2020-02-26 E-Edition

Freedom Bridge dedication

Gov. Kay Ivey led the parade of dignitaries who turned out on a cold, rainy Monday morning to dedicate what was for years called the Jones Chapel Bridge over Difficulty Creek on Jones Chapel Road, just off County Road 27. The bridge has been renamed Freedom Bridge in honor of its status as a monument to Blount County veterans of […]

Southeastern senior wins school’s first state championship

Southeastern senior Richard Payne brought home the school’s first state championship by placing first in the boys indoor 400 meter dash with a time of 50.57 seconds. This is Payne’s inaugural season of indoor track and field. He began running track only a season ago as a sprinter for the Mustang’s outdoor track and field team, placing second in the […]

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

I think everyone would agree that all children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads at night. But, did you know there are thousands and thousands of children across the country that go to bed every night without a bed — or even a pillow — to sleep on. These children, even children right here in Blount County, […]


BLOUNT COUNTY TRANSITION CAREER DAY has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Feb.27, from 9 a.m.until 1 p.m., at Locust Fork Baptist Church.The program helps students with disabilities gain a better understanding of their paths for the future and opportunities for employment. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet to work on needlecraft projects. Bring your own […]

Readers Write

Thank all of you who attended the recent fifth annual E.L. and Pauline D. Kilgore Lyceum featuring the outstanding Dr. Billie Jean Young. Many of you commented on Dr. Young’s powerful portrayal at Oneonta High School that afternoon and how touched you were by poetry in her own voice and the stories behind them that evening. Some of you congratulated […]

Roger’s Ramblings

Couch potatoes

I just came across a USA Today article with the headline “Workouts Not as Likely in These US Cities with Few Exercisers.” Well now. I just love these comparison articles that pit one region against another. It was just the reading material I needed as I sat down to eat some fast food. I started reading as I unwrapped my […]


In the Feb. 12 article “B-u-t-t-er s-c-o-t-c-h,” Jaden Overby was incorrectly listed as a student at Blountsville Elementary. Overby is a seventh-grader at J.B. Pennington High School.

The guardians

The Secretary of State Office of Elections Handbook, published each election cycle, requires local election officials to test automatic tabulating equipment – voting machines – to assure that they will correctly count votes cast. That’s what these officials – all having designated roles to play in the upcoming election – were doing last week. Clockwise from left foreground: chief deputy […]

Candidates for national, state offices as shown on Blount County ballots

March 3, 2020, Primary Election

Below are listed the candidates for both Republican and Democratic state and national offices that will appear on their respective party ballots in Blount County voting places next Tuesday, March 3. Since this is a primary election, each voter must choose either a Republican or a Democratic ballot on which to vote. Candidates who are running for various offices – […]