Blount County, Alabama

Blount County is a county located in the U. S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 57,322, its county seat is Oneonta. Blount County is a moist county. In the November 6, 2012 elections, a countywide ballot initiative to allow alcohol sales was narrowly defeated, but Blountsville and Oneonta have allowed for the sale of alcohol since 2013. Blount County has been dubbed the "Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama" since it has more historic covered bridges standing within a single county than any other in the state - with earlier covered bridges known of; this county celebrates the Covered Bridge Festival every autumn in Oneonta to commemorate its three remaining covered bridges. Blount County was created by the Alabama Territorial Legislature on February 6, 1818, formed from land ceded to the federal government by the Creek Nation on August 9, 1814; this county was named for Governor Willie Blount of Tennessee, who provided assistance to settlers in Alabama during the Creek War of 1813-14.

This county lies in the northeastern quadrant of the state, sometimes known as the mineral region of Alabama. Blount County is bordered by Cullman, Etowah, Walker, St. Clair Counties; this county is drained by the Mulberry Forks of the Black Warrior River. Blount County covers 650 square miles; the Warrior coal field is located in Blount County. Caleb Fryley and John Jones established Bear Meat Cabin in 1816, its post office was opened in 1821, the settlement was incorporated as Blountsville on December 13, 1827. In 1889, an election resulted in the county seat being transferred to Alabama. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 651 square miles, of which 645 square miles is land and 5.9 square miles is water. Marshall County – northeast Etowah County – east St. Clair County – southeast Walker County – southwest Jefferson County – south Cullman County – northwest Interstate 65 U. S. Highway 31 U. S. Highway 231 U. S. Highway 278 State Route 67 State Route 75 State Route 79 State Route 132 State Route 160 CSX Transportation the Louisville and Nashville Railroad As of the census of 2010, there were 57,322 people, 16,175 households, 16,175 families residing in the county.

The population density was 88.79 people per square mile. There were 23,887 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 92.6% White, 1.3% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.1% from other races, 1.2% from two or more races. 8.1 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 16,175 family households, of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 25% were non-families. Alternative households included: 22.2% of households were made up of those living alone and 9.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.72. Blount County's population spread was as follows: 25.40% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, 12.90% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.

For every 100 females, there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was $35,241, the median income for a family was $41,573. Males had a median income of $31,455 versus $22,459 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,325. About 8.60% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over. Smoke Rise Blount County is a stronghold for Republicans. Since 2004, it has voted for the Republican presidential nominee with at least eighty percent of the vote every time, it was Hubert Humphrey’s weakest county in the nation in 1968 with only 3.64 percent of the vote. Blount County is home to an abundance of outdoor activities, such as Rickwood Caverns State Park and the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River that are used by canoeists and kayakers; the county is home to the picturesque covered bridges mentioned above: the Swann Covered Bridge, the Horton Mill Covered Bridge, the Easley Covered Bridge.

As of summer 2009, all three bridges were closed due to safety concerns at the recommendation of the Alabama Department of Transportation. Restorations were completed from 2011 through 2013 and they are once again open. List of Alabama covered bridges National Register of Historic Places listings in Blount County, Alabama Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in Blount County, Alabama official site

Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk

Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, styled Lord Henry Brandon before 1545, was an English nobleman, the son of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, by his fourth wife Catherine Willoughby. His father had been married to Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII. Following the deaths of Mary's and their son, Henry Brandon, 1st Earl of Lincoln, Charles had married Catherine, Lady Willoughby de Eresby, the intended bride of the elder Henry. In 1541, Lord Henry Brandon and his younger brother Lord Charles Brandon had their miniatures painted by Hans Holbein the Younger. Lord Brandon succeeded his father as 2nd Duke of Suffolk on 22 August 1545, he and his younger brother were both minors and continued their education by going up to St John's College, Cambridge. During an epidemic of the sweating sickness, the two youths died, Suffolk first and his younger brother about an hour later, they died at the Bishop of Lincoln's Palace in the village of Buckden, near Huntingdon, where they had fled in an attempt to escape the epidemic.

A solemn celebration of the funerals of the two Dukes, called a'Month's Mind', was held on 22 September 1551 with all the funeral equipment in duplicate. The humanist intellectuals Thomas Wilson and Walter Haddon wrote a life of Suffolk and his younger brother shortly after their death; the Life and Career of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, c. 1484-1545, by S. J. Gunn. Catherine Willoughby, by Evelyn Read

Milan Mandarić

Milan Mandarić is a Serbian-American business tycoon who has owned a string of successful businesses and association football clubs, including Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday. He was born near Gospić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, grew up in Novi Sad, Serbia. Mandarić took control of his father's machine shop aged 21, by the age of 26 had turned it into one of the largest businesses in the country. At the time Yugoslavia was a socialist country, but a free one. In 1969, worried by the Yugoslav government's view of his business, Mandarić left Yugoslavia and settled in the United States, he had to leave most of his fortune behind, got a job for an American computer component manufacturer in California. When two of the senior managers left to start their own firm, Mandarić was invited to be their third partner; the firm was successful, but disagreements over manufacturing processes led to Mandarić leaving to form his own company, Lika Corporation, in 1971. In 1976, he became a naturalized citizen of the U.

S. By 1976, Lika Corp. was the largest manufacturer of computer components in the U. S. and Mandarić was pioneering the boom. He sold the company to the Tandy Corporation in 1980 and set up a new company, which manufactured printed circuit boards. In 2001, the company acquired SCI Systems, a much larger competitor, becoming Sanmina-SCI Corporation. Mandarić began branching out into investment banking operations, such as Behrman Capital, he became owner of the St. Louis Storm, a Major Indoor Soccer League franchise which ceased operations in 1992 when the MISL folded, he was ranked 1,049 in the times top 2,000 rich list, worth £75 million. On 23 December 2009, Mandarić was charged with two counts of tax evasion by the Crown Prosecution Service, however he was found not guilty on 8 February 2012. Around the same time he had begun using his money to invest in football, Mandarić's passion since childhood, he set up firstly F. C. Lika San Jose Earthquakes which played in the United States' first professional league.

In 1978, he purchased a North American Soccer League franchise called the Connecticut Bicentennials and moved them to Oakland, California, to play as the Stompers. After one year in the East Bay, the team was moved to Alberta, to become the Drillers. Sceptical about the future of the sport in the U. S. Mandarić looked to European football, owning first Belgian club R. Charleroi S. C. French side OGC Nice. In 1998, Mandarić sold Nice and took over English club Portsmouth in May 1999, to whom he had been introduced by ex-player Preki. After struggling for a number of years in the second tier of English football, Portsmouth won promotion as champions to the Premier League, arguably the richest football division in the world; this was due in large part to Mandarić's appointment of the experienced manager Harry Redknapp. Mandarić appointed Velimir Zajec as executive director, a move which caused tension between Redknapp and Mandarić. Shortly afterwards, Redknapp resigned from Portsmouth. In January 2006, Mandarić sold a 50% stake in the club to French-Israeli businessman Alexandre Gaydamak.

After the club's survival that season, Mandarić sold his remaining share of Portsmouth to Gaydamak, but stayed on as a figurehead in his role as non-executive chairman. Mandarić resigned as chairman of Portsmouth on 21 September 2006. Since Portsmouth appeared to prosper, with successive top-ten Premier League finishes and an FA Cup win in 2008; the club, was relegated in 2010 and have since dropped suffering the ignominy of successive relegation in 2011–12 and 2012–13, ending in the fourth tier of English football, League Two. Portsmouth City Council conferred the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth on Mandarić in 2003. On 24 February, Mandarić made a bid for East Midlands club Leicester City, believed to be in the region of £25 million, he had wanted to remain outside of football for a longer period, however he "had to accelerate takeover plans" because of bids for the club by at least two other parties. On 18 November 2006, Leicester City accepted his approach to take over the club at an extraordinary general meeting.

Despite setting an initial takeover deadline of 15 December, negotiations stalled after hidden debts in the club's accounts surfaced during the due diligence period. Both parties, dismissed reports that the takeover bid was in danger of collapse, stating that it had been delayed. Indeed, on 2 January the Leicester Mercury reported that the deal was in fact close to completion after Mandarić's revised terms were accepted by the club's board. On 15 January, the paper reported that an official announcement confirming the takeover "will be on Thursday". On 25 January, Mandarić put his bid for Leicester on temporary hold after news of his mother's illness back in Serbia. There were wild rumours that suggested he was on the verge of pulling out and, the delay guaranteed that manager Rob Kelly would not enjoy the benefit of a cash injection before the season's transfer window closed on 31 January. Mandarić, returned from Serbia to complete the deal the following week. On 13 February 2007, Mandarić was unveiled as owner of Leicester City.

However, that the club were still a public limited company meant he did not acquire the title of chairman for a further 23 days. In April 2007, he sacked manager Kelly and replaced him with Nigel Worthington as caretaker manager for the last five games of the season. At the end of the season, Martin Allen was named the club's new permanent manager but Allen left after only three months in