Appalachia ministry completes 29th year

This is the 29th year Lester Memorial United Methodist Church (LMUMC) sent teams to help with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). ASP is committed to helping fix homes and minister to the less fortunate residents in the Appalachia area. Over the last 29 years, teams from Lester Memorial have been sent to Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and other states. The […]

Prospects looking up for drug court


by Ron Gholson Drug court is an effective program doing a solid job dealing with a monumental problem: rehabilitating drug addicts and returning them to the world as fully functioning and productive people. Briefly: In more than four years of operation, it has handled 116 cases, not including 28 currently in the program, and 77 have successfully completed the demanding […]

Disgruntled Snead resident speaks on months-old dispute

Resident Fred LaRue addressed the Snead Town Council over a lingering dispute he and neighbor Jeff Lackey have had with a nearby repair business. In February, LaRue had asked help from the city about ending what he reports as routine business parking in the LaRue Drive roadway. He asserts the reported parking makes resident use of the road extremely difficult […]

Oneonta elected leaders profess ‘on same page’

Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris, city manager Ed Lowe, and city school board member Don Maples referred to being “on the same page” as they neared conclusion of a public meeting involving the Oneonta City Council and the Oneonta City Board of Education. The July 12, post-city council meeting addressed ways to improve the city’s financial contribution to the school system. […]

Calling all aspiring commercial drivers

Due to a critical need for certified commercial drivers, Wallace State Community College is seeking to make it more convenient to qualify. Wallace State now offers CDL classes at the Oneonta campus, as well as at Double Springs in Winston County, and at the main campus in Hanceville. The first class in Oneonta will begin Aug. 8, providing at least […]

Candidates for municipal elections take their places

Appearing below are qualifiers for mayor and city council in Blount County’s twelve municipalities. Tuesday, July 19, at 5 p.m.was the deadline to qualify for the Aug. 23 election. The newspaper’s press schedule made it necessary to make the last call for qualfiers at 3 p.m. Those who waited until after that time to qualify will be identified next week. […]

Recycling is important to a growing city

In the mid-1990s, the City of Oneonta had a recycling program where recyclingwas picked up at the home of the citizen. Recently, the recyclying effortconsists of a large, green dumpster placed in the Oneonta Public Library parkinglot, where patrons were expected to place their recyclable items inside ofthe dumpster, to be collected periodically. As noted in the recent The BlountCountian […]

An insult

This letter is about the audacity, the ultimate insult, of the actions of theBirmingham Water Works Board when they go so far to sue to prohibit representationby the new board members from Blount and Shelby Counties.As a Blount County property owner, I have a vested interest in this matter, andI pay a premium price for water that comes from the […]


In last week’s article on compensation of county employees, several errors and misunderstandings occurred. Corrected figures are given here by job title. For Captain-investigator, the correct annual compensation is $45,905. For Lieutenant-investigator, the correct figure is $42,650. Both were inflated substantially by allowances for overtime. For Deputy, the correct figure is $31,624. That figure represents a rough average for 17 […]

News Briefs

SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will hold new student and kindergarten registration tomorrow, July 21, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. To register, students must have a birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of residency, and certificate of immunization (blue slip). CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL will hold new student registration on Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. To register, […]