Municipal option bill on sale of alcoholic beverages passed; Blount County excluded

In the state legislative session just concluded, a bill was passed allowing any municipality with a population of 1000 or more to hold a local election to approve or disapprove local sale of alcoholic beverages. Blount, Randolph, and Clay counties were excluded from the bill on the motion of their elected state representatives. In Blount County’s case, the action to […]

Mountain Markets now open

Herbert Gargus opened Mountain Markets with the idea of giving local yard-, garage-, and rummage-salers a place to hawk their wares. Located on county road 29 near its intersection with U.S. 231, Mountain Markets features bathrooms, a snack bar, and lots of space for those wishing to sell almost anything. Gargus took 10 acres of his family farm and converted […]

Nominate your favorite burger and we’ll do the rest!

In 2007, the readers of The Blount Countian submitted more than 125 entries in our original Blount’s Best Burger Contest. Now, we are asking you to do the same. After a year off to allow our stomachs (and arteries) to recover, the best burger contest returns. Covered Bridge Grill was the winner two years ago and they are looking to […]

Reader writes

Forgotten heroes

Where were you on Saturday, 5/23/09, at 10 a.m.? Perhaps you were getting ready for a BBQ, or a get-together with family and friends, shopping, or attending a baseball game. Too bad the veterans who have given their lives can’t enjoy the same privileges. The Marine Corps League conducted the Memorial Day ceremony at the Blount County Courthouse on that […]

Behind closed doors

Town of Cleveland

Once again, seats reserved for Cleveland Town Council members were vacant. Although over 30 Cleveland residents were present, councilmen Doug Hill and Glenn Puckett were absent. Councilwoman Kandy Little left ill soon after the meeting came to order, leaving Mayor Larry Longshore with councilmen Mike Evans and David Grigsby. Following prayer, the meeting began with Councilman Grigsby stating the lack […]

Red Cross kicks off fund drive

The Blount County chapter of the American Red Cross will kick off a new fundraising campaign with a breakfast this Friday at the Oneonta service center. The HEROES fundraising campaign will be announced at the breakfast and will mark the local debut of a program that is slowly becoming American Red Cross’s signature event. Beth Griffin, a past client of […]

How do you decide which road to fix when they’re all bad?

The Blount Countian rode the roads for a couple of hours with District 3 Commissioner Tom Ryan. The reason for the ride was concern on the part of all four commissioners over the small amount of paving – less than 10 miles – being accomplished this year because of rising cost of paving materials and inelastic budgets further crimped by […]

New principal named for Susan Moore High

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education named Steve Hallman as the new principal for Susan Moore High School during Monday’s meeting. Hallman has worked for the previous six years as assistant principal at Cleveland High School and has been in the Blount County system for 19 years. Hallman’s transfer to Susan Moore will be effective on July 1. In other […]


Three little words

Background Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14. Devotional Reading: Exodus 19:1-8. Some years ago, someone commented to me that, of all the sins catalogued in the New Testament, there is one no longer present in our world today. “Which is that?” I asked and he replied, “Slavery!” I disagreed, but neither of us had any statistics to offer. Later, reading an article, “Cry […]


SINGINGS NEW EMMAUS BAPTIST CHURCH will have homecoming and singing Sunday, June 7, with service at 10:30 a.m. and singing between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Canaan’s Crossing will be guest singers. Wayne Allcorn is pastor, and Gaylon Webb is singing chairman. EDGEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH on county road 13 west at Locust Fork will have memorial services and singing Sunday, […]