When one is relocating to North Alabama, why should Scottsboro and Jackson County be considered as a location?
(Click picture to view) First, you are surrounded by 1124 square miles of natural beauty. Picture being located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the 69,000 acre Guntersville Lake of the Tennessee River. It is mountain lakes beauty that affords year round outdoor activities.
The county has recreational options galore. There is hiking, camping, boating, swimming, and hunting. Then try fishing or caving or just sightseeing. In this article we won’t try to enumerate them all or discuss them in detail. We will touch on the highlights of what makes Scottsboro special.
Scottsboro, the county seat, has a population of approximately 15,000 people. It is well situated, being some 30 miles from I-24 and I-59 and is 35 miles from I-565. The city has an annual rainfall of approximately 45 inches and its average temperatures rage from 41 in January to 78 in July.
City services in the city are more than adequate. The city’s Electric Power Board is supplied by TVA with an ample and low cost power supply, as well as high speed internet service. The board maintains a full compliment of service trucks and personnel to meet any normal or emergency needs.
Water and natural gas are supplied by the Water, Sewer, and Gas Board. Additional gas and sewer lines are being added and upgrades throughout the system are an ongoing project. Rates are reasonable for these services.
The city’s police and fire departments are fully staffed and professionally trained. The police department has approximately 50 full time personnel working round the clock. The fire department has some 30 full time professionals and in excess of a dozen volunteers. The city’s fire rating for insurance purposes is a four which helps keep rates low.
Garbage service is provided by the city’s Sanitation Department with residential garbage collection on a weekly basis. Rates for this service are more than reasonable and the department picks up other types of garbage and debris throughout the week at no additional charge. The city has recently implemented a curbside recycling program. There is also a privately owned drop off recycling facility located in Scottsboro.
The city street department maintains the city’s streets and roadways. The department has a master plan for paving roadways. Maintenance of the city’s parking areas, sidewalks and gutters, and more falls under this department’s responsibility.
Scottsboro students annually score above the national average, at all grade levels, on standardized achievement tests. The system, operated by the Scottsboro City Board of Education, serves some 3000 students.
All certified personnel employed by the system must meet state standards. Some 70% of the professional staff have obtained a master’s degree or higher.
The city has four elementary schools serving kindergarten though grade six. A Junior High serves seventh and eight graders and the city’s high School is for those ninth through twelfth grade. These students are housed in a modern building, completed in 1999, with many amenities, such as modern labs and equipment. This building will guarantee the school’s accreditation for hears to come. It is located on a 111 acre site on US Highway 72 and has become one of the focal points for the city.
The City Parks and Recreation Department provides organized activities and facilities not found in many cities the size of Scottsboro.
The Rec*Com is the centerpiece. It is a multi-purpose indoor facility with an Olympic size pool, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, exercise room, and gymnastics. It is designed such that is can be used for many other functions, large or small, and includes locker rooms and a game room.
The department maintains several parks, additional indoor and outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, and more throughout the city. The Veterans Field Baseball Complex is a four field facility and hosts Dixie Youth Baseball in the summers. Bynum Park is a four field softball complex, hosting adult and youth softball. The department also maintains a soccer complex.
In short, Scottsboro has much to offer for a city its size and we have just begun. There are many walking trails within our park systems, and plans are being made for extensions to some walking trails, as well as building and maintaining bicycle trails.
This article taken from Headline Homes-Volume One, Issue Seven-Page 3