2019-07-03 E-Edition


Lora Belle Henderson (left), in full watermelon-seed-spitting mode, Lona Jo Henderson, and Austin Washburn enjoy cold watermelon on a hot summer day.

Sign ordinance changes

Oneonta City Council

In its regular June 25 meeting, the Oneonta City Council adopted public safety director Brandon Horton’s proposed amendments in regard to the city sign ordinance. The amended sign ordinance requires that only pole or pylon signs are allowed to have electronic messages displayed. No exterior wall signs are permitted to have electronic message displays (EMD). The maximum area allowed for […]

Woodland Park overhaul

On Saturday, June 29, Oneonta Cub Scout Pack 53 took to heart one of the principles of the Cub Scout oath which states, “To help other people at all times.” The scouts are encouraged to look around in their own community for ways to make a difference. With this in mind, the group determined that Woodland Park needed a pick-me […]

Board approves pay raises, hires employees for 2019-2020

Blount County Board of Education The Blount County Board of Education approved the 2019- 2020 district salary schedule effective July 1, at the same time approving the 4 percent state pay increase for all state employees, effective with the first day of each individual’s 2019- 2020 contract. The board also approved employing nine new teachers and seven new support employees, […]

Joey Kyle – Beating all the odds

People of Blount County Joey Kyle, 28, is one of the most upbeat people you will ever meet. He is a motivator, an encourager, a helper, and hard worker who never sits still. He says he never meets a stranger. But to know Kyle’s life story is what is truly amazing. Originally from Georgia, Kyle is believed to have had […]

Powell faces charge

An incident involving two drivers in Locust Fork late in the afternoon on May 31 has resulted in the arrest of Weslie Ray Powell, 60, a member of the Locust Fork town council. According to an affidavit sworn to by a 30-year-old Trafford woman, she was driving on County Road 15 and being followed “extremely close,” by a vehicle she […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET offers a wide variety of local and homegrown produce. The market is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until noon, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The market will be open tomorrow, July 4, for any last minute cookout needs. Homemade fried pies will be available while they last. Come early […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, July 4, and Friday, July 5: The library will be closed for Independence Day. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.: Lego Club will meet for the last time this summer. Normal third Saturday meetings will resume in August. At 2:30 p.m., adults are invited to bring their favorite card or board game or come try a new […]


In last week’s article on the Blountsville Town Council meeting, it was reported that councilman Dennis Beavers stated “the action by the council in the business meeting is not reflected in the minutes of that meeting.” The Blount Countian requested minutes from the meeting he referenced. The minutes of the May 20, 2019, meeting, do contain council action regarding the […]