2019-10-02 E-Edition

Solar home tour

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the Blount County Solar Home Tour on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6. The 28th annual tour showcases homes that are both energy efficient and use clean and renewable solar technologies. A guided tour is offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. While there is no charge for […]

‘Not Every Hero Wears a Cape’

The Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service, State Farm Insurance, and the National Fire Protection Association have teamed up to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign takes place Oct. 7 through 11 focusing on educating everyone about important actions they can take to keep themselves and those […]

Approves 2020 fiscal year budget

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission unanimously approved the 2020 fiscal year budget Thursday at a special meeting. The budget projects expenditures of $21,433,710 on estimated revenues of $20,553,304, with an ending cash balance of $10,351,214. For comparison, the 2019 budget projected expenditures of $20,341,354, with revenues estimated at $19,210, 912 and an ending cash balance of $10,126,693. The 2020 budget represents […]


COVERED BRIDGE MARCHING FESTIVAL hosted by Oneonta High School Redskin Marching Band will be Saturday, Oct. 5, at Gilbreath Stadium. Sixteen high school marching bands will perform. Gates open at 10:45 a.m. Admission is $5. Vendors and concessions will be available. J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual dinner Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., at Blountsville Elementary School. […]

Roger’s Ramblings

“L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince “What’s essential is invisible to the eye,” is the English translation from the famed French children’s book. It is also said to have been one of Fred Rogers’ favorite quotations. Yes, I mean that Fred Rogers, the one from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. It is usually at my own […]

St. Vincent’s Blount wins full accreditation, four-star recognition for quality

St. Vincent’s Blount has recently received full national accreditation for the next three years from the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), based on an unannounced survey of the hospital conducted in late August. The survey reported no clinical findings requiring remedial attention. The hospital also received a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

Sharp promoted

Janele Sharp was promoted Sunday to second lieutenant in the Alabama Air National Guard. Sharp is a 2004 graduate of Hayden High School and received her bachelor of science degree from Jacksonville State University in 2008. She enlisted in the Guard in 2012 as a KC-135R Boom Operator and served overseas in multiple deployments. Throughout this time, Sharp earned master’s […]

Board approves five-year capital plan

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved the annual five-year capital projects plan (see chart below), along with other operating recommendations of Superintendent Daniel Smith at its regular meeting Monday evening. The capital plan is forwarded to the State Department of Education during the month of September each year. The board also appointed member Sharon Breaseale as representative to the […]

911 Board approves budget

Blount County 911 Director Neal Brooks presented a 2020 budget of $1,538,252 to the Blount County 911 board, which was approved at their last scheduled meeting. Brooks explained that the budget, while projecting larger expenses, does show a net positive for the year. He said repair/maintenance, signage, and $85,000 in capital projects pushed the budget up. Also included is a […]