Ryan’s inconvenient truths – applied to unit system debate

Editor’s note: This is the concluding installment of District 3 Commissioner Tom Ryan’s interview. Last week dealt with Ryan’s inconvenient truths about the tag fee increase. This week he takes on the unit system, along with an election-related charge that the county commission should “get it’s house in order.” Accompanying Ryan were county engineer Richard Spraggins and county administrator Chris […]


JACKY HAROLD ATWELL, 55, Odenville, formerly of Blount County, died Oct. 29, 2008, in Jefferson County. Born in Crenshaw County, he was the son of Clayborn and Mary Katherine Flowers Atwell of Oneonta. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1972 and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics attending Snead State and UAB. He was employed as a chemical analyst […]

End of an era

WKLD off the air

In some ways, it will never be the same. After 40 years on the air, 97.7 FM WKLD will soon go off the air. “It was not an easy decision by any means,” said station owner Danny Bentley. “It was strictly a business decision. The offer we got (for the station) was just too good to pass up. We spent […]


CONCERT BY PIANIST ROBERT COWAN Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Oneonta. Cowan has an outstanding career, both as a soloist and as part of a duo-piano team with his wife, Joan Yarbrough. He has played on three continents and in 37 states. The concert is presented by the Community Arts Council of Blount County. […]

Community meeting set Nov. 13 on student drug testing program

A community outreach meeting will be held Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Blount County Resource Center in Cleveland to provide an overview of the student drug- and alcoholtesting program in the Blount County school system. Parents and interested others are invited to attend and to ask any questions they have about the program. Lisa Meeder, […]

2008-11-05 E-Edition