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The Blount Countian • January 30, 2013

Alabama 160 project put on indefinite hold, Standridge says The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has told county officials that the Ala 160 five-laning project has been delayed indefinitely. The information was relayed to county representatives by ALDOT director John R. Cooper in a meeting on Jan. 9, according to state Rep. David Standridge, who was present along with state Sen. Scott Beason, Commission Chairman Chris Green, and three county commissioners. Impressions among those present of the duration of the change of status to the project varied from “cancelled” to “delayed” to “delayed for the foreseeable future.”

Hinton Mitchem, long-serving senator for county, dies at 74 Former Sen. Hinton Mitchem, who served in the Alabama Legislature for more than three decades, died last Tuesday, Jan. 22, following complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 74. Before his retirement in 2010, Mitchem had been elected nine times to the state Legislature – one term in the House of Representatives, and the remainder, more than 30 years, in the Senate.

Hayden gets coach, Locust Fork loses coach Earlier this month, the Blount County Board of Education accepted the recommendation of Hayden High principal Allen Hargett and hired Keith Register as the school’s new football coach. Register replaces Steven Kerby, who resigned in December after four years at the school. Kerby was 14-26 in four years at Hayden. At the same meeting, the board accepted the recommendation of Locust Fork High principal Daniel Smith and accepted the resignation of head football coach Mike Bramblett. Bramblett, who went 1-9 and 3-7 in two years at Locust Fork, resigned effective Jan. 16 and is already employed in the Hoover system where he will work as an assistant coach.