When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or by lifting weights. But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school and when they play soccer, practice sports, or have dance class. They are also exercising when they are at P.E., riding […]


Why is blue for boys and pink for girls? In ancient times, it was believed that certain colors could combat the evil spirits that lingered over nurseries. Because blue was associated with the heavenly spirits, boys were clothed in that colour, boys then being considered the most valuable resource to parents. Although baby girls did not have a color associated […]

This Day In History

1791 1st Bank of US chartered 1828 John Quincy Adam’s son John marries in White House 1836 Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm 1847 State University of Iowa is approved 1862 Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Abraham Lincoln 1863 Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency 1870 African American congressman sworn in 1901 US Steel […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

  Some of the recipes this week have been sent in by readers who are sharing their favorites with others. Thanks for the response. Keep ’em coming! You may send, bring, or mail your recipes freehand, computer generated, or scribbled on scraps of paper: We don’t care how or on what the recipes are written; we just want ’em. If […]

Readers write

Reader agrees that 'Museum needs space'

We are nonresidents of Blount County. We grew up there and have been longtime subscribers of The Blount Countian. It is articles such as that named above that retain our loyalty to your paper. I graduated from BCHS in 1941 and my wife did also in 1943. We try to go by the Museum every time that we come to […]

City complimented

My compliments to the City of Oneonta for improvements to the infrastructure of the downtown area. Replacing traffic lights with 4- way stop signs has made intersections much more navigable, with the signs also being an elegant visual enhancement. Replacement of grass strips with brick pavers in the downtown shopping district was both a practical and visually pleasing improvement. I […]

No clear land title, no fire station expansion

In February 2008, a meeting was held at the Brooksville fire hall to discuss expansion of the buildings used by the fire and rescue department. Even though a petition had been signed by 80 residents of the fire district, there was opposition to expansion. Many spoke both for and against the current fire department. After lengthy discussion, a committee was […]

Panthers, Wildcats fall in the first round


The Cleveland Panthers and Hayden Lady Wildcats came up short in last week’s regional basketball tournaments. Each took an early lead but couldn’t find needed offense on one end of the floor and couldn’t make stops on the other end. Tuesday, Feb. 17 Northwest Regional at Wallace State Community College Cherokee 82, Cleveland 67 The Panthers were in control. With […]

Blount County Baseball Tournament underway


Cleveland, Oneonta, and J.B. Pennington posted wins on Monday in first-round play of the Blount County Baseball Tournament. At Locust Fork, Cleveland got a dominant performance from Brock Cornelius to ease by Appalachian, 3-2. Cornelius went the distance on the mound, surrendering just two hits and striking out 13. At the plate, he was 2 for 3 with a home […]

Two Panthers sign with Huntingdon

Cleveland High School’s Lee Duarte and George Sweatman have signed to play football for Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Pictured with Sweatman (above) are his parents Lynn and George and sister Stephanie. Pictured with Duarte are (bottom row) cousin Jada Avila and grandmother Marsha Quinonez and (top row) aunt Jennifer Avila, mother Katie Reid, and sister Kayle Jackson. They will joing […]