Local entrepreneur builds on historical legacy

February marks the traditional celebration of Black or African-American History Month in the United States and Canada. During that month, begun first as a week-long commemoration tied to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, African-Americans and others hold special events in their churches, schools, and communities to recognize contributions made by African- Americans toward society’s improvement. The events […]

Readers question commission bank loan

Last week’s article on the Blount County Commission’s acceptance of a $10 million loan package from a local bank to finance more than 70 percent of the Moving Blount County Forward (MBCF) road rehabilitation plan triggered an immediate reaction among some readers. The drift of questions seemed to be: How come they’re borrowing $10 million to pave roads when the […]

Public hearing may contrast two faces of economic value: growth vs. equity

News Perspective

In a special meeting Tuesday, the Blount County Commission scheduled a public hearing in connection with a three-way development agreement involving the county commission, the town of Hayden, and High Tide Oil Inc. The agreement covers incentives provided High Tide Oil Inc. for the construction and operation of a large Travel Center in Hayden. The hearing will be at the […]

Molly Grace looks to Mayo Clinic for answers

Molly Grace Register is a senior at Oneonta High School where she is a majorette and makes excellent grades. Her year started off just like any other, but things changed drastically for her the first week of September. It was clear to her parents, Jimmy and Andrea Register, that something was wrong. Molly Grace has dysautonomia, which is a neurological […]

Oneonta public hearing has surprising start

A Feb. 16 Oneonta public hearing to consider provisions for taxi and events business licenses began with a bit of a startling announcement. City manager/ economic development officer Ed Lowe reported the city’s sales tax collector, RDS (Revenue Discovery Systems), had advised the city of uncollected taxes from one business as far back as 2013. Lowe yielded to city attorney […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. How ‘History can be entertaining,’ will be the topic of discussion led by guest speaker Stanley Moss. Phone Margaret Hudson at 353-1221 for more information. COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY FREE EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays Feb. 24, March 10 and 24, April 7 and […]

It should be quite a year in Alabama politics


As I have suggested to you, we are looking at momentous 2018 election year, and it has already begun. Get this, folks, we have an open governor’s race. We have openings at Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, three seats on the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice position, all 35 state Senate seats, all 105 House seats, […]

Oneonta hires and advertises for personnel

Beyond passing business licensing amendments (see accompanying public hearing article, front page), the Oneonta City Council acted on several personnel issues at its latest meeting. The council hired Colton Jones as a full-time park and recreation maintenance employee. Praised by most council members, Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in turf management, adding a new perspective to the department. Firefighter Leslie […]

Camellia Court apartment destroyed by fire

Oneonta Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at Camellia Court Apartments on Springville Boulevard Sunday at approximately 9:45 p.m. Fire Chief Arthur Willis said that one apartment was destroyed by fire, one apartment suffered water and smoke damage and two other apartments had minor smoke damage. One resident was transported to the hospital but was believed to have been […]

Two found guilty

Two men were found guilty by Blount County juries last week. Carlton Murray, 47, was convicted of first degree robbery, second degree burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest. The charges came from an incident in May of 2012 when Murray entered Southeastern School with handgun and began demanding keys to a vehicle from school personnel. He eventually […]