2020-05-06 E-Edition

Courthouse open to public, restrictions apply

The Blount County Commission met in a called meeting last Thursday and voted to reopen the Blount County Courthouse and other county buildings to the general public on a restricted basis beginning Monday, May 4. The opening is subject to a number of protocols, generally in accordance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The […]


On Monday, the Blount County Board of Education announced a new partnership with Baylor University to implement an emergency meal program for eligible households in their district. Emergency Meals-to-You (eMTY) provides weekday breakfasts and lunches to students who were receiving those meals through the National School Lunch Program at a free or reduced price, but are no longer receiving those […]

State sues Tyson

A civil lawsuit has been filed against Tyson Farms, Inc. in connection with two wastewater spills last summer that resulted in the death of “fish and other species” in the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. The suit, filed by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on behalf of the state, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and the Alabama […]


BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry, Saturday, May 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.Plates are carry-out only and will include fish, chicken, shrimp, or any combination, sides, drink, and choice of homemade dessert for $12. TOWN OF CLEVELAND The drive-thru window at town hall and Cleveland Town Park are now open. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Blount County […]

Reader Writes

While we are all experiencing a NEW way of life during this pandemic, I have experienced and seen a lot of good during this time. The good of everyone working together and doing their part to keep themselves and families safe. The good of taking care of others and supporting those who need help. The good of donating to those […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson Hank is awakened from sleep by a scream from his sidekick Loper. There has been a murder on the ranch. Something smells fowl. The chicken house has been hit, and it happened right under the nose of the Head of Ranch Security. The hen is lying on her left […]

Planting herbs for pollinators

Garden Talk

Q. I want to include herbs in my garden and need to know more about requirements for growing them. I’m also interested in attracting pollinators, especially honeybees. Which herbs will provide food or habitat for them? A. With summer quickly approaching, honeybee populations in decline, and herbs gaining status with a variety of gardeners, this is a very pertinent question. […]

Wallace State finding ways to help students

In the past week, Wallace State Community College has announced two initiatives to assist their students who are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support Some students will soon receive an additional disbursement of financial support as a benefit of the federal CARES Act funding to the college. The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), […]

Murphree Valley Volunteer Fire Department receives grant

The Murphree Valley Volunteer Fire Department recently received two firefighter grants from FEMA totaling $360,000. The first $300,000 grant was used to purchase a new fire truck that arrived at the fire station April 30. The second $60,000 grant was used for new turnout gear and extrication equipment. According to fire chief Mike Gunn, a lot of the gear being […]