It’s a family tradition

Standridge retires from county office; announces run for state representative

Probate Judge and Commission Chairman David Standridge chaired a special meeting of the Blount County Commission on Aug. 30. He presided over a tractor purchase by District 2, adjourned the commission meeting, then made two dramatic announcements back-to-back. First, an announced his retirement, effective Sept. 2. He then announced his intention to run for the District 34 State Representative Seat […]

Municipal election results

Seven Blount County municipalities held elections on Tuesday, Aug. 28. One runoff featuring Pam Baxley and Dennis Beavers will be held in Blountsville for Council Place 1 on Tuesday, Oct. 9th. A second runoff was scheduled for Snead for Council Place 1, but H. Gary Cooper dropped out of the race last week, handing Greg Ogles the council seat. New […]

Budget approved but system ranks next to last in per pupil expenditure

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved a 2013 operating budget in excess of $12 million. The action followed a state-required hearing reviewing the expenditure plan for the public. Almost 40 high school seniors along with approximately 10 high school staff and other interested observers attended the hearing. No attendees offered any comments or questions during the 50-minute budget session. […]

Thursday hearing caps unsettled month at county courthouse

The public hearing in connection with the proposed termination of county administrator Ralph Mitchell is scheduled for tomorrow morning, Thursday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m. in the commission boardroom at the courthouse. This informal hearing is open to the public. The Blount County Commission voted 3 to 1 on August 21 to fire Mitchell, subject to a hearing, if so […]

Best wishes to Thomas

Thanks to Rep. Elwyn Thomas for the time he served as our representative in the State Assembly. To me, I always considered him a very polite man, willing to listen and discuss my problems. I might not have agreed, but left his office with a better understanding. Best wishes for his future. I know he will not forget his roots […]


Some people just do what they need to get by. Some people help others only because they are asked. Some people think of their job as only a payday. Then there are people who care…they go out of their way to help others and improve their communities. I’m sure I am describing most people in Blount County; however, on behalf […]

Mistaken identity

Have you ever heard the quote “you are only as good as your name?” Well, it took whole new meaning recently when I saw the District Attorney’s ad in The Blount Countian. It stated that amnesty was to be given to people who had written bad checks, which I felt was not a bad idea until I saw the names […]

On behalf of Ralph Mitchell…

I submitted a letter to the editor for a previous issue of The Blount Countian. It was a scathing report of the opponents of Ralph Mitchell and his spotless record of office as Blount County administrator. I removed the letter before publication after some deep thought and prayer if it was the best thing to do. I do not believe […]

Planting the seed

I am from Blount County. I was raised here and currently live here. I would never support something if I felt it would do any harm to my community. There are opponents of the alcohol referendum and I respect their beliefs. We all have them. However, I want citizens to have a factual reference to form those beliefs. Although your […]