Garner chosen to lead J.B. Pennington football

The Blount County Board of Education unanimously approved last week the hiring of Keith Garner as new head football coach at J.B. Pennington High School. Garner was head coach at Arab from 1999 to 2005 and was head coach at Crossville from 2006 to 2008. His best year was in 2003 at Arab when he led the Knights to an […]

Wildcats and Hornets win county titles

A pair of MVPs

Hayden’s Krista Stricklin and Locust Fork’s Clay Smith led their teams to Blount County Tournament titles last weekend at J.B. Pennington High School. Hayden defeated Locust Fork 56-54 for the girls title, while Locust Fork beat Hayden 69-53 in the boys championship game. See Sports, A4.

Oneonta extends tax contract with RDS

The Oneonta City Council voted unanimously to extend its contract with Revenue Discovery System (RDS) for collection of the city’s sales taxes. City manager Ed Lowe explained that the one-year contract includes an eight-cent-per-customer increase for the services. He underscored Mayor Darryl Ray’s point that RDS would like a three-year contract but that the city continues to stipulate an annual […]


King asks voters to consider performance, experience in re-election bid

Elective office: circuit judgeTerm of office: six yearsAnnual salary: $125,000 (approximate) Circuit Judge Steven King cited his six years of solid performance on the bench as the basis for his re-election bid. Other factors supporting that bid, he said, include his legal training, varied legal experience, and commitment to “let lawyers do their jobs” while he focuses on applying the […]

Snead again hears complaints by water customer

Snead water customer Shirley Brown pressed the Snead Town Council to consider refunding more than $500 she contends she is owed for water lost in a leak. Brown and her husband Jim, who was unable to attend the Jan. 23 meeting, received notice of a possible leak last summer. The couple claims they acted immediately to address the problem and […]

Final list of qualifiers for local offices in March 13 primary

Summary of qualifiers(county offices)For probate judge/commission chairman:Chris Green (R) For District 2 commissioner:Jeremy Smith (R)Carthel Self (R)Roger Bullard (R)Andy Neill (R, incumbent) For District 4 commissioner:R.C. Smith (R)Gary Stricklin (R) For county board of educationsuperintendent:Jim Carr (R, incumbent) For county board of education, place 1:Rodney Dabbs (R)Craig Johnson (R, incumbent) For county board of education, place 2:Jackie Sivley (R) Summary […]

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A Judicial lynching

In the early 1970s while working for the state courts, I was at the forefront in the campaign to adopt judicial reform in our state. Among the significant improvements in the reform legislation proposed at that time by the late Chief Justice Howell Heflin and others was the creation of a process to discipline state judges. The process would consist […]

Young Alumna of the Year awarded

Oneonta Elementary School Spelling Bee winners


COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND TO PERFORM Larry Gatlin will perform at the Bevill Center concert hall for a special fundraiser to benefit the Jennifer Garmany Hallmark Endowed Scholarship Fund. The concert will be Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Jennifer was a top nursing student at Snead State who lost her life during the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. Her family established […]