Oh, my goodness! The Fair is There!

(at the Agri-Business Center)

Go big or go home! That was the working motto of fair planners for the 2015 Blount County Fair. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before, according to Agri-Business Center director and chief fair guru Chase Moore. It’s got more than 100 booths repesenting civic, business, and agricultural interests – compared to about 80 in the past. […]

Brooks cited for ‘extraordinary’ service; budget adoption delayed


Former Blount County maintenance director Don Brooks came out of retirement a month ago to take on the voluntary management of the Animal Adoption Center in what he described as a “labor of love” for animals. His challenge was to fill a sudden vacancy following the dismissal of the former shelter manager. The commission honored him in Monday’s business meeting […]

Hail to the Chief

OFFER Tailgate Party to aid in one-to-one initiative

For the past four years, OFFER (Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources) has been the driving force behind getting laptops in every Oneonta student’s hands. This plan continues, and the upcoming OFFER Homecoming Tailgate Party will serve as a fundraising tool for that goal. The tailgate is planned for this Friday in conjunction with the Oneonta homecoming game. Taking place at […]

Kindergartners take tour of city

On Friday, Oneonta kindergartners took time out from learning letters and coloring inside the lines to go on an adventure in their own hometown. Beginning at the police and fire departments, the students were able to meet police officers and firefighters and learn about their jobs. From there, they visited Hometown Bank, the post office, the hospital, the library and […]

Oneonta revisits B-3 zoning changes

Following the realization of a too-hasty action, the Oneonta City Council held a public hearing and later revote on action ostensibly approved last month. That amendment had altered the city ordinance related to B-3 zoning in the city. As covered in The Blount Countian for that Aug. 25 meeting, the amendment added categories to both residential and commercial uses and […]


WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center located at 629 County Road 7. The public is invited. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Phyllis Holland of Publix Guntersville will be the speaker. BLOUNT COUNTY 4-H CHICKCHAIN SHOW AND […]

What is right with our schools

My son Chad Fines is a student at Hayden High School. The day of Aug. 6 began like any other day. Chad was a member of the Hayden football team, and had been practicing all summer with the team, excited to begin his junior year. After a morning meeting, as he was walking to class, he collapsed. Friends at first […]

Awareness is key

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is one I pay attention to, because it has affected my life. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. I am one of those who was diagnosed early and have gone seven years without a recurrence. That is not always the case with ovarian cancer. Every woman is at risk […]


DVDs of the Blount County Gospel Choir concert of Aug. 16 are now available for purchase at the Lester Memorial United Methodist Church office, located across the street from the Oneonta Police Department. Cost is $10 per DVD. Church office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Where it stands: a concise update

The state budget crisis

Bullet points below give an approximate status of the budget debate going on in the Legislature as of midafternoon Tuesday (yesterday). Further developments can be expected to have occurred yesterday after this was written. • Last week, the state House of Representatives passed four tax measures totaling $107 million in annual revenue increases. They were: – a cigarette tax increase […]