Neely piano students play mock audition to prep for real deal

Ten piano students met Saturday morning at Neely Arts Center to participate in a mock audition to prepare for the real thing in two weeks at Snead State Community College. To make it realistic, the mock audition was conducted first with students performing individually before “mock” judges Cherie Towns and Charlotte Langer, ( There’s nothing “mock” about their abilities as […]

Municipal alcohol elections morph into ‘right to vote’

The issue of sale of alcoholic beverages has turned into an issue of the right of self determination for Blount County municipalities of 1000 or more population – essentially a question of the right to vote for citizens to decide whether to legalize alcohol sale in their own towns. That, according to the reply to a lawsuit filed in March […]

Summit Volunteer Fire Department in danger of closing

by Nicole Singleton Since 1980, the Summit Volunteer Fire Department has provided service to the Summit community. However, with rising costs and a dwindling income, Fire Chief Paula Robertson says the department may be faced with closing its doors leaving the community with a slower 911 response time and an increase in their home insurance premium costs. “The community needs […]

Ala 160 widening cancelled, says ALDOT director

“The bad news I’m sorry to bring you is that the plan to four-lane highway 160 has been cancelled. Current plans are not to widen it and not to include it in 10-year planning at this time. We’re faced with similar situations all across the state.” With that announcement, and following an extending apology for forgetting to appear at a […]

Commission calls for bids to repair storm damage at jail

Teachers of the Year honored at chamber banquet

Outstanding teachers for the Blount County and Oneonta City systems were recognized last week at the annual Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Teachers were nominated by their respective school systems and honored along with other individuals, companies, and groups selected for outstanding citizenship, business, and community achievement.

Bunny Bonanza!

Reagan Warren enjoys a visit with Peter Cottontail during the second annual Easter Bunny Bonanza, hosted last weekend by the Oneonta Business Association. Reagan, the daughter of Alison and Chuck Warren, of Hueytown, was one of many children who attended “Brunch with a Bunny” at Miller’s Soda Shoppe before venturing out in search of treat-filled eggs throughout downtown. – Nicole […]

‘Perfect storm’ strikes without warning, catches school buses en route

“It was probably the most unusual storm I’ve ever dealt with,” said Blount County Supt. Jim Carr, referring to the suddenness with which it struck on Monday, March 18, even though they had been monitoring conditions continuously throughout the day at the central office. “It was almost a perfect storm in its timing, from a negative standpoint,” he added. He […]

The update from Montgomery


The Legislature is approaching the midway point of their 2013 regular session. They are grappling with the woes that beset the General Fund Budget. The ongoing struggles with the General Fund are a priority. Despite the lean times, most state agencies will receive level funding. Even though there are increased insurance costs for state employees, the administration will not be […]

The story of Lilly Belle

At only 9 years old, Delilah Kulungian has saved her sister’s life and had a book published about her experiences. Eariler this month, she attended her first book signing for,“Lilly’s World, The Perfect Match” – the story she wrote about her 5-year-old sister, Lilly Belle. At the age of 4, Delilah provided her sister with bone marrow after Lilly Belle […]