OES is ready for the new school year

Teachers in the Oneonta City School system are ready to welcome their new students for the 2016-2017 school year. As kindergarten teacher Sharon Blackwood (left) sets up her classroom for the newest members of the school, she is bursting with excitement. “We teachers have spent several weeks preparing for our new students, and we anticipate another great year at OES.”

Approved school funding plan differs from proposed

Oneonta City Council members approved a school funding resolution granting its school system a continuing line-item appropriation. The approved version amount varies significantly from the approximately $430,000 amount discussed in the joint council-board pubic session held July 12. The funding resolution sets the city’s payment at 4 percent of city sales tax revenues (approximately $170,000 for fiscal 2016, according to […]

Summer vacation ends, school begins

Backpack? Check. No. 2 pencils? Check. Summer fun? Done. Yes, it’s that time of year again – time to shop for school supplies and new clothes and get in bed early and make sure there’s money in your lunchroom account. Students at Oneonta go back to school tomorrow (Thursday) while students in the Blount County system get an extra week […]

County general fund revenues ‘lookin’ pretty good’

County administrator Zac Marsh (pictured below) readily admits there are two different levels of meaning for the general answer that county revenues for 2016 are “lookin’ pretty good.” The first level relates to his ability (or good luck) as a forecaster. If revenue collections continue on the present track through September, he will have forecast them a year ago to […]

Coaches upbeat at High School Football Media Day

All 10 of the coaches and players were feeling pretty good at last week’s High School Football Media Day at Twin Oaks Heritage. Why not? No one has fumbled, dropped a pass or been called for a penalty. At least not yet. The highlight of the event came when Boaz head coach Eric Whaley was introduced and received a standing […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Nominations are being accepted for the Edwards/Shaddix Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 13. Nominations are due by Sept. 15. Phone 446-0462, email info@oneontabusinessassociation.com, or visit oneontabusinessassociation.com to […]

Bare facts on candidates

Following are concise profiles for all of the candidates running for municipal elective office in Blount County. These are the names that will appear on the ballots respectively for the five municipalities that will hold elections on Aug. 23: Allgood, Blountsville, Hayden, Snead, and Oneonta. The designation (I) following a name denotes an incumbent. The first four towns listed will […]


The last day to register to vote in municipal elections is Monday, Aug. 8. The paper last week erroneously reported that deadline to be Aug. 10. The date has been changed one or more times since it was first announced earlier in the year. Those who are already registered to vote in national, state, and county elections (and have not […]

Merit board could meet this month

According to Blount County Merit Board member Brett King, the body is considering a tentative hearing on Aug. 29 or 30 on the legality of Oneonta City employee Geneva Wall’s dismissal. The city dismissed Wall in December. She has prevailed in previously contested points to reach the final hearing stage.

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 3, 1983

Highland Lake to borrow $70,000 for lake purchase Highland Lake Town Council authorized Mayor Frank L. Lucas Saturday morning to borrow enough money to be combined with a community development block grant (CDBG) to enable the municipality to buy Lake Highland and some 20 contiguous acres from Bill Towns. The state has provided $70,000 toward the $140,000 needed to make […]