About Aimee Wilson

People of Blount County: Wendy Arnold Pantoja

By Aimee Wilson | July 30, 2021

When I began to write this, these lyrics from the Alabama song “Forty Hours a Week (For a Livin’)” kept playing in my head:  There are people in this country who work hard every day; Not for fame or fortune do they strive; But the fruits of their labor are worth more than their pay; And it’s time a few of them were […]

People of Blount County: Larry Clowdus

By Aimee Wilson | July 23, 2021

Reaching a point in life where you can plan vacation trips according to your hobby is a milestone that many can only dream about.  However, for Larry Clowdus, today’s People of Blount County, life has afforded him such an opportunity.   Larry loves photography.  He especially loves photographing wildlife and nature, with his most recent passion of photographing eagles. While […]

Welcome Home

By Aimee Wilson | July 18, 2021

Amid cheers and tears, members of the 1166th Military Police Company arrived home late Thursday afternoon at Oneonta High School.  The 163 members have returned from their Oct. 2020 deployment to CENTCOM.  According to 1st Sgt. Christopher Black, the unit was spread across six countries in 10 permanent locations from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan. The unit’s assignment was to carry […]

People of Blount County: Blake Johnson

By Aimee Wilson | July 16, 2021

Family, faith, music, and work – these are the priorities in Blake Johnson’s life.  Blake, today’s People of Blount County, grew up in a Godly home and it truly has impacted the man he has become. During his younger years, Blake was a part of his family’s gospel band.  His love of music simply evolved from there.  Later in life, he […]

People of Blount County: Dennis Brakefield

By Aimee Wilson | July 09, 2021

When you ask people to tell you about their life, they often hit a few significant highlights such as graduation, marriage, or the birth of a child. But, if you get someone talking and really thinking about their life, many more great memories surface. Soon, they may even realize the impact they have possibly had on at least one person’s […]

People of Blount County: Alene Bullard

By Aimee Wilson | July 02, 2021

When many hear the name Alene Bullard, today’s People of Blount County, they immediately think back to their elementary school years.  Alene, now 79, taught school at Susan Moore Elementary for four years before her 33-year teaching career at Blountsville Elementary began as a Title I reading teacher and a first grade teacher.  Teaching children to read has always been […]

People of Blount County: Destiny Allman Gladden

By Aimee Wilson | June 18, 2021

Sometimes when you grow up in a family business, your first instinct is to escape that life and do something different.  Today’s People of Blount County, Destiny Allman Gladden, did just that.  As a 2011 Appalachian High School alumni, a 2013 Snead State alumni, and a 2016 UAB alumni, Destiny was “done with farming” and set her sights on marketing.  […]

Clevenger pleads guilty

By Aimee Wilson | June 17, 2021

Tim Clevenger, 54, pled guilty today in the Blount County Circuit Court to two additional counts of production of child pornography and two additional counts of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to 18 years on each of the production counts and seven years on each of the possession of child pornography charges. Clevenger was convicted in 2018 of production […]

Snow, Hodge, Moye make All-State baseball team

By Aimee Wilson | June 13, 2021

On Sunday morning, the Alabama Sports Writers Association released its 2021 All-State baseball team. Congratulations to Hayden’s Carson Snow and Oneonta’s Luke Hodge and Will Moye. Snow, a sophomore, was named to the Class 5A second team as a pitcher. Both Hodge (Jr.) and Moye (Sr.) were named to the Class 4A first team.

ASWA releases All-State softball team

By Aimee Wilson | June 12, 2021

The Alabama Sports Writers Association released its 2021 All-State Softball team. Congratulations to Hayden’s Lindsey Smith, Becca Benton, and Miah Simmons; Locust Fork’s Hannah Payne and Savannah Neely; and Appalachian’s Ashley Maddox, Jordan Henderson, and Taylor Woodard. Smith is the Class 5A 2021 Hitter of the Year as well as first team on Class 5A’s All-State Team. Becca Benton and […]