Rope rescue ready

Sunny with a chance of goose bumps


There’ll be a mid-50sdegree nip in the air, but it’ll be a perfect, bracing fall day for Blount County’s biggest annual festival. When you think about it, this is exactly the weather you’d order for such a celebration. Perfect day for a 5K and fun run. You can actually breathe – go for a record time! Perfect day for a […]

Sheriff ’s Department carries out business end of drug sting operation

Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington announced Monday that the department’s narcotics unit arrested a suspect in connection with seizure of 1.27 pounds of cocaine worth about $60,000. The 31-year-old woman to whom the package was sent was arrested Friday, Oct. 18, at an address in Cleveland. She was charged with drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of […]

Commission resolves chamber dispute, deals with road matters

The Blount County Commission voted Monday to divide the $50,000 allocated in the 2014 budget for chamber of commerce activities in the county, with $12,500 going to the two-year-old West Blount Chamber and $37,500 going to the long-established Blount County- Oneonta Chamber. The affirmative vote on the motion was unanimous. Thus ended an important financial chapter in the months-long, sometimes-acrimonious […]

Interlude in nostalgia

It was 10:30 on Friday morning when I wheeled into the parking lot at Hubbertville School. Just down the hill a white-haired man was running a red riding mower across the football field, where later that day the school and community would celebrate homecoming. I walked down and he came to a stop beside me. “Coach, do you think Nick […]

Snead accepts offer as settlement in land question

Snead Mayor Cutis Painter presented a proposed settlement to a disputed land question dealing with the use of town property by local businessman Alan Smith. According to Painter, Smith had taken dirt from town land adjacent to his property in the town’s industrial park. The council had voted at its Sept. 23 meeting to have the land assessed and have […]

Singing school open to all set Nov. 3-7 at local church

Landmark decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court

During the summer, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two significant rulings. They were quite different philosophically. The high tribunal, in a far-reaching landmark decision, rendered same-sex marriage legal in America. By granting all legal rights to same-sex marriage they gave credence and official sanction to these unions. Their decisions are the law of the land. This is a significant verdict. […]

Laskoski wins gold… again

Madeleine Laskoski, of Oneonta, once again brought home the gold during the 22nd annual Masters Games of Alabama earlier this month. The Games, an over-age-50, Olympicstyle competition, celebrated its 22nd year in the city of Valley. While there, Laskoski won four gold medals – bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and table tennis. She also won a silver medal for nerf ball throwing […]

Catholic church tours Blount County