Dobson to speak at chamber breakfast

Judge John Dobson, who presides over the county’s drug court, will be the guest speaker this morning at the monthly breakfast of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. This month’s coffee is sponsored by Superior Bank.

Dobson, who was honored as the chamber’s Pat Bellew Citizen of the Year at last month’s banquet, retired as district judge in the summer of 2010 after almost 22 years in the position. Upon retiring, Dobson moved almost immediately to his current position of adult drug court judge after the court was funded by the state Administrative Office of Courts last year.

Blount County Drug Court officially began on Oct. 1, 2010, at the Family Services Center in the Old Blount Memorial Hospital.

Drug Court’s priority is to rehabilitate drug offenders and return them to society to assume their roles as productive workers, solid citizens, and responsible family members. The court’s formula is based on sustained intensive interaction with clients in multiple settings (classroom, group discussion, drug screening, community service, personal interview, and court appearance) on a regular basis. United Way to present

A series of special check presentations will be made during this morning’s breakfast.

The United Way of Central Alabama had a very successful fundraising campaign this year and several local agencies will benefit.

Checks are scheduled to be presented this morning to Blount County Children’s Center ($109,280), American Red Cross ($73,278), Positive Maturity ($58,180), The Salvation Army – Blount County ($35,000), Blount County Aid to Homeless Children ($30,000), Blount County CASA ($20,000), Blount County Needy School Children’s Fund ($15,000), and Oneonta Needy School Children’s Fund ($5000).

These checks – totaling more than $221,000 – are just a portion of the $440,000 that United Way will contribute to the county. Other agencies will also benefit, including the ARC of Jefferson and Blount counties, along with the Boy and Girls Scout councils in the area.

Gwen Blackwell, this year’s fundraising chairperson, and John Bullard of Superior Bank, last year’s chairman, will present the awards. Superior Bank

This month’s breakfast is sponsored by Superior Bank, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Bancorp, LLC.

Superior Bank operates 45 branches in Alabama and 28 in Florida, as well as 23 consumer finance offices in North Alabama under the names 1st Community Credit and Superior Financial Services.

Superior Bank has six branches in Blount County: Oneonta, Oneonta Walmart, Blountsville, Cleveland, West Blount, and Snead. There is also a 1st Community Credit office in Oneonta.