2019-08-21 E-Edition

Holy cow! What now?

Consider the price of success – another parking problem. Through the first semester of Wallace State’s occupancy of its new Academic Center, the average daily parking load averaged about 15 to 20 vehicles. On Monday morning this week, the first day of the fall semester, the building parking lot was fairly full with about 20 cars and several trucks. Then, […]

Snead hires clerk

After much discussion, the Snead Town Council approved hiring Heather Lindsey as town clerk at its Aug. 12 meeting. On a motion by councilwoman Ann Sullins, the council voted unanimously to hire Lindsey, former employee of Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. Town attorney Brett King started discussion on the hiring of a new clerk by saying the council should either consider […]

Making a grand entrance

Thousands of children are born in the U.S. daily. Most are typically born in a hospital setting. Karoline Nila Beard decided a typical entrance into the world was not her style. She decided to make a grand entrance into the world. Parents Johnathan and Allison Beard were anticipating the birth of their third daughter in a few days. Everything was […]

Chamber launches luncheon series

The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce recently announced the launch of a new series – “Building Blocks of Our Community.” They will kick off the seven-part series on Wednesday, Aug. 28, with a lunch held in the clubhouse at Heritage Golf. The first topic is health care and will include a presentation by Greg Brown, administrator of St. Vincent’s Blount. “Our […]

Erramraju convicted

A trial before a Blount County jury last week resulted in the conviction of a 47-year-old man for engaging in at least one sexual act with a 4-year-old girl about three years ago. Rama Raj Erramraju, who is also known by some locally as Sonny, was found guilty of facilitating travel for an unlawful sex act, human trafficking in the […]


BOOTS VS. BADGES BLOOD DRIVE will be tomorrow, Aug.22, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 308 2nd Street North, Oneonta.All donors will receive a free t-shirt. BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will have the annual potluck picnic Friday, Aug. 23, at Palisades Park from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. in the Dalton Moss Lodge. Come, bring a favorite dish, and […]

Out and About

The Great Alabama 650

My out and about travels led me to Gadsden this month for an Alabama Scenic River Trail (ASRT) presentation about The Great Alabama 650 – a 650-mile paddling race from north Alabama to the Gulf of Mexico. I was very impressed. What is the Alabama Scenic River Trail? The original 650-mile Scenic River Trail was established in 2008 and is […]

Seed saving 101

County Agent’s Corner

As our summer vegetable and flower gardens are winding down, why not get a head start for next year? Seed saving is a great way to preserve those hard to find varieties and can be a lot of fun. The first step in successful seed saving is knowing if your plants are hybrids. If they are, then saving seed will […]

Summer programs report; personnel items and contracts

Blount County Board of Education

At the Blount County Board of Education’s special meeting Monday to handle late-breaking personnel matters for the new school year, the board also heard the final report from Mitchie Neel on the summer camps program sponsored each year by the Blount County Education Foundation and the board itself. Total attendance for this year was l,221, bringing total attendance since 2011 […]