New coaches needed for Cleveland and Hayden


When the Hayden and Cleveland football programs move into off-season conditioning and look toward spring training, new leadership will be needed. Both Anthony Reid of Cleveland and Shane Howard of Hayden resigned as head coach of their respective programs last week, oddly after leading their team to a win over a rival. Howard, who was the dean of Blount County […]

Youth Football playoffs begin this week

The regular season has ended in the Blount County Youth Football League and the playoffs begin this week. Hayden will host the first round of the playoffs this Saturday, Nov. 1, with Freshmen division games beginning at 8 a.m. and the final Senior division contest set to start at 5:30 p.m. Corner will host the championship games next week (Nov. […]

Round one playoffs begin this week


Blount County has four teams in the playoffs with two teams (Appalachian and Susan Moore) hosting first-round games as region champions and two others (Oneonta and J.B. Pennington) traveling as fourth-seeded teams. All games will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 1A Collinsville (6-4) at Appalachian (8-2) Victory Christ. 10, Collinsville 7 Spring Garden 21, Appalachian 6 Spring […]

‘No help for small business’

Nothing is fair about bailouts. When a small businessman makes some bad decisions or his product is no longer needed and he has to go out, no one is there to bail him out, but they will take the money he has paid in taxes, licenses, and so on and bail out a large company or bank. When a lender […]

Churches and the IRS

The right to freedom of religion is so central to American democracy that it was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution along with other fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In order to guarantee an atmosphere of absolute religious liberty, this country’s founders also mandated the strict separation of church and state. […]

No easy matter


In what may be a first time ever, all mayors of Blount County municipalities take office without previous mayoral experience. One never knows whether to congratulate elected officials or to offer them sympathy. This newspaper does both and wishes mayors and their councils well. Lured by the possibility of receiving federal grants, most particularly those earmarked for fire protection, hundreds, […]