Unique hobby creates treasures

If you appreciate vintage decor and excellent craftsmanship, you need to look no farther than the Blount County Memorial Museum, where you will find the latest collection of handcrafted wooden coin banks and small cabinets complete with doors of antique post-office boxes. The rest is history … dating back to the early 1900s. David Jones delights in lavishing his time […]

Jerry Jones announces he will run for mayor

Cleveland special election ...

Local farmer and Cleveland citizen Jerry Jones announced that he would be a candidate in the upcoming special election for mayor of Cleveland. He made the announcement Monday evening at a meeting of the Retake Cleveland citizens’ organization held at the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department fire hall. While Jones will be a candidate, it is still undetermined when the election […]

Hayden council talks clinic, annexation, community center

Hayden Town Council has invited a grant writer to attend its next meeting to discuss plans to apply for funds to establish a healthcare clinic in town. Wendell Ellis, chairman of Blount County Health Care Authority, told the council at its regular meeting Tuesday, March 9, that based on findings of a St. Vincent’s demographic study, demand for such a […]


Thank you, thank you. Our 2nd annual fundraiser was a great success. Without your publicity help, we would not have had the success that we did. Many people called for tickets because they saw it in the paper. Again, on behalf of BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS, thank you so very much. This money will be used to help Blount County at-risk […]

Still at it . . .

I have never seen another group of Cleveland elected officials as bent on dismantling and giving away Cleveland’s primary asset as is currently being done. This group is Cleveland’s “Gang of 3” – council members Mike Evans, David Grigsby, and mayor pro tem Kandy Little. The municipal water system is their prime target. There has been the meeting or meetings […]

Legal or illegal?

That’s the question

A town with an illegal council hires a police chief. Can he conduct his duties legally or not? Can he be paid since he in essence is illegal? The Good Faith clause allows the municipality to pay all legal daily operating expenses even with an illegal council. But what about an illegal employee? Does that put the people who sign […]

County delinquent tax report reflects economic downturn

Revenue Commissioner Chris Green reported to the Blount County Commission at its March meeting on the current status of property tax collections in the county. He said that as of March 15, total unpaid taxes amounted to $598, 699 on 838 different owners or accounts, entailing 1482 separate parcels of property. Last year’s total uncollected tax at the same time […]

Snead police arrest three

Another routine traffic stop by the Snead Police Department turned out to be anything but routine early Saturday morning. Assistant chief Joseph Blackwood pulled over a 2001 Nissan pickup just after one o’clock Saturday morning for a minor driving infraction. The three men in the truck – all in their 30s and all from Marshall County – behaved suspiciously and […]

Qualifying deadlines approach;

local candidates bide their time

With qualifying deadlines for June primary elections just over two weeks away, only two candidates for local office, both Republicans, have qualified to run. Both of those are candidates for Blount County sheriff: incumbent Sheriff Loyd Arrington and challenger deputy Randall Hosey. No one has qualified for sheriff running as a Democrat, and at the moment, no one is expected. […]

Oneonta to collect qualifying fees from candidates, agrees to purchase vehicles

At the recommendation of Mayor Darryl Ray, Oneonta councilmen decided to levy qualifying fees for any who seek election to city office. Ray explained the city had not required such in the past but has the authority to so act. He noted members could impose fees from $10 to $50 and recommended the highest figure. The council unanimously endorsed the […]

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