‘…from these honored dead we take increased devotion…’

-A. Lincoln

Patriots pledge allegiance to the flag at Blount County’s Memorial Day observance on the steps of the courthouse Saturday, followed by the singing of the national anthem. Guest speaker this year was retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. James E. Davis, who spoke on the history of Memorial Day, concluding with this tribute to all the country’s men and women in […]

Council approves Swamp Tails abatement


The Oneonta City Council unanimously approved a three-year tax abatement for the new Swamp Tails restaurant during last week’s meeting. The abatement is for $150,000 or three years – whichever comes first – and is for non-educational sales tax. During a public hearing held before the regular council meeting, city attorney Alex Smith said that sales taxes would be collected […]

Keaton Fallin faces the world

“Keaton Fallin is a miracle, and what he’s been able to do is a miracle. But his mother, Christy, is the hero. Keaton’s blessed to have her. She’s been the driving force that made his recovery possible. Without her, we wouldn’t be where we’re at.” That summary is from Brent Patterson, special needs teacher at Oneonta High School, himself one […]

Man charged with eight crimes after weekend incident

A Blount County man has been arrested after the abduction and shooting of a woman who jumped out of his vehicle near Jack’s in Blountsville. Jeremy Eugene Mallicoate, 34, is in the Blount County Correctional Facility and is being charged with first-degree kidnapping, attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, shooting into an occupied vehicle, second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, menacing […]

Community meeting called to discuss outbreak of fatal accidents

The Blount County Commission has called a community meeting for concerned citizens and first responders to discuss the outbreak of fatal accidents on Blount County highways over the last month. The meeting is scheduled for the Cleveland Community Center on June 5 at 7 p.m. According to District 4 Commissioner Nick Washburn, who initiated the meeting, the location could be […]

Swamp Tails ‘stages’ grand Grand Opening

Swamp Tails, Oneonta’s breathlessly-awaited Cajun seafood and steak restaurant, will stage its grand opening Saturday, June 17. And stage it, it will. It will be a major downtown event from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., featuring an actual stage in the middle of the street in front of the restaurant with live entertainment by a country/southern rock band from 4 […]

News Briefs

80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION for L.G. “Bud” Jones will be today from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at The Little Brick Church, Oneonta. Light refreshments will be served. TOWN OF DOUGLAS YARD SALE will be Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Hambrick Drive and on Ala 75 in front of Douglas schools. Phone […]

OHS band members continue marching

As the school year ends, five members of the Oneonta High School Band have learned they will march at the collegiate level. Hannah Weems will become a part of the UAB Blazer band and Brandon Whitworth will join the Samford Bulldog band. Nick McMinn, Tyler Harvey, and Emily Campbell will join three previous OHS graduates as part of the “Million […]


Jason Fuller, left, and Lynda Fuller, right, awarded the annual $500 scholarships to Hannah Snow and Trey Calvert of Appalachian High School. The following scholarships were awarded after The Blount Countian published the May 24 graduation edition. Appalachian High School Carolina Chacon – Olivet Nazarene University, $64,000 Anna Hardin – National Technical Honors Society, $1000 Hannah Snow – PTSO Scholarship, […]

Sports Briefs

YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP will be held June 26-30 at the Oneonta Rec Center. Boys and girls of all ages and all skill levels are invited to participate. There is a $10 registration fee and registration has begun at the Oneonta Rec Center. Instruction will be provided by Darein Rhetta, Cordell Webb, Corbett Webb and Nate Butler. For more information, phone […]