Killer storm wreaks havoc but spares Blount fatalities

A region-wide killer storm packing high winds and tornados in a twostaged attack last Wednesday left a trail and a number of ragged pockets of destruction through the county, but spared Blount County of fatalities. The two storms occurred roughly 12 hours apart, with the first damaging homes at Mountain Woods Lake then moving just north of Nectar before exiting […]

Spring Fling features something for everyone

Spring Fling 2011 arrives with perfect timing to provide relief to a storm-tossed county. Take advantage of a chance to relax and enjoy yourself this weekend with a Saturday of lighthearted fun. Spring Fling offers great shopping, good food, a car show, activities for the kids and the better part of a full day’s entertainment. So forget all your troubles, […]

Snead to apply for COPS grant

Granting police chief Phillip Weaver’s request, the Snead Town Council unanimously authorized him to apply for an additional officer through Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Weaver explained the town can receive an officer for four years at the price of one. If approved Snead would receive funding for a new officer for three years and would commit to pay for […]

Blount County Board of Education

Honor students recognized

The Blount County Board of Education recognized the honor students of the class of 2011 from the system’s six high schools during Monday’s meeting. Those honored: Appalachian – Laven Abercrombie, valedictorian; Tara Woodard, salutatorian; Kayle Dickie, historian; Cleveland – Gracyn Janet Gammon, valedictorian; Breanna Noel Branham, salutatorian; Jessica Brooke Duvall, historian; Hayden – Jessa Hudson, valedictorian; Jo An Lipa, salutatorian; […]

Oneonta declines request to rezone for business

Acceding to its planning commission’s 5-1-vote recommendation, the Oneonta City Council unanimously denied Jerry and Linda Nelson’s request to rezone a .57-acre parcel from residential to light business. The Nelsons, whose property lies at the city’s limit on U.S. 231 north, had reportedly sought the change to operate a grocery produce stand. No one commented on the request at the […]

From the publisher

Apology, congrats, kudos

Never underestimate the power of the humble comma. In a photo story in last week’s issue of The Blount Countian, one appeared in the wrong place and changed the meaning of an important sentence: “The BCBH will sponsor the Susan Moore archery team, the only school archery team in the county, competing in the national meet in Louisville.” That extraordinary […]


Sometimes the worst brings out the best

In the wake of last week’s horrific storms that swept across the state, the best and worst of human nature were brought into focus. We’ll start with the bad. Four men from Florida were arrested and charged with looting in the ravaged Pleasant Grove area. It seems these four thought a community that had been blasted by the worst that […]

‘We appreciate the help’

Members of the Straight Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department express their heartfelt thanks to the District 3 county commission staff for assistance during the recovery from the storm on April 27. Our local service-area roads were made passable much quicker because of their efforts, and we really appreciate the help. Charles Tipton, Chief Straight Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue […]

‘Oneonta was a safe and kid-friendly place’

I had to write you a note of thanks for your observations and comments about funerals, specifically, the celebration service for Joe Fowler. Joe and Wrae are certainly names from my youth and young adulthood that are well-remembered. Joe once allowed our pre-teen Sunday school class at Lester Memorial to sing for the entire period, bringing admonishments from adjoining classes […]


What have the media not already spoken or written about the overwhelming devastation left by powerful winds that kept roaring across the country last week? Meteorologists agree it was the greatest such upheaval they had ever witnessed. Who would question? People were killed, far more wounded, thousands and thousands left without power for days, suffering the discomfort and problems that […]