Public Notice

The Probate Judge of Blount County hereby gives notice that a Presidential Primary Run-Off Election will be held in Blount County on July 14, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The offices to be voted for are as follows: FOR REPUBLICAN NOMINEE United States Senator Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place No. 2 Blount County Commission, […]

2020-06-24 E-Edition

A night to remember

Oneonta junior class president Brodie Devaney said it best, “We’ve all been through lots of obstacles this school year to say the least. We have tried extremely hard to make sure that with all the things this senior class had to miss out on that prom was not going to be one of them.” The email to the class of […]

Force or no force?

On Tuesday, June 16, I was out doing a little shopping when I received a phone call from Snead police chief Steve Gunn. Being a staff writer for the newspaper, I wasn’t alarmed by the call. I figured he had a story breaking and wanted to talk with me about it. Well, I was partially correct. But, it was more […]

Church to collect love offering for honor flight

Locust Fork Baptist Church has held a patriotic service the Sunday before the Fourth of July for a number of years. Pastor Randy Cater said the service honors military veterans with the presentation of the colors and patriotic songs, including the National Anthem and choral renditions of the songs for each branch of service. The church also hosts “Fireworks in […]


ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a yard sale Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, beginning at 8 a.m., rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit the park, which is located on Timmerman Road in Blountsville. ANNUAL PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., at Pine Mountain Community Center. Roast chicken […]

Readers Write

Recently, I noticed the United States flags at our public swimming pool/walking track/ballfield were both damaged. I called Mayor Mike Glass and expressed my concern. In a very short time, both flags were replaced with new U.S. flags. I would like to publicly thank Mayor Glass for his rapid response. I would also like to remind everyone that damaged U.S. […]

Readers Write

I would like to express my appreciation to three citizens of Blount County and the companies they represent and to a family friend for the help they provided me concerning the repair of my grandfather’s flower vase at Blount Memory Gardens. Thank you: Dale Fails, Independent Contractor; Kelsey Cornelius, Premium Monument Company; Greg Long, Lemley Chapel and Crematory; and Mildred […]

Readers Write

The recent Black Lives Matter event in Oneonta has prompted many letters to the editor. We have published all that we’ve received that adhere to our guidelines (printed below the box at left). I have at least one on my desk for which the writer provided no contact information. If you have recently submitted a letter and haven’t seen it […]

Roger’s Ramblings


We will celebrate the Fourth of July again next week. It will be the 244th birthday of what some call the American experiment. I still revel in the holiday, even though I have celebrated it more times than I care to mention. Many of the American colonists didn’t much care for the treatment they were getting from England, and King […]