Oneonta wins designation as storm ready community

Oneonta assistant fire chief Brandon Horton and Oneonta officials welcomed John De Block, warning coordination meteorologist, to the Nov. 23 council meeting. De Block recognized the city as a storm ready community. Mayor Darryl Ray praised Horton, who has worked several months toward that goal, and city employees who joined him to establish a severe weather plan covering all city […]

Autumn Elegy

Why steal flowers?

My name is June Osborn. I live in Royal. I would like to know how people have the right to steal flowers off the graves of the deceased and the law will do nothing. There are witnesses to them taking the property of the loved ones that we went to the expense of placing on our loved ones’ graves. They […]

Blountsville fire chief thanks givers

To the community of Blountsville and the surrounding area: In this holiday season, we realize that our community is like an extended family. We have come to know each other as friends and neighbors. We would like to thank you for your support of our annual Boot Drive. Because of your generosity, we will be able to show the spirit […]


Beginning in January 2011, sex offenders must register on Mondays or Tuesdays, instead of on the current registration days. This announcement is made by Lt. Terry J. Sherbert, who is now in charge of the sex offender unit with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.

Storms hit county

Severe weather rumbled through the county early Tuesday morning leaving reports of light damage scattered throughout the area – such as the tin pictured (right) which was ripped off the roof of a barn on county road 6 and deposited in trees almost a quarter-mile away. Most of the damage reports in the area concerned limbs and whole trees down […]

Animals for adoption

Snead wins $250,000 grant for sewer improvements

Snead Mayor Tim Kent and utilities director Jeff Whited announced at the latest council meeting the town’s selection for a $250,000 nonmatching grant for sewer improvements. Kent indicated the town had pursued the grant the past two years. Whited said that with the grant the town will renovate and add lift stations and add manholes and better pumps, all of […]

From the Archives

Gym to bear Ratliff’s name Oneonta City Board of Education has voted to name the high school gym in honor of Ollen Ray Ratliff, Oneonta insurance agent and former board chairman. At the board’s regular Nov. 24 meeting, members took the action because of Ratliff’s “physical, financial, and emotional backing in the building of the physical school plant here” and […]

The case of the lost sheriff

George Donis Shelton was born in Cleveland, Ala., in August 1828. At the age of 34, he enlisted in Company B of Lewis’s Battalion at Brooksville and attained the rank of captain. Captain Shelton was honorably discharged at the end of the Civil War and returned to Blountsville, where he owned and operated a general store for a number of […]