Casey and Vaughn agree to settlement

A letter sent in February turned into a civil case which ended with Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn agreeing to not remove body parts from crime victims and Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey agreeing to not interfere with the coroner’s duties, according to reports. Retired Clay County circuit Judge John Rochester presided over the case which was dismissed […]



CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL will have a tailgating event for graduates beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, at the school before the homecoming game. Tents will be set up for each decade on the practice field. Bring a chair and and a picnic meal and enjoy the festivities. THE TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have a groundbreaking ceremony for the […]

OBA Awards nominations announced

Oneonta Business Association (OBA) members are invited to cast their vote for the first-ever OBA Awards. Nominations were announced last week and voting is now open. “We wanted to give our members an opportunity to recognize people in the community or other businesses that are doing things to make Oneonta a better place to live and work,” said OBA president […]

Blount County Sheriff

The Blount Countian’s coverage of candidates for local office begins this week in anticipation of the general election Nov. 4. Of interest to many throughout the county is the election for Blount County Sheriff. Republican incumbent Loyd Arrington of Straight Mountain will face independent candidate Ryan Fortenberry of Cleveland in that election. Following are profiles of both candidates, based on […]

Corner woman sentenced for shooting husband

Elsie Wells Thomas, who was convicted of manslaughter in the 2011 shooting death of her ex-husband, was sentenced to two years in prison by Blount County Circuit Court Judge Steven King last Thursday. The split-sentence is for 12 years but Thomas will serve two years in prison and then have five years of probation. She also was ordered to pay […]


Last week, the newspaper ran an article on the notorious tombstone erected 22 or 23 years ago to protest a tax increase that went into effect at that time. The headline named the year as 1992. That may well have been the year when people became fully aware of what happened, but the Blount County Commission actually passed the motion […]

Education Foundation Radio-thon tomorrow

The annual Blount County Education Foundation Radio-thon, supporting county schools with classroom and special projects grants, is tomorrow – Thursday, Sept. 25 – from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at WCRL in Oneonta. Tune in (1570 AM/95.3 FM) or go by and join the fun. Donations, any amount, gladly accepted all day long.


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Singing Showdown concert scheduled for Aug. 30, which was cancelled due to rain, has been rescheduled as Sensational Saturday, to be held Sept. 27 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. downtown. Merchants and vendor booths will offer a variety of goods, and the public is invited to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the performances by the […]

Church versus United Methodist Conference trial set for Oct. 1

Five years ago, Oak Grove Methodist Church members voted to withdraw from and stop supporting the United Methodist Conference. Following this decision, all locks on the doors of the church were changed by a United Methodist District superintendent in order to deny access to the members, according to Oak Grove Methodist Church trustee John Bobby Green. Green says the church’s […]