In all its glory

Last week as most of Blount County was still and quiet, I set out on an early morning adventure to deliver papers with Rickey. It just happened to be the first day of spring, and I’m so happy that I got to enjoy nature’s beauty at its finest. The full moon was still high in the sky when we started […]

Resignations cite “hostile work environment”

Snead Town Council

Twenty-four year Snead employee and town clerk Rae Ware tendered her resignation at the town’s Monday night council meeting. Following Ware’s prepared brief remarks, Mayor La’Shone Price read a letter of resignation from Kay Whitman, another office employee. Among other matters, the statements referred to “hostile work environment” as a determining factor. Statements made during the meeting and after alleged […]

Council approves pay increase, routine business

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland Town Council met Thursday to make up for the regular monthly meeting that was to be held March 14, but was postponed due to threatening weather. Prior to the council meeting, a public hearing was held to discuss an alcohol application for the Cleveland Citgo convenience store, which is owned by FFRZM, Inc. According to town attorney Alex […]

Miller pleads guilty

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced Monday the guilty pleas of Melissa Ann Miller for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse. Miller, 25, was arrested in Sept. 2016 following an investigation of “life-threatening” injuries to her children who were 1 and 2 at the time. Casey said Miller at first claimed the injuries […]

Weaver arrested

Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon issued a statement Friday afternoon announcing the arrest of a 74-year-old substitute teacher at Blountsville Elementary School earlier that day. Henry Rex Weaver was taken into custody after allegedly a firearm he was carrying in his pocket accidently discharged in a classroom of first graders. Moon said one child received a minor injury. Rodney Green, […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Classic Cruise-In and Cornhole Tournament will take place Saturday, March 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. The Chili Cook-off has been postponed until February, 2020. Get details on the website. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. and its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April […]

Roger’s Ramblings

Earlier this year, I visited The University of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa campus with two friends. It was an unusually warm day, in the 60s. Rain clouds threatened overhead. Co-eds bustled about the campus, which is not surprising for a university with 38,000 students. One of my friends, Joel Goldstein, is an alumnus, and he described a completely different day on campus […]

Council questioned about financing for doctor’s office

Blountsville Town Council

“Was financing for the doctor’s office done by a relative of a member of the town council?” The question was asked near the end of last week’s regular meeting of the Blountsville Town Council by Rhonda Hitt, a member of Citizens for Open and Honest Government of Blountsville. The question concerned a building – the former Restoration Church on Main […]

Heritage Golf has new owners

New owners Trey Hanvey and Jimmy Hanvey (center, cutting ribbon) are flanked by family, friends, residents, and local officials as they celebrate the re-opening of Heritage Golf. The course is open from 7:30 a.m. until dark every day. The grill, soon to be opened, will serve steak and a variety of other dishes beginning at 5 p.m. nightly. The ballroom […]

Public hearing set for April 22; new location to be announced

County Line tire landfill

The April 22 public hearing in connection with the proposed R&T Tire Recycling landfill, originally set for the County Line Town Hall, will be relocated to a larger venue, according to County Line Mayor Arthur Self. “Our seating capacity at town hall is only about 40 in the audience space, and we expect many more than that will want to […]