Biggest and best yet

Covered Bridge Arts and Music Fest:

The numbers aren’t in yet, but this year’s Covered Bridge Festival can comfortably be declared a resounding success. The festival, billed as the largest, most inclusive, most expansive in its 32 years, lived up to its billing. Evidence is anecdotal, but strong. A vendor called Monday to rave that she had been to festivals everywhere and this was one of […]

Arrest made in 2014 shooting

Charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide have been filed against the girlfriend of a man who was gunned down in November 2014. Megan Collins, 26, the girlfriend of the victim, was arrested in the shooting death of Clint Alan Myrick, 28. The incident took place at a home on Kelsoe Road, near Susan Moore. Collins and Myrick had been in […]

Hardest hit: deputies, Hayden Annex, non-county agencies

Commission budget diversion impacts projected...

The Blount Countian interviewed county officials last week to get a preliminary view of budget cuts that may be required if the budget action taken by Blount County Commissioners last week is implemented. That action – approved by unanimous vote over the objections of the commission chairman – was to direct that $455,000 be removed from the county general fund […]

Stories of Survivors

In the past, The Blount Countian has featured ladies battling breast cancer in a special section dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. This year, we are catching up with those same ladies. Lori Elrod Lori Elrod, a survivor featured in The Blount Countian’s special section two years ago, is continuing to use her story to empower others in a huge way. […]


TREATS ON THE STREET will be Saturday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Oneonta. The streets will be blocked off and merchants will hand out candy to trick-ortreaters. SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will host the Halloween Fest on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. There will be free chili, hot dogs, candy, games, and a […]

School receptionist pleads guilty

The Hayden Elementary School receptionist charged with rendering a false alarm pleaded guilty last Thursday morning, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Carmen Williams, 42, was sentenced to one year in the county jail. That sentence was suspended, and she was placed on probation for two years. The incident occurred earlier this month when police received a 911 […]

Donations now being accepted for Veterans Day Dinner

On Friday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., veterans from across Blount County will gather at the Oneonta Worship Center for a Veterans Day dinner hosted by Operation Grateful Heart. The annual event has been going every year since 2007 and, on average, 250 people attend, according to Lealand Venable, of Operation Grateful Heart. “We have so many veterans pushed off […]

Live weather with James Spann

ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann spoke to Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Aimee Wilson on Friday during his live weather remote. The event took place in the Oneonta Public Library parking lot. Spann spoke to Wilson about the upcoming Covered Bridge Arts and Crafts Fest, gave his forecast for the weekend, and met with lots of fans who […]

Commission Chairman speaks out

I stand adamantly opposed to the Oct. 19 surprise decision of the County Commission to set aside $455,000.00 from the county’s general fund to be used for future road projects. While road funding is a very serious issue facing the County Commission, I maintain that redirecting revenues from the county general fund, as unanimously approved by the county commission less than a month after adopting […]

Sorting out the 2016 race for president


Last week, we speculated on the 2016 U.S. Senate races. However, the most pressing political event on the radar is next year’s presidential contest. It will be an interesting and protracted campaign. In fact, it has been ongoing for well over a year. Like our 2018 Governor’s race, the 2016 Presidential race will be void of an incumbent seeking re-election. […]