Children’s Center’s Renno to retire



Jerry Renno, executive director of the Children’s Center in Oneonta, has announced he will retire from the position he has held for the last 15 years, effective the end of September. Renno said the plan is to advertise for his replacement into March, interview candidates during April, and be ready to recommend a candidate to the board by the end […]

All in for Big Brothers/Big Sisters



Sue Johnson, Jim Tuttle, Judy Wilemon and Stoney Beavers recently celebrated a signal event: the appointment of Wilemon as Blount County coordinator for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Johnson is director of Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, the five-county area including Blount County. Tuttle started the Blount County program three years ago. Wilemon will be the county’s first […]

Snead struggles with procedural questions



Councilman James Campbell at the latest council meeting challenged a $1470 bill for LED lights on a Snead Volunteer Fire Department vehicle. He said he valued the lights at $500. Campbell indicated he felt the council should have been required to approve an item that expensive. The council had approved the purchase in the prior regular session but without an […]

Lack of council quorum hampers Cleveland



The Cleveland town council met at the regular, scheduled time last Thursday night, but adjourned from lack of a quorum after waiting about 30 minutes for enough members to appear to transact the town’s business. Absent from the meeting were council members Mike Evans, Kandy Little, and David Grigsby. Mayor Jerry Jones and council members Doug Hill and Glenn Puckett […]

From the publisher

‘Education is the answer’

Can you imagine 83 schools in Blount County? That’s the number the county school board was overseeing in 1917 and several years thereafter. Why so many? Families lived clustered in valleys, hemmed in by mountains with poor roads or none, with little if any means of transportation. Schools had to be where the children were; children couldn’t travel to the […]

Lost animal part two



As wordsmith Yogi Berra would say, “… déjà vu – all over again”! I read the story about the lost-and-found dog with great interest. I had just lived the same story – only with my cat!! He wanders from time to time as most all cats do. But after a couple of days of his being gone, I began to […]

Proud to be a part of this community



This past Saturday was a perfect day to be at the lake or just about anywhere other than work. But work was what 70-plus volunteers came together to do. It was work day at the Cleveland Park, and I would like to thank the Park Board and all the volunteers who came to do repairs and give the park a […]

Remembering ‘Mama Nash’



Margie A. Self of Oneonta writes, “Today, Feb. 15, 2011, I was recalling my youth during the 1940s and 1950s … living with my grandparents while my father and uncles were at war ( World War II). There were aunts, cousins, great-uncles. We lived off the land with gardens and fruit trees, corn fields and cotton fields. We had milk […]

Thanks to volunteers



On behalf of the Town of Cleveland Park & Recreation Board, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who came to the 2011 Cleveland Community Work Day. We were very encouraged to see over 70 volunteers ready to lend a helping hand. Multiple projects were completed to improve our park and recreation facilities thanks to the volunteers in […]

Alabama Scene

A juxtaposition of sorts

The scene in Montgomery last Saturday could be defined as a juxtaposition of one sort or another. On the streets outside the swank, almost new, Renaissance Hotel and Spa, the reenactors of the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the president of the Confederate States of America (CSA) were making preparations to assemble and parade up Dexter Avenue to the State […]


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