2017-10-04 E-Edition

Without you… there is no newspaper!

Your local newspaper: The real deal

While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities. This week, newspapers across the nation recognize National Newspaper Week […]

A reason to celebrate

The front page of our paper is a little different this week. I hope you noticed…if not, then we need to talk. National Newspaper Week is a celebration of a lot of things, including freedom of the press, and that should be the most important to you. We do lots of things for our readers and I’m not talking about […]

Radiothon tops $420K

The 2017 Blount County Education Foundation Radiothon broke records last Thursday as contributions totaled $429,890.37, which is an increase of more than 29 percent from last year’s total. Mitchie Neel, executive director said, “BCEF is so grateful to each and every donor. This amazing total is because our community recognizes the need to support our students. Thank you so much […]

Oneonta budget surpasses $8 million

The Oneonta city budget continues its upward climb, consistent with the past eight years. Approved last week by the city council, the 2018 fiscal budget, which began Oct. 1, tops $8 million. The $8,158,900 figure bests last year’s then record $7,822,500. City manager Ed Lowe often explains he estimates conservatively on revenues. With that the case, the city should likely […]

Three of five interviewed

Oneonta superintendent search

The Oneonta City Board of Education last week completed interviews for Oneonta City Schools superintendent with Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Brad Cooper, and Dr. Daniel Steele. Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 respectively, are Dr. Anthony Montalto and Daniel Smith. Interviews are set for 6 p.m. each evening in the high school library. They are […]

Danny Hicks tournament tees off tomorrow

The ninth annual Danny B. Hicks Memorial Golf Tournament will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Limestone Springs Golf Course. There will be two flights, the first beginning at 8 am and the second at 1:30 pm. The charity event is a fundraiser for Danny B. Hicks Scholarship Inc. The tournament began to honor the memory of Hicks (above), who was […]

Summary of chairman’s remarks on the Blount County fiscal year budget

2018 budget

“The process of negotiating, preparing, and adopting a county budget is one of the most challenging responsibilities of the Blount County commission. It is a difficult task at very best. I would like to express appreciation to our county commissioners, the commission staff, and especially to county administrator John Bullard for their dedication to completing the 2018 fiscal year budget. […]

Pennington pulls away from Cleveland

The J.B. Pennington Tigers limited the explosive Cleveland offense to just 200 total yards and rolled to a 42-10 victory Friday night a Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium. The Panthers hung tough and trailed just 20-10 after three quarters. The Tigers pounded on the Panthers and used their advantage in depth to outscore the Panthers 22-0 over the final 12 […]