Coaches vs Cancer raises $1850

Cleveland High School principal Denise Martin presents a check to American Cancer Society Developmental Representative Kristin Franklin. The annual Coaches vs Cancer Classic held last month at Cleveland High School raised $1852. Pictured are (left to right) Cleveland High bookkeeper Pam Hazelrig; Blount County Relay for Life chairperson Pennie Bickerstaff; Franklin; Martin; Cleveland boys basketball coach Conny Lowery; and Cleveland […]


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FLFR’s Sam Howell resigns

Recalls struggle to preserve river’s state

Editor’s note: Sam Howell is due thanks from all Blount County as well as from all nature lovers for his tireless, and largely successful, efforts to protect and maintain the Locust Fork River in its free-flowing state. In resigning as president of Friends of the Locust Fork River, he looks back with considerable satisfaction on the struggle he and other […]

Legislative offensive on Warrior ordinance launched on two other fronts

While the lawsuit filed by the Blount County district attorney awaits a court date (see story, page A1), two further efforts have been set in motion to thwart the tax ordinance passed by Warrior last month and affecting this county. Probate Judge David Standridge said he had met with the Blount County legislative delegation last week to craft a new […]

Chili cook – off coming to West Blount

A chili cook-off and festival day will be held to benefit West Blount Park there on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will be jam-packed with activities for the whole family, according to organizers Chip Hunt and Charlie Reeves. Besides the main attraction – the chilicooking competition – the day will include: • 10’ x […]

Randall Hosey announces run for sheriff

Randall Hosey, 47, of Cleveland will run for the Republican nomination for Blount County sheriff in the June 1 primary. Hosey is currently a deputy and a 10-year veteran of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Hosey is a 1981 graduate of Locust Fork High School. His law enforcement education includes on-the-job training as a sheriff’s deputy as well as courses […]

New additions to the force

Oneonta Police Department

Oneonta police officer Jonathan Ledbetter has a new partner and a new vehicle. The vehicle is a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe that previously was driven by city manager Ed Lowe. More about the vehicle later. Ledbetter’s new partner is a bit more interesting. Negao is a 1.5-year-old, 65- pound Lab/Newfoundland mix that has been on the job for more than a […]

Update from the chamber

Bradley Byrne to speak at breakfast

Bradley Byrne, candidate for the Republican Party 2010 gubernatorial nomination, will be the featured speaker at the chamber breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan, 28, at Twin Oaks. The program will be sponsored by Sherrer and Sherrer, P.C., a law firm located in Oneonta. Bradley Byrne practiced law in Mobile for more than 25 years after graduating […]

Forks in your family tree

Where did great grandpa come from? Whom did cousin Matilda marry? Am I Irish or Jewish? We all wonder at times about these genealogical mysteries. In many cases records are lost, old-timers forget, and we simply do not know where to begin to find answers. The Blount County Historical Society, teamed with the Blount County Memorial Museum, has developed an […]

Letters to the editor

‘Thieves and vandals’ steal from elderly

On Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., thieves and vandals went to our dwelling on county road 42 and stole tractor parts and equipment. They also took several lawn mowers. One of the mowers was designed to cut brush and weeds and was in a locked utility building. I ordered this mower from Garden Way to […]