There but for the grace of God…

Profiles of the economic recession

The Blount Countian recently reported that Hope House director Bud Jones had informed the county commission that his agency had received more than $60,000 from relief agencies to help people experiencing severe life crises as a result of the economic recession. Reports elsewhere tell of millions of Americans too poor or too strapped to afford the high cost of health […]

Snead authorizes razing of condemned house

In its most recent meeting, the Snead Town Council attempted to end another chapter in the saga of its condemnation of property at 446 Blackmon Drive. Prior bids to raze the house there, clear and remove debris, and return the site to construction-ready came in considerably above the anticipated value of the land. Backtracking, the council sought ways to lower […]

Former scouts reminisce

In July 1960, six Blount County youngsters boarded a Trailways bus and began a more than 1400-mile journey they now remember in detail 50 years later. It was a trip to the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colo., to celebrate that organization’s 50th anniversary. The adventurers were Mike Currier, Danny Bentley, David Loyd, David Estes, Ken White, and […]

Rickwood meeting space available for reservation

The former snack bar at Rickwood Caverns State Park has been converted into a meeting room now available for use by civic, family, and community groups, according to park manager Jim Russell. The 35-square-foot room with long, glass-paneled walls offering pleasant views from two sides of the room, will seat about 50 people. The room is available seven days a […]

Judge rules against Cleveland town job-title restructure ordinance

A judge ruled last week that Cleveland’s Ordinance No. 2009-3, designating wages and salaries and other employment benefits, was invalid and conflicts with state law. The lawsuit began after the council introduced and passed the ordinance on Jan. 26, 2009, setting the salaries of employees under a job-title restructure. Steve Pass, the defendant, was allegedly demoted from his position and […]

Southeastern says ‘Thanks’

Southeastern Elementary Relay for Life team would like to thank everyone who made our fundraiser “Bunco for Life” such a great success. Thanks especially to the many individuals who contributed and to the following businesses that donated prizes or sponsored tables: Nail Avenue, Crossville Tile and Stone, Unique Touch Gift Shop, Ruby Radish, Miller’s Soda Fountain, Mane Street Salon, Sun […]

Cleveland citizens denied public records

I am writing in response to the article written by Ron Gholson and printed in the March 24, 2010, edition in which Cleveland town clerk Debra Millwood responded to comments made by citizens about not being given access to public records. On Feb. 17, 2010, Jerry Jones and I went to the Cleveland Town Hall to request a copy of […]

Cleveland’s mantra…

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again...and again

A special meeting to set an election date for mayor of Cleveland to replace former Mayor Larry Longshore was held on March 11. A quorum of the town council was not present, so that meeting was adjourned without an election date being set. Absent were Mayor pro tem Kandy Little and council members Mike Evans and David Grigsby. Another special […]

Oneonta City Board of Education

Settlement reached on tax issue; sewer bid approved

After almost a year of on-again, offagain negotiations between the Oneonta City Board of Education and the Blount County Commission, Supt. Scott Coefield presented a settlement agreement on the auto-tax dispute during Monday night’s meeting. The board approved an agreement that will see the county pay the city system $7849.89 or one year’s worth of an automobile tax that had […]

Students come together under one hat to celebrate Read Across America

Blount County students have learned that reading is not something you do; it’s a place you go. Susan Moore Elementary School had a ball, a Character Ball, bringing students under one hat – the famous red-andwhite stovepipe of the Cat – for a flurry of reading excitement last week celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss as well as Read Across […]