Alabama Power answers the call

Even before last month’s tornado outbreak was over, Alabama Power had already shifted into high gear in an effort to battle the storm’s devastation. “This tornado outbreak was so unique because of the amount and type of damage done,” said Kelley Cochran, business office manager of the Oneonta location. “We had lines down almost everywhere and in a lot of […]

New pavement going down

Oneonta re-adopts fair housing resolution

In quick fashion, the Oneonta City Council readopted a fair housing resolution, promising nondiscrimination in government owned property and encouraging the same with private sales. The resolution keeps the city in line with the Civil Rights Act of 1968, popularly known as the Fair Housing Act. The only other action the council took at its May 10 meeting was approving […]

Snead examines weather and utilities issues

TheSneadTownCouncilseta6p.m.public hearing and work session for its next (May 23) meeting. Councilors will review the Blount County Hazard Mitigation Plan, before considering its adoption in its regular session. The town must have such a plan to qualify for federal and state grants. Fire chief Lee Netherton noted the town had received its weather siren from such a grant. Netherton also […]

Anti-litter winners honored; county recycling announced

Ralph Mitchell, county administrator, presented awards from recent anti-litter campaigns and shared information about proposed recycling centers for Blount County during a special luncheon May 11 at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta. The recycling program is included in the garbage contract, recently renewed by the county. Mitchell pointed out that no rate increase will be made during the contract period, […]


Why did you take my jewelry, my clothes, my crystal plates? And God only knows what else. I know you got them, and you know. But most of all God knows, and his Bible says, “Thou shalt not steal.” Dicey Heptinstall Blountsville When Mrs. Heptinstall asked The Blount Countian to publish her letter, she wrote, “Of my 89 years of […]

Mayor thanks relay participants

Thank you so much to the merchants and individuals who contributed to and participated in the hot dog lunch and other fundraiser events for the purpose of raising money for the Blount County American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Everyone worked hard to make this a successful event. Events like this remind us how very generous the people of our […]

Boy Scouts say thanks

Boy Scout Troop 160 wants to recognize and say “Thank you” to those who helped make their annual spaghetti supper, held May 6 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church Oneonta, a resounding success. The Scouts sold over 440 tickets and served 337 plates with all ticket sale proceeds going toward expenses of summer camp. A special thanks to […]

Thanks to Oak Hill Cemetery volunteers

Thank you to the following for their time and dedication at Oak Hill Cemetery during decoration Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8. Matt McGowen, Bruce Phillips, Charlie Fendley, Herb Massey, Clyde Woods, Chris Harvey, Brian Gargus, Derf Bryan, Donny Ray, Lynn Moody, Glenn Whited, Joe Tipton, John Endress, John Pitts, Larry Epperson, Mark Gargus, Mark Hitt, Martin Copeland, Max […]

Tribute to Voyt Horton

He was a neighbor, friend

As Memorial Day approaches, Marvin and I grieve for one of our own Blount Countians who went to be with the Lord this past year. He was a neighbor, friend, and personal mentor to both of us. When we moved to Blount County seven years ago, the first person to greet us was our neighbor across the street, Mr. Voyt […]