Blount County Farm Safety Day

Blount County Farm Safety Day and Row Crop Tour was held last Saturday at Miller Farms. Alfa Blount County Young Farmers (BCYF) hosted the bi-annual event. Blount County Farm Safety Day allows EMTs and first responders from Blount and surrounding counties to learn about farm equipment extrication; they earn continuing education credits for attending. This event was started by the […]

Brooksville, Blountsville disagree on mutual aid agreement

A conflict originating early this year between the Brooksville and Blountsville volunteer fire departments has led to the suspension by the Brooksville Fire Department of its mutual aid agreement with Blountsville. The Brooksville department suspended its part of the mutual aid agreement by vote of its trustees and notified the Blountsville department of the suspension in a one-sentence letter dated […]

Voter turnout low to moderate; return to paper ballots possible?


Voters in five county municipalities on Aug. 23 chose two mayors (Blountsville and Snead) and nine council members (three in Allgood, one in Hayden, four in Oneonta, and one in Snead) to conclude the municipal election season in Blount County this year. Voter participation as measured by turnout ranged from dismal in Hayden at 9.3 percent of registered voters to […]

Family Fun Day at Rickwood Caverns

Archery was only one of the activities available last Saturday at Family Fun Day at Rickwood Caverns. An estimated 500 people attended the event that featured cave tours, hikes, geology seminars, and a live bird presentation with owls and falcons. Included were live volunteer appearances by local band Diamond Jacks, face painting by Xtreme Painting, and the Mt. High Fire […]

City agrees to $590,000 real estate deal

Taking its first “draw down” from a recently approved $6 million loan, city of Oneonta officials decided to invest $590,000 in real estate purchases. Presented at its latest council meeting, members voted to purchase the building housing the temporary Wallace State campus, adjacent property to the west, and the former Alaco Pharmacy building downtown. The breakdown for the purchases shows […]

News Briefs

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE will be Friday, Sept. 9, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the Red Cross Bloodmobile on the school campus. There is a critical need for all blood types. OFD BREAST CANCER T-SHIRTS The city of Oneonta and the Oneonta Fire Department are taking pre-orders for the 2016 Tshirts through Sept. 7. Phone city […]

Arrest made in rape case

An arrest has been made in the case of a sexual assault that occurred on Washington Avenue in the early hours of last Saturday morning. Romigio Gomez Vasquez, 30, has been charged with rape in the first degree. According to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman, the victim and the offender were acquaintances. Vasquez is being held in the Blount County […]

Short pursuit ends in crash and drug arrest

Gregory E. Tolbert, 44, of Oneonta, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 25, for a drug charge after a short pursuit with Oneonta police that ended in a crash. Around 2:15 p.m., Tolbert was arrested after leading police on a short pursuit, in which he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. Tolbert was in possession of three grams […]

Authorities working to identify body found in West Blount

The Blount County Sheriff’s Department is working to positively identify a body that was found in West Blount last week. According to Blount County Sheriff’s Department Operations Officer Tim Kent, the body of a young woman was found in a house on County Road 45 last week. Kent said the body was that of a woman in her 20s and […]


In last week’s article on prospects in the Legislature for passing the state lottery bill, the story erroneously stated that an amendment to the bill called for directing the first $100,000 of the proceeds to Medicaid. The correct figure was $100 million. The lottery bill calling for a constitutional amendment to authorize the lottery has since died in the state […]