‘Special Day was fantastic’



Alcohol sales begin



At 10:47 a.m., on Thursday, at M & N Food Mart on Ala 75, Brandon Taylor, right, and Richard Phillips, both of Oneonta, simultaneously showed their IDs and bought the first alcoholic beverages sold in the city of Oneonta. After years of battle between Blount County proalcohol and anti-alcohol groups, it would seem the controversy would have subsided since the […]

What does Blount County need?



Throughout this past week, visitors to The Blount Countian Facebook page have been voicing their opinions on what they believe Blount County needs the most. On Wednesday, we posted the poll, “What does Blount County need?” and participants were given options – entertainment, restaurants/coffee shops, industry, recreation, or other. Overwhelmingly, most answered with their own option – “all of the […]

Board hires Dr. Stephen Douglas



Oneonta City Board of Education members voted unanimously without discussion Monday night to offer the Oneonta City Schools superintendent job to Dr. Stephen Douglas, principal of Arab High School. School board chairman Don Maples contacted the candidates Monday night with the results, and said that the process of contract negotiation with Douglas would begin immediately. Douglas told The Blount Countian […]

Snead council looks at financial matters



The Snead Town Council considered several financial matters and entertained a request for a future appropriation in its latest session. Councilors present voted to accept an almost $1,300 Labor Day grant administered through Jefferson State Community College. That grant pays participating local police for DUI checks and enforcement during that holiday period. The town has long participated in such programs. […]

Allgood wreck leaves one injured



One man was injured after his vehicle collided with another vehicle and left the road before striking a parked transfer truck located at Allgood Welding on Tuesday, July 29, at approximately 6 p.m., according to Allgood Fire Chief Scott Payne. The white pickup truck was lodged underneath the truck, and it took emergency personnel an hour-and-a-half to cut him out, […]

Two Cadence Bank locations closing



Two Cadence Bank branches – Snead and Cleveland – will officially be closing Thursday, Oct. 23, according to Cadence Bank marketing communications director Danielle Kernell. The communications department released a statement from Cadence Bank’s retail banking executive Debbie Innes. “Banking is an evolving industry, and the decision to close a branch is never an easy one,” Innes said.“The majority of […]

State co-champion shagbark alive and well in Allgood



From the left, sisters Elena, Brooklyn, and Blair LeCroy flank the state co-champion shagbark hickory tree on the Charles and Jamie LeCroy family property near Allgood. The tree measures 29.9 inches in diameter at breast height, almost 95 inches in circumference, with a height of 126 feet, and a crown spread averaging 59 feet, for a total of 235 points. […]

Oneonta School Board summary of actions



The following summarizes actions taken by the Oneonta Board of Education in three recent, brief meetings. All are recommendations of acting Superintendent Smiley Veal, approved unanimously by the board. July 22 Approved:• David Elrod as varsity girls’ basketball coach.• E’Tara Barnes as health and PE teacher, assistant girls’varsity basketball coach, and assistant softball coach.• Liz Miller as special education multi-handicappedteacher.• […]

West Blount beat goes on



The drumbeat to form a fire and emergency services district in west Blount County goes on. The citizens group collecting signatures for a petition to put the matter to a vote on the Nov. 4 ballot has collected 1533 signatures – more than 300 in excess of the 1200 needed. The group says it will submit the petitition to Probate […]


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