2019-11-06 E-Edition

Pyramid perspective

“I never dreamed I would get to see the pyramids, much less fly over them.” These words expressed by Oneonta’s Daniel Warden pretty much sum up his thoughts after having the opportunity of a lifetime to skydive over the Egyptian pyramids in October. On Oct. 18, Warden headed out on a 26-hour trip to fulfill a lifelong dream. He would […]

USDA opens 2020 enrollment for three programs

Agricultural producers can now enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. These two USDA safety-net programs provide income support to help producers manage the ups and downs in revenues and prices. “USDA is here to support the economic stability of American agricultural producers by helping them maintain their competitive edge in times of stress,” […]

Erramraju sentenced

Rama Raj Erramraju, the 47-year-old man convicted earlier this year for engaging in at least one sexual act with a 4-year-old girl, was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge Steven King. King sentenced Erramraju to 30 years for facilitating travel of a child for immoral purposes, 30 years for human trafficking, 20 years for the sexual abuse of a child less […]


BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION November meeting dates are: tomorrow, Nov.7, 9 a.m.(work session); Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.(business meeting). These changes are due to the Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day holiday. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanup day will be Saturday, Nov. 9: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of […]

Reader Writes

Dear Blount Countians, I am a member of Friends of the Locust Fork River and I feel passionately about keeping our beautiful river free-flowing, healthy for all living creatures, and rich with biological diversity. I frequently see cars at the new Scenic River Overlook on Hwy 79/231 and it’s just one more demonstration of how this river is a rich […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta Warning: This book review contains excerpts and details of crimes of a sexual nature. While we try to convey this information with respect to our readers, we will also honor the stories of the victims because their stories […]

Board recognizes retirements

The Blount County Board of Education recognized two long-service employees on the occasion of their upcoming retirement at the outset of its regular monthly meeting Monday (see photos page A4). It approved Greg Reid as the education nominee for the Board of Equalization, replacing Bill Bynum, who retired. The board also approved monthly financial reports and the monthly payroll before […]

Recipe Corner

Pineapple Smokies 1 cup packed brown sugar3 Tbsp. flour2 tsp. dry mustard1 cup pineapple juice½ cup vinegar2 tsp. soy sauce2 pounds little smokies sausages1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks,drained Combine brown sugar, flour, dry mustard, pineapple juice, vinegar, and soy sauce in a saucepan; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Add sausages […]


Last week’s City of Oneonta article “Oneonta renews Otelco cable franchise,” reported that the council approved a request from library director Ricky Statham to purchase two outdoor surveillance cameras for $11,114.90. This amount includes updating surveillance software and computer installation as well as purchasing cameras and related equipment. Erica Durate’s last name was misspelled in last week’s Amazing Shake contest […]