Blount County Health Care Authority:

Impact, makeup, and history

The Blount County Health Care Authority’s (HCA) influence on citizens’ lives is among the most far-reaching of all boards and authorities appointed in the county. It’s purpose is to assure the present and future health and well-being of citizens of the county by providing for a modern welloperated hospital and other supporting health and health-related services. Most of the information […]

Oneonta approves five alcohol license requests



Following an allotted 30-minute public comment period, the Oneonta City Council approved alcohol license requests from five businesses in the city. When no one spoke during the comment period, councilman Danny Robinson asked city manager Ed Lowe to name members of the city’s license review committee. Lowe listed himself, the mayor, police and fire chiefs, and council-appointed residents Phillip Elgin, […]

No charges filed

in Locust Fork shooting

Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington has identified a 34-year-old man shot Wednesday at a residence in the 1600 block of Tawbush Road in Locust Fork. Ayatollah Khomeini Muhammad, of Center Point, was found dead in the bedroom of the residence, Arrington said. Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn confirmed the victim suffered two shotgun blasts to the head. Arrington has […]

Superintendent interviews



Interviewed last week was Robert (Kyle) McCartney of Odenville, currently principal of Oxford Middle School. In his opening statement, McCartney summarized his education and experience related to the superintendent’s job, saying that he has wanted to be a school superintendent all his life. He said his mother was a school secretary and that he had grown up in an atmosphere […]

Asleep at the wheel?



Yep, apparently. The story that ran last week – “From Oneonta to Oneonta” – was well received for the most part. However, there was one aspect of the story that I allowed in that has upset many people – and rightfully so. The two young men from Oneonta, NY, that visited our town enjoyed their stay. They toured the area […]

Readers say NO to grafitti



I read with great interest the article in the July 23 edition of The BlountCountian that documented the recent visit to Oneonta of two young menfrom Oneonta, New York. I was ver y pleased to read of the Southern hospitalitythat was extended to these guests. I would have expected nothing lessfrom the great people of Blount County. The article repor […]

Ornament fundraiser



The Blount County Historical Society is hosting their first-ever Christmas ornament series fundraiser for Blount County photographers and painters. This year, ornaments will feature the Horton Mill Covered Bridge. Those interested are asked to bring their paintings or photos, no smaller than a 5-by- 7 and no larger than an 8-by-10, to the Blount County Memorial Museum and submit their […]

Oneonta’s Wall submits immediate resignation



Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe announced the resignation of public works director Rodney Wall at the city’s most recent council meeting. Not on the distributed prepared agenda, Lowe read from a letter tendering Wall’s immediately-effective resignation. Wall began employment with the city in November 1997 as building inspector and moved to public works director almost eight years later in October […]

Gun sounds at midnight for tax-free weekend



Don’t forget! The tax-free weekend for school supplies starts at 12:01 a.m. THIS Friday night (Aug. 1). The tax-free period extends to midnight Sunday. Mark it down for significant savings on school supplies, clothing, computers, and some computer-related items, as well as tax forgiveness on all qualifying purchases.

Six qualify

for Oneonta City Board of Education election

As we went to press last week, there were six qualifiers for the two open seats on the Oneonta City Board of Education. No one else qualified so the field is set: Place 2 – Steve Anderton, Stacy Brown, and Lisa Stoffregen Wester Place 4 – Patrick Adams, Christy Phillips Brooks, and Russell Smith Incumbents Geoff Smith and Kitty Cheak […]


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