Three meth labs seized; injured deputy recovers



Investigators with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department seized three meth labs in the last five days. Seizures occurred in the Locust Fork, Remlap, and Berry Mountain areas, resulting in three arrests, according to Sheriff Loyd Arrington. During the Locust Fork seizure Friday night, deputy Chris Holloman was accidentally exposed to noxious fumes leaking from the lab and was overcome. He […]

56 gambling machines impounded near Smokerise



Investigator Lynn Chambless (from left), District Attorney Tommy Rountree, and Sheriff Loyd Arrington examine a warehouse full of slot machines found at a site on White Oak Trail near Smokerise. Fifty-six machines, most of them older vintage gambling devices, were found in the warehouse, many bearing evidence tags (indicated by Arrington) from having been impounded in Warrior two years ago. […]

Hayden annexation process underway according to attorney



Maps of property proposed for annexation into Hayden are available to the public at the town hall there and at the probate office at the courthouse in Oneonta. Hayden’s attorney reported on the process of annexation at the town council meeting Feb. 9. According to Jeff Sherrer the process was moving smoothly. Mayor Thelma Smith, other council members, Probate Judge […]

On residency issue…

DA candidate Casey challenges opponents: ‘Prove me wrong’

The issue of her residency in Blount County as a bona fide candidate for district attorney is not an issue, according to Pamela Casey. But it won’t go away, and she suspects it is being quietly fed by her opponents or their supporters. In an interview published in this edition of the paper, she talks about the issue directly. According […]

If it’s illegal, it’s illegal



I don’t have to agree with the law. But I have to obey the law or I am a criminal. I have no dog in the bingo fight, but if people lose their jobs because they are working for something that is illegal, I am for it. Shutting down meth labs causes people to lose their jobs. Shutting down whiskey […]

Of taxation and annexation



Many of the angered tempers and discussions over the tax imposed by the City of Warrior and its Mayor on the businesses of west Blount seem to be calming. There are citizens in west Blount who never supported the boycott against the City of Warrior. They have their freedom. There are those who will take the road of convenience and […]

Cleveland council actions ruled invalid



Circuit Court Judge Steven King ruled last Wednesday in favor of James Sullivan and declared the rescinding acts of the Cleveland town council null and void, making Larry Longshore’s resignation effective April 13, 2009. The judge’s ruling stemmed from a lawsuit Sullivan filed against the town and Longshore questioning the legality of Longshore’s mayoral position following his resignation last April. […]

Snead traffic stop leads to drug bust



Snead police officer A.J. Blethen stopped a latemodel pickup truck last Wednesday for what seemed to be a routine equipment violation. Blethen noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and also noted that the driver seemed to be very nervous. He had reason to be. After getting consent to search the vehicle, the officer discovered more than […]

Sewer project bid to be let

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting agreed to let bids on a major sewer reconstruction project. After a project update from architect Rick Lathan, the board had several questions concerning the scope of the project, which includes replacing 280 feet of cast iron pipe that was part of the school’s original construction in the mid 1970s. […]

Shelby to visit Saturday



U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will meet with Blount County citizens to report on national issues in a town hall meeting on Sat., Feb. 27, at noon at the Family Services Mall (formerly Blount Memorial Hospital) in Oneonta. Following his report, he will open the floor for comments and questions. Topics to be discussed include health care, terrorism, the economy, the […]


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