2020-04-22 E-Edition

Palisades Park has extensive storm damage

When the Easter storms reared their ugly heads and caused extensive storm damage across Blount County, Palisades Park was no exception. Numerous trees, a pavilion, and the gazebo were destroyed as mighty winds blew through the area. Fortunately, the park was closed, and there were no injuries. After assessing the devastation last week, it is estimated that 30 trees were […]

Child abuse hurts Blount County kids

Even though life as we know it has slowed down the past few weeks, some things have continued. Sadly, child abuse is one. While most children are spending time with a loving family, some children are not that fortunate. With schools and churches being closed at the present time, many children are now forced to constantly live in a world […]

Fair housing proclamation, hazardous duty pay for employees

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission in its Monday meeting passed a proclamation urging Blount County citizens “to obey the letter and the spirit of the Fair Housing Law as an expression of the individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.” April 11 marked the 52nd anniversary of the passage of the United States Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the […]


BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER The Annual Blue Ribbon Dinner and prize drawing scheduled for April 28 has been cancelled. The dinner is the center’s major fundraiser. The pandemic will also cause the center to lose some grant funding. Gifts are always appreciated, even more so at this time. RISE/PRE-K at the Blount County Learning Center is taking applications through Wednesday, […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Mosquito by Timothy C. Winegard Imagine you are sitting outside surrounded by family. Uncle Timmy is grilling hotdogs and the children are playing kickball. The sun is slowly setting on the horizon, but it is still muggy outside. You’re sweating. You suddenly hear the all-too-familiar buzzing of mosquitos. They are pesky, but it is nothing a good slap can’t […]

Honor Flight

deadline approaches

The Blount County Memorial Museum, the Blount County Historical Society, and members of the Blount County Lone Eagle Honor Flight committee continue to plan for an honor flight to take veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. There will be no cost to veterans or guardians. The deadline to […]

Loosening stay-at-home orders

“I just plead with the people of Alabama, just keep doing what you’re doing – social distancing, personal hygiene, and staying at home when you can. Our current stay-at-home order remains in effect until April 30,” were the opening remarks from Gov. Kay Ivey at a news conference in Montgomery yesterday morning. A task force had given Ivey a report […]

Sen. Doug Jones’ statement on governor’s COVID-19 response update

BIRMINGHAM – Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) released the following statement in response to Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement Tuesday that she is still considering proposals for re-opening Alabama’s economy, but stressed the need for adequate testing before that decision can be made: “I applaud Governor Ivey for taking a measured approach as she considers proposals to re-open our economy. Everyone wants […]

Alabama Extension Service: ready to serve

County Agent’s Corner

As things seem to be changing daily, please know that Alabama Extension is still here to help. We know how much you miss getting together with family, friends, and neighbors. We miss it too! Your Blount County Extension personnel are working remotely, but are happy to assist you. Grower Permit They can be issued by phone or email by contacting […]