Discussion among parties launches Oneonta into ‘right to vote’ case

Parties in the Neal vs. City of Oneonta “right to vote” case met in Blount County Circuit Court last Wednesday for a preliminary discussion of issues in the upcoming challenge to Oneonta’s scheduling of a special “wet/dry” election to determine whether liquor may be sold legally inside the city. The case was filed against the city by Brandon Neal, a […]

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Oneonta considers sewer-grant application in public hearing

In a public hearing called to consider alley vacations, Oneonta City Council members also heard from Kevin Kessler of Community Consultants on possible future grant monies. Kessler explained the city came close to receiving a large grant in the last round of bids. The project submitted received high marks but lost to other competitors. He urged the city to consider […]


‘Just give me a chance to do my job...’

It was a workman-like interview – no frills or fancy stuff, just straight answers from a busy man, not courting any controversy on the couple of questions that provided the opportunity. Carthal Self spoke simply and directly of his first six months on the job as District 2 commissioner. The headline quote came in answer to question 13: If you […]

West Blount ISO no longer a 10

The West Blount Volunteer Fire Department’s service area no longer carries a 10 rating, according to information provided to The Blount Countian last week by attorney Greg Reid, currently serving as chairman of the West Blount Fire Department board of directors. Reid said new fire chief Donald J. Ivey had made extraordinary efforts to gather training records required by the […]


Weatherman J.P Dice, Rev. Bert Goodwin resolution highlight Chamber luncheon

J.P Dice, chief meteorologist for Fox 6 News, will be the guest speaker at today’s Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon, starting at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Dice is known as an innovator in broadcast meteorology. In 2004, he led the development of the first dual-polarization Doppler radar. He was awarded best weathercaster in the state by […]

Remember the others

It has been said, “The second hardest thing to being a soldier is loving one.” In a few days, many in America will celebrate Memorial Day to memorialize our service men and women who have sacrificed COMMENTARY everything so that we who are left and those yet to come may enjoy the freedom that people in many countries cannot even […]

Hayden native will throw first pitch of SEC championship

Perry Killingsworth’s Little League dreams will come true on Sunday. During the SEC baseball tournament championship game, he has been granted the privilege to toss out the first pitch. The Hayden native was chosen to throw the first pitch by the Lakeshore Foundation, a facility for people with physical disabilities. The non-profit organization, located in Birmingham, specializes in spinal cord […]

A Black Belt treasure passes

On Friday, May 17, in the little cemetery behind St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church in Marion, Alabama, a gathering of Mary Ward Brown’s friends, disciples, and devotees from across the South returned her earthly remains to the Black Belt soil from which she came. She was probably the most famous Alabamian you never heard of. She inherited 1500 acres of America’s […]


In last week’s article on the May 13 business meeting of the Blount County Commission, the newspaper incorrectly reported the amount of a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant the commission will apply for as $100,000, with $50,000 in matching funds required. The amount specified in the grant preapplication resolution passed by the commission was actually $60,000, requiring $30,000 in […]