Simulation aids police response

“Step back in the room and show me your hands!” shouted Oneonta police officer Delane Moon. “Ok, alright, man, I will,” responded the man as he shifted his leg from the window sill onto the floor. “Show me your hands!” Moon yelled again. From the outside of the window, the man’s hand slowly appeared – holding a gun. Split seconds […]

Proudly streaming o’er the home of the brave

Beneath The Star-Spangled Banner in front of the Blount County courthouse rests the memorial to the home of the brave: the 140 men from the county who died for their country in six foreign wars since 1914 – World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dedicated on Veterans […]

Trial date set in Blount County right-to-vote lawsuit

A date of July 26 at 9 a.m. has been set for trial of the Neal vs. City of Oneonta “right to vote” case. It has been so termed because it involves a law that originally excluded municipalities of 1000 or more population in three counties from scheduling a wet/dry referendum for citizens to decide on whether to legalize alcohol […]

New middle school principal named


The new Oneonta Middle School now has a leader as the Oneonta City Board of Education named Brad Newton as the school’s principal. Newton, a native of Vinemont, comes to Oneonta after serving six years as the ag teacher at Locust Fork High School. The 31-year-old is married – wife Jennifer is a teacher at J.B. Pennington – and the […]

Calvary Episcopal holds annual barbecue

Many thanks

The family of Jene Thomas would like to thank everyone who helped during the difficult times recently after their home burned. Betty Osborn Blountsville

Successful Music on the Porch

Everyone at the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all those who came out last Thursday for our first “Music on the Porch.” More than 120 of our friends from throughout the county stopped by the historic L&N Depot for some food, fun, and fellowship as we enjoyed music provided by Randy Beason and a handful of […]

Seaton continues to press for Snead clean-up


John Seaton returned for the latest regular Snead Town Council session to inquire on any progress made in his campaign to have lots in the town cleaned. Town clerk Rae Ware reported that someone had signed for five of the seven letters mailed to identified offenders. Seaton asked of the two owners with property closest to his residence and learned […]


In the Blountsville Town Council article last week, “Glass asked for approval to deed city property back to school,” should have read “Glass asked for approval for the city to accept the property back from the school.”

Hawkins book signing next Wednesday

Next Wednesday, former Oneonta head football coach Bill Hawkins will be speaking, however, it won’t be concerning football. Hawkins, Oneonta head coach from 1957 until 1966, will have a book signing at the Blount County Memorial Museum on July 10, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. He will also speak during that time about the book, “A Historical Novel: The […]