Redskin Band bombards the ‘Big Apple’

Robotics team serves notice in first outing

Commission considers 1-cent sales tax to address road crisis

The Blount County Commission met Monday in a combination work session/ special business meeting. This article deals initially and at length with the major subject matter addressed by the commission in the work session – a 1-cent county-wide sales tax increase – and concludes with other aspects of the dual meeting. The major portion of the meeting focused on a […]

Oneonta man arrested on child pornography charges

Paul Kelly, 39, of Oneonta, was taken into custody last week after he was charged with 94 counts of possession of child porn. He is in the Blount County Jail with bond set at $1.4 million, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Authorities received a search warrant for Kelly’s house after an investigation, which began in 2013, showed […]


BLOUNT COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., in Oneonta. Deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 4. Phone the chamber at 274-2153 for more information. BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will have an open house with soups, sandwiches, and desserts on Friday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The public is invited. LIGHTS & SANTA […]

MainStreet Family Urgent Care coming soon

Before winter comes to a close, Blount County residents will have another healthcare clinic to go to when that nasty cold just won’t go away. Late last month, city and county officials welcomed the arrival of the new MainStreet Family Urgent Care clinic with a ground-breaking. “We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve communities like Oneonta, Susan […]


In last week’s article “Oneonta work session reviews church and school board requests,” there was an error in mentioning the location of Interiors by Design. The business is alive and well and flourishing in downtown Oneonta. We apologize to Melinda Anderton and her staff.

Take a journey to Bethlehem this Christmas season

On Sunday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Turning Point United Methodist Church in Locust Fork will travel back in time to Bethlehem and recreate the scenes from the birth of Jesus. Visitors to the free event will experience a 15-minute guided tour and will encounter townspeople in the market, prophets in the synagogue, shepherds with their livestock, […]

Superintendent reports ACT test comparative results


Oneonta Superintendent Michael Douglas released results for the 2015 spring semester ACT results at the board’s December meeting Monday night. Results cover performance of students in grades three through eight on the ACT Aspire test and performance of 10th grade students on the ACT PLAN test. Both tests were given in April, with comparative data released by the state in […]

Striped Angel Tree

puts new meaning into holiday giving

In its first year, the Striped Angel Tree is hoping to make a big impact for the children of Blount County, and the idea all began through a not-so-perfect situation. Striped Angel Tree organizer Shelia Wootan has seen firsthand how children can go neglected during Christmas much to the heartache of their parents. “My son has been in the prison […]