‘There wasn’t a dry eye in the room’

On Friday, Jan. 11, the coordinated efforts of several agencies helped make a retired firefighter’s wish come true. According to Olive Home Memory Care Assisted Living administrator Melissa Gilliland, “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room” when Oneonta Fire and Rescue came to grant resident J.D. Stokes’ family a wish for their loved one. Stokes, 76, suffers from late […]

Unit system would manage county as a single entity instead of four separate ones

Background summary of proposed act

The Blount County Efficiency in Government Act is a draft legislative act to authorize a referendum on converting Blount County to the unit system of government. It specifies organizational details of the unit system. The summary generally follows the paragraph order of the proposed act. Content is condensed for brevity; language of the act is quoted directly from time to […]


The inmate who escaped the custody of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday while on work release at the county’s landfill was captured Tuesday afternoon. Steven Randolph Hall, 32, had been in jail for less than a month after being indicted by a Blount County grand jury for two felony burglary charges and two felony charges of theft of […]

Snead approves new Douglas water contract

The Snead Town Council voted to accept a new water contract proposal from Douglas Water Authority. The 10-year contract commits Snead to monthly purchases at a minimum of eight million gallons. That figure exceeds the prior contract minimum, but remains below regular monthly purchases over recent years. Town attorney Brett King asked the council to table until the meeting’s end […]

New Lions Club starts up with important service project

The newly-forming Lions Club covering central Blount County has gotten off to an auspicious start with the donation of the low-vision magnification machine (shown at left) to the Multi-Needs Center, made on the new club’s behalf by the Hayden Lions Club. The machine allows a student to read from standard textbooks rather than special print books costing as much as […]


BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS AND KIN PROGRAM Classes meet tomorrow, Jan. 24 (Autism), Mondays, Feb. 11 (Colds, Flus, and Antibiotics) and Feb. 25 (Emotional Abuse), Friday, March 8 (Math with Infants and Toddlers) and Wednesday, March 20 (Children Habits) at 10 a.m. at Oneonta Second Baptist Church. Phone or text Rae Ann Moore at 334-465- 0085 for more information. BLOUNT COUNTY […]

Will you choose love?


This week marked the fourth year Blount Countians came together as one to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greatest Americans to ever live, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The annual Unity Celebration is, and will always be, one of the most special days of the year for me. If you’ve never been, I encourage you to […]

Roger’s Ramblings

What is imagination? Artists, writers, and actors use it to create their own worlds. Others use it to conceive of science fiction, then scientists and engineers make their dreams actual science. Imagination took human beings to the moon and one day, hopefully, it will take us far beyond. Dreamers dream of things yet conceived and then bring them into existence. […]

Catalogs anyone?

County Agent’s Corner

These winter days can be long and dreary, especially when it rains every other day. I like to pick up my seed catalogs and browse through them to see what is new and different in the plant world. Of course I start with new vegetable varieties being offered for the upcoming season, especially new tomato varieties. I might as well […]

Recipe Corner

I always fix at least three recipes of these at once to have some to put in the freezer. Then it makes for a quick and easy breakfast throughout the month. And you can slice off as many as you want to bake and put the rest back in the refrigerator if needed. -Jenna Wood Sausage and Cream Cheese Pinwheels […]