Etowah County

Etowah County, Alabama

800 Forrest Ave
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 549-5300
Fax: (256) 549-5400
www.etowahcounty.org

In northeastern AL, northwest of Anniston; organized as Baine County Dec 7, 1866; name changed Dec 1, 1868. Name Origin: Originally for David W. Baine, Confederate officer killed in the war. County abolished Dec 3, 1867 because he was a secessionist. Recreated and renamed for the Etowah Indian mound in GA. Meaning of Cherokee itawa is unknown but may be related to Creek italwa 'town, tribe.'

Area (sq mi):: 548.75 (land 534.82; water 13.93) Population per square mile: 192.90
Population 2005: 103,189 State rank: 11 Population change: 2000-20005 -0.30%; 1990-2000 3.60% Population 2000: 103,459 (White 82.10%; Black or African American 14.70%; Hispanic or Latino 1.70%; Asian 0.40%; Other 1.90%). Foreign born: 1.60%. Median age: 38.30
Income 2000: per capita $16,783; median household $31,170; Population below poverty level: 15.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,410-$23,744
Unemployment (2004): 6.30% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.10% Median travel time to work: 24.50 minutes Working outside county of residence: 24.80%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Gadsden County seat (37,640)

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    Located near the heart of Etowah County, Center Stage provides a setting for a variety of gatherings.
    Gadsden is the county seat of Etowah County and serves more than 37,000 residents.
    According to the Etowah County Sheriff's Department, Hardin had admitted that she'd eaten a candy bar that a friend had given her on the bus.
    The majority of the affected students are part of a co-enrollment program the center has with the Etowah County and Cherokee County school systems.
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    Moore gained notoriety as a local judge in Etowah County in 1997 when he refused to remove his personally hand-carved Ten Commandments plaque from his courtroom.
    According to EPA, counties awarded "in attainment" status include, Muscogee, GA; Russell, AL; San Diego, CA; Athens, GA; Elkhart, IN; Lexington, KY; Toledo, OH; Columbiana, OH; Mahoning, OH; Trumbull, OH; Mercer, PA; Marion, WV; Dekalb County, AL; Etowah County, AL; Delaware County, IN; and McMinn County, TN.
    He first gained prominence as a trial judge in Etowah County when he defied a state order by posting the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.
    In the mid-1990s, as a circuit court judge in Etowah County, he began posting a plaque of the Ten Commandments.
    held that the practices in Etowah County were unconstitutional under the First Amendment's "Establishment Clause," which reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.
    Moore of Etowah County Circuit Court in nearby Gadsden, who already has won national celebrity for fighting, both in court and in the media, to keep a tablet of the Ten Commandments hanging behind his bench.
    We recently had several robberies where eyewitness descriptions of the alleged perpetrator and accounts of the events varied," said Bill Brodeur, Director of Etowah County 9-1-1 in Alabama.