Super-duper yard sale Friday then double-whammy Special Saturday

The year’s second indoor yard sale is set for Friday and Saturday at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center. It will be accompanied Saturday by the annual Farmer’s Day celebration at the Blount County Farmer’s Market. Times are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday for the indoor yard sale, and 7 a.m. to […]

County, municipalities support EDC efforts

One of the early challenges the Blount County Economic Development Council (EDC) faced following its incorporation in the spring of 2014 was to secure a revenue source to fund its startup operations. The EDC accomplished this by appealing to government entities in the county – the county government itself and the 12 incorporated municipalities – to pledge financial support to […]

Skillman named managing editor

Melanie Wester Skillman assumed the duties of managing editor of The Blount Countian this week. “I’ve always been told to make your hobby your job and you’ll never dread going to work. I love graphic design and I love to help get an idea from someone’s head onto a piece of paper… and I get paid. Yay me!” Skillman, a […]

Oneonta School Board approves changes

The Oneonta Board of Education met June 29 and approved the following recommendations of Superintendent Mike Douglas. Affecting personnel or outside agencies • accepted the resignations of three employees: Julie Bicknell, special education teacher; Matthew Lambert, in-school suspension teacher, and Phyllis Shirley, federal programs coordinator/pre-K teacher. • approved the employment of Paige Singleton as Oneonta High School math teacher and […]


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplin Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie. for more information. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 6, 1950

Thirty-Five Bed Hospital To Be Built Here Architect Charles H McCauley has submitted plans for the hospital to be built in Oneonta under the Hill-Burton Act. The building will be located on five acres in the McCay Addition one block from Highway 32. R.B. Ingle and H.W. McCay each donated two and one-half acres for the site. George Hallman, chairman […]

Two budgets with big problems


As the legislative session was winding down, it was obvious no solution was going to be found for the beleaguered General Fund Budget. The Governor’s $541 million tax increase proposal had been ignored. Although he still kept preaching that this was the prescription for the ailing General Fund, the good doctor’s prognosis and recommended course of treatment was completely disregarded. […]

Hartley family history at Memorial Museum

Friday, July 24, the Blount County Memorial Museum will open its doors for a special look into the past of one of the county’s old families, the Hartley family. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. collages of vintage family photos and information about the Hartleys will be on display. Highlighted in the collection are Zedioak Terry Hartley and Annie Clara […]

Local author at library

Author T.K. Thorne will sign autographs, chat, and enjoy refreshments with patrons on Thursday, July 9, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Oneonta Public Library. Author of “Noah’s Wife,” Thorne has released a new novel,“Angels at the Gate,” to rave reviews, including a Library Journal starred review. Her non-fiction “Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New […]

Summer reading winners

The Blountsville Public Library concluded its summer reading program with a pizza party provided by We-Tote-Em. Winners are pictured, from left: Fabian Mejia, first; Isabella Cruz, second; Corbin Curry, fourth; Codee Bradford, fifth; and Gracyn Thomas, sixth. Third place winner Mikayla Ibarra is not pictured. The library extends special thanks to story tellers and volunteers Alene Bullard, John and Janice […]