Alabama Extension Service: ready to serve

County Agent’s Corner

As things seem to be changing daily, please know that Alabama Extension is still here to help. We know how much you miss getting together with family, friends, and neighbors. We miss it too! Your Blount County Extension personnel are working remotely, but are happy to assist you. Grower Permit They can be issued by phone or email by contacting […]

Traffic accident claims life of Hayden man

An early Sunday morning wreck, five miles west of Cleveland, claimed the life of a Hayden man. The State Troopers Office reports that Landry Daniel Leopard, 22, was killed when the 2001 Mercedes E320 he was driving left the road on Highway 160 and overturned. Leopard, who was not wearing a seatbelt in the 12:15 a.m. accident, was ejected from […]

Commission runoff candidates adjust to rescheduled election

Rescheduling the primary runoff election to July 14 has meant adjusting to the new timetable for Blount County’s two runoff candidates for District 2 county commissioner. Terry Franklin and Chad Trammell have had their faceoff delayed for three and a half months. The Blount Countian asked them for their reactions to that. Terry Franklin said that the safety of the […]

Blount County Board of Education

Continued from last week

In the board’s regular monthly meeting, Superintendent Rodney Green reported that the district’s Academic Continuity Plan was approved. The plan covers aspects of academic parameters and operation during the school closure period. A quorem was present for the meeting with four of the board’s five members present. Philip Cleveland, Jackie Sivley, Chris Latta, and Bill Ferry were present. Ken Benton […]

Municipal qualification fee increase

Town of Highland Lake

The Highland Lake town council held its regular monthly meeting April 7 via Zoom, which is allowed by the governor’s proclamation regarding governmental meetings during the state health emergency. All members were present. An agenda sent out for the meeting had the controversial new sales and use tax ordinances listed to be put up for a vote; however, an agenda […]

COVID-19 related matters

Oneonta City Council

The Oneonta City Council met March 31 in a special called meeting to follow up on the city’s COVID-19 pandemic response, as well as discuss ways to help local businesses. City attorney Alex Smith had been asked at the previous meeting to research potential penalties for violation of the state’s Stay at Home order and other mandates. He reported fines […]

ADEM considers fining Tyson

A legal notice from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management in last week’s issue did not go unnoticed. ADEM proposes to issue a consent order to Tyson Farms, Inc. for effluent and late report violations at the Blountsville chicken processing plant. Tyson’s Blountsville plant discharges into Graves Creek, which runs over Mardis Mill Falls, and ultimately into the Locust Fork […]

Affordable Care open for business

Affordable Care of Oneonta is now open in the old radio station on Hwy 75 providing family primary care including preventive care, chronic disease management, treatment of acute illness, and care of minor injuries. Leslie Diodato, Family Nurse Practitioner, strives to provide patients with adequate time and her full attention so that all their needs can be addressed. Business hours […]

Albertville woman killed in crash

On Friday, April 10, an Albertville woman was killed when the 2004 Infiniti G35 she was driving left the roadway and overturned. Kasey Dene Robinson, 28, who was not wearing a seatbelt when the 7:21 p.m. single-vehicle accident occurred, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. According to ALEA, the accident occurred four miles west of Snead on U.S. […]

ADPH providing demographic data

Last week, the Alabama Department of Public Health began providing demographic elements on its Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Additional data such as total tested*, number of laboratory confirmed cases, total number hospitalized, reported deaths**, and verified deaths** is updated throughout the day. Demographic information such as age, sex, race, and ethnicity is updated only once a day. The April 13 […]

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