2019-07-10 E-Edition

2019 Vegetable Festival

The second annual Vegetable Festival will be held this Saturday, July 13, at the Blount County Farmer’s Market. Located on the south side of the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center, the event will be held from 8 a.m. until noon and will offer fresh fruits and vegetables from some of the county’s finest growers. Locals and visitors will also enjoy […]

Republic Services fined for garbage contract violations, approves road improvement grant request

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission voted to fine Republic Services $7,750 ($250 per incident reported to the commission) for failing to respond in a timely fashion to 31 documented citizen complaints of failing to meet a scheduled pickup date or to provide trash cans, as stipulated in the contract with the company. The commission postponed further discussion until next month of […]

Board considers changes to absence policy

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education was presented with the first rendition of proposed changes to the district’s absences and excuses policy in a special meeting Monday. It did not vote to adopt or reject the proposed policy change, but will do so at the next board meeting. The proposed change reduces the number of excused absences via parental note […]

Two fatalities in head-on collision

A two-vehicle, head-on collision on U.S. 231 South, near Champion Road, claimed two lives on July 3. As a result of the 10:40 p.m. wreck, five others were transported to a Birmingham hospital. Jason Swope, 24, of Springville, was killed when the 2005 BMW 323 he was driving crossed the centerline and was struck by a 2015 GMC Acadia. Swope […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the monthly meeting tomorrow, July 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION will have a Festival of Lights Christmas committee meeting tomorrow, July 11, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room at St.Vincent’s Blount.Input and ideas are greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to info@oneontabusinessassociation.com or 205-446-0462 if […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep Reverend. This title makes us think of gold letters embossed on the cover of the preacher’s black leather King James Bible. Rarely do we expect a reverend to be called by another, more menacing title – serial killer. Yet that is exactly what we get in […]


The article on last week’s Snead Town Council meeting, “Unpaid bills tabled,” reported that the company that provides the current software for the court system will end its support of the software at the end of July and that the court will transition to a new company, ETA Data Direct, Inc. According to town clerk, Rae Ware, no decision on […]

Pruning hydrangeas

County Agent’s Corner

With every rule, there is an exception. Such is the case with pruning. Typically, for blooming plants, a gardener follows the May Rule. What exactly is the May Rule? This rule dictates pruning time based on when a particular plant sets its flower buds. Some plants flower on “old wood,” meaning blooms are set on stems produced from last year’s […]

Recipe Corner

Cheryl’s Tomato Pies 8 mini tart shells4 tomatoes, diced1 tsp salt½ sweet onion, thinly sliced3 tsp dried basil leaves¼ tsp black pepper1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded¼ cup grated parmesan cheese½ cup mayo½ cup sour cream Spread diced tomatoes on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and dried basil and let stand for […]