Are Nectar seniors forgotten?

A handful of Nectar senior citizens has created a community within a community. Some gather at the senior center daily, some as often as they can afford the bus fare. A few exist only quietly in clouded memories, but most are unbelievably productive. Nora Sims, center director, leads and encourages them as they quilt, knit, sing, and play bingo and […]

River lovers win court case

Metro Recycling must cease illegally discharging pollutants from its used-tire landfill, located three miles southwest of the town of Locust Fork. That’s according to the settlement reached with Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Friends of the Locust Fork River and approved by U.S. Judge L. Scott Coogler. Under the settlement, Metro Recycling must also obtain a pollution permit mandated by the […]

If not for these


Young and old came to Oneonta on Veterans Day and paid tribute to the few remaining Blount County World War II veterans and to all those who have served in wars since then. Little ones jumped and squealed at the big fire engines, floats, and military vehicles. Their parents smiled and waved at the oldtimers on the floats. Some who […]

Election Results

Prisoner dies in Blount County Jail

A convicted child molester has died while in custody at the Blount County Jail. Edward L. Dunn, age 61 of Oneonta, was found guilty by a Blount County jury last month of first degree sodomy and was awaiting a December sentencing appearance before Judge Steven King. According to Blount County district attorney Tommy Rountree, Dunn was facing a sentence of […]

Oneonta council retains most appointees, names a few new board members

Acting on mostly routine matters, the Oneonta City Council reappointed previous members to most of its regular jobs and positions. Members voted unanimously to retain Tammie Noland (city clerk), James Chapman (police chief), David Osborne (fire chief), David Elliott (park and recreation director), Rodney Wall (public works director), Alex Smith (city attorney), Libby Nash (municipal judge), and Mark Sapp (municipal […]

Snead council responds in part to former candidate’s query

Responding to a complaint from defeated mayoral candidate Jane Childers, the Snead Town Council rescinded action from its Nov. 3 organizational meeting. Childers, on the agenda to open the meeting, questioned hiring the outgoing mayor as a parttime maintenance person. (Neither she nor the council mentioned Curtis Painter by name.) Childers said that during her 12 years or so attending […]

Safety an issue for Christmas parade

Safety issues have created changes in Oneonta’s Christmas parade this year, according to police chief James Chapman. Bands and walking groups will disperse immediately after turning onto First Avenue from Second Street with only floats and allowed vehicles continuing down main street. “Any time you have floats, walking groups, and bands turning off a four-lane onto a twolane street, you […]

Rosa officials assume duties

Rosa officials assume duties   Circuit Judge Steven King administered oaths of office to the new Rosa Town Council at organizational and first regular meeting. In action, the council appointed Nancy Caffey to its vacant position and named Julia Whisenant as the new town clerk.Mayor Andy Ellis and the members Sherry Smith, Ann Stephens, Jeff Todd, and Gary Whited with […]

Revenues up 5.4%, expenses up 13% for 2008 as benefits, fuel costs soar; light glimmers at end of debt tunnel

The charts to the right, top and bottom, are financial statements of the Blount County Commission, covering revenues, expenses, and debt for the year ending Sept. 30, 2008. State law requires these statements to be published as public information each year. Notes to those reports appear immediately following this paragraph and should help readers understand it. In addition, selected data […]