2019-12-04 E-Edition

Amilea Porter Center ready for Christmas

The Amaryllis Garden Club decorates the Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park every other year. Members decorated the inside of the center using a live tree and decorations made from natural items. The Christmas tree (at left) features handmade pine cone ornaments, wood slice ornaments, and small gift boxes made from Christmas cards. The fireplace mantle (below) is also decorated […]

Board approves recommendations

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Daniel Smith’s operating recommendations at its Nov. 25 business meeting. All board members were present. The board approved: • continued enrollment of three non-resident high school students for the 2019-2020 school year. • Rachel Williams as maternity leave substitute for Stefanie Weston, middle school STEAM (Science/Technology/ Engineering/Arts/Math) facilitator. • employment of […]

Wreck victim airlifted to Birmingham hospital

Two people were injured in a Nov. 26 accident that occurred on Ala 75 near Zaxby’s. One passenger was transported to St. Vincent’s Blount while the other victim was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital. The 10:47 a.m. wreck occurred when a 2015 Buick, driven by Margaret Tielking, was traveling south on Ala 75 and tried to turn left into the […]

Leadership foundation

There is a popular meme making the rounds on Facebook lately that says, “Train people well enough so they can leave; treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” The quotation is attributed to British businessman Richard Branson. To see that sentiment in action locally, visit the Snead Police Department. Chief Stephen Gunn was hired in May 2018. From […]


BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES will meet Friday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant, for the annual Christmas program.Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, will present the Santa Auction. ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Entries are currently being accepted. Phone city hall at 205- 589-2311 or visit Town of Altoona Facebook […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Hallucination. Psychosis. Cognitive decline. Susannah Cahalan had all of these symptoms. Doctors concluded that she was schizoaffective, and the words “TRANSFER TO PSYCH” began to creep into her medical file. Through a series of events, it was revealed that Susannah had autoimmune encephalitis. It wasn’t a mental illness at all. How would her story have been different if she had […]

Better customer service by state agencies

This is the second in a series of reports from Shedd on issues he is focusing on in the upcoming 2020 legislative session. This is a theme I’ve been promoting since I arrived in Montgomery. I firmly believe in the Christian principle, “We are here to serve, not to be served.” That should be the goal of elected officials and […]

Chamber breakfast celebrates Christmas season

The December Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with a time of fellowship, good food, Christmas readings, and music in place of their regularly scheduled program. The Dec. 18 breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and will begin at 7:30 a.m. LMUMC will also be providing […]

Too good for drugs

On Friday, Nov. 15, three essay winners from Locust Fork School’s, “Too Good for Drugs” program read their winning essays in front of classmates, friends, parents, and teachers. Winners Katie Cleveland, Katelyn Sweatt, and Lynnleigh Tawbush were presented with medals and congratulated by Blount County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Hollingsworth. Afterwards the fifth grade classes were presented with certificates for graduating […]