Ricky Dale Michaels

RICKY DALE MICHAELS, 48, Blountsville, died July 5, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Covington, Tenn. Jasson Thomas officiated the 11 a.m. service held July 10 at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Straw Pen-NeSmith Cemetery.

Eunice Faye Self

EUNICE FAYE SELF, 74, Crane Hill, died July 9, 2018. Born in Blount County, she was predeceased by parents Ralph and Danie Blackwood Posey and husband Hoyt Wayne Self. Surviving are daughters Pam (George) Scott, Denise Vandiver, Tonya (Tim) Love; grandchildren Nicole Scott, Trenton (Candice) Scott, Brooke Harbison, Brody Harbison, Gracie Love, Joseph Love; great-grandchildren Brock Smelser, Gavin Smelser; sister […]

Joseph Albert Strong

JOSEPH ALBERT STRONG, 81, Oneonta, died July 13, 2018. Andrew Mikkelson and Jackie Garrard officiated the 4 p.m. service held July 16 at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Do you know my brother?


It has been 49 years since Alice Tillie last heard from her brother, Andrew Jackson Lamb. She and her other brother, Ashley Hopkins, desperately want to know if Lamb is still alive and anything about his life since 1969. Born as Andrew Jackson Finerty in 1946 to Ashley Johnson Finerty and Bessie Mae Hutchins Finerty, Jack, along with Tillie, was […]

Candidate Milam greets county Democrats


Some two dozen Blount County Democratic Club members welcomed their party’s secretary of state nominee Heather Milam (right) to the club’s Thursday evening meeting. Milam replaced previously planned speaker, Dr. Will Boyd, who, at club president Mike Evans’ urging, had joined a Scottsboro meeting along with the party’s gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox and attorney general candidate Joseph Siegelman that evening. […]

Snead hears assistance call and hires additional employees

Snead Town Council

Business investor/entrepreneur Phillip Cleveland asked Snead town councilors to consider providing assistance to him as he plans expansion of apartments in the municipality. Cleveland revealed he had spent over $90,000 on water and sewerage lines in prior construction. He explained he intends to add 12 additional units shortly and another 24 later. He contended that increased revenues from those additional […]

Oneonta accepts fire chief resignation

Oneonta City Council

The Oneonta City Council accepted the resignation of fire chief Arthur Willis in its latest regular meeting. Willis, who assumed the role five years ago, has accepted a position as an instructor with the Alabama Fire College. He and his family intend to continue living in Oneonta. Councilors and others conveyed regrets at losing Willis. He expressed his own highest […]

‘You can’t put a leash on a chicken’

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland Town Council met in a special called meeting on July 3 to discuss equipment that was available for sale by Doug Bailey. Bailey offered the town a 1994 Ford L8000 dump truck for $14,950 and a heavy-duty trailer for $2,500. Utilities superintendent Steve Pass reported the dump truck was in great condition and worth more than the asking […]

Dreamcatchers wraps up summer camp


With a challenge of “dream big and set your goals high” from Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green, 100 students completed the six-week summer camp called Dreamcatchers. Dreamcatchers is a summer learning program to help students stay connected during the summer. The program offers students the opportunity to advance in areas such as math, reading, healthy living, art, music, theater, […]

Wright places tenth in nation


The Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship is a competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications. It is an annual competition held in Atlanta, Ga. Tyler Wright, an upcoming sophomore at Oneonta High School, was invited to participate in this competition due to his high score on the Microsoft Excel 2013 exam completed while taking business technology at […]