Public forum to feature District 34 State Representative candidates

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and The Blount Countian will cosponsor a political forum at 7 o’clock tomorrow night – Thursday, Oct. 4 – at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School. All six candidates running for the office vacated by former State Rep. Elwyn Thomas have been invited to participate. Admission is free and the public is invited […]

Crowe found guilty

Thomas Doyle Crowe, 34, of Blount County, has been found guilty of capital murder, and the jury voted 11-1 in favor of the death penalty. Judge Steven King will make the final decision as to whether Crowe will receive the death penalty or a lesser sentence of life without parole on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. In Blount County, this […]

Chase ends on Main Street

by Nicole Singleton A 37-year-old man forced a police chase down Main Street in Oneonta last Wednesday. After a chase from Rosa to Oneonta, the man crashed into a power pole next to Downtown Diner on Main Street during lunchtime, according to Lt. Steve Gunn of the Oneonta Police Department. Gunn said the man was attempting to break into a […]

County commission passes 2013 fiscal year budget

by Ron Gholson The Blount County Commission last Thursday passed the 2013 projected expense and revenue budgets for the county. Expenditures were projected to total $16,275,888 on anticipated revenues of $15,617,244. Expenditures are about 1.4 percent less than actual expenditures in the fiscal year just concluded. Estimated revenues for 2013 are up roughly 0.1 percent from last year’s actual revenues. […]

House District 34 race profiles; second in series

Joe Hughes Personal profile Age: 51 Residence: Honeycutt Road in Locust Fork Born and raised: Born in Jefferson County, moved to Montgomery at age of 8. Began working on asphalt paving crew summers and holidays at age 15; worked most of his life in road construction, transferring to Locust Fork in Blount County in 2004. Family details: Married to Tessa; […]

Is Blount County ‘special?’

Once again, the subject of legal alcohol sales has come up, and once again, the opponents say that we need to “Keep Blount County special.” Really? What is “special” about a county with poor roads, a school system that does not meet standards, is one of the top meth counties in the state, and has a judge begging for money […]

Oneonta approves $6.623 million 2013 budget

Unanimously and with no debate, the Oneonta City Council approved its proposed 2013 budget of $6.623 million. While the council had no discussion in the regular meeting, members had met in several work sessions and had heard from some agencies at their regular meetings concerning the budget. The figure marks the second highest of the past six years, as reflected […]

Open the door, Blount County

Open the door in your mind: the one you have closed against change. Maybe it was closed because of fear, or indecision, or lack of information. This county is saturated with alcohol, but we get no money from it. Ask your local police. Read the strict alcohol ordinances that are being proposed. There will be no strip clubs, bars, or […]

Notes on 2013 county budget

•Projected revenues for 2013 (only $15,000 above 2012) are not adequate to fund employee raises this fiscal year. “The commission regrets that fact and appreciates both the dedication employees bring to the job and understands the challenges they face in providing for their families,” Commission Chairman Chris Green said. The other side of the coin, he said, is that even […]

The Medicaid dilemma


It is basic public policy that you either have to raise taxes or reduce government services. It has become a cardinal sin in Republican politics to even say the word tax much less enact any increase in revenue. Our legislature is now overwhelmingly Republican and they are real Republicans. They take their “no new tax” pledge seriously as does our […]