Playoffs kick off

With the first round of AHSAA state football playoffs in the books, Oneonta and J.B. Pennington are moving on to the second round. The Susan Moore Bulldogs, second place finisher in 3A Region 7, looked to defeat the J.B. Pennington Tigers, who placed third in 3A Region 5. It was an impressive defensive game on both sides, but the Tigers […]

Parade of lights

Oneonta Excitement fills the air as preparations for the 2018 Blount County Christmas parade are being finalized. This year’s theme, Parade of Lights, celebrates the parade returning to the evening. The 5 p.m. parade will be held on Dec. 8. The parade committee is asking everyone to go “all-out” in decorating with lights to make it extra special for everyone […]

Smokey the freeloader

Getting ready to help himself to an early Thanksgiving meal at a deer feeder, this large, black bear (above) has installed itself as a repeat visitor to this wildlife soup kitchen, located on the property of Jerry and Joann Bullard in northern Blount County. It’s situated in Gandy Holler, (the topo map reads Gandy ‘Hollow,’ but me ‘n Joann and […]

Quilts of Valor

The Blount County Quilters Guild honored 11 U.S. military veterans by presenting each of them with a quilt at a ceremony that took place at Palisades Park last Thursday. It is part of Quilts of Valor, a nationwide celebration of veterans started in 2003 by a mother whose son was deployed. Her idea morphed into the Quilts of Valor Foundation, […]

Hollis arrested

Cynthia B. Hollis, 44, Cleveland, was indicted by a Blount County grand jury for the charge of distributing harmful material to a minor according to a press release from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Hollis allegedly committed the offense while working for the Blount County Board of Education as a school bus aide, a position she held from September […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DHR will have Santa lists for sponsored children available today, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. Lunch will be provided for each person taking a Santa list. Phone Alicia Tolbert at 274-5224 or Joslyn Blair at 274-5240 for more information. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, Nov. 15, […]

2018 Blount County General Election summary

In the midterm general election on Nov. 6, 19,583 votes were cast in Blount County by 39,365 registered voters for a turnout rate of 49.74 percent, closely reflecting the statewide voter turnout of 49.8 percent. That compares with a statewide voter turnout of 39.8 percent in the 2014 midterm (general) election, 57.5 percent in the 2010 midterm election, and 50.6 […]

Time to lime!

County Agent’s Corner

Have you ever heard of blossom end rot? Blossom end rot is a physiological disease of tomato and pepper and may impact watermelon as well. Tomatoes have a blackened, sometimes sunken, lesion on the blossom end of the fruit. Bell pepper will have a light tan to brown lesion, always toward the blossom end but they may be more to […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Chili 1 large rotisserie chicken2 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes2 Tbsp olive oil2 cups chopped onion2 bell peppers, chopped4 garlic cloves, minced2 ½ tsp salt2 ½ tsp chili powder2 tsp ground cumin1 tsp paprika½ tsp cayenne pepper Discard the skin of the chicken and shred the meat. Set aside. Cook the onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven […]

Tire landfill still a concern

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland Town Council met for its regular monthly meeting last Thursday. There was an unusually large turnout of about a dozen people. Normally there are only one or two, and sometimes none. All but a couple were there to hear the latest from the council about the proposed B&B Tire Landfill off of Hazelrig Road. At the outset, Mayor […]