2020-09-30 E-Edition

Blount County beautiful

Karla Latham took first place in the adult photo category of the Friends of the Locust Fork River’s 2020 Art & Photo contest. Other winners and their works can be found beginning on page A11.

FY 2021 budget, Facebook Live

Blount County Commission

If you were headed into the courthouse last Thursday morning, you were greeted by a small group of protesters (pictured above) equipped with hand-written signs demanding the resignation of District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert, whose absence from the meeting was not addressed, for his use of a racial slur, multiple sexist and misogynistic remarks, and sexual references. The protest coincided […]

BWWB speaks

The Birmingham Water Works Board of Directors has signaled it has no intention of allowing the racial insult of a local African-American contractor by District 3 Blount County Commissioner Dean Calvert to stand without taking action. The directors voted last week to end the arrangement with Blount County Sheriff deputies who provide security at Inland Lake. The action was taken […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Come be part of the discussion, planning, and vision for Christmas 2020 in Oneonta.Meeting will be tomorrow, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital board room.Christmas refreshments will be served. Visit www.oneontabusiness association.com to RSVP or for more information. 20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Businesses, churches, civic groups, or families may register […]

Readers Write

On my way to do chores each day, I have to ride along the pothole and bump riddled Irvin Lane to get to my pastures. The road has been repaired multiple times, but the problems keep recurring. One of the main culprits of the street’s decay is standing water, which occurs for various reasons along the road. I have contacted […]

Readers Write

“Government ought to be all outside and no inside…. Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.” -Woodrow Wilson I am deeply disturbed and disheartened by the Commission’s inaction in regards to Mr. Calvert’s misconduct and the footage that has been circulating. As a citizen […]

Readers Write

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are […]

‘A very good budget’

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council unanimously approved its FY 2020/2021 budget at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22. With projected revenue budgeted at $9,111,300 and projected expenses budgeted at $8,959,750, the city has a cushion of approximately $152,000. Budget highlights include a 2 percent cost of living increase for all city employees. This is in addition to the recent approval […]

New clinic in town

The Blountsville Town Council met Sept. 21. Beverly Harper from Premier Family Care announced a new medical facility will open Nov. 16. Dr. Melanie Gardner and Nurse Practitioner Alaina Shockley will provide services. The office will be located at 68278 Main Street. The council also heard from fire commissioner Sam Johnson about the need for an additional station to reach […]