2019-11-27 E-Edition

Groundbreaking signals start on new DHR building

Officials, supporters, and beneficiaries of the new Blount County Department of Human Resources (DHR) building assembled Thursday at the designated site on Lemley Drive to break ground for construction of the planned 22,000-sq.-ft. county headquarters. The building is scheduled for completion by October 2020. The project is a three-way partnership between the City of Oneonta, who provided the property; Blount […]

Packed house

A standing-room-only crowd of about 175 packed American Legion Post 129 in Blountsville last Tuesday (above) for a public hearing about a pending permit application/renewal from Tyson Food’s Blountville plant. Estimates vary about the overall number of people who attended because several had to stand outside once the room filled, but it was a significant turnout. The application currently before […]

Christmas is in the air

With Thanksgiving arriving later than usual, Blount County Christmas activities will follow immediately on the heels of celebrating our blessings. The Festival of Lights and three Christmas parades will all be held within 10 days. Decorating contests, a festive tree contest, letters to Santa, and a light extravaganza are also part of the festivities. Mark your calendars to attend events […]

Iconic, historical Christmas musical

Cleveland First Baptist Church will present a dramatic Christmas musical focused on an iconic time – Dec. 7, 1941 – in America’s past on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. The performance will be repeated on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. 1941: In many ways it was the best of times and the worst of times, when the golden […]

Estranged couple found dead

On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call in the 1700 block of the Smoke Rise community for a domestic disturbance call.Upon arriving on the scene, officers observed the back door of the residence had been forced open and a male subject lying on the floor unresponsive. According to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 has purchased a Christmas tree as part of the Oneonta Business Association Festival of Lights. The theme of our tree is ‘A Military Christmas.’ If you have military ornaments you’d like to donate to our tree, please phone Bill Hendrickson at 205- 532-6464. The tree will be decorated today, Nov. 27, and tomorrow, Nov. 28. […]

Prisons and the criminal justice system

With any issue, finding the right balance is the key to success. The purpose of prisons, in my view, is to keep the public safe and to provide for inmate rehabilitation when possible. We have to be careful with that one. Innocent people deserve protection from those who choose to be a danger to innocent people. I think we have […]

E911 board to take closer look at contract

In year three of their contract with Blount EMS, the Blount County E911 Board approved a work session to address some on-going problems and to clarify expectations from both sides. Blount County E911 Director Neal Brooks said, “We need a work session to tweak and clarify some of the verbiage in the contract.” Brooks said there needs to be a […]

Roundup: special meeting, emergency meeting, grant award

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission met Thursday and wrapped up miscellaneous business with two actions requiring commission approval. The commission also acknowledged a notification letter from Gov. Kay Ivey about a $350,000 grant award for a significant District 2 road improvement project. The special meeting was called to approve an agreement covering several months of negotiation among county, state, and federal […]