Fling Cleaning

Contact made with potential new business candidates


City manager Ed Lowe reported briefly to the Oneonta City Council at its end-of-May meeting on the business recruiting conference he attended earlier that month. During May 17-20, Lowe joined more than 34,000 other attendees at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon meeting in Las Vegas. RECon bills itself as “the global convention for the shopping center industry” and […]

Warrant roundup nets nine arrests

A multi-agency law enforcement operation called a “warrant roundup” resulted in the arrest of nine individuals for whom warrants from previous cases dating back as long as 11 years had not been served, District Attorney Pamela Casey announced in a news release. Participating agencies included the U.S. Marshal Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Bureau of Investigation, Blount County […]

Steve Thomas,

planner par excellence, co-architect of Blount County’s future

Ever wonder where all those hard-headed notions about coping with the county’s future come from? Well, Steve Thomas is one of the sources. The major one? Maybe, maybe not, but he’s there behind the scenes pumping practical future scenarios for the 10- to 40- year horizon, helping collect data, identifying onrushing reality impacts, and noodling solutions. Last week, speaking at […]

What’s your fondest dream for this corner?

Hang on, you may have a shot


TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. BLOUNT COUNTY CO-OP ANNUAL MEETING will be Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at Charlie B’s Restaurant. CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER will have a free seminar on the adjustable lap-band system procedure on Monday, June 8, from […]

Farmers market and the Alabama Cottage Food Law

Recently, The Blount Countian received an anonymous tip that home-canned products including “canned vegetables and other things like that” are being sold at the Blount County Farmers Market, in violation, according to the tip, of the Alabama Cottage Food Law. Efforts to determine the actual state requirements for allowable and nonallowable, home-canned goods to be sold at farmers markets produced […]

Lowe distributes city audit, announces grant receipt

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe distributed copies of the city’s 2014 audit to council members at their final May meeting. He advised councilors to review the document in preparation for its acceptance/ approval at the first June session. Council members moved that meeting from its regular second Tuesday of the month to June 2 because of conflicts with out-of-town commitments. […]

Patent trolls

As the owner of Computer Connections, I understand the purpose of creating and using patents. Unfortunately, patent trolls take advantage of the system, using their vast resources to force small companies to pay settlements on illegitimate claims. Most small businesses don’t have the money to fight them off. It should not be possible for a small business to be threatened with a lawsuit simply for […]

Oneonta gets $174,000 grant for fire equipment upgrades

The Oneonta Fire and Rescue Department recently received a grant of $174,286 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the Department of Homeland Security. The grant money will be used to purchase 20 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) devices and two electrocardiogram monitors, according to Oneonta Fire Chief Arthur Willis. The breathing devices are used to provide breathable air […]