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Blount County Schools introduce BYOD

(Bring Your Own Device)

The new Blount County Schools BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy allowing – make that encouraging – students to bring their personal technology devices to school, represents a sea change in thinking about the place of such devices in the instructional process. No longer are they seen as an impediment – something to be prevented from interfering with the instructional […]

Board approves flurry of personnel appointments


At its Monday night meeting the Oneonta school board approved a flurry of personnel and related actions as the first day of fall semester approaches Aug. 6. The board approved: • voluntary transfer of Liz Miller from the multihandicap position to K-5 special education teacher. • employment of Katrina Painter, elementary special education aide. • employment of Tithee Faulkner, elementary […]

Midsummer Night’s Run

The fifth annual charity run sponsored by Hometown Bank is coming next month – Saturday, Aug. 8 to be exact. However, this year’s run will be different from the previous four, although the run will benefit two very deserving groups – OFFER (Oneonta Foundation For Education Resources) and the Blount County Education Foundation. Aptly titled A Midsummer Night’s Run, this […]


COVERED BRIDGES CLOSED All Blount County covered bridges will be closed for a short time this week to install surveillance cameras. TOMATO SANDWICH DAY Come by for a free tomato sandwich at the Blount County Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tomatoes and the fixings are courtesy of local merchants and the Blount County- […]


If you are to be proficient in music, you must begin with and learn the rudiments of music. The scale, timing, rhythm, and beat. What are the rudiments that serve as the basis for living our lives today in our changing culture and society? What serves as a foundation as we face tough issues? What will assist us in making […]

Phelps projects dire need for construction trades workers; directs youth to Go Build Alabama

In an appearance before the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Jason Phelps described the nearcrisis situation concerning replacement of the current workforce in the building/construction trades in the state. Phelps is executive director of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), a trade organization of the state’s builders and contractors. Sample statistics: (1) For every four workers leaving […]


In last week’s article on Oneonta alcohol taxes, The Blount Countian referred to the total of beer excise taxes and general sales taxes from alcoholic beverages – an amount estimated at $300,000 to $320,000 – as if it were all subject to division between the Oneonta school system (25 percent), the Oneonta public safety departments – police and fire (25 […]

County leader, benefactor Eldridge Bynum passes at 82

Eldridge Bynum, 82, of Cleveland died July 21 at UAB Hospital from complications of pneumonia following a fall a week earlier. He was a former four-term mayor of Cleveland, serving three terms as its first mayor from 1963 to 1975 and again from 1996 to 2000. He was serving a valedictory term on the Cleveland City Council at the time […]

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