Area tournaments start this week


The regular season has ended and high school basketball teams will play in area tournaments this week. Generally, the girls are scheduled for one night and then the boys the next. However, the schedule is a bit confusing this year with one school hosting both boys and girls tournaments and other areas deciding to split things up. The key this […]

Four from county sign


National Signing Day is always a big deal for college and high school football fans. Last Wednesday was an even bigger deal for Blount County as four of the county’s best high school football players decided to continue their careers at the next level. Cleveland’s Peyton Gilliland signed with Jacksonville State University, where he is expected to compete for playing […]

Bulldogs are perfect, again


ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players (ages 3-12 for baseball; 4-12 for softball) may register Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. Registration fee is $100 per player and a copy of the child’s birth certificate must be provided. For more information, contact the Oneonta Rec Center at 625-3534. […]


EVENTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF SUSAN MOORE will have a Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Dinner tickets are $10 and include a rib dinner, all the fixings, and a raffle. For tickets, phone Manuel Villegas at 456-0258, Liz Villegas at 456-0880, or Jenny Garcia at 533-6157. […]

Arthur Max Blackmon

ARTHUR MAX BLACKMON, 80, Oneonta, died Feb. 3, 2016. A member of Oneonta First Baptist Church, he retired from Goodyear and was a member of the Oneonta Masonic Lodge. Parents Roscoe and Opal Griffin Blackmon and sister Mary Lou Blackmon predeceased him. Surviving are wife Sarah “Jean” Blackmon; son Scott (Catherine) Blackmon; grandchildren Jack Blackmon, Bo Blackmon, Hudson Blackmon; brother-in-law […]

Vernell Morton Blackmon

VERNELL MORTON BLACKMON, 68, Robinwood, died Feb. 1, 2016. Born in Blount County, she worked with Food Giant for 25 years, enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, puzzles, and gardening. Predeceasing her were parents Grady and Vedus Bryant Morton and brother N.H. Morton. Surviving are husband of 50 years William “Woody” Blackmon; son Kenny (Kelly) Blackmon, Springville; daughter Debbie Blair, Morris; grandchildren […]

Inez Oden Vickers Bonnie

INEZ ODEN VICKERS BONNIE, 88, Steele, died Jan. 17, 2016. Originally from Blount County, she was a member of Steele Baptist Church and enjoyed time with friends at the Steele Senior Center. Predeceasing her were daughter Doris Jean Vickers, husband Alvin Bonnie, parents Andrew and Florence Oden, brothers Kenneth Oden and A.J. Oden, and son-in-law Joe Cunningham. Surviving are daughters […]

Sue Mae Davis

SUE MAE DAVIS, 88, Horton, died Feb. 4, 2016, at the residence. Predeceasing her were husband Marvin T. Davis, parents Woodie and Annie Denton Brannon, and siblings Thelma Robbins, Anita Flower, Jolene Sinkler, Anna Bose, and Raymon Brannon. Surviving are daughters Lillie Mae Pullian, Huntsville, Dorothy Pierce, Arab, Lois (David) Hendrix, Bessemer; son Henry Pierce, New Market; eight grandchildren; 15 […]

Charles Sidney Fendley

CHARLES SIDNEY FENDLEY, 74, Oneonta, died Feb. 4, 2016. He was the owner of Fendley Furniture, which had been in business since 1914. He was a member of the Downtown Merchant Association and Rosa Methodist Church. He served with the U.S. National Guard, was an avid golfer, and never met a stranger. He was known for helping his neighbors fix […]