2020-07-29 E-Edition

King’s Bend goes solar

King’s Bend Overlook Park – with its scenic vista, grand staircase leading to the beautiful Locust Fork, and abundance of blooming native plants – now has lights. These solar lights were made right here in Blount County by Sun Charge Systems. The park features river access for those wanting to kayak or canoe, as well as the bridge complete with […]

Roger’s Ramblings

I used to think that since the end of the military draft in the 1970s there were only three patriotic duties all citizens should be willing to perform if asked: voting in every election, jury duty, and acting as a poll worker. I’ve come to discover there is at least one more. If the top health officials in the nation […]

Quality of life projects take center stage

With the sale of Oneonta’s portion of the Agri-business Center complete, the $900,000 allocated to Parks and Recreation will surely garner some exciting and much-needed improvements to the city. According to Oneonta City Manager Ed Lowe, the use of the Agri-business Center has declined over the years with annual usage averaging 30 events. He further explained that the funds acquired […]

Fall sports to start as planned

MONTGOMERY – In a press conference last Thursday, AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese, outlined the association’s “Best Practices to Return to Play.” The recommended guidelines were approved by AHSAA’s central board of control the previous day. The association’s decision to move forward with its fall sports schedule came as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. “Our board has […]


NECTAR CEMETERY AND CHURCH will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser today, July 29, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at Nectar Senior Citizen Center. Tickets are $12 at the door. All profits benefit the paving project.Donations are also welcome.Phone Sue at Nectar Water Department at 205-559-7780 for information. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading continues through July 31.Participate in one or […]

Prison system issues show ‘lack of institutional control’


“Lack of institutional control.” Growing up as a sports fan in Alabama, and even when I attended The University of Alabama, I became familiar with that phrase as the NCAA brought down sanctions on our beloved athletic programs. Our athletic programs should hold themselves to higher standards, the champion level programs we’ve come to expect in our state, whether you […]

Be the early bird

“The early bird gets the worm” is a phrase I have heard all my life. The message is simple. Those who get there first, whatever their mission, get the best choices. Any delay may result in getting leftovers or nothing at all. Recently, a customer at the Blount County Farmers Market made the following statement to a vendor: “Well, if […]

Superintendent offers updates to the reopening roadmap and more

Blount County Board of Education

On July 22, the Blount County Board of Education held a special called meeting regarding mostly personnel matters. Board members William Ferry, Jackie Sivley, and Ken Benton were in attendance. Philip Cleveland and Chris Latta were absent. Superintendent Rodney Green began with his report detailing the current plans for school reopening, which will proceed as outlined in the current roadmap […]

Last call

Both the Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service and Center Point Fire District announced the loss of one of their own Tuesday morning. “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of an Oneonta Fire family member, Kyle Dodd. Arrangements are still forthcoming. We ask for your thoughts and prayers.” Dodd served 12 years as firefighter/paramedic with OF&RS. […]