Summer photo contest

Thank you for participating in our Summer Photo Contest. Readers submitted 57 photos, making the final decision a hard one, but we finally chose these three cuties as winners.

School sales tax holiday set for this weekend

The sales tax holiday is for everyone, not just those going back to school. The items covered are covered for anyone buying them. So, what is covered? • clothing priced at $100 or less • school supplies costing $50 or less • books that cost $30 or less, and textbooks costing $50 or less • computers and computer equipment with […]

Legislature’s budget solution:

take 75 percent of shortfall from education; pay it back later – maybe

Here’s what’s known about the state budget crisis solution the Legislature may be pursuing. • Gov. Bentley has proposed to the special session a package reported by The Birmingham News to total $302 million in tax increases (The Blount Countian’s arithmetic yielded $345 million) and budget reforms that he says would end recurring annual shortfalls in the beleaguered General Fund […]

City awards $ 250,000 grant, hires assistant building inspector

The Oneonta City Council awarded Forestry Environmental Services Inc., a $253,471 grant for further work at Robbins Field, the city’s airport. The funds will be used for a taxiway extension and cement pads for future hangars. That grant adds to the more than $5,000,000 the city has received in federal funds for work there beyond the past decade. Councilors also […]


BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE is having a meeting open to all TREASURE Forest members, forest landowners, and interested residents tomorrow, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building. Phone Merry Gaines at 274-2363 ext. 3 for more information. SERVICE DOG FUNDRAISER A car wash and yard sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, […]

City Council tours Oneonta schools

Karen Teal, Oneonta High School database coordinator, acquaints representatives of the city of Oneonta with features of the high school library. The tour was hosted by the Oneonta Board of Education, superintendent Mike Douglas, and other school administrators to acquaint city fathers with all three levels of the school system – elementary, middle, and high school – including classrooms, special […]

Snead considering expensive meter replacement

In its regular meeting following a 30- minute work session, the Snead Town Council decided to delay a decision on replacing current water meters with distant radio-read versions. In the work session, Jeremy Wells with Empire Pipe presented his case for the conversion. Wells distributed work sheets with price breakdowns showing a cost of $340,000 to purchase 1800 meters, reading […]

Alabama Fire College: comeback story complete


The junior college corruption scandal, which occurred around 2006, was one of the worst white collar crimes in Alabama’s history. This highly publicized federal probe of the state’s two-year college system sent a lot of people to jail. Roy Johnson, the director at the time, orchestrated one of the most sensational, brazen, flagrant and pervasive robberies imaginable. Johnson justly was […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 4, 1927

Blount County Vet Has Bullet Removed Our townsman, James R. Jenkins, 80 year old Confederate veteran, underwent an operation at the Ralls Sanitorium in Gadsden on Wednesday of last week for the removal of a Yankee bullet that was fired through his left leg on April 9th, 1865. Mr. Jenkins did not know that the bullet was in his leg. […]

Betty Stephens: artist in residence

Blount County artist Betty Stephens displays three of her 15 paintings now showing in exhibition at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. The three, from left, are ‘Burgundy Peony,’‘Sunflowers,’ and ‘Out to Pasture.’ The showing will last through November. All works shown are titled and include posted prices.