2019-10-09 E-Edition

Building STEAM

Last Thursday, Oneonta Middle School and the Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER) held an open house to showcase the school’s latest classroom, a state-of-the-art STEAM lab. Middle school students have been enjoying the new lab since school started back in August and are making the most of the technologies available to them. According to Stefanie Weston, STEAM facilitator, the […]

Almansoob arrested

The Hoover Police Department announced the Monday morning arrest of a 24-year-old Birmingham man for the alleged sexual abuse of a Blount County teenage female who is under the age of 16. Amran Mohsen Kassim Almansoob (right) is charged in Blount County with traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, electronic solicitation of a child, enticing a […]

Prescription medication drop box helping to reduce threat

Unused prescription medication can be a danger. It often sits in the cabinet, sometimes for years. These idle medicine bottles may go unnoticed by many, but pose a real threat for accidental overdose, misuse, and abuse. Many times medication is not disposed of properly and that simply adds to the danger for others. Alethia House prevention specialist Ashley Scoggins said, […]

2019 Blountsville Harvest Festival

The Blountsville Harvest Festival, a small town festival that draws a big town crowd, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Blountsville Business Association, the festival will have a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, a kid’s zone, a car show, a bike show, live music, food, and the […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, Oct.10, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION “Stars Fell on Oneonta” Annual Awards Dinner will be tomorrow, Oct.10, at 6 p.m., on the street in front of Swamp- Tails. There will also be entertainment and door prizes. Visit the website for ticket information. The […]


This week marks the 79th annual National Newspaper Week. Sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers, it’s set aside each year as a time to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees across North America. Since 1894 this newspaper has been serving the people of Blount County. And while the cast of characters has changed over the years, the mission […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Outsider by Stephen King Tricks, treats, and tales of horror – October is upon us once again. If you’re looking for a story to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, look no further than the master of horror, Stephen King. King has introduced us to the terrifying clown from It and rabid dog from […]

Readers Write

Preeclampsia On the ninth anniversary of Brittany Weaver Stewart’s death, I would like to remind all expecting mothers about preeclampsia. Symptoms of preeclampsia are dangerous and not always apparent. It affects pregnant women and usually presents itself on or after the halfway point in pregnancy. When caught in time and treated, preeclampsia risks are minimal and easily avoided. When caught […]

What to do with all those leaves

County Agent’s Corner

Fall is finally upon us, even if the temperatures seem to disagree. Thankfully the mornings are a little cooler and I have definitely been taking advantage of those. I have noticed that the leaves are beginning to fall. How can these leaves be put to use in my landscape or garden? Have you thought about starting a compost bin? Composting […]