Benchmarks pending on two fronts: academic and technical

Wallace State building update

Progress is approaching important benchmarks on two Wallace State building construction projects. The completion of the new 15,000 square-foot academic building is in sight, and the 4,000 to 5,000 square-foot addition to the existing technical building on Second Avenue East is already started – as dirt is now being moved. “We’re looking at the end of February for construction of […]

Oneonta approves liquor licenses, hires workers, discusses career services center

Following public hearings prior to their regular council meeting, members approved alcohol license requests for two Oneonta businesses. Nico’s Supermarket, operating as El Valle on First Avenue East, will offer beer and wine for off-premises consumption. Legends Sofa Bar, LLC, at 106 6th Street South, will provide onsite consumption within the city’s ordinance parameters which require such retailers to have […]

Miss Wallace State winners

Emma Wright, center, of Blountsville, was crowned Miss Wallace State 2019 on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Wallace State Community College. Other winners, from left, are Candra Cornelius, Beautiful Heart Scholarship winner, of Vinemont; Caroline Grimes, first alternate and talent winner, of Orange Beach; Wright; Anna Kaitlyn Shea, second alternate, of Oneonta; and Audrey McMickens, swimsuit winner, of Bremen. As Miss […]

Christmas at the Museum

Oneonta’s Rose Garden Club, along with the Blount County Memorial Museum, is collecting toys which will be given at Christmas to children throughout the county. This is the 14th year of the toy drive. Museum curator Amy Rhudy said the gifts can be either a toy or clothing for children 18 and under. She asks donors to drop off unwrapped […]


BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is partnering with Tecta America, the nation’s largest commercial roofing company, to hold a job fair tomorrow, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium located at 415 5th Avenue East in Oneonta. They are looking for workers to join their Birmingham team. […]

A Blue Christmas


For most folks, thoughts of Christmas are “merry and bright,” but for others Christmas brings mostly sadness. Broken relationships. Loss of loved ones. Personal failures. Regrets. These all seem to be magnified this time of year, especially when we compare our lives to the picture-perfect families presented on the Hallmark Channel or in Publix commercials. Christmas can be blue for […]

What Ricky’s Reading

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash Better known as “A Christmas Story” by Jean Shepherd It’s December once again. When you flip through TV channels, you’re sure to find three movies: It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Story. What started as a low-budget film in 1983 has garnered more and more fans year […]

Solid Waste Authority recommends approval of Cleveland tire landfill request

By a 3-to-1 vote, with one member absent, the Blount County Solid Waste Authority voted to recommend to the Blount County Commission its approval of B&B Tire Landfill’s application to open a tire landfill disposal facility near Cleveland. The proposed landfill site is located in an abandoned strip mine pit about 3/8 of a mile north of Hazelrig Road, off […]

High school counselor resigns; replacement approved

Oneonta City Schools

The Oneonta City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday morning in a special session and handled two items of business. It approved superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendation to accept the resignation of high school counselor Cilia Smith, effective Dec. 21. It also approved his recommendation to employ Beth Hypes as high school counselor for the 2018-2019 school year, effective Jan. 7, […]

Workforce development working lunch

The Blount County Economic Development Council hosted an event last Friday designed as a workforce development working lunch. Employers from around the county were in attendance along with administrators from the Oneonta school system and the county’s Career Technical Center. The meeting took place at the Wallace State Oneonta campus and its director, Wesley Rakestraw, was also present. Lisa Baker, […]