C’mon along!



Agri-Business Center director and fair honcho Chase Moore beckons the world to join him at the Blount County Fair this week: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday). Admission: $10 Wednesday, $12 Thursday – Saturday. Includes all rides and events. Agricultural activities begin midafternoon (except Saturday), entertainment at 8 o’clock each night. Special […]

Locust Fork citizens

to vote in alcohol referendum

Cleveland will not be the only Blount County municipality voting on an alcohol referendum on Nov. 4. Earlier this month, the town of Locust Fork was presented a petition with 118 names asking to legalize alcohol sales.The town council unanimously approved, and Mayor Joe Hughes says the town is prepared for the change. “Our alcohol ordinances are already in place […]

Snead sets $73,000 for road repairs



Acceding to member Tim Kent’s request, the Snead Town Council allocated $73,000 in the 2015 budget for road repairs on Moore Road and Lurleen and Richman drives. Kent and Mayor Curtis Painter had reported cracking pavement on the two drives and issues on the U.S. 278 end of Moore Road. Councilman Greg Ogles asked the council to designate Lucretia Long […]

U. S. House 6th District candidate profiles



The U. S. House 6th District race involves some 85 percent of Blount County, excluding all or parts of five precincts in the northern part. All of Summit and parts of Brooksville, Snead, Rock Creek, and Susan Moore precincts are excluded. The congressional district of retiring Congressman Spencer Bachus also includes all of Shelby, Bibb, Chilton, and Coosa counties, as […]

Another successful Radio-thon



The Blount County Education Foundation 16th Annual Radio-thon conducted Sept. 25 was a tremendous success! A total of $285,730 was raised to support the projects of the organization, the largest total ever and over $122,000 more than was raised the previous year. Blount County Education Foundation projects include providing summer library and academic camps programs; tutoring and resources for at-risk […]

Women of the cloth

Four Blount County women share their journeys to lead a congregation

How weird would it be if you walked into your church on a Sunday morning and your pastor was wearing a dress? For a few Blount County churches, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched. Of all the churches in this county, only four have women who serve as the pastor. And, they have something to say. Working in a male-dominated profession […]

Oneonta city budget exceeds $6.9 million



Oneonta City Council members approved the city’s 2015 fiscal budget with a projected surplus of $891 on expenditures of $6,905,409. While the council had no debate on the plan in the regular meeting on Sept. 23, members have met in numerous work sessions, all of which were open to the public, over the last few weeks. The total revenue projection […]

Mustangs get homecoming win over Eagles



The Southeastern Mustangs and Appalachian Eagles played great defense for a half before getting into a mini shoot-out in the second half. In the end, it was the Mustangs who thrilled the big homecoming crowd with a 33-20 victory last Friday night. Southeastern led 6-0 at the half after a defensive stand at the end of the second quarter that […]

Cleveland rolls past Pennington



The visiting Cleveland Panthers broke open a close game with 20 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 41-15 victory over J.B. Pennington in Blountsville last Friday night. The Panther defense never gave the dangerous Tiger offense room to breathe, limiting Pennington to a season-low 327 yards. The Cleveland running game, on the other hand, pounded out 305 […]

Hayden falls at Lawrence County



The Hayden Wildcats didn’t go down without a fight in a 28-14 setback at Lawrence County last Friday night. Lawrence County built a 14-0 lead before the Wildcats got on the board. Colton Shirley fielded the kickoff at his own 17 and took it back 83 yards for a touchdown with 2:04 left in the first quarter. The extra point […]


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