‘How do you feel about same-sex marriage?’


Much like the local wet/dry vote we’re all too familiar with, many are turning this into an issue of morality when, in fact, this is an issue of civil rights. As United States citizens, we enjoy freedom of religion – some can only enjoy it as long as it’s THEIR religion. We as Christians are charged to love one another, […]

Marriage licenses now available to all in Blount County

Marriage licenses are now available to all couples – same-sex and mixed – at the Blount County Probate Office in Oneonta. The policy of no marriage licenses to any applicants announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, was changed to issuing licenses to all same-sex and mixed-sex couples as of Friday, Feb. 13. As of Tuesday, Feb. 17, no same-sex licenses had been […]

Hayden woman missing

A 52-year-old woman is missing after her house was destroyed by a fire, according to news sources. Felicia Ann Weaver, of Jack Cole Road in Hayden, hasn’t been seen since Feb. 5, the day her house, which she shared with her ex-husband and two sons, burned. Her body has not been located in the rubble, but investigators say foul play […]

Historical Society in search of local talent for ornament contest

The Blount County Historical Society is getting a jump-start on finding a piece of art to be featured on their 2015 Christmas ornament. Last year, the Society’s ornament featured a painting of the Horton Mill Covered Bridge by Becky Lambert. This year, the Easley Covered Bridge will be featured. Blount County photographers and artists are asked to bring a colored […]

IRS scam alert

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey warns that if anyone receives a call from someone claiming to represent the IRS, it is a scam. Casey says she has received 50 to 60 calls informing her of these types of incidences. “They call saying the person is about to get audited if they don’t pay a certain amount of money right […]

Year-long murder investigation continues

It has been more than a year since the death of Rhonette Lyles, 77, a retired Cleveland Elementary teacher, who was found Feb. 8, 2014, in her burned-out house on Moman Road in the Horton community near Snead. Her death is still under investigation by the Blount County District Attorney’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Blount County […]

Lady Hornets to play for region title


The Locust Fork Lady Hornets are the only Blount County team left standing after the semifinals of the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University. While the Appalachian, Cleveland, and Oneonta girls and the Cleveland boys all bowed out in the first game, Locust Fork got off to a hot start and pulled away from Hokes Bluff for an easy 60-43 […]

Northeast Regional 4A Girls Final

Locust Fork (20-11) vs. Jacksonville (27-4)

The old saying that styles makes fights pertains to boxing but it also applies in other sports, especially basketball. On the surface, this appears to be a tough match-up for Locust Fork and in some ways it definitely is. First of all, Locust Fork tallest player is junior forward Jaime Gail Hudson, a warrior and rebounding machine listed at 5’8. […]


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