Kettle drive warms hearts



From the moment you open the door to your vehicle their presence is evident. That familiar sound can only mean one thing – the bell ringers are back. Off and on since 2006, Aleathea “Scooter” Mitchell has stood out in the cold weather during the Christmas season ringing her bell and collecting money for the Salvation Army. “The Good Lord […]

Susan Moore High School teacher placed on leave



A Susan Moore High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation into a possible inappropriate relationship with a student takes place. The incident or incidents in question are in relation to text messages and photographs of a sexual nature exchanged with a high school student, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. “We were […]

Oneonta Police Department K-9 dies



Last week, Negao, the 8-year-old Newfoundland Labrador who served with the Oneonta Police Department for the past four years, died, according to his handler, Officer Tommy Herd. No official diagnosis has been released, but Herd says, based on blood work, pancreatic cancer could have been the cause of death. Negao’s health decline was rapid, as he was sick for only […]

Snead passes new employee bereavement policy



After several weeks of discussion and consideration, the Snead Town Council amended its employee bereavement policy. The change raises the number of days for bereavement and distinguishes between employees who work 8-hour shifts and those who work 12- hour shifts. It also clarifies that the distinction applies only to bereavement not any other type of leave, such as vacation. The […]

UAB will present Oneonta retail market analysis results



Dr. Ken Miller of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business will present results of a recent market analysis for the City of Oneonta. The presentation will be Thursday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. in the council chambers at Oneonta City Hall. The study updates information compiled for Oneonta in the original 2009 Retail Market Analysis for Blount […]

Courthouse holiday hours



The lighted larch tree on the courthouse lawn as living symbol of Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.” Christmas Monday, Dec. 23 – open all dayTuesday, Dec. 24 – closed all dayWednesday, Dec. 25 – closed all dayThursday, Dec. 26 – open all dayFriday, Dec. 27 – open all dayNew Year’sMonday, […]

Delay tactics



This is in response to the article on the appeal of the right to vote ruling by Judge King and references to scriptures concerning the use of alcohol by Rev. Gipson and Rev. Bynum. I’m no Biblical scholar, but the most prevalent references I remember refer not to drinking but drinking in excess. I also cannot find any biblical reference […]

Find the missing do, re, mi



Thank you District Attorney Pamela Casey, for putting good questions to the Blount County Commission and doing your job. Any time public monies come up missing, the district attorney should know as they are more able to investigate this type of white collar crime. Whether it is monies from past times in the tag drawer not balancing, passport monies, or […]

A right to vote



I am writing this letter in response to the article in The Blount Countian regarding Keep Blount County Special’s intent to appeal Judge King’s ruling on the constitutionality of the legislation that prevented towns in Blount County with a population of 1,000 or more from being able to vote wet or dry. Since Cleveland was mentioned in this article, I […]

Oneonta vacates alley in extremely short session



In its only real action of the evening, the Oneonta City Council vacated an alley near the Terry Sligh automotive dealership. No one spoke at the pre-council public hearing on the vacation. Mayor Ross Norris, who also works for the city utilities board, explained to The Blount Countian that he had been unaware the alley was so designated. He described […]


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