Special election for Senate seat set for Aug. 15

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, nine Republicans and seven Democrats will compete in their respective primary elections for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was confirmed in February to serve as United States Attorney General. A runoff election will be held, if necessary, on Sept 26, in the event a single candidate from either or both parties does […]

‘Run, play or clap your way to support the 2017 Midsummer Night’s Run’

Known as “the event that gathers the community,” this Saturday’s Midsummer Night’s Run, presented by Hometown Bank, will offer an evening of family fun, but more importantly, it will help support the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) and The Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER). Mitchie Neel, BCEF director said, “BCEF is so honored and thrilled to be a part […]

Officials continue preparations for next week’s voting

Brian Erwin (back to camera) explains machine testing procedures to county election officers and workers (clockwise to Erwin’s left) probate clerks Kim Hipp (chief) and Erin Self, Circuit Clerk Cindy Massey, Probate Judge Chris Green, and Blount County Sheriff’s Department Operations Officer Tim Kent. Erwin instructed observers to select random machines programmed for the Tuesday, Aug. 15, U.S. Senate primaries […]

Man drowns after car plunges into Inland Lake

Michael David Clem Jr. , 41, of Oneonta, drowned Sunday about 10:30 a.m. after his van plunged into Inland Lake. A security officer and bystanders present at the time immediately jumped into the 10- to 12- foot-deep water to rescue Clem, who had thrown a notebook out the window of the van just before he drove into the lake, according […]

Happy birthday Anita, we loved your first 100 years!

Imagine celebrating 100 birthdays. Velma “Anita” Prickett of Blountsville did just that on July 28. Family and friends from several states celebrated this joyous occasion with two birthday cakes, hors d’oeuvres, hand-sculpted watermelons, fellowship, and many stories about Prickett’s life. The sunflower-themed celebration at the Blountsville United Methodist Church culminated with a multitude of family and friends cheering as Blountsville […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE will have a meeting tomorrow, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building. The meeting is open to all TREASURE Forest members. Phone 353-2858 for more info. BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., at Wood Fire Grill in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts […]

Let’s get to know…

Ricky Statham,DirectorOneonta Public LibraryFavorite Movie – ‘Patch Adams’Favorite TV Show – ‘Criminal Minds’Favorite Cartoon Character – SpeedyGonzalesFavorite Author – Neil GaimanFavorite Food – Chicken ParmesanFavorite Sandwich – Ham and CheeseLeast Favorite Food – Apples (it’s a texture thing, he says)Favorite Vacation – Maggie Valley, N.C.Dream Vacation – New Zealand

Palmer reports

Sixth District U. S. Rep. Gary Palmer faced a much calmer and more courteous crowd at his luncheon meeting in Oneonta Tuesday than many of his House colleagues have faced in their districts in recent weeks. He reported on the status of a number of current issues, then transitioned to more subjective matters in the closing minutes of his talk. […]

Blount County moving forward with planned road projects

The first installment of county roads to be paved with 1-cent tax increase funds authorized by citizens last November is nearing completion with about two months left in the 2017 paving season. In January, the Moving Blount County Forward (MBCF) paving plan was formulated calling for two high-traffic county roads in each district to be paved, with an additional road […]


‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, […]