There are hearings … and hearings


The hearing held recently at the courthouse on the county’s form of government was a far cry from the public meetings held several years ago on zoning property according to land use. The Blount County Commission and Judge John Dobson, who presided at the meeting, had laid down ground rules. Citizens who spoke were limited on time and could not […]

Hayden High leads the way

One of the most exciting happenings in the county school system is Hayden High’s incorporating choir as a class earning credit and meeting every day. Maybe the students – more than 50 of them – were ready for music in addition to what they were commonly hearing. Choir offers a pleasure similar to that of bands: the fun – and […]

New sport to debut next week

First off, the title of this piece is misleading in one sense. Yes, a new sport will kick off next week in Blount County but it’s a sport that is one of the oldest and most popular in the world. Soccer can trace its origins as far back as 1004 B.C. in Japan and games very similar to soccer were […]

Chamber breakfast another success

Update for the chamber of commerce

The chamber breakfast held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Twin Oaks was a tremendous success. More than 160 people attended with several elected officials from adjoining counties as guests. Thanks to all who braved the terrible weather to be a part of a great Blount County project—renovating the old Blount Memorial Hospital (see Ron Gholson’s related article in today’s paper). […]

New name and owner for an old business

Lori Criswell (left, with Alysia Bell) has opened Criswell & Associates on U.S. 278 in Snead. Criswell, who has been in accounting since 1990, bought the business formerly known as Little and Johns from Rodger Little last year. The office is in the same 1500-square-foot building that has stood in the location since 1984. The new firm offers full-service accounting […]

In 50 words or less, tell us why your sweetie’s the best

We are looking for Blount County’s best couple. Or at least the couple that best suits the rules for our new contest. Now through Feb. 6, The Blount Countian is accepting entries for our Valentine’s Day contest, “In 50 words or less, tell us why your sweetie’s the best.” Maybe you have a very cute “meet” story or perhaps he […]

Downtown Red Day

Merchants located along Main Street, and even some just off Main Street, will offer special reduced prices this Friday, Feb. 6. All stores will offer savings of at least 10 percent off and some merchants are offering up to 90 percent off select merchandise. Businesses participating in the special savings will be easy to recognize because large red ribbons or […]

Family Services Mall

Preliminary Space Use Plan

The above diagram represents the general layout proposed for occupancy of the Family Services Mall. It is subject to adjustments as additional agencies move in and others are considered for occupancy. The Hope House area is complete and already occupied, as are portions of the juvenile court wing, including the coroner’s office and lab, narcotics enforcement, and driver education spaces. […]

Cleveland rehires Owens, requests state audit

In omnibus town meeting

In a split decision following a lengthy executive session, the Cleveland Town Council voted Jan. 26 to rehire former employee Wayne Owens, dismissed last year from his job in the town water and sewer department, to the full-time position of superintendent of the street and park department. The action was to be effective immediately, contingent upon Owens’s signing a release […]

Ferry named new chief deputy

Blount County Sheriff 's Department

New Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington has named William Ferry the department’s new chief deputy. Ferry, who has been with the department for nine years, will take over Sunday. “I love this county,” said Ferry, “and I guess one of the reasons I went into law enforcement was to serve the people and the community that I love. I just […]