Approves reduced fiscal budget for 2009

Following a second public hearing, the Oneonta City Board of Education approved its budget for fiscal 2009. Anticipating decreased revenues, planners reduced budget expenditures approximately two percent. Figures reviewed in the Sept. 8 hearing show revenues of $11,486,960 and expenditures of $12,000 below that. Custodian of funds Kathy Loggins prepared a synopsis for those attending the second of two scheduled […]

Roadbed processing: who cares? What difference does it make?

Dispute continues...

Roadbed processing is a technical procedure in road construction that has become a cause celebre in Blount County road-building circles recently. In an attempt to understand the reasons for the controversy, The Blount Countian interviewed a knowledgeable but disinterested third person to the dispute: district engineer Gary Smith, head of the state Department of Transportation’s district office in Oneonta. Smith, […]

Wet or dry?

I noticed a sign on this subject at a local store today. I had to laugh at the contents: Better roads were cited for one reason to go wet. I’m not against better roads, but I am against drunk drivers. I am for those who drive sober, are characterized by reason, sanity, and self-control. Better schools were the number two […]

‘Let the people … finally have a choice’

I don’t have a problem with the newly reorganized “Keep Blount County Special” group trying to inform the citizens of Blount County about the disadvantages of having our county become “wet.” That is their right and privilege as fellow Americans. I DO have a problem with the tactics this group describes they will use to “strong arm” (my words) the […]

‘Look at wet counties’

It appears to me the wet proponents are basing their wanting alcohol sales in the county on nothing but money for their pockets and tax revenue, but they need to look at wet counties and cities and they will see these places are continuously looking for more revenue, so has alcohol really helped them? They talk about increased retail sales […]

Think Again…

My name is Chris Jackson and I became a resident of Blount County in 1985 just before the retirement of my father from the United States Air Force. I have two children, who along with my wife have been lifelong residents of this wonderful county. Traveling was part of serving the military; you had no choice as a dependent. The […]

Letters welcome

The Blount Countian welcomes letters from readers and invites them to express their views on matters of public interest. Writers should sign their letters and give the name of the post office that serves them. The newspaper reserves the right to shorten or otherwise edit submissions and to decline to publish those that offensively and libelously criticize others, make patently […]

Unbeaten 4A Region foes collide this week


A battle of unbeatens in Cherokee County highlights the week four schedule. Oneonta and Cherokee County are each 3-0 overall, 2-0 in 4A Region 6. The winner will claim first place in the region and remain the only undefeated team in the region (St. Clair County, Hokes Bluff, and Alexandria have just one loss each). Also this week, Appalachian and […]

Eagles conquer Conquerors

In a showdown between undefeated teams, it wasn’t even close. The Appalachian Eagles led 27-0 after one quarter and cruised to a 47-8 victory over Coosa Christian last Friday night in Gadsden. The Eagles ran all over the Conquerors, finishing with 360 yards rushing while holding the home team to just 82 yards of offense – including just 60 on […]

Hayden buries Brewer

The Hayden Wildcats forced four turnovers and held visiting Brewer to just 200 yards of offense last Friday night to win 24-0. The only points of the first half came on a one-yard run from Wildcat quarterback Skylar Powell. The lead remained 6-0 after a missed extra point and the score wouldn’t change until the Wildcats piled on three touchdowns […]