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People of Blount County –– Sara Martin

by Cheryl Helton It’s official! After 43 years, Sara Martin, today’s People of Blount County, retired as a special education teacher. Sara  will tell you that although there are challenges each day, 99 percent of the time, she felt like she was making a difference in the many lives of children who crossed her path. How Sara decided to become […]

People of Blount County – Lorene Waid Hill

As the 2022-2023 school year comes to a close, so does the professional career of Lorene Waid Hill, today’s People of Blount County. Lorene, who has been an Appalachian High School lunchroom lady both part-time and full-time for the past 20 years, will permanently hang up her apron, remove her hair net, and take off her gloves for the final […]

Ava Sivley – People of Blount County

by Cheryl Helton For 9-year-old Ava Sivley, today’s People of Blount County, life is a stage. From beauty pageants and modeling to being in a couple of movies, Ava is right where she wants to be. In fact, as we spoke, Ava and her mother Brooke were actually in New York working on a couple of job opportunities that have […]

People of Blount County – Andrew Owens

by Cheryl Helton Andrew Owens, today’s People of Blount County, is an impressive young man. As a senior at Southeastern High School, he is looking forward to graduation and venturing out into the world with big aspirations. Andrew, who has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, will be attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in the fall. He will be pursuing […]

People of Blount County – Cole Littleton

Spring break is a time when many students flock to the beach for some fun, sun, and making memories. This year has been no different. But for Cole Littleton, a 2019 J.B. Pennington graduate and today’s People of Blount County, this year’s spring break will be one that will be etched in his mind forever.  Cole and a group of […]

People of Blount County – William and Tina Bazzano

by Cheyl Helton This week’s People of Blount County not only features William and Tina Bazzano, it is a plea for anyone who may be a possible kidney donor for William to consider being his donor. Both William and Tina are renal patients. William received a kidney from his mother at the age of 23 and Tina received her new […]

People of Blount County – Micah Fortenberry

by Cheryl Helton As graduation nears, Micah Fortenberry, today’s People of Blount County, is anxiously awaiting news that will determine where he will attend college. Micah is a candidate for West Point Military Academy in New York and has cleared all stages required to be accepted.  Now he waits to learn if he is accepted. It could happen today or […]

People of Blount County – Mitchie Neel

by Cheryl Helton If you do a Google search of education or Alabama athletics, you are likely to see a picture of Mitchie Neel, today’s People of Blount County, pop up on your screen. Those who know Mitchie know she is very passionate about these two things. Mitchie takes great pride in her mission of helping teachers have adequate resources, […]

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