2020 Municipal Election – Blountsville

The Tuesday, Aug. 25, Municipal Election is fast approaching. Our local election coverage this week features candidates running for office in the towns of Blountsville and Cleveland. Below, learn more about your Blountsville candidates. Mayor Danny Baker Tell us about your life in Blountsville. I grew up here, went to school here, and I have been married to my wife Marlene […]

2020 Municipal Election – Cleveland

Our local election coverage this week features candidates running for office in the towns of Cleveland and Blountsville. Learn more about your Cleveland candidates below. We appreciate all candidates – whether opposed or unopposed – for their willingness to share their ideas and visions with those they serve. Mayor Jerry Jones Tell us about your life in Cleveland? Moved back to […]

2020-08-12 E-Edition

Return to normal?

The first day of school, like most things in this COVID-19 world, will be a little different for the thousands of students in both the Blount County and Oneonta City schools. Blount County students kick off the 2020-2021 school year tomorrow, while Oneonta students have a few extra days to prepare. Blount County Schools Around 5,750 (75 percent) Blount County […]

Protect and serve

Do not be fooled by his name. Boogieman is everything but. The three-quarter German Shepherd, one-quarter Malinois lay docilely, working on his chew toy inside the Oneonta Police Department. “He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body,” explains his handler, Officer Ryan Pinyan (pictured above). Boogieman is the newest addition to the Oneonta Police Department after a six-year gap […]

Justice arrested

David Phillip Justice, a 67-year-old Montgomery business owner, was jailed in Blount County Friday for one count of sodomy first degree and 20 counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age. This follows his Aug. 5 arrest in Montgomery County for two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age […]

Congratulations graduates

Pictured at right are three of five drug court graduates who spent many hours either in classroom learning or working volunteer hours, as well as meeting numerous other requirements, to successfully complete the Blount County Drug Court Program. Pictured, from left, are Jimmy Dean Duke, Jessica Keyees, and Amber Davis.


ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school care and 4-yearold preschool program. Register Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact Paige Smith at 205-353-1226 for more information. BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at Swamp- Tails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited. FOSTER PARENT […]

Council certifies school board election

The Oneonta City Council met Tuesday, Aug. 4. With all members present, they approved several resolutions pertaining to the 2020 municipal election. Resolution No. 2020-28-7PW dealt with the appointment of poll workers for the election that will be held Tuesday, Aug. 25. The remaining resolutions covered the three unopposed candidates for the Oneonta City School Board: Don Maples, Place 1; […]

Welcome new coordinator

County Agent’s Corner

Hello Blount County! I am so excited to be writing to you as the County Extension Coordinator for Blount County. I hope to bring you news and opportunities, as well as everyday education through this column each week. I thought we would get started with a little about your Blount County Extension Office and how it can serve each of […]