BYRON E. REID, 85, Hayden, died Dec. 23, 2014. A retired teacher and guidance counsel0r with Oneonta schools, he was a long time member of Blount Springs Baptist Church, and a gospel singer and songwriter. Predeceasing him were parents Ed and Nellie Alpha, loving wife of 60 years Louise Reid, brother J. E. Reid, and grandson Allen Reid. Surviving are […]


AUGUSTA MAIN RICE, 77, Tarrant City, died Dec. 23, 2014, at Golden LivingCenter. She was a former member of Maple Street Baptist Church. Parents Elijah and Ethel Lowry Rich predeceased her, as did husband James Rice, sons Larry Rice and Kenneth Rice, sisters Mable Lawson, Ann Oliver, Patricia Bailey, and Minnie Lee Rich, and brothers Frankie Rich and Alvin Rich. […]


INELL SMITH, 84, Altoona, died Dec. 20, 2014, at Altoona Health and Rehab Center. She retired after 50 years of service with Oneonta City Schools, was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church, enjoyed fishing, and spending time with friends. Predeceasing her were parents Joe and Alma Sims Patterson, husbands Milton Underwood and Lester Smith, son Joe Wayne Underwood, and […]


TIMOTHY ADAM TAWBUSH, 28, Oneonta, died Dec. 23, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. Father Jerry Lynn Tawbush Jr. and grandmother Jewel Viola Tawbush predeceased him. Surviving are fiance Jeffrey Martin, Virginia; mother Donna Jackson Tawbush, Oneonta; sister Stacie Machelle Bates, Gadsden; niece Cheyenne Elizabeth Bates, Gadsden; grandparents Gerald and Helen Jackson, Susan Moore, Jerry Lynn Tawbush Sr., Straight Mountain. […]


LORENE G. TURNER, 87, Dora, died Dec. 23, 2014, at Birmingham Nursing and Rehab. She was a member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church, the Eastern Star of Locust Fork, and enjoyed rose gardening. Husband George Turner predeceased her, as did parents Sherman and Christiny Walker Gallimore, and grandchild Lesley Chapman. Surviving are daughters Kathy (Robert) Gables, Teresa (Ricky) Chapman; grandchildren […]


ELSIE E. VACARELLA, 87, Cleveland, died Dec. 25, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. A member of Cleveland Church of Christ, she was retired from Title Insurance Co., enjoyed quilting, gardening, and cooking. Predeceasing her were husband Santo Vacarella, parents Walter Clarence Eddy and Ellen Hester Compton Eddy, and brothers Lewis W. Eddy and Waymon Eddy. Surviving are sons Ricky […]


COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will have auditions for “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The theater is located on Ala 231 S. across from Jet Pep. Phone 903-4060 for more information. BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP will continue the jam sessions from January through March on the first and third Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. […]

Holiday Hours

The Blount County Sheriff’s Department, the Oneonta Police Department, and the Blount County Courthouse will all be closed on Thursday for New Year’s Day.

Impact Therapy opens in Snead

Family and friends, along with city and county officials, met earlier in the month to celebrate the grand opening of Impact Therapy, a physical therapy business, in Snead.‘I grew up in Snead, and I believe it’s the perfect place to come back to,’ said owner Kelly Knowles.‘They don’t have this service here, and it’s something to offer to the community […]

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