Straight Mountain takes worst of night of tornadoes

It was too early at Tuesday morning’s 9 a.m. weather briefing to have numbers on how bad Monday night’s damage was – assessments were still in progress – but it’s not too early to tell it was a serious event, particularly in southern and eastern parts of Blount County. “It was a major, major event out on Straight Mountain,” said […]

Redskins deliver in playoffs

Oneonta pitcher Blake O’Bryant fires a pitch during last week’s second round playoff series against Cleburne County. Oneonta won both games – 14-4 and 9-3 – to advance to the quarterfinals this week. The Redskins will travel to Ardmore for two games Friday (5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and a third game Saturday at 1 p.m., if needed. – Rob […]

Anything Goes set for May 8

Since 1983, the annual Anything Goes competition has brought all Blount County high schools together in friendly competition. For many years, all seven schools in the county competed for bragging rights. With the inclusion of Southeastern High, now all eight schools in the county will participate. This is the only athletic event that features all high schools in the county […]

Revenue Commissioner election profiles

Two candidates are running for the office of Blount County revenue commissioner: incumbent Gregg Armstrong, appointed in 2012 to fill the remaining term of Chris Green, and Ann Self, a former long-service employee in the revenue office. The salary for the position is $68,910. The term of office is four years. Both candidates provide descriptions of the job and what […]

Gregg Armstrong

Age: 46 Born in/resides in: Born in Birmingham; resides in Dallas-Selfville Family details: Married to Angie Thomas Armstrong with two children: Hannah, 13, and Charlie, 8 Education Graduated Locust Fork High School, 1986. Attended Wallace State Community College; attended Jacksonville State University to study government and economics. Took Property Tax Administration professional training class at Auburn University Center for Governmental […]

Ann Self

Age: 59 Born in/resides in: Born in Blountsville; resides in Gibbs Chapel community Family details: Married to Carthal, with two grown children: Matthew, 31, and Chase, 27 Education Graduated Susan Moore High School in 1972. Attended Snead State Community College to study accounting and bookkeeping in 1972-1973; attended Wallace State Community College to study real estate and computer applications, 1989-1990. […]

A good report

Blount County Board of Education “Based on our findings, this External Review Team recommends that the Blount County School System be accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission,” was the final remark by AdvancED Lead Evaluator, Dave Stipe, during a Blount County Board of Education special meeting on April 16. The report came at the conclusion of a four-day evaluation by […]


Last week, The Blount Countian incorrectly identified Misty Nicholas Price, wife of coroner candidate LaShone Price, as Mary Nicholas Price. We regret the error.

New voting laws affect Oneonta wet/dry vote

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe noted some changes in voting procedures for the city’s upcoming June 3 alcohol legalization vote. Lowe revealed some of the changes at the latest city council meeting. He explained that since the vote is a municipal issue, absentee ballot procedures will be handled at city hall rather than the county courthouse for the alcohol option […]

Absentee ballots explained; voter registration drive this Saturday

Don’t miss the chance to have your voice heard in the upcoming June 3 election. Residents who need to vote absentee can pick up an absentee ballot at the Blount County Courthouse to vote for the primary election, but to vote on the alcohol referendum a separate absentee ballot must be picked up from the Oneonta City Hall, says Oneonta […]