2020-08-19 E-Edition

New agricultural center to land in Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Aug.13. Almost the entire meeting was taken up by guest speakers and municipal election business. Chris Green, chairman of the Blount County Commission, spoke to the council about three projects the county was involved in that affect Cleveland. The biggest was the announcement that the county will soon close […]

City launches investigation

Internal and external reviews of the city's current budget find no discrepancies.

Comments made last week by a candidate participating in the Oneonta Business Association’s political forum raised more than a few eyebrows; they sparked an internal investigation centering on the City of Oneonta’s finances. Zac Marsh, an Oneonta council candidate, stated in his closing comments that “the figures presented in the [city’s] budget just don’t add up. And they’re not a […]

Commission approves annual plan for Community Corrections

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission held a special called meeting Aug. 13 to discuss several building projects that are in the works.Chairman Chris Green and all commissioners were in attendance. First on the agenda was the presentation of the Blount County Community Corrections annual plan, which was given by its executive director Jodi Carnes. The commission approved the plan. Next, the […]

That hot summer sun

As summer begins winding down, so do many of the crops we have thoroughly enjoyed over the past few months. The summer sun is just too much for some of the crops to endure. Its heat simply causes the plant to wither away. But, with the end of the season for many crops, a whole new set of crops comes […]

Budget hearings begin

The Oneonta City Board of Education held a special-called meeting Aug. 12 to discuss superintendent recommendations as well as hold the first budget hearing for Fiscal Year 2021. Middle school principal Leigha Rogers also introduced two new OMS teachers: Elyssa Smith, sixth grade reading, and Misty Sandlin, sixth grade English. Superintendent Daniel Smith reported that faculty started Aug. 6. He […]

Jericho Walk

The date was June 18. Kristin Borden explains that this is the day God began preparing her to organize a gathering of believers “to come together as one” to pray for the leaders of our nation, our state, and our county. She said that God revealed to her a clear message, “Take a stand for Christ and do not be […]


SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1956 will have the 64 year reunion Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Charlie B’s in Oneonta.Two rooms have been reserved so classmates may maintain social distance. Phone Wanda at 205-363-0935, Jeanette at 205-625-2160, or Nadine at 205-353-1565 for more information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Classic Cruise-In will be Saturday, Aug. […]


Allow me to rant for a moment and then I’ll get to my point. I am not allowed to vote in the municipal election for the town I “live” in, work in, send my children to school in, and spend money in because I don’t live within the corporate city limits. I get this. Boundaries must be drawn for voting […]

Roger’s Ramblings

Municipal elections are next Tuesday, Aug. 25. It is arguable that who we choose for a town council and mayor is just as important, perhaps more so, than who we send to Montgomery or even Washington, D.C. President Hopscotch or Governor Tiddly Winks don’t fill your potholes or keep the grass cut on the shoulders of the roads. Congresswoman Tag […]