Grand Marshal Bella



Leading the parade as Grand Marshal this year is 8-year-old Bella Britt, a third-grader at Southeastern School, and a recent middle cerebral artery (MCA) ischemic stroke survivor. Also, coincidentally she’s 2016’s Little Miss Blount County. The story of her selection as grand marshal is too good not to tell. Here it is. Bella became Little Miss Blount County in April. […]

Repairs underway improve security; turnover remains major challenge

Blount County Correctional Facility

The escape of two prisoners from the Blount County Correctional Facility on Oct. 8 illuminated some previously unknown problems at the jail. The prisoners were able to cut a hole through their cell wall big enough to crawl through into the surrounding prison yard, then go over the chain link fence, defeating the roll of concertina wire at the top […]

Commissioners sworn in; tax levied following voter approval

Blount County Commission

Two new commissioners, Mike Painter of District 2 and Nick Washburn of District 4, were sworn in last Wednesday for four-year terms at the first meeting of the 2016-2018 Blount County Commission. The terms of District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong and District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert will expire in 2018. As its first item of new business, the new commission […]

Son held in shooting deaths of parents



A man is in the Blount County Correctional Facility in connection to the shooting deaths of his parents. Heath Benson Moore, 41, was taken into custody Monday night at the home of his parents on County Road 10 near Blountsville. According to sources, Blount County 911 received a call Monday around 11:45 p.m. from the suspect saying that two people […]

OBA working on a Christmas to remember



The Oneonta Business Association (OBA) is working closing with the Oneonta Beautification Board (OBB) to make this Christmas lively by decorating and holding special events that everyone can enjoy. Members of the OBA and the OBB are planning several events to make the holidays even merrier. Currently, members of the OBA and OBB, are “Decking the Halls” by Dec. 1. […]

News Briefs



ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Come see college and corporate characters, classic cars, beautiful floats, hoof units, emergency and military vehicles, and special entries you have to see to believe. Grand marshals including the Crimson Tide’s Thomas Rayam and Santa. For more info or to be in the parade please call 589- 2311. TOWN […]

Yard sale fees voted out



In its November meeting, the Cleveland Town Council passed a motion that does away with the $5 license for yard sales. The hope in cancelling the fee is that people who come to yard sales will stay and eat lunch or spend money with Cleveland businesses. Councilman Tommy Swindle reported from the park board that the annual Christmas in the […]

Giving thanks



This holiday season, as we gather with family and friends, let’s give thanks for the bounty we enjoy, not just on the holidays, but every day. The safe, plentiful food available to us, and the products used to produce clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use, didn’t just appear in a store. They got there thanks to a […]

Many thanks



The local Three Hots and a Cot program is grateful to Hometown Market,American Legion Post 72, and all those who faithfully support our homeless veterans. Thank you,J.D. Simpson, presidentThree Hots and a Cot

Thank you to Oneonta firefighters



We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Oneonta firefighters who helped contain the recent wildfires near Whited Lake. Although our home was never in immediate danger, it was too close for comfort. The winds may have changed in our favor, but our firefighters knew how to take advantage of it, how backfires would react in given conditions […]


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