OFD joins area firefighters to provide Gatlinburg relief



Standing from left, Oneonta public safety director Brandon Horton, Oneonta Fire Chief Arthur Willis, firefighter Jonathan Ledbetter (kneeling), daughter Anna Kate Ledbetter (sitting), and firefighters Scott Payne and Dalton Teal display relief supplies collected for a mercy mission to fire-ravaged Gatlinburg. The effort was headed by the Birmingham Fire Department, with several other participating area departments. Oneonta part-time firefighter Andrew […]

Scholar Athletes of the Week

Southeastern High School

Ryan Davis Parents: Andrew Davis Grade Point Average: 4.14 Sports played/how long: Football – 4 years; Track and field – 4 years Academic achievements: Beta Club; Ranked 2nd in class; Highest average in math – several years; DAR Good Citizen award Athletic achievements: HOG Award (best lineman); Honorable mention, All-County football team; Placed 2nd in discus at sectionals; Placed first […]

Clean Heart for a clean home (or office)



There’s a new business in Blount County. Clean Heart Cleaning Service, owned by Adrienne Holston Bodine and Autumn Jiles, who love their clients and are looking for more. Bodine, who grew up in Oneonta, and Jiles, who grew up in Texas and has lived here for 11 years, have already turned heads with their unique, customized cleaning service. Bodine and […]

J.F. Nesmith



J.F. NESMITH, 85, Blountsville, died Nov. 28, 2016, at TLC Nursing Center. He had worked with Hayes Aircraft as a laborer and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and was of the Baptist faith. Parents O.L. “Fate” and Jennie Mann NeSmith predeceased him, as did wife Doris Butts NeSmith, son Rickey Dale NeSmith, grandson Sean NeSmith, brother […]

Helen Faye Hitt New



HELEN FAYE HITT NEW, 77, Hayden, died Nov. 30, 2016, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She had worked as a seamstress and was a member of Austin Creek Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Hobert and Elsie Byrum Hitt, husband Talmadge “Pete” New, son Andrew Ray New, and brothers Billy Ray Hitt and Robert Hitt. Surviving are sons Randy […]

Edgar Allen ‘Al’ Oliver



EDGAR ALLEN ‘AL’ OLIVER, 85, Oneonta, died Dec. 2, 2016. He was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and was the retired owner of Safety Supplies and Service. After retirement, he enjoyed being a full-time cattle farmer, playing golf, and fishing. Predeceasing him were parents Edgar and Sadie Hamilton Oliver, brothers Johnny Oliver, Jack Oliver, and Forrest Oliver, and […]

Bruce Leon Thomas



BRUCE LEON THOMAS, 78, Hayden, died Dec. 1, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. He was co-founder, developer, and resident of The Jacobs House in Hayden. He was an avid Hayden football fan and enjoyed Alabama football, hunting, and gardening. He worked with his wife with the Blount County child nutrition system, and was known as “Mr. Tea” by students. […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas



With Christmas only a few weeks away, the whole county is getting in the spirit. The Welcome to Oneonta signs (top) have been adorned with greenery and bows thanks to Beautification Board volunteers Marlene Stroud and Sharon Breaseale. Palisades Park is open every night (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) to drive through and see a variety of displays. Downtown […]

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