Year in review

Features Storm coverage Just because it’s bad news doesn’t mean something good can’t come out of it, and after this year’s April tornado tore through Straight Mountain we heard numerous stories of survival, kindness, and miracles. Child Abuse Prevention In the April 9 issue, Blount County Children’s Center executive director Jim Ed Clayton agreed to be interviewed and provided an […]

County road 1 to close Jan. 12


County road 1 connecting Allgood and Cleveland will be closed to through traffic beginning Jan. 12 for an extended period. The closure is to allow extensive repairs to be made on a section of the road situated on an unstable slope over a sinkhole near its midway point between Allgood and the county road 33 intersection. Specifically, an 1800-ft. section […]

Snead considers body cameras for its police

Councilman Dale Snead quizzed police Chief Phillip Weaver on costs to equip his officers with body cameras at the latest Snead Town Council meeting. Weaver estimated the cost at around $400 per camera. Snead theorized that three cameras and chargers would cover department needs. He, Weaver, and other council members avowed the wisdom of having the cameras. Snead’s question came […]

2014 through the eyes of Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe

The Blount Countian sat down with Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe during the holiday doldrums and asked him to hit the high points of 2014 in the life of the city of Oneonta. Naturally, the referendum resulting in the authorization of alcohol sales by voters topped the list– the first half of the year with the buildup to the election […]

Oneonta resident seeks city help on pothole

During last week’s meeting of the Oneonta City Council, Twila Alexander requested help in filling a pothole on her road. She explained the city had worked the road a few years back but now the repaired pothole has returned and grown. City manager Ed Lowe explained to the council that the road is not a city designated street, only an […]

Grand jury date set in hatchet attack

Anthony Amaro, 31, of Hayden, remained in the Blount County Correctional Facility as of Tuesday with a bond set at $100,000 after he was charged with first-degree assault for attacking his wife with a hatchet, according to sources. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey says he is to appear before the grand jury in January. Initial reports said Amaro might […]


Last week, The Blount Countian referred to the three teenaged Beasons, formerly of Oneonta, as ‘The Beason Boys.’ They are that, but the name of their band is ‘The Beason Brothers.’ In addition to the TV appearance mentioned last week, they’re also scheduled for a live radio broadcast at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, on WCRL 95.3 in Oneonta.

Top 5 public affairs stories

1. 2014 elections (By far the most important story of the year from the standpoint of extent of coverage and number of appearances: 20 of 23 issues between Jan 1 and the June 4 primary had major election articles; 10 of 21 issues between June 4 and Nov. 4 had major election articles.) 2. Economic Development Council appointed, incorporated, funded, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 31, 1925

Fire at Cleveland Cleveland had another disastrous fire Monday night. The post office, Box and Son’ store and the barber shop went up in smoke. The fire originated in the Box and Son’s store and was discovered between and 11 and 12 o’clock and quickly spread to the other buildings. Nothing from the store was saved. Roscoe Bynum was living […]

Gilliland, Cole

nominated for player of the year awards

Cleveland quarterback Peyton Gilliland and Oneonta linebacker Riley Cole have been nominated for Back and Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). Gilliland is nominated for Back of the Year in Class 2A while Cole is a finalist for Lineman of the Year in Class 4A. Gilliland helped to lead the Panthers to a 9-3 record […]