Former Tennessee Titan attends charity softball tournament

Eddie George, former Tennessee Titan running back and Heisman trophy winner, flew 2000 miles to play in a celebrity softball game benefiting Kaitlyn Marsh, 15, and Mason Greeson, 2. The fundraiser was held Saturday night at Oneonta Rec Park. The celebrity softball game was only one of the activities of the day. A softball tournament, a home run derby, raffles, […]

Blountsville to erect new pavilions

During last week’s meeting, the Blountsville Town Council voted to purchase the materials needed to build two new pavilions at the ballpark in the area around the pool. Monies from the town’s Capital Improvement Fund will be used to make the purchases and volunteers, including councilman Michael Glass, have agreed to donate the time and labor required to erect the […]

Blount County Education Foundation awarded $90,000 grant

Mitchie Neel, executive director of the Blount County Education Foundation, had been on pins and needles all day. Just when she was about to give up hope, she received the news she had been waiting for. “I checked the e-mail one more time at 3:55 p.m., and it had come in with a notice for (from) Mr. James McCrary emailing […]

Commission makes quick work of short agenda

In an unusually brief session, the Blount County Commission completed its transaction of county business in only 15 minutes, then adjourned its June monthly business meeting. The commission accepted the 2011 Report of Property Tax Errors, Insolvents and Litigations, provided by Revenue Commissioner Chris Green. The routine annual report summarizes the dollar amounts of tax owed in the county that […]

Cleveland appoints new councilman

Last Thursday night, the Cleveland town council held a brief special meeting and appointed Tommy Swindle to the council. He fills a spot that had been vacant since the resignation of David Grigsby on April 23. Mayor Jerry Jones started the meeting by presenting to the council, for their approval, a letter which he had recently written to Grigsby, on […]

The curse of Lee Ridge

I have decided that the subdivision known as Lee Ridge in Snead – is “cursed.” My suspicion is it must have been a former Indian burial ground. Now it is violated by the inhabitants and the spirits are angry. Sounds crazy, but something appears to be going on here. I have been here since October 2010. The house I bought […]

Municipal elections this summer

Qualifying for municipal elections will be July 3 – July 17. Anyone interested in running for office in the 13 municipalities should visit their town or city hall and talk to their clerk about qualifying. Municipal elections will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 28. If necessary, a runoff will be Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Oneonta arrest reports

Eighteen tickets were issued and five arrests were made from June 4 – June 11. Of those arrests, three were failure to appear, one was possession of precursor chemicals, and one arrest included possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and illegal possession of prescription drugs. Eleven of the 18 tickets were issued in relation to no insurance or invalid insurance, […]


The newspaper made several errors in its identification of persons named in its May 30 article on the relocation of the historic Chamblee cabin to Blountsville Historical Park. Clara Doty, one of the most knowledgable authorities on the cabin, was mistakenly identified as “Claire Doty. Mrs. D.W. Hart, owner of the property on which the cabin originally sat, was incorrectly […]


The dilemma that is redistricting

The U.S. Constitution requires each state to redistrict their congressional districts every 10 years. That is why the U.S. Census is taken every decade. Each of the nation’s 435 seats in Congress are required to have the same number of people. Concurrently our 1901 Alabama Constitution calls for the same mandate for our 105 legislative and 35 state senate districts. […]