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Snead dismisses police chief

Acting on Mayor La’Shone Price’s motion, seconded by councilor Ann Sullins, the Snead Town Council voted unanimously “to terminate” the employment of its police chief Alan Hicks. Price’s motion cited “poor leadership and poor work supervision” as reasons for the action. Gathering in a special called 7 p.m. Monday meeting to consider personnel, the council recessed into executive session within […]

Former Oneonta police officer arrested for child sex crimes

Nicholas Shane Osborn, 39, of Oneonta, a former Oneonta Police Department sergeant fired four months ago for a felony DUI charge, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 14, on multiple child sex charges. A Blount County grand jury returned an indictment (charges to be proved or disproved in court) against Osborn with six counts, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. […]

Swimmers place in state swim meet

A student from Oneonta High School and a student from Appalachian High School won medals at the AHSAA State Swim Meet held at Auburn University on Dec. 1 – 2. Oneonta junior Ethan Adams, who has been a competitive swimmer for six years, placed third in the state 1A–5A 100-meter freestyle event. Adams also competed in the state 100-meter backstroke […]

The state said, ‘No Moore’


Well, folks, we have had a more exciting and fun-filled political year than we expected. Usually, most of the fun is reserved for even-numbered years when presidential or gubernatorial elections are held. However, it’s been a good ride. Obviously, the special election for the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions’s senate term monopolized the year. You must remember, however, that […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, December 22, 2004

Royal receives early Christmas gift “This has been a dream accomplishment,” says Royal fire chief Greg Hamrick. “No one ever thought a department this small would be able to afford a brand new apparatus. However, with a great deal of assistance from FEMA and our legislators, we were able to get a grant.” The apparatus the chief speaks about is […]

Crowd gathers for Zaxby’s grand opening

Despite the dreary and cool weather, a crowd of approximately 100 was wrapped around the new Zaxby’s building by 9 a.m. Monday, as they anxiously waited for tickets to be distributed for the grand opening “Deck of Dealz” promotion. The promotion entitles each recipient to a pre-selected free deal, once a week, for one year. The first of the crowd […]

Oneonta raises towing and impoundment fees

Responding to prior requests by local wrecker service providers Skint Knuckle Garage and Glover Wrecker, the Oneonta City Council amended its ordinance to raise towing, administrative, and storage charges for impounded vehicles. Towing fees will increase from $75 to $125, storage from $25 to $35 a day, and the administrative fee to $25 from $10. In other business, councilors hired […]

Redskin coaching applications piling up

The search continues for Oneonta High School’s new football coach and there will apparently be a nice selection to choose from, according to Oneonta Superintendent Daniel Smith. “We have received more than 100 resumes,” said Smith, as of last Friday. “I haven’t gone through them all yet but there are several quality coaches that have applied.” Oneonta was 3-7 on […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum is sponsoring a photography contest and is seeking photos of historical interest in Blount County. Photos should be 4×6 or 5×7 for ages 17 and up and should include the item, location, and date of the photo on the back. Supply photographer information on a separate sheet of paper. Deadline to submit a photo […]