County Christmas Celebrations

Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling yet? Christmas is coming, so here is a list of upcoming events in Blount County and the surrounding area to get you in the holiday spirit. Christmas parades Oneonta – Presented by the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, the Blount County Christmas Parade will be Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. This year’s […]

Oneonta schools receive $75,000 matching grant for technology


Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Mike Douglas reported to the school board Monday night that the Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER) has received a grant of $75,000 to match the $75,000 it raised. The money will be used to support the system’s technology initiatives. The terms of the grant allow it to be renewed for two subsequent years if the […]

One dead, one injured

in separate shootings

One person is dead and another injured after separate shootings last week. Early Thursday morning, Clint Myrick, 28, was killed by a shotgun blast at a residence on Kelsoe Road, off Hwy 36, near Susan Moore, according to authorities. Sources say Myrick, allegedly armed with a baseball bat, was shot by his girlfriend after she fired a warning shot. The […]

Winter Weather Awareness Week was last week; are you prepared?

“Below average temperatures are favored (their word) in parts of the south central and southeastern United States…” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) opined recently in its winter outlook summary. Following that prediction, the NOAA observed that the “precipitation outlook favors above average precipitation across the southern tier, from the southern half of California across the southwest, south central […]

Norman Rockwell collection on display at museum

911 board considers radio system options

At its regular 911 board meeting Thursday, 911 director Caleb Branch gave a presentation summarizing options to stimulate board consideration of what steps to take to improve the countywide radio communications system for fire and law enforcement responders. Branch’s presentation identified four options: • Continue routine operation and maintenance of the system, implementing improvements that can be made without substantial […]

Going Yard Sports opens in Hayden

Mitten trees

set up and ready for presents

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, November 25, 2009

Explosion rocks Blountsville An explosion rocked Blountsville shortly before 11 o’clock last Friday night. Emergency responders were dispatched to what had been a dwelling on College Street and found nothing left but a burning pile of rubble and scores of frightened neighbors. State fire marshal Phillip Freeman determined the blast had been caused by propane gas leaked from a 100-pound […]

Hornets derail Panthers

Cleveland opened the basketball season with back-to-back wins over J.B. Pennington (64-55) and Susan Moore (74-45). Locust Fork opened the season with close losses to Springville (62-58), Ashville (69-59), and Hayden (67-62). Monday night, Cleveland traveled to Locust Fork and ran into a hungry Hornet team that blasted the visiting Panthers, 80- 38. The Panthers trailed just 15-10 after one […]