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The Southern Democrat, June 17, 1987

County Republicans gain majority

With the appointment of Sidney J. “Sid” Martin to Blount County Commission to fill the Dist. 2 seat vacant since the death of Bill C. Hudson, Blount County Republicans now hold a majority on the county’s governing body.

Sid Martin took the oath of office Monday to succeed Democrat Hudson. Hudson was serving a sixth term as county commissioner when he died May 30. Hudson had appeared to be recovering after suffering a massive heart attack.

Gov. Guy Hunt, Alabama’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction, appointed Martin to fill the vacancy.

Bumblebee causes truck to demolish house

While a driver was fighting off a bumblebee Thursday, his watermelon-loaded truck left Ala. 160 between Hayden and Nectar, rumbled a quarter-mile across a field, and plowed through the home of Hugh and Margaret Thomas.

The house was demolished and driver Tommy Thomason of Cleveland was flown by helicopter to Carraway Methodist Medical Center. He suffered facial cuts, numerous bruises, and a possible broken collarbone but is expected to be released from the hospital this week.

Thomason’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Lee Marsh, related the following story about the accident: He thought he had killed a bumblebee that got into the cab with him, when the bee suddenly flew in his face. When he swatted the bee, he knocked a lighted cigarette into his lap and the bee flew down the back of his shirt. The truck left the road, crossed the field and rammed the house.

The Thomases are thankful no one was home at the time of the crash. They have been able to salvage some furniture from the home but most of it was splintered in the crash.