2020-08-05 E-Edition

Successful summer

As reported earlier this summer, the Blount County Education Foundation and the Blount County Board of Education’s summer camps took on a different twist this year due to COVID-19. BCEF executive director Mitchie Neel said, “Camps looked very different this year, and we really did not know what to expect. Despite all of the challenges with COVID, and trying to […]

OTELCO agrees to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital

Last Thursday, representatives of Otelco announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates formed by Oak Hill Capital, a private equity firm. According to the press release, Oak Hill will acquire Otelco for $11.75 per share in cash, which represents an equity purchase price of $40.6 million and an enterprise value of $105.7 million. […]

2020 Municipal Election

Municipalities across Blount County are preparing for Mayoral and Council elections on Tuesday, Aug. 25. We are starting our local election coverage with Oneonta. Next week, we will bring you candidates from Blountsville and Cleveland. All candidates were asked the same questions. Mayor David “Dakey” Elliott Tell us about your life in Oneonta? My life in Oneonta… Well I was born […]

‘Get them while you can’

After a July filled with an abundance of produce, farmers are beginning to report that several crops have or will be ending soon. “Peach season is coming to an end soon, so get them while you can,” said Amy Allman of Allman Farm and Orchard. Hazelrig Orchard has finished up their nectarine and plum season. Janet Dooley reports that finding […]

‘Champion of education’

Monday afternoon, the Blount County Board of Education held one last meeting before teachers headed back to the classroom yesterday. Superintendent Rodney Green told the board that “while this is a year that is going to be different, it can also be rewarding. Our teachers are ready to get back. Our students are ready to get back. “I am very […]


ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school care and 4-year-old preschool program, Friends in Faith. Register Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.until 4 p.m.Contact Paige Smith at 205-353- 1226 for more information. ONEONTA REC SOCCER signups for ages 4 to 11 are going on now through Friday, Aug. 7, online at www.oneonta.club. Email oufcfury@gmail.com for […]

Readers Write

Why Census? Why do we need to be counted every 10 years? What’s the purpose for me to answer personal questions about me and my family? What’ll they do with it?” In order to properly apportion seats in Congress, an accurate count of U.S. citizens is necessary. Results from the 2020 Census determine the number of seats each state has. […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld One of the most famous (or infamous, depending on your political leanings) people today is Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is the wife of former President Bill Clinton, and many people might say that is part of the reason for her failed presidential bid in 2016. Now imagine a world in which Hillary Rodham never marries smooth-talking […]


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