‘Wine associated with joy and glad tidings’



Weddings in ancient times often lasted many days. Twelve miles west of the Sea of Galilee approximately 2000 years ago a marriage feast occurred. Let us not forget, the wedding guests drank wine. When they eventually ran out of wine, a guest at the wedding performed his first miracle. Some purport that wine is not to be consumed, and that […]

‘Do we want our county wet or dry?’



Afer seeing how the wet/dry referendum is being pushed for the sales of alcohol in our fine county, we have become concerned whether the people really know what they would be getting themselves into if we allow the sale of alcohol in our back door. First off, those pushing for the wet votes are promising that the money will go […]

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 […]

Commission passes record 2009 budget of $17 million



In a three-to-one vote, the county commission Tuesday voted to approve the 2009 fiscal year budget as developed in a series of three meetings during September. Voting to approve the $17,012,853 budget were commissioners Cochran, Pitts and Ryan. District 2 Commissioner Robert Bullard opposed passage. “I can’t go along with the road budget because it’s based on percentages instead of […]

WEEK FIVE PREVIEW

Second half of region play begins Friday

Friday, Oct. 3 2A Victory Christian (4-1, 2-1 in Region 5) at 1A Appalachian (4-1, 3-0) Last year – did not play Victory Chr. 10, Collinsville 7 Spring Garden 21, Appalachian 6 Ragland 20,Victory Chr. 17 Appalachian 33, Jax Christian 6 Victory Chr. 28, Jackson. Chr. 14 Appalachian 47, Coosa Chr. 6 Victory Chr. 22, Coosa Chr. 19 Appalachian 54, […]

Wet or dry:

It's on the ballot; it's up to the voters now

The question concerning sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in Blount County will appear on the general election ballot for Blount County voters to answer “Yes” or “No” on Nov. 4. The form of the question will be: “Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within this county? Yes___ No___. A total of 6,517 signatures were […]

Pennington powers past Cleveland



The J.B. Pennington Tigers scored on the first play of the game and were never seriously threatened in a 26-6 victory over the home-standing Cleveland Panthers last Friday night. Devyn Murphree put the Tigers on the board first with a 54- yard sprint off the left side on the first snap of the game. The extra point was wide but […]

Covered Bridge Tennis Tournament



The deadline to register is Oct. 10 for individuals or teams interested in participating in the Covered Bridge Tennis Tournament. The tournament will be held Oct. 13 – 16 and Oct. 18 – 19 at the tennis courts at Oneonta Rec Park. The tournament format calls for best twoout of-three sets per match with each entrant guaranteed at least two […]

Youth Basketball



ONEONTA BOYS YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION is going on now. Players in grades 2 – 8 may register at the Oneonta Rec Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 625-3534. BLOUNT COUNTY BOYS YOUTH BASKETBALL COACHES will meet Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center to plan for the upcoming […]

Redskins blitz Bulldogs



The Oneonta Redskins jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 42-7 victory over the rival Susan Moore Bulldogs last Friday night at Gilbreath Stadium. The Redskins wasted very little time. Oneonta moved 60 yards on the opening drive of the game and William Phillips got the first of his two touchdowns of the night on a […]


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