And the winner is…

Last week, Erica’s Salon was announced as the winner of the third-annual Oneonta Business Association (OBA) holiday decorating contest with their “White Christmas in the Woods” display (pictured above). “We’ve entered each year and always hoped we would win, so we were so excited when we were told we won,” said Erica Self, owner of Erica’s Salon. Self, along with […]

Courthouse hours during the holidays

This weekDec. 23 – open regular hours, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.Dec. 24 and 25 – closed all day Next weekDec. 28, 29, 30,and 31– open regular hours, 8a.m. – 5 p.m.Jan. 1 – closed all day

Thoughts on tax proposal

Considered and reconsidered...

This article contains initial reactions to the Blount County Commission’s 1-cent sales tax increase proposal, moderated perhaps by the passage of time since it was introduced by way of commission resolution on Dec. 14. Points of view include proponents – Commission Chairman Chris Green and District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert (who crafted the tax proposal), both of whom voted in […]

Oneonta council affirms mayor’s dismissal of city employee

In a special meeting, the Oneonta City Council voted to uphold Mayor Ross Norris’s decision to dismiss city accounting employee Geneva Wall. Town clerk Tammie Noland notified the press two days prior of the scheduled Dec. 17, meeting. That meeting fell on the same evening as the rescheduled regular meeting and before an alcohol sales request public hearing. Wall had […]


CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY The offices of The Blount Countian will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25 for Christmas. We will reopen Monday, Dec. 28, at 8 a.m. HOPE HOUSE needs coats of all sizes to distribute to the needy for the winter months. Coats can be dropped off at Clothing Care Cleaners, 303 Railroad Ave., where they will be cleaned. […]

Doctor recognized for 30 years of service

On Dec. 3, Dr. Michael Manes was honored for his 30 years of service to the Cleveland community. Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones presented a proclamation during the meeting naming July 1 as ‘Dr. Michael Manes Day’ in recognition of the day Manes opened his practice in 1985. The proclamation states,‘Dr. Manes has greatly contributed to this community, and he is […]

Attorneys issue statements in employee dismissal

Attorneys for the City of Oneonta and recently dismissed employee Geneva Wall provided statements to The Blount Countian outlining their positions and plans. Wall’s attorney, John Saxon, spoke with the paper noting,“Geneva Wall was a respected, dedicated city employee with considerable responsibility. What has happened to her was outrageous.” He continued, “She had the courage to blow the whistle on […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 19, 1929

Moses Acquitted The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” in the case of Charley Moses charged with the murder of his wife. The case grew out of a scuffle over a gun when a difficulty was about to take place in which R.A. Statham, Jr., Moses, and Dan Pettit were involved. Mrs. Moses is alleged to have tried to […]

Lady Hornets up to No. 2

The holidays are upon us and that means high school basketball tournaments provide stiff competition for teams in our area. One team that needs a little competition is Barbara Roy’s Locust Fork Lady Hornets, who are up to No. 2 in the final poll of 2015 and are now 11-0 on the season. The Lady Hornets should get all the […]

All County Second Team and Honorable Mention

The players and coaches of the year and the first team all county selections were named earlier this month. This week, we finish up The Blount Countian and WCRL Sports Network All-County Team with the second team and honorable mention. Second TeamOffenseQB – Travis Cleveland, J.B. PenningtonRB – Hunter Duncan, Susan MooreRB – Brett Erwin, ClevelandRB – Trey Griffin, J.B. […]