Welcome to the summer of STREAM

Excitement is in the air as 2018 summer camps are quickly approaching. Continuing with the 20-year mission to promote academic excellence in Blount County Schools, the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) has set forth some very high standards for this year’s summer camps. From cooking to robotics, from Broadway to the Locust Fork River, and everything in between, the 28 […]

Commission tiptoes toward unit system; approves courthouse active shooter plan

The Blount County Commission voted unanimously to place District 2 under the direct supervision of the county engineering department beginning with the 2018/2019 fiscal year on Oct. 1. The engineering department, working with District 2 Commissioner Mike Painter, will assume responsibility for road maintenance and paving plans for the district next year and beyond. The engineering department will work closely […]

County attorney says new dog law ‘has real bite’

County Attorney Jeff Sherrer’s statement, while made to a degree facetiously, nonetheless contained a note of real warning, if not alarm. A layman reading the law for the first time might conclude the attorney’s take was, if anything, an understatement. The legislation, called Emily’s Law, was signed into law on March 8 this year by Gov. Kay Ivey. The word […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet tomorrow, May 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. NEELY ARTS CENTER will present music students in spring recitals. Performances will be as follows: Saturday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.; Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.; Monday, May 21, at 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 22, at […]

Apartment fire displaces 20

A May 9 fire at Eastside Apartments has displaced more than 20 people. The fire impacted a total of 12 units, however, there were no reported injuries. According to Oneonta Fire Chief Arthur Willis, Oneonta Fire and Rescue initially responded to two units fully involved just after 5 p.m. Five additional volunteer fire departments assisted with the call. Willis confirmed […]

‘Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!’

County Agent’s Corner

If you are an older individual then you know exactly where this title comes from. As a small child these animals brought up images in your mind that got your attention. Nobody wants to encounter these three, especially alone. The lions, tigers and bears I want to discuss are the ones blooming right now. The bear is in full bloom […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, May 16, 1990

Oneonta prepares for 100th birthday “Oneonta, a Century of Progress” reads the logo on t-shirts being sold to kick off the 100th birthday celebration for the city. A cannon boom will mark the beginning of festivities. A tent will be pitched between Dogwood Inn and Joan’s Kitchen. In case of rain, all festivities will take place there. Otherwise, free birthday […]

‘Putting tools in your tool box’

All eight high schools in Blount County will be represented at both the American Legions Boys State and Girls State programs for the first time thanks to the county’s four American Legion posts and private donors. Tuition and travel expenses for nine students for Boys State and eight for Girls State will be funded for the rising high school seniors […]

Drug take back

The Blount County drug take back on April 28 brought in 110 pounds of unused medication. The event was organized by District Attorney Pamela Casey and local law enforcement agencies. Pictured above with boxes of reclaimed drugs are front row (from left): Joe Franklin and Casey. Back row: Keith Atkinson, Jimmy Baldwin, Scott Kon, and Bill Ferry.

Council handles personnel, vehicle, other matters

Oneonta City Council

At its May 8 business meeting, the Oneonta City Council, at councilman Nathaniel Butler’s recommendation, elected Chris Hardeman as president of the Park and Recreation Board, replacing Rob Rice who passed away in March. Butler also moved to hire Ferris Phillips and Sharon Blackwood as temporary city pool employees. The council approved the motion unanimously. Councilman Richard Phillips stated the […]