Commission votes to clear $257,780 from the books

Blount County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pay off $257,780 in installment debt for six dump trucks, a vibratory compactor, and a tractor, to free district road budgets of most short-term debt. The action was taken at the commission business meeting Oct. 17. Earlier this year, the commission paid the last installment of debt on two bond issues carried since […]

Blount family petitions Congress

Melissa and Willie Jennings and their sons, Dallas and Dailan, have asked members of Congress for funds to conquer kidney disease. In June 2009, the couple’s younger son, Dailan, was diagnosed with the rare kidney disease IGM Nephropathy when he was only three years old. IGM Nephropathy is a disease in which Immunoglobulin M (IGM) antibodies attack the kidneys, causing […]

Oneonta tables license decision

Based on a city population now exceeding 6000, Oneonta has by law extended its police jurisdiction from the previous 1.5 miles beyond city limits to 3 miles beyond. The city must decide by January whether it will require businesses in the extended area to buy licenses. If so, the businesses would pay half the levy paid by in-town businesses, the […]

Hatton Smith to speak at chamber breakfast

Blountsville fire station construction comes to a close

The final inspection of the Blountsville fire station is scheduled for Oct. 22, Mayor Randy Millwood told the town council at its regular meeting Monday night. Construction has come along well and the council hopes the fire station will be ready for operation by the beginning of November. By vote, the council: adopted an ordinance to refinance the town’s debt […]

To the thieves who stole my lawn mower

When you came to my home Saturday night, Oct. 1, 2011, I was spending the night in St. Vincent’s East with my brother, who had had a stroke. When you moved the little angel out of the way to steal my mower, did you not think that God saw every one of you as you lifted my mower off my […]


What’s it to you?

They’re called Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments ( VFDs), emphasizing two crucial characteristics. Volunteerism and emergency response. You may think this article merely states the obvious. But if a community overlooks the obvious, Commentary it may become the victim of a false sense of security, and, according to those who deal with fire department matters daily, that’s what’s happening around […]


THE AMERICAN RED CROSS urges county residents to donate blood. The blood supply right now is at a critically low level, and more will be needed during the holidays. A blood drive will be held Friday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the American Red Cross Oneonta location, 906 Second Ave. East. Blood drives will be held monthly […]

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The buying of college sports

“We want to put our materials on the bodies of your athletes, and the best way to do that is to buy your school… or buy your coach.” Those were the words in 2001 of Sonny Vaccaro, who, since signing his pioneering shoe contract with Michael Jordan in 1984, had built sponsorship empires. Not all of the audience (members of […]

Snead approves budget, adjusts salary increases

Having previously postponed approval of its 2012 fiscal budgets, the Snead Town Council adopted the townclerk proposed spending plans with one adjustment. ClerkRaeWarehadincludeda5percentraisefortown employees; councilman Jack Freeman objected to the size of the raise. Freeman noted he could agree to a smaller raise, to prevent employees’ suffering a decrease with statemandated increased retirement contributions. Ware shared her reasons, which included […]