2019-12-25 E-Edition

Ho,Ho,Ho… Merry Christmas!

Readers Write

By attending county commission meetings and questioning Blount County’s option to spend approximately $125,000 for a random industrial park, we have come to respect the Blount County commissioners. Our four commissioners (Allen Armstrong, Dean Calvert, Mike Painter, and Nick Washburn), financial planner John Bullard, and county engineer are great assets to our county. If you happen to be like me […]

Roger’s Ramblings

She had me at Dickens

She had me at Dickens. You need a bit of backstory to understand that. During some of my wife’s travels earlier this year, she discovered a Dickens festival in some far away world called California. Being a wonderful wife, and knowing my deep affinity for anything related to Charles Dickens, Mrs. Thorne started formulating a plan to get us to […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leadership Blount County class will begin Jan. 16, 2020, and meet every third Thursday through June. The class brings together leaders from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Through monthly seminars participants learn more about our […]

Ambulance service


In their final meeting of the year, the Blount County E911 Board created two review committees to look at the ambulance contract/renewal with Blount EMS. One committee – made up of Neal Brooks, Caleb Branch, Chris Hill, Larry Armstrong, and Dean Gilbert – will take a detailed look at the ambulance contract. The other – composed of Neal Brooks, Brandon […]

UWA fall 2019 graduates

The University of West Alabama held fall commencement Dec. 14. President Ken Tucker conferred undergraduate, master, and education specialist degrees to nearly 1,000 students. Among the graduates were: Andrea Collins of Altoona; Jodi Culler and Kris Tanner of Blountsville; Amanda Mikell, Bailey Whisenant, and Jada Woods of Hayden; Leah Vaughn of Horton; Adrian Franklin of Kimberly; London Atkinson, Darlene Driggers, […]

Closet 127


As a foster and adoptive parent, Rebecca Hixon knows firsthand the challenges foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers face when adding a child or children into their home. Many times the children literally go to foster or kinship homes with just the shirt on their back. The foster, adoptive, and kinship families must immediately begin gathering items to meet their basic […]

Recipe Corner

Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Mushrooms 4 boneless skinless chicken breastspounded to even thickness3 Tbsp. oilSalt and pepper, to taste½ tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. Italian seasoning2/3 cup thinly sliced mushrooms3 Tbsp. butter2 tsp. minced garlic2 Tbsp. flour1 cup chicken broth1 cup heavy cream2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plusadditional for topping In a bowl combine chicken, oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and […]

Oneonta approves insurance policies


In a brief last meeting of the year, the Oneonta City Council approved a short-term disability policy for city employees and a long-term cancer policy for all eligible Oneonta Firefighters. Following a presentation by human resources director Dalton Farmer, the council approved going with MetLife. The city had already budgeted for the policy. They then voted to approve the long-term […]


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