2019-06-05 E-Edition


Get ready! The 17th annual Bloom–N– Pie Days are comin’ at’cha this weekend and next, June 8 and 9, and June 15 and 16. Same time as always: 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Same place: Dunn’s Daylily Garden at 2395 Skyball Road, located on the right going west on Skyball Road, 1.3 miles from its intersection with Joy […]

Commission issues property development guidelines to control illegal subdivisions

The Blount County Commission in its last business meeting approved distribution to the public of an eight-page document called the “New Construction/Property Development Planning Packet.” Its purpose is twofold: first to assist private landowners as they attempt to navigate their way through the various requirements and regulations involved in developing their property, and second, to assist the county to gain […]

Kids and teens eat free this summer

The summer feeding program, brought to you by the USDA and the Alabama State Board of Education have announced once again that kids and teens can eat free during specified dates and times this summer. This is the fourth year Blount County has utilized this opportunity to ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals throughout their summer vacation. The program […]


OPIOID AWARENESS Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (R.O.S.S.) will host an opioid awareness event tomorrow, June 6, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at the Gazebo by the Oneonta Utilities Department. Guest speakers Bud Jones, Susan Sweatman, and Jodi Cone will address opioid awareness and services available to combat this serious problem. Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B. Armstrong “You’ve been struck by a debilitating brain illness. A cardinal symptom of this particular disease is the inescapable urge to kill yourself, fueled by a loss of hope. Even in the face of these symptoms, you have managed to diligently attempt multiple treatments that were recommended by your doctors, to no […]

Oneonta loses one of its oldest residents

County Agent’s Corner

Relax! I’m talking about what has to be one of the oldest trees in Oneonta and probably in the county. It was an oak, maybe a Willow Oak. I’m not sure. I didn’t attempt to count the rings in the main trunk, plus some of the heartwood had rotted out, making it impossible to accurately date the tree. Some of […]

Four Oneonta police receive promotion badges

Recognizing previous actions, Oneonta police chief Charles Clifton presented badges to four officers signifying their department promotions at the latest city council meeting. Shifting into the numerically limited slots, Keith Atkinson moves from sergeant to lieutenant while Steven Adamson, Jimmy Baldwin, and Wes Buchanan rise from corporal to sergeant. The presentations highlighted an otherwise almost uneventful session. The council did […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken with SunDried Tomato Sauce 4 chicken breasts, pounded to eventhickness2 Tbsp butter4 garlic gloves, minced2 tsp Italian seasoning½ jar sun dried tomatoes, chopped1 cup chicken broth½ cup heavy cream1 cup shredded parmesan cheese1 tsp salt½ tsp pepper In a cast iron skillet, melt butter and cook chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through. Transfer […]

Snead mayor redirects criticisms

Snead Mayor La’Shone Price proclaimed his and his town council’s innocence over turn lane construction at the main Snead crossroads. Speaking at the latest council meeting, Price professed the state transportation department made the decision to add the turn lanes following his request for a traffic signal. At times of heaviest traffic, vehicles extend a considerable distance along the US […]