It’s a pool party

Suntanned bodies, children splashing with laughter, and the high-pitched shrill of lifeguard whistles are all common sights and sounds as swimmers enjoy the refreshing waters at Blountsville Town and Oneonta City pools this summer. Blountsville and Oneonta pools are open seven days per week, weather permitting. Both offer trained lifeguards on duty, bathhouses, swimming lessons, daily and season passes, pool […]

Practical matters and a vision of the future


An hour-long interview with Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe Monday focused first on practical matters such as status of activities already in progress, later graduating to future directions and meta-concepts of community development. First the practical side. Wallace State Campus Center construction update The Wallace State Center academic building is planned for First Avenue in the south end of downtown, […]

Oneonta slashes liquor fees, redefines lounge

In last week’s meeting, city manager-economic developer Ed Lowe won approval for his recommendations that the Oneonta City Council redefine the word “lounge” in its business code and alter its charges for most of its liquor enterprises. As now defined, “lounge” will permit what many would label a bar and the fee changes increase two categories, one by $50 another […]

Chase leads to car in pond, arrest of two women

An attempted traffic stop in Sardis turned into a two-hour chase with speeds in excess of 100 mph in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 20. A Sardis Police officer attempted to stop a silver 2000 Honda Civic but the two females in the car decided to flee, said Sardis Police Chief James Harp. The ensuing pursuit went through […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, June 22, at 5:30 p.m., the movie ‘Hidden Figures’ will be shown for adults and refreshments will be provided. BLOUNT COUNTY CO-OP ANNUAL MEETING will be tomorrow, June 22, at 6 p.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m., a representative from Regions Bank will conduct a seminar, ‘Protecting yourself […]

Let’s get to know…

Aimee Wilson,executive directorBlount County-OneontaChamber of Commerce Favorite Movie – the original Star WarsTrilogyFavorite Book(s) – Wally Lamb ‘I KnowThis Much is True’ and Pete Hamill‘Tabloid City’Favorite Music – Southern RockFavorite Food – (Love) dark chocolate,(Hate) liverFavorite TV show – NFL FootballDream vacation – CubaFavorite Team(s) – Green Bay Packers,Auburn, Chicago Blackhawks


Thanks I would like to say thank you to The Blount Countian, Ron Gohlson, the Hope House staff, and all of the people of Blount County who helped make my 80th birthday the best. Thanks to all of you who attended, thank you for the gifts, but thank you most of all for the love. The respect for me was […]

Use front door only to enter and leave courthouse

All members of the public entering and leaving the Blount County Courthouse are directed to use the front entrance only. Other entrances, while open to employees, are closed to the public. The reason is to better provide for the security of both employees and the general public while in the courthouse by limiting the number of doors into and out […]

A loaded election year in 2018


The much-anticipated 2018 election contests have been pushed back by about three months due to the unanticipated race for the Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions. This ongoing contest will occupy the news through late September. It was previously thought that June 6 would be the opening bell since fundraising for next year’s June 5 primary could begin at […]

Oneontan continues at ‘ham for Hamlet’ theatre

Oneonta native Barrett Guyton began his sixth year with Abingdon, Virginia’s Barter Theatre in May. He labels work there as his “dream job.” That dream entails acting, directing, and scheduling tours. After graduating from The University of Alabama with a double major in theatre and health care management, a concession to somewhat skeptical parents, Guyton had auditioned to join the […]