Summer photo contest WINNERS

Calvert elected to second term; Palmer moves on to general election

Here is a list of the winners of all races included on the ballot for the July 15 Republican runoff election. Following the list is a chart showing the actual polling results in each race for Blount County, compared to the statewide or district-wide totals. A precinct-by-precinct matrix of county voting totals is also shown. Of those races shown, three […]

Memorial to honor former councilman

In his council’s latest action, Snead Mayor Curtis Painter won approval to place a gazebo on town property. The gazebo, donated by Billy Jack Roberts, will recognize the life and service of former councilman Jack Freeman. Freeman served several years on the council before his resignation prior to his death last year. The gazebo will be located between the police […]

All charges against Susan Moore teacher dismissed

Blount County District Judge Sherry Burns dismissed all charges against Susan Moore High School teacher and coach Warren Kelley last week. Kelley, 42, had been suspended in December and charged with second-degree sexual abuse and harassment of an eighth-grade student, according to attorney Scott McPherson. On Monday, Blount County Supt. Jim Carr was awaiting a judge’s order and written notice […]

Arab’s Douglas leads off superintendent interviews

Dr. Stephen (Michael) Douglas, 41, was the first superintendent candidate to be interviewed by members of the Oneonta School Board Monday night. Douglas is currently principal of Arab High School. Interviews with four other candidates are set for this week and next week. In his opening statement, Douglas introduced his wife Lindsay, who accompanied him, and said their family includes […]

Woods sets the table


Six qualify for two open board positions

As of Tuesday morning, six qualifiers had entered in the race for two open Oneonta Board of Education places, according to Oneonta city clerk Tammie Noland. Qualifying ended yesterday at 5 p.m. In place 20, Steve Anderton, Stacy Brown, and Lisa Stoffregen Wester have qualified to run. Place 4 qualifiers include Patrick W. Adams, Russell Smith, and Christy Phillips Brooks. […]


CLEVELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will have student registration during regular school hours today and tomorrow, July 23-24. Parents will need to provide an up-to-date immunization (blue slip), birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of residence. Kindergarten orientation will be in the lunchroom on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS Important dates: July 28 – 6th […]

Afterthoughts on the campaign

Dean Calvert On roads: “The real problem is money…We have some challenges in Blount County, but with the help of citizens, we can decide to stay with our current course of action and get further behind on roads, or we can face the issues, find a solution, and move this county forward.” On priorities going forward: “While there are many…,my […]

Wildcats get a new-look Region 6

Keith Register won a lot of football games at Fultondale and made a couple of deep playoff runs in Class 2A. His first year at Hayden was a glimpse of the other side as his Wildcats limped to a 1- 9 record, just 1-6 in 5A Region 6. None of that was exactly unexpected. Hayden was trolling in deep water […]