How does your garden grow?

Winners of The Blount Countian’s ‘How does your garden grow?’ contest: Vegetable garden winners: First place: (A gift certificate from the Blount County Co-Op) Billy J. Simmons, 83 years young of Hayden, tends the winning garden and shows off the bounty of his hard work (above right and inset). Submitted by Maria Simmons Second place: (a gift certificate from Hometown […]

Board approves band camp payments, awards McAfee

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board met for its regular business meeting Monday and approved superintendent’s recommendations for the summer and the upcoming school year. It also presented board member Bruce McAfee an award for 50 years of dedicated service to Blount County Schools (photo). The board approved superintendent’s recommendations to: • pay the following individuals to work with high school bands […]

Four River Oaks apartments damaged by fire and water

Oneonta Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire at River Oaks Apartments at 9:25 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. Upon arriving four minutes and 44 seconds later, Oneonta Fire and Rescue found two apartments engulfed in flames. The fire, which could have easily spread to all four apartments in the unit, was quickly contained. Two connecting units sustained […]

It takes a team to fix a tower

The Palisades Park fire tower is now open to visitors. Many of the leading enablers of the fire tower restoration effort met Saturday to officially open it for use as a park attraction. At a cost of about $76,000, the tower has been extensively repaired, reconditioned, reinforced, repainted, and inspected over the last four years since the project began to […]


BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION has a work session tomorrow, July 12, at 9 a.m. The commission business meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, July 16, at 9 a.m. The public is welcome. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, July 12, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center. New board members and officers will be introduced and Greg Reid […]

No confidence in the Consumer Confidence Report

Reader writes

I just received a 16-page Consumer Confidence Report from Pine Bluff Water Authority. The criticism I’m about to make is not with the Pine Bluff Water Authority, but with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who requires water utilities across the U.S. to send their customers this report each year. Of course I am pleased to get a report of my […]

Brindley adds another achievement to his long career

Oneonta advocate, public servant, and retired educator Dr. Joe Brindley has completed another item on his bucket or, as he might call it, his “crossing the Swilcan Bridge” list. Brindley has had his autobiography published. The book Crossing the Swilcan Bridge provides vignettes in the life of this Blount County native – from his days as a hard-working farm boy, […]


‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. Financial assistance is available. There are a limited number of appointments. Donations are needed to keep the […]

Reproducing your favorite plants

County Agent’s Corner

When I was growing up, we didn’t live too far from my grandparents, so I was at their house a lot. I have wonderful memories of being there. The fig bush by the front bedroom window had a certain smell, especially in late summer into early fall. Grandpa had peonies that he took pride in, and they smelled wonderful when […]