City of Oneonta comments on tax increase

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the city of Oneonta will vote on a 5-mill tax increase referendum advocated by Supt. Scott Coefield and the Oneonta City Board of Education. The tax increase will help aid OneVision, an initiative to technologically improve Oneonta Schools by providing every student in grades 7 – 12 with a MacBook Air, each student in grades 4 […]

OBA year begins with chili cookoff

During January, one of the chilliest months of the year, sometimes all it takes is a good bowl of chili to help warm some people up, but the Oneonta Business Association is offering more than just one bowl of chili. Last year, they invited the public to sample 20 different bowls of chili at their Super Chili Bowl Cook- Off, […]

What’s ahead for 2013?

Looking forward with Probate Judge Chris Green

Last week, The Blount Countian spoke to Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Chris Green about major challenges for Blount County in the coming year and beyond. Below are the areas of endeavor he identified. •Filling the county administrator vacancy. According to Green, filling the job vacant since September is an important step in getting the handling of routine county business […]

Danny Alldredge candidate for District 11 state representative


This is the second of five profiles of candidates running for District 11 of the state House of Representative. Four are Republicans. One is a Democrat. District 11 includes about one-fourth of Blount County, lying along its northern and western boundaries and extending toward the center of the county. The District 11 vacancy was created when former State Rep. Jeremy […]

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Madison Neal, a junior at Cleveland High School, first read about “The Snowflake Project” on Facebook. The plan was launched by the Newtown PTA with the hopes that glittering and sparkling snowflakes would be lining the hallways of the new building Sandy Hook Elementary students would be returning to. Neal saw this as an opportunity to have her community help […]

A bright new year

Chamber update by Donny Ray Happy New Year from your Chamber of Commerce! As many of you have realized by now, we started off our new year in a new location. Thanks to the generosity of Mayor Ross Norris and the Oneonta City Council, our office is now located in the historic L&N Depot. We believe this puts us in […]

Blountsville Council hears from District 11 candidates

The Blountsville Town Council held a short meeting Monday night, during which several items of business were covered. After the usual presentation of both the minutes from the last meeting, and the monthly bills payable, two of the candidates currently running for House District 11 Seat introduced themselves to the council and public. Lydia Haynes and Randall Shedd both addressed […]

Center says thanks

The Oneonta Senior Center and the seniors wish tothank the following for their generous contributions oftime and services:Brother Bud and the Hope HouseThe Fraternal Order of PoliceLester MemorialBrad McKinney, D.M.D.The Variosa ClubTammy WalkerWoodmen of the WorldDiana Sullivan, P.C. Thank you, Robbie Hulgan, Director Oneonta Senior Center

Reader urges NO vote

I would urge all registered voters to contact their legislator and ask them to vote NO on bill SB3. This bill would mandate by law the medication and dosage used to treat premature infants – doses which could incorrectly treat these infants. This decision should be made by the pediatrician in charge of the case and based on patient need. […]

Obama Care is coming


by Steve Flowers During the 2012 elections, Republicans denounced the President’s Affordable Care Act as pure socialism. They proclaimed that they were going to repeal it if President Obama was defeated at the polls. However, it would not have been as simple as that. Not only would President Obama have needed to lose, Republicans would have had to pull off […]