Class of 2020

2020-05-27 E-Edition

Saluting our seniors… Class of 2020

To the Class of 2020: So much has been written and said over the past few weeks as you, your families, teachers, and communities have mourned the loss of traditions, time, and normalcy. But, while we continue to struggle, you’ve done what you’ve always done – persevere. You came into a world full of chaos 18 years ago. As the […]


Imagine biting into a juicy, ripe peach. Now’s the time! Local farmers are out picking peaches. Allman Farms and Orchard, Hazelrig Orchards, Whited Farm, and J&D Nursery (Witt Farms) all report fresh peaches available for purchase. With favorable weather, farmers are beginning to have fresh local produce available. Whited Farm currently has onions, cabbage, squash, and zucchini. J&D Nursery in […]

Chamber teachers of the year

While COVID-19 may have shortened the physical school year, it did not dampen the hearts and souls of the amazing Blount County and Oneonta City schools’ teachers. As we continue to highlight the 2020 Chamber award winners, this week we focus on five deserving teachers who do an exceptional job helping students prepare for the future. Blount County SchoolsLauren Durrett […]

Remembering those who paid the ultimate price

Last Friday, a beautiful wreath was placed at the base of the Blount County Veteran’s Memorial to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Usually there is a large gathering and a speaker. Each name etched on the marker at the courthouse is read aloud during the memorial service. But just like many things, COVID-19 altered this […]

Local farmers offer fresh produce

Let’s face it, we, as Blount Countians, are spoiled to the abundance of local fresh fruits and vegetables that will be served from our kitchens or in our neighborhood restaurants in the very near future. We can’t wait to enjoy a Blount County tomato sandwich dripping with mayo or eat fresh melons that were picked just hours ago. Vegetables will […]


BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY opens today, May 27. Hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.until 4 p.m.There will be guidelines and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION Blount County Schools will hold kindergarten pre-registration during the month of May. Check your local school website for dates and times. Students must be 5 years old […]

Board chooses new principal; handles regular business

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education voted Wednesday to transfer Brannon Glenn Smith from his position as assistant principal at Hayden High School to principal of Cleveland High School, effective July 1. Smith has served as teacher, coach, and administrator for Blount County Schools for 19 years, including the four-year assignment at Hayden as assistant principal, four years as a […]

Celebrating Cinderella

Twenty-twenty has been an unconventional school year, to say the least. As a teacher, one of my first thoughts in relation to this pandemic was how it would affect my students. Many teachers wondered how their students would fare at home during the extended time away. However, there is another concern that weighed heavy on my heart. Since November, my […]