” One thing in particular that Rhudy pointed out is that […]


CLEVELAND TOWN COUNCIL The March 14 meeting has been rescheduled for tomorrow, March 21, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center. Guest speaker will be Barry Elliot, executive director of Alabama Lions Sight. Hayden Lions Club will serve a free tailgate dinner beginning […]


In last week’s article “Tire landfill information meeting set tomorrow,” The Blount Countian reported the tipping fee proposed by the town for the landfill as $50 per ton. The correct figure is 50 cents per ton. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the County Line Town Council is Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m., according to County Line Mayor Buddy […]

Board approves routine district operating items

Blount County Board of Education

In a special meeting March 13, the Blount County Board of Education approved Superintendent Rodney Green’s operating recommendations for the period. It approved: • trip to cheer camp in Foley for Susan Moore High School cheerleaders June 16-20. • the following agreements and contracts: Board of Education contracts with Jennifer Leach, Gary and Julia Zimmerman, and extension of contract #HB18/19-11; […]

Board approves recommendations

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education at its meeting Monday approved all of Superintendent Daniel Smith’s district operating recommendations. It approved: • the continued enrollment of one Oneonta Middle School and one Oneonta High School non-resident student for the 2018-2019 school year. • revisions to board policy 102, item 1, School Attendance Zone, Non-Resident Students. • new board policy 801.3, […]

Between the Lines

I came across the flags in town last week flying at half-mast in honor of those killed in the horrible Lee County tornadoes. I was driving to my house and, as usual, pulled in the driveway and hopped out to unlock the front door. As my hand reached up to slide in the key, all I could think about was […]

Nasty Nostoc!

County Agent’s Corner

To say we are off to a wet year is an understatement! We were wet going into 2019. As a matter of fact, some cotton and soybeans were never harvested because it was just too wet. However, remembering back on some drought years, I’m not complaining. In 2007 we had very little rain in March and none in April or […]