Commission decides to hold public forums on top county job decision

In an unusually effective and well-managed special meeting, the county commission entertained comments from the public Monday on splitting the top county job into separate positions, in the process moderating its momentum toward implementing the move precipitously and deciding to slow the process in order to inform citizens of the issues and reasoning via a series of public forums around […]

Woman found unresponsive in jail, pronounced dead at hospital

After being transported to the Blount County Jail Saturday night for driving under the influence, a 29-year-old woman was found unresponsive in her cell Sunday morning, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. The Oneonta Fire Department was called to the scene where CPR was already in progress. The woman was later pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Blount. According to […]

Five years in the making


Amber Deline was tired of college coaching and looking to make a change. “I was looking to get back (into high school coaching),” said the former UNA star. Deline, a two-time all state selection from Hackleburg, had worked in the college ranks – at Montevallo and Samford – but the overnight road trips and recruiting were beginning to wear her […]

Sheriff’s Department makes four arrests

A 24-year-old Cleveland man is charged with three counts of marijuana distribution, possession of marijuana 1st, possession of controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia after the Blount County Sheriff’s Department arrested him at a residence on Covered Bridge Road in Cleveland on Valentine’s Day, according to Investigator Chad Long. The drug bust took place after an ongoing investigation which […]

OFFER gives board $43,895 check


The Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER) presented a $43,895 check to the Oneonta City School Board during their meeting Monday evening. The money was raised during OFFER’s first Capitol Campaign, which accumulated more than $50,000. OFFER allocated the money to the school board in order to purchase technology for the classrooms including iPads, smart boards, new Apple computers, graphing […]

The right call


Congratulations to the Blount County Commission on the decision to slow down the process of splitting the jobs of probate judge and county commission chairman. As we noted last week, the idea might be a good one but there are many questions that need to be answered. No matter whether you support the idea or not, it is a fundamental […]

In search of a piano


In the summer of 1993, I moved back to Blount County as assistant principal of Cleveland School. I rented the former home of Pete and Fannie Faust on US 231 in Rosa from their daughter, Sharon Faust Johnson, who lives in Northport. It is a small, red-bricked house with a single carport on the right side. The house was empty […]


BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL BANQUET The 30th annual chamber banquet will be Tuesday, March 19, at the World Outreach Center. The banquet will honor the citizen, volunteer, industry, business, and community service organization of the year, as well as the Blount County and Oneonta school teachers of the year. Special musical guests will be Ramblin Rows. Tickets are […]

Gov. Wallace and Shelby County voting


The 1960s was a tumultuous time in Southern politics. Race, segregation, and voting rights were the paramount issues. George Wallace came on the scene and won the Governor’s office with the most antiintegration rhetoric in history. He threw down the gauntlet with his January 1963 inaugural speech declaring, “segregation today, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.” White Alabamians shouted their approval. […]

Locust Fork gets new coach, Cleveland begins the search


The Blount County Board of Education filled one coaching opening last week but created another. Actually, the opening was not created by the board – the resignation of Cleveland football coach Danny Adams was simply accepted. The board did fill the opening at Locust Fork, accepting the recommendation of principal Daniel Smith and hiring Chris Musso as the school’s new […]