Oneonta police cited for life-saving response


Oneonta police chief Charles Clifton recognized officers Cory Glasscock and Matthew Suddeth at the Aug. 14 Oneonta City Council meeting. On the evening of July 3, the two responded to a structure fire on Pocoto Drive. There they found a four-apartment structure in flames. The pair located women residing in two of the apartments, broke through windows, and assisted them […]

2017-2018 FOCUS awards


Six FOCUS awards were presented at the annual Blount County Teacher Institute on Aug. 7, just before the start of the 2018-2019 school term. The word FOCUS stands for the specific area of focus selected by each school upon which to concentrate extraordinary improvement efforts for the year. Appalachian: The school created a strong focus on third grade reading. At […]

Making an impact


With numbers expected to hit $3.5 million this year in support for county schools, the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) is celebrating its 20th year in existence. To date, the BCEF has provided $3,380,454 in support through classroom grants and summer learning programs, as well as other great projects such as the High School Ambassadors, STEAM Labs and Activities, Youth […]

Newman pleads guilty


On Monday, Aug. 13, two days before jury selection was to begin in Blount County Circuit Court, Wesley Newman, 33, Arab, (pictured above) pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four girls, all under the age of 12. The investigation began in 2015 when one of the victims reported to her school counselor she had been abused by Newman. Blount County Sheriff’s […]

Board considering resolution of support for display of national motto in schools

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education is considering passage of a resolution of support for state legislation enacted earlier this year permitting display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in public places, including public schools, according to Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green. It will likely be formalized within the next month or two, he said. The legislation, […]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATON will meet Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., at Palisades Park for the annual covered dish luncheon. Bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship with old and new members. BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE will meet Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. Democrats registered to vote in Blount County will […]

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