In search of the Great Pumpkin

We will be there, Linus. We will share in your ever-sosincere search in that pumpkin patch. We will wait with you and hope with you and almost believe with you. But the Great Pumpkin won’t appear. He always spends the fall season with families in Hayden. This Great Pumpkin does not rise from among the vines though. He hides mysteriously […]

Health Care Authority offers west Blount assistance in developing medical clinic

Wendell Ellis told the West Blount Development Association last Wednesday at Hayden’s town hall that Blount County Health Care Authority is prepared to work with a group representing the community to develop a doctors’ group practice or medical clinic to serve citizens in that part of the county. There is currently no medical care facility in the county west of […]

System and county can’t agree on tax issue

Oneonta City Board of Education

“I’m just really disappointed that money intended to go toward the children of this county and their education is not used for that purpose,” Oneonta Supt. Jack Housch told the Oneonta City Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting. At issue is $60,000 to $75,000 in automotive sales tax revenue collected by the county over a period of approximately 10 […]

Quilters Guild majors on patriotic theme

Members of the Blount County Quilters Guild display patriotic quilt (foreground) and quilted patriotic wall hangings (on wall in background), which were a part of the Quilters Guild Covered Bridge Festival exhibit. Shown (from left) Diep Jones (pronounced “Zip”) of Highland Lake; Joyce Foster, Ashville; Susie Smith, Straight Mountain; Ruth Davis, Hendrix; and Kay Calamusa, Dallas-Selfville. The wall hangings are […]


The same, but different

Background Scripture: 1 Peter 1. Devotional Reading Deuteronomy 7:6-11. I’ve previously mentioned the book Same Kind of Different As Me, the story of two men whose lives were radically changed by the Good News of Jesus Christ – a change for which neither of them had been searching. I bring it to your attention again for two reasons. One, this […]


ALTOONA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will host its annual Hallelujah Night, an evening of fun, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, cake walk, hayride, and games and prizes for all ages. Location is the closed-off intersection at the church on Sixth avenue; turn off Hwy 132 at the Hallelujah Night signs onto Sixth avenue. […]



I just finished Dan Brown’s latest thriller, The Lost Symbol. Don’t worry. I’m not going to give anything away. I will say that the book is a real page turner in the same spirit as his previous two novels – The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. The Los Angeles Times reviewed the book the week it was released and […]

Downtown tour stirs considerable interest


Blount County Historical Society had no idea what kind of response it would get to its first tour of historic Oneonta, but it’s a given its members hadn’t anticipated the some 100 who came downtown that bright, pleasant Sunday afternoon Oct. 18. Society president Stanley Moss and Memorial Museum docent Amy Rhudy had grabbed historybuff and museum-supporter Peggy Jenkins’s initial […]

A message of appreciation

I am a retired educator, a civil libertarian, and a resident of Cleveland for the past 56 years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the press for their coverage of the governmental oppression that is occurring in our small town. A special thanks to Laurie Pitts and The Blount Countian newspaper for their tireless efforts. Looking back […]

Open letter to churches

This is an open letter to all churches that advertise their singings. Please, please, provide your location address or a telephone number with your announcements. Some churches do this, and to you I say “thank you.” To Welcome #2 Baptist Church, where are you??? On three occasions you have published good groups that were singing at your church, but we […]