Anything Goes Battle of the Schools

A little (friendly?) competition

The annual bragging rights are up for grabs once again as Anything Goes is scheduled for tomorrow night at 7 o’clock at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The competition, which features all eight Blount County high schools competing in 12 events, serves as one of the two main fundraisers for the Danny B. Hicks Scholarship foundation. Danny Hicks was the […]

‘Howdy Doody Tutti Frutti!’



How in the heck can the old folks tell – what the newspaper is talking about when it uses a silly headline like this one on a seemingly unrelated photograph? Can’t help it. That’s what Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong exclaimed – with triple exclamatory fervor – when a bidder at the annual tax auction last week opened the bidding for […]

Commission chips in $1 million to build Wallace State Oneonta Center

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission in its monthly business meeting Monday voted 3-0 with one abstention to appropriate $1 million toward construction of a building dedicated primarily to Wallace State Community College to use as its Oneonta academic campus center. The appropriation, according to the motion, consists of a $500,000 lump sum, followed by annual increments of $100,000 for five years. […]

Officers receive trauma training



Oneonta’s first responders participated in Special Operations Medical Emergency Training (S.O.M.E.T) last week and learned how to provide aid to trauma victims. According to Dale Davis, RN, BSN, and S.O.M.E.T. trainer, “It is important for first responders to be able manage trauma patients while medics are responding.” Law enforcement officers and fire and rescue units are usually the first to […]

‘Dinner at Dusk,’ Highland Lake: obviously made for each other



Join the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce for an amazing evening in an amazing setting – Highland Lake. “Dinner at Dusk” is set for the gazebo park on the shores of Highland Lake adjacent to the town hall on Saturday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner features culinary creations from some of Blount County’s best restauranteurs and caterers. Appetizer […]

News Briefs



BLOUNT COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL BAKE SALE will be Friday, May 12, at the Oneonta Public Library, from 9 a.m. until noon. Purchase homemade desserts and treats while supporting council projects such as summer reading programs, training volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, and more. COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays May 12 and 26, at 10 […]

Park cleanup



Volunteers from the community worked with Oneonta Councilman Nate Butler and Oneonta Park and Recreation Board member Daniel Clem in a park cleanup day Sunday. Approximately 35 volunteers worked on the fields and grounds and picked up trash throughout the park. The Park and Rec Board is looking at scheduling other cleanup days and fundraisers later this summer. -Rob Rice

Southeastern car show benefits booster club



The First Annual Southeastern Road Rally Car Show was held this past Saturday at Southeastern School in Remlap. Over 50 cars were on display ranging from a 1936 Chevrolet sedan to late model customized vehicles. Principal Glenn Puckett said the show was a fundraiser for the Southeastern Mustang’s athletic booster club and money raised would be used to help pay […]

Snead police arrest apparent counterfeiters



At the town’s regular council meeting, Snead Police Chief Alan Hicks announced his officers had arrested Dane Willoughby of Altoona and Tim Smith of Fyffe. Hicks revealed canine officer Marcus Hudgins assisted by his charge Di-Di made a safety checkpoint stop in the early morning hours of April 29. Di-Di provided a positive alert which led to a search revealing […]

Pig Squeal Show and Auction



Winning Grand Champion at a 4-H competition is hard work. ‘Harold’ takes a break as his owner, Taylor Jenkins of Hayden Middle School, prepares him for auction. The Pig Squeal Show and Auction was conducted Saturday, April 22, at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center in Oneonta. Barrows sold by the fifteen 4-Hers who competed sold for an average price […]


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