New computer-aided dispatch system: quantum leap for law officers

Puts dispatch details in driver’s seat...

The new Computer-Aided Dispatch System is an information/communications system recently implemented by Blount County 911. It gives first responders access at a glance to the full range of information previously available in real time only to 911 dispatchers. It is limited for the present to the Blount County Sheriff’s Department, the Oneonta Police Department, and other police departments in county […]

Drought finally relents as havoc breaks loose

The wind whipped up late Monday afternoon into gusts in the 30-40 mph range, blowing down drought-weakened trees and dry limbs onto arcing power lines, setting a last whirlwind gasp of woods and brush fires across the county, until mid-evening Monday night, when – mercifully – came the deluge that will keep them at bay for awhile. Power outages reached […]

City adds land and personnel

Oneonta voted to annex land along Ebell Road at the request of local land holder K&B Properties. The city accepted the request declaring the addition, adjacent to current city limits, “in the city’s public interest.” Council members also approved the hiring of John Joshua Davidson, Ronald Vernarr Hughes, Josh Keith Snyder, Matthew Suddeth, and Nathan Patrick Trimble as part-time police […]

McCutcheon to address Chamber Lunch today

Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon will address the monthly Chamber Lunch of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. The lunch is set for 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 30, at World Outreach Center in Oneonta. McCutcheon said he will discuss state General Fund budget issues, with special attention to infrastructure and transportation matters. McCutcheon was elected […]

Christmas parade next week

The 2016 Blount County Christmas parade will be Tuesday, Dec. 6, beginning at 7 p.m. Parade route will be along Hwy 75 in Oneonta. Join grand marshal Bella Britt and enjoy an evening of marching bands, floats made by local businesses and organizations, Santa Claus, and holiday fun. Contact the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce at 274-2153 or […]

News Briefs

TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Pantherettes will perform in the amphitheater, followed by the arrival of Santa at 6 p.m. Bring cameras to take photos in the decorated pavilion. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. ADA COMPLIANCE MEETING will be held Dec. 5, at 10 […]

Stringing along

Courthouse Holiday Schedule

Christmas Christmas Day is Sunday, Dec. 25. The courthouse will be closed all day on Friday, Dec. 23 and on Monday, Dec. 26. It will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., before Dec. 23 and after Dec. 26. New Year New Year’s Day is Sunday, Jan. 1. The courthouse will be closed all day on Monday, Jan. […]

Oneonta school board votes bonus for school employees

As the last item of business in Monday evening’s meeting of the Oneonta City Board of Education, board member Don Maples moved to grant a “one time salary adjustment” – in effect a Christmas bonus – for employees of Oneonta City Schools. The board approved it unanimously. “They deserve more than that,” Maples said softly after the motion passed. According […]

Sessions heads to Washington


It is definite – Alabama’s junior senator, Jeff Sessions, is going to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, as well as his closest advisor. Sessions will be confirmed by the Senate. He has been a respected member of the Senate for 20 years and an impeccably clean history of integrity. Even though he is and has been one of the […]