2020-04-08 E-Edition

Love and hope

“Essential business? I suppose it depends on who you ask. Many things are essential. But two of the most essential things are love and hope. We all can use bucketfuls of both, don’t ya think? This little project of last week has lifted my spirits, and I HOPE it does yours, too. I LOVE it – thanks to my daughter […]

Shoplifting leads to high-speed chase, felony charges

Many received a Nixle alert during the 9 p.m. hour Friday advising residents that there was possibly a black male waving a gun in front of the ABC package store on Ala 75 in Oneonta. At 10:50 p.m., a second advisory went out indicating the subject had been apprehended. According to Chief Charles Clifton, Oneonta Police Department received a call […]

The new norm of worshipping

As Christians across the world are celebrating the holiest of weeks, churches across the world continue to adapt to new ways of worshipping in these crazy times. Easter Sunday will be no different. Many will celebrate Easter at home via some version of live streaming, while others will perhaps celebrate at a drive-in service. Although the worship may be different, […]

Church Briefs

In light of the governor’s shelter in place order and current guidelines and recommendations to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, many local churches are using untraditional ways to share with thier communities. COMMUNITY HOLY WEEK SERVICES continue through Friday, April 10, at noon. Pastors from different churches in Oneonta will share an Easter week message. Services will be streamed […]


BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION Pursuant to the special called meeting Friday, the work session scheduled for tomorrow, April 9, has been cancelled. The Commission plans to meet in regular session Monday, April 13, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook live. BLOUNT COUNTY REVENUE COMMISSION is closed. Deadline for tag renewals for March and April, along with new […]

SIPing on the Farm

Recently I covered a city council meeting where the members talked about a shelter-in-place policy. It occurred to me then the acronym for shelter-in-place is SIP. I’ve been SIPing ever since. Although I agree the best way to combat COVID-19 is to do just that, this column is not about that; well it sort of is, but not really. While […]

Living in a strange new world

This coronavirus has brought all manner of upheaval to our lives. We’re facing unknown territory. How long will this last? How long will we be consigned to our homes or working in more or less hazardous situations, or facing unemployment unable to pay bills and unable to visit loved ones? Can my business or work place even survive this? What […]

Between the Lines

I try my very best to keep these articles centered around uniquely Blount County things. I also make it a point to highlight the positive in an often overly negative world. However, this particular article, despite my best efforts, has become quite the challenge on that front. You see, a little less than a month ago we were asked to […]

Board approves emergency resolution

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education in a special meeting last week passed a resolution acknowledging the authority of the Superintendent of Blount County Schools to take wide-ranging actions as necessary without the board’s prior approval to operate the school district during the duration of the coronavirus emergency period ending no later than June 5. Specifically, the resolution grants the […]