Man arrested for robbery of Locust Fork bank

A man has been arrested in connection to the robbery of the People’s Bank branch in Locust Fork last Friday. Aaron Levi Kelly, 31, was arrested early Tuesday morning by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies. He was charged with possession of controlled substance, receiving stolen property and attempting to elude and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds […]

Citizens seek council help in latest Snead meeting

Despite the routine nature of much of the meeting, three residents requested help from the Snead Town Council at the body’s most recent session. Former council candidate Trey Christian asked members to consider various options to assist him and the other estimated 40 to 50 residents of Lee Ridge Drive. The council had repeatedly contended developer Terry Stover failed to […]

Meet the new administrator

St. Vincent’s Blount

If there is a single dominant impression from an introductory conversation with St. Vincent’s Blount’s new administrator Greg Brown, it’s this: he’s going to take a good hospital and make it even better. Since that’s right in line with the unofficial motto for Blount County promoters for years, it fits right in. Background Brown, 61, is originally from Baltimore, Md. […]

Oneonta supports ambulance advisory board

Oneonta city councilors unanimously passed a resolution of support for an ambulance service advisory board, following a presentation by Blount County 911 director Caleb Branch. Branch’s review included questions and answers concerning operation of the planned board. In his remarks, Branch noted that municipalities provide 15 percent of the 911 funding. He indicated he had learned that that body carries […]

News Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, April 20, at Catfish Cabin restaurant, at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Tracy Honea, mayor of Albertville. BLOUNT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY will meet Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m., at the Blount County Memorial Museum. HOMESCHOOLING 101 A meeting will be held Sunday, April 23, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., at The […]

Thanks for progress and good news

What a knockout gorgeous county we live in. Tourists come here to explore our many covered bridges, Rickwood Caverns, Palisades Park, the Locust Fork River, and much more. Having a county commission with foresight to recognize the social, cultural, environmental, and economic benefits tourism provides to our citizens and county is a blessing and a boon for our future. I […]

Loan for paving approved


At last week’s meeting, the Cleveland Town Council approved a motion to move forward with plans for a loan from Hometown Bank for the purpose of repairing the town’s roads and the park’s walking track. An extension of the track is included in the plan. The council also passed a motion to advertise for bids for the work. Until bids […]

OPD chief on the job

With the first week under his belt, Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton said, “It was very positive for me. I have received an acceptance and reinforcement that I’ve never experienced before. I’m very blessed to be a part of it.” Clifton also said, “The department has a very forward way of thinking. The police department and the community function phenomenally.” […]

Alcohol license committee recommends three

Oneonta’s seven-member alcohol license review committee voted to recommend licensing for three establishments in their April 11 meeting. Public safety director-administrator Brandon Horton recommended license for the applicants – Twin Oaks at Heritage, Pounders, and Toke. Pounders and Toke will offer wine and beer as part of their regular restaurant businesses. Twin Oaks, which has held a license, had its […]

Fields emphasizes need for balance between church and state

Speaking last week to the Blount County Democratic Club, Rev. James C. Fields Jr. appeared to call for a balance between church and state. Diverging from the announced topic, “Separation of Church and State in a Diverse Society,” Fields noted Christians have a higher law but are to be respectful of earthly government and leaders. “People will only believe you, […]