The race for district attorney…

Blackwood emphasizes life experience and hard work

The Blount Countian interviewed all four candidates for Blount County district attorney over the last two weeks. The interviews begin in the paper today and continue over the next three weeks, in alphabetical order by last name. All responded to a list of common questions; all were asked two or more questions unique to their own candidacy. Ronnie Blackwood: background […]


Resolutions and funds handled

Continued from last week… The Cleveland Town Council passed Resolution 2010-01 during the Feb. 2 regular meeting. The resolution – labeled Key Control and Access Authorization Policy – outlines appropriate access to town facilities while ensuring the safety of its facilities. In other business, the council: • authorized town clerk Debra Millwood to select two workers to work the town’s […]

Citizen concerns prompt covered bridge update

Concerns expressed by citizens affected by the extended closing of Swann Bridge in Cleveland prompted a review of the status of structural and other repairs at all three of the county’s covered bridges. County engineer Richard Spraggins said the schedule for reopening the bridges has slipped somewhat since his first estimate made last spring. He said it now looks like […]

Hearing held for case against Town of Cleveland and Longshore

A court hearing was held before the 41st Circuit Court last Wednesday regarding the case of James Sullivan v. the Town of Cleveland and Larry Longshore. Proceedings began midmorning before Judge Steven King at the Blount County courthouse. The hearing concerned the town’s motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment filed by Sullivan, seeking a declaration from the court regarding the […]

Cleveland awaits decision

The court is due to rule on the case of the Town of Cleveland, which filed suit back in May 2009 against Steve Pass, water superintendent. The lawsuits began after the council introduced and passed Ordinance 2009-3 Jan. 26, 2009, setting the salaries of employees under a job-title restructure. Steve Pass, defendant, was allegedly demoted from his positon and his […]

America the Beautiful … but not in Blount County

How sad it is to drive along our county roads and see the natural beauty of our area destroyed because of litter and garbage along the county roads. It isn’t a small problem; it is a problem of great magnitude like I have never seen anywhere else. I do not understand what kind of person throws their trash into our […]

‘Pitbull rings and labs free to good homes’

You didn’t spay your dog, so now you have six puppies that you cannot keep. What to do? Take them to a shelter where more than likely they will be euthanized? Leave them on the side of a road somewhere? You can’t bring yourself to do either of those things, so … You decide to place an ad in your […]

Beautiful Alask…er… Alabama

The beauty of the county has never been more evident than in the two photos here, taken once again by Susan Johnson. The combination of freezing temperatures and moisture left most of the county under at least an inch-and-a-half of snow last week. A second wave of moisture and cold air moved across the area over the weekend but was […]

Oneonta to advertise bids for public works equipment

Holding another brief regular meeting, the Oneonta City Council approved advertising bids for two pieces of equipment for its public works department. The council had approved selling its skid steer loader last year. Explaining that the previous loader had failed to meet the expanding needs of the city, Mayor Darryl Ray won council approval to seek bids for a newer […]

County roads take hit from extended freezing temps

Jan. 5 to Jan. 12 was a killer for county roads. For five straight days temperatures stayed below freezing during the day, or only barely exceeded it. And at night, they dropped into the teens. Worse, December was a very wet month, so there was plenty of moisture in the ground and on the roads. Quoting the National Weather Service, […]