‘What happened to… perfect county?’

What happened to this so-called perfect county? It seems like you can’t even walk outside your door or pick up a newspaper without hearing something so unnerving about Blount County, whether it is about the people of Cleveland, the Christmas lights in Cleveland, Swann Bridge, or Highway 160. Don’t get me wrong. I think Highway 160 needs to be fixed […]

‘The delight of a surprise’

A big red fire truck with lights flashing arrived at my 86-year-old mother’s home in the Gibbs Chapel community last Thursday night. Upon approaching the door, two volunteer firemen stepped in and delivered a freshly cooked turkey. I was told the turkeys were donated by Walmart in Guntersville and Piggly Wiggly in Snead. The volunteer firemen at Snead cooked the […]

Blount County Beautiful

We thought it would be nice to close the year with a reminder of just how precious our little spot in the world is and how spectacular Blount County can be. This gorgeous photo is of a small waterfall below Easley Bridge at Rosa, just outside the Oneonta city limits. The photo was taken last month by Susan Johnson, who […]

Top stories of 2009

A look back at public affairs

The following represents the major public affairs stories of the past year, from a news value standpoint. Obviously the list is subjective and the order somewhat arbitrary. But from the standpoint of overall importance, and/or reader interest, many would agree that the following stories are among the year’s lbiggest. They are arranged roughly in order of importance. We believe most […]

No meeting means no attorney

Town of Cleveland

A special meeting of the Cleveland Town Council was set for Monday with the main item on the agenda being approval of a new attorney for the municipality. The town’s previous attorney, Stan Glasscox, resigned last month after accepting a new position with another firm. Although the meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. on a Monday during the holidays, approximately […]

West Blount citizens take on Warrior mayor

Boycott promised...meeting set...

Copies of a form letter to Warrior Mayor Rena Hudson protesting the city’s ordinance to collect sales taxes in west Blount County are being placed in a number of businesses along Ala 160 in west Blount County for citizens to sign, according to sources there. The Blount Countian obtained a copy of the letter, reprinted below: Dear Mayor Hudson: Just […]

Oneonta council appoints board members, names part-time officer

Oneonta City Council members filled a vacancy on a tri-county mental health agency and three others on its beautification board in its final regular session of 2009. The council named Sherrie Hicks to the Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair Mental Health Board, to assume the seat long held by retiring Jimmie Nash. Councilors also added April Loggins, Dot Ray, and Shelia […]

Little fan enjoys holiday basketball

Greer Phillips, the 18-month-old son of Oneonta coaches Phil and Jill Phillips, is surprised by the camera while taking a break from watching the Oneonta Holiday Classic basketball tournament.


Flying on broken wing

Background Scripture: Mathew 3. Devotional Reading Acts 8:26-38. In his own day, as well as in ours, the son of Zechariah the priest and Elizabeth, Mary’s kinswoman, became known as “John the Baptist.” Many also identified him with the prophet Elijah (Malachi 4:4-6), for his message was a prophecy of the immanent coming of the kingdom of heaven and the […]



The scene takes place in heaven at the conclusion of a surprise birthday celebration for Jesus. Several heavenly luminaries have just treated Jesus to cake and ice cream. As the party breaks up, Jesus and the angel Gabriel are speaking to each other. Gabriel: Well, that was nice. Were you surprised? We were so afraid you would know – after […]

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