Ohatchee too much for Locust Fork

The Ohatchee Indians used a powerful running game to roll up 465 yards rushing and pounded out a 49- 28 victory over visiting Locust Fork in the first round of the playoffs last Friday. The Indians scored a pair of touchdowns in each of the first three quarters to build a 42-14 lead heading to the final period. The Hornets […]

Blount Countian Scholar Athletes of the Week

Oneonta High School

Tyler David Thomas Parents: Jason Thomas and the late Sarah Thomas Grade Point Average: 4.13 Sports played/how long: Varsity football – 1 year; Varsity soccer – 6 years; JV basketball – 2 years; Varsity cross country – 2 years Academic achievements: Highest average AP chemistry; Highest average biology; Class rank 6/104; scored 31 on ACT Athletic achievements: Sarah Thomas award; […]

Panthers will battle Fyffe


After one week of the high school playoffs, Blount County is down to just a single team. The Cleveland Panthers took the proverbial lumber to Red Bay and bounced the Tigers out of the playoffs with a 41-14 win last Friday at Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium. The rest of the county didn’t fare as well. Hayden got out to […]


Cleveland OffensePoints – 337 (30.6 per game)Rushing – 2399 (218.1)Passing – 1489 (135.4)Total – 3888 (353.5)Cleveland DefensePoints – 189 (17.2 per game)Rushing – 1546 (140.5)Passing – 945 (86)Total – 2491 (226.5) Cleveland PlayoffsAll-time 9-15 (16 appearances) Fyffe OffensePoints – 537 (48.8 per game)Rushing – 3489 (317.2)Passing – 1338 (121.6)Total – 4827 (438.8)Fyffe DefensePoints – 73 (6.6)Rushing – 845 (76.8)Passing – […]

Randolph County pulls away from Pennington

The J.B. Pennington Tigers looked Randolph County in the eye for almost three-and-a-half quarters. Unfortunately, once the hosts blinked, the visitors put them away as Randolph County advanced to the second round with a 28-6 victory at Blountsville last Friday. The only score of the first half came early in the second quarter when Randolph County’s Andrew Prestridge hit Trent […]


Panthers roll over Red Bay

The Cleveland Panthers picked a great time to play their best game of the year in a 41-14 annihilation of visiting Red Bay in the first round of the playoffs. “I’m really proud of how we played (against Red Bay). It was probably the most complete game we played all year – we had a good game plan and our […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ONEONTA will host the annual community Thanksgiving service and fellowship meal on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken for the Good Samaritan Fund, which is administered and distributed locally with the assistance of the city police department and clerk’s office. Phone 625-3191 for more information. SINGINGS EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH […]


JIMMY MICHAEL BATES, 72, died Nov. 2, 2016. He was known for his love of motorcycles, cars, and the outdoors, being a hard worker, and his corny jokes. He was a great father and husband. He was predeceased by his mother and father and sister. Surviving are wife of 33 years April Ann Bates; children Charlotte ( John) Burgin, David […]


MARGARET BLACKWOOD, 80, Oneonta, died Oct. 21, 2016. She was a member of Mt. Joy Church and had worked at Blue Bell for 10 years. She enjoyed traveling and camping. Predeceasing her were father Remus Tidwell, mother Mary Louise Champion Tidwell, and brothers Alfred Tidwell and Howard Tidwell. Surviving are husband of 54 years Hampton Blackwood; sisters Pauline (Melvin) Gilbert, […]