KING’S GOLD gospel concert set Nov. 9 at Agri-Business Center

Two iconic Southern gospel quartets – Kingsmen and Gold City – both approaching legendary status in a category crowded with legends since the early days of radio, will team up in a gospel concert in Oneonta next Monday evening. Blount County’s own Gospel Choir, acquiring a certain panache of it own over the last decade, will open the concert at […]

Commission drama plot summary: Acts 1-3

Climax: (addressing the Blount County Commission) “Here’s the point. Cutting the budget isn’t going to come near doing the job. You fellas gotta have a tax increase – sales tax, gas tax – to get the kind of money you need. And you’re gonna get crucified for it. But you got to have more revenue to fix the roads and […]


UNITED WAY AND CHARLIE B’S RESTAURANT All day today, 15 percent of proceeds from all meals will be donated to the United Way. OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART VETERANS DINNER will be Friday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Oneonta Worship Center. Veterans may pick up free tickets at the Blount County Memorial Museum, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 […]

Council again delays Crisis Center request

Apologizing for the delay, Oneonta councilman Tim McNair advised gathered Crisis Center employees that the city had not yet reached a decision on their zoning exemption request. The center had sought the change after learning their location straddles two different zonings, neither of which covers some of their services. McNair offered the apology, noting he was the one who had […]

Water department reports spark Snead council actions

The Snead Town Council considered several water department matters in its latest meeting. Initially, the council declined assistance on reducing a large water bill. (See related article for those details.) Utilities director Jeff Whited presented figures detailing partial costs for installing new service. At the council’s prior meeting, Whited had indicated the council might wish to increase charges for such […]

‘We are a community’

Corner Middle School sends condolences after Hayden student dies

On Thursday morning, while the faculty, staff, and students of Hayden Middle School were preparing for a memorial service in honor of Corie Wingo, a student who died from a severe asthma attack earlier this month, they received a touching visit from Corner Middle School students and faulty. “We were so impressed with their willingness to be so compassionate during […]

Warrior officer cleared

According to District Attorney Pamela Casey, officer Jimmy Rodgers of the Warrior Police Department has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Blount County Grand Jury for the March 31, 2015, shooting of James Burns. The incident took place at Exit 289 on I-65 near County Road 5 when Warrior officers tried to stop a vehicle that had been reported […]

Oneonta pursues temporary site for Wallace State classes

Having received word of potential conflicts over the proposed use of the city’s National Guard Armory for temporary Wallace State classes, Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe revealed other possible options. Meeting in a 6 a.m. work session on Oct. 26, Lowe notified the council of the conflict and suggested three possible alternatives – the Corr/AT&T, Hyde Medical Supply, or former […]

What’s with these new science standards?


Beginning in the fall of 2016, Blount County schools will implement new common core science standards. With recent controversy surrounding the new standards, Blount County assistant superintendent Dr. Stoney Beavers wanted to clear the air. “We want people to be educated with what these changes actually are,” Beavers said.“Hearing one sound byte from radio or television is not the way […]

Casting call

The Community Arts Council announced it will conduct auditions for its production this spring of The Odd Couple. Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 6, and 7 at Neely Arts Center downtown. But wait! There’s a new wrinkle coming. They’re going to produce it in two different flavors: the conventional male version, AND a not-so conventional female […]