The Blount Countian generally does not publish obituaries unless the deceased have direct connections to this county. If your relative’s obit did not appear in the paper, that is probably the reason. JESSIE DIXON BENNETT, 80, of Hayden, died April 18, 2009, at TLC Nursing Home. She was born in Cherokee County and was the daughter of the late Oscar […]


BLOOD DRIVE PLANNED Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. in the healthcare science classroom at Blount County Career Technical Center. All presenting volunteer blood donors will receive free tee-shirts and will be entered into a drawing for a cruise for two. Donors must present photo identification. Red Cross personnel urge all to give […]

A cleaner place after last weekend

Town of Blountsville

Volunteers pause for a photo opportunity after working all day Saturday during the annual town clean-up in Blountsville. Mayor Randy Millwood (middle of the picture) took time to thank the volunteers for their assistance. The mayor also thanked (in no particular order) PALS, Farmers Insurance, Lucky’s, We-Tot-Em Quick Stop, Dollar General, Allied Waste, Frosty Freeze, the town council, and Blount […]

‘Locks of Love’

Children and adolescents are sometimes belittled and teased by their peers about the smallest details of their appearance. A girl’s wrong makeup or a boy’s “un-cool” sneakers can make the wearer a laughingstock of the school. Imagine for a moment the hurt suffered by children who, because of disease or other reasons, are unable to grow hair. It is devastating […]

Oneonta makes $96,000 equipment purchase

Completing equipment purchases begun a month earlier, the Oneonta City Council agreed to an announced bid price of $96,187 for a sidearm boom mower. After announcing the only bid, from Blount County Tractor, city manager Ed Lowe continued, indicating a 36-month lease price of $3,085.61 per month. The purchase comes after March awards of over $260,000 for other equipment and […]


The Blount Countian is now open for business Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m., except on Wednesdays when the office closes at 11:30 a.m. Deadlines remain the same, although staffers urge readers to submit copy as early as possible: Thursdays at 4 p.m. for classifieds; Thursdays at noon for legals; Fridays at 4 p.m. for […]

New times, new place for Blount Quality Health Care

The Blount County Quality Health Care clinic held a grand opening last week to celebrate its newly-renovated and decorated suite at the Family Services Mall (at the old Blount Memorial Hospital – same building as Hope House), and to call attention to the expansion of its operations from two days a week to three. The clinic also moved from its […]

Looking for a clinic? Check this one out

Cherie Keahey is a superstar, “clinically” speaking. Her own chief executive officer – Wayne Rowe of Quality of Life Health Services Inc. – says so. He introduces her that way. He likes her because she’s highly productive. The qualities that come across in an interview go beyond productivity: ardent professionalism and dedication to providing the best in health care to […]

$70,000 reward offered for men missing since ’98

A reward of $70,000 is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts or recovery of two men – Edward Hazelrig and Don Fortson – missing since Nov. 3 of 1998. Hazelrig was the son of “Pup” and Mary Hazelrig of Cleveland. He was described as 6 feet tall and 200 lbs. at the time of his disappearance. He was […]

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Thanks to your terrific web site, I was able to go back and see the caption and wonderful photograph announcing the designation of Tidwell Cemetery as a historical site. For some reason, I never received this issue of the paper. I especially appreciated seeing the picture of Lois Baty, who has worked so hard and has given so much to […]

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