Terry signs with Denver Nuggets


Former Cleveland High School basketball standout Emanuel Terry has signed a training camp contract with the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Denver Nuggets. It is believed he is the first Blount County player to have a chance to play in the NBA. Assistant principal Conny Lowery was the head basketball coach at the school when Terry was playing. He said Terry […]

Relax; black bears not invading county in numbers – yet


No black bear sightings have been reported so far this year in Blount County, according to Blount County Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division conservation enforcement officer Toby Lucas. The operative word in that sentence is “reported.” There have been at least one and perhaps two sightings in the county this year – one in the Straight Mountain area, posted with […]

Henry back in jail


Bruce Edward Henry, the 61-year-old Oneonta man whose release from the Blount County Sherriff’s Office’s (BCSO) jail two weeks ago caused something of a stir, is now back in jail according to BCSO operations officer Tim Kent. Henry was released after his attorney, Brett King, filed a motion to reduce Henry’s bond to a signature bond so he could seek […]

Mortgage burning


July 29, 2018, was a special day at Park Avenue Baptist Church. Elaine Womack, church treasurer (pictured at left) announced to the church that the church loan was paid in full. For a number of months, church members have been bringing extra offerings asking that they be applied to the principle of the loan. As of July 23, the church […]

Hicks celebrates 97

Ada Fortner Hicks celebrated with family and friends at a party held at Diversicare Oneonta recently. Mrs. Hicks, who turned 97 on Aug. 8, was born in Alabama and raised on Straight Mountain where she worked as a farmer for many years. Four of six generations were on hand at the birthday party. Surrounding Hicks are (from left) great-granddaughter Brandy […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS ONEONTA FIRST INDEPENDENT CHURCH will have a praise and worship service on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. Come prepared to share your favorite song, instrument, or come join the congregational singing. The church will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 9, with services at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., followed by lunch and the Possum Pickers playing around 1:30 […]

Gayron June Allison

GAYRON JUNE ALLISON, 84, Blountsville, died Aug. 13, 2018, at Decatur Morgan Hospital. Ken Shelton officiated the 2 p.m. service held Aug. 18 at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Gibbs Chapel Cemetery.

Milburn Best

MILBURN BEST, 74, Hayden, died Aug. 19, 2018, at the residence. Mike Murphree will officiate the 11 a.m. service held today, Aug. 22, at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at High Rock Cemetery.

Jean Gilliland

JEAN GILLILAND, 84, Roanoke, Va., formerly of Oneonta, died Aug. 15, 2018, at Diversicare. Matthew Benson officiated the 11 a.m. service held Aug. 17 at Valley Chapel Funeral Home with burial at Sherwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Salem, Va.

Betty Faye ‘Granny’ Lett

BETTY FAYE ‘GRANNY’ LETT, 80, Snead, died Aug. 16, 2018, at the residence. Parents Willie and Gracie Barnes predeceased her, as did husband Alfred Luther Lett, sister Joyce Thompson, and brother Ray Barnes. Surviving are daughter Lisa (Patrick) Amos; granddaughters Ashley (Nick) Byrum, Amanda (Austin) Tomes; great-grandson Ashton Amos. Danny Collins officiated the 11 a.m. service held Aug. 18 at […]