No project is too small for a new organization called Revitalizing Oneonta. Recently, the group removed the graffiti on the Baptist Health Center building, and they are already planning a trash clean-up on Ala 231 later this month. “People in this town want to make Oneonta a better place, and we are here for that,” said Revitalizing Oneonta co-creator Caleb […]

Ropin’ and ridin’:

it’s time for the Rodeo

Buckle up, it’s time for the rodeo! This weekend, Lonestar Rodeo presents the 34th-annual Blount County Ram Rodeo at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The event will feature bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, chuckwagon racing, and more. Locals have two chances to experience the fun – Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door […]

Carr resigns, retires as Blount County Schools superintendent

The Blount County Board of Education accepted Superintendent Jim Carr’s retirement resignation at its monthly meeting Monday. The resignation is effective July 1, 2015. The Blount Countian interviewed Carr yesterday concerning his reasons for retiring, his time as superintendent, and his future plans. Carr has worked for the Blount County School System for 44 years, as he notes below. He […]

Dodge this!

This Saturday, businesses and schools throughout Blount County will battle it out in order to be named the ultimate dodgeball champion. The event will take place at the McDaniel Gym beginning at 5 p.m., with all proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club scholarship fund. “For years, ever since I started with the Rotary Club, we’ve had the McDaniel Classic Basketball […]

Blountsville fire chief remembered as dedicated and driven

Blountsville Fire Chief James Overby passed away last week, but his memory will live on in those he mentored. ‘I will spend the rest of my service life missing my mentor and chief,’ said Blountsville assistant fire chief Mike Benson. ‘James “Red” Overby was the most dedicated firefighter I have ever known. He lived to serve the communities and served […]


BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER LUNCH will be today at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Scheduled guest speaker will be congressman Gary Palmer. HAYDEN SENIOR CITIZEN DAY will be Wednesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center. Bring a covered dish and enjoy games, live music, and fellowship. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK […]

Pinson kicks off 200 years celebration Saturday, April 11

Pinson will hold a bicentennial celebration Saturday, April 11 commemorating 200 years since its founding in 1815. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the field behind the Rock School Center. Though not the oldest town in the state, it is one of the first to celebrated a 200-year birthday, according to Pinson Historical Society […]

ARC clients receive Easter presents from Variosa Club

Getting Rodeo-ready

Snead considers credit/debit options; buys cameras

Patrick Robinson addressed the Snead Town Council in its most recent meeting on credit and debit card options available to the town’s utility board. Robinson, accompanied by HomeTown Bank personnel, reviewed expected service costs for utilities customers. He explained that the town would purchase a card reader for $250, and that would include a two-year warranty. Charges to the town […]