Moss Bridge back in place, not yet ready for action

Oneonta to exclude Agri-Business Center from 2016 budget

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe forwarded a request from the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center to city councilors at their most recent public budget hearing. Lowe said the center is seeking an additional $10,000 donation, beyond its already budgeted $5,000, to help meet contractual obligations for the year. Expressing evident frustration, councilor Tonya Rogers sought further explanation. She, along with fellow […]


NIGHT OF BANDS will be held at Cleveland High School tomorrow, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. County bands will perform and admission is $5 per person, free for children 5 and under. Concessions and a seating area for those with lawn chairs will be available. BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER LUNCH will be today at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Guest […]

Locust Fork murder investigation continues

The Blount County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a double homicide that occurred in Locust Fork last week. The bodies of Gary “Sambo” Hazelrig, 43, and Rasha Breann Sherrer, 36, were found Tuesday afternoon in a home on Deavers Town Road. Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington confirmed that both victims were shot. The pair was last seen Monday morning and […]

Ready for Radio-thon?

The 17th-annual Radio-thon will be on air tomorrow (Thursday) from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m on WCRL 95.3. For years, the radio-thon, sponsored by the Blount County Education Foundation, has brought thousands of dollars into classrooms, and the foundation is planning for that to continue. The radio-thon gives the community a chance to donate money to the foundation, which in […]

Marsh hired as Hayden Elementary principal

Shawn Marsh has been hired as Hayden Elementary principal following Dr. Shelley Vail-Smith’s move to work as the director of curriculum and instruction for the Limestone County School District. Marsh has 16 years in education, including serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. “I feel blessed to be a part of this school,” Marsh says.“The opportunity to make an […]

Community Foundation head Nanni addresses Chamber lunch

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City reports progress on projects in the works


Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe updated developments on four ongoing projects in a conversation with The Blount Countian last week: the Wallace State Oneonta Center, Agri-Business Center financial support, progress toward announcing a new restaurant, and the city’s efforts to recruit new business. Wallace State Oneonta Center Work toward establishing the center is progressing on two fronts, Lowe said. Preliminary […]

A governor ignored


This first year of the quadrennium has been an interesting mix of politics in the Heart of Dixie. At the heart of the news and interest has been the continuous wrangling over the general fund budget. From the start, Gov. Robert Bentley has taken a gung-ho approach to raising taxes to bolster the beleaguered general fund. Beginning in January, Bentley […]