Owner of S&S Foods thanks community, vows to rebuild

A little after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Cleveland Fire & Rescue got a call reporting a fire at S&S Food. Crews immediately responded. The fire was already fully involved prompting a call to surround departments requesting mutual aid. Fire crews from multiple jurisdictions including Oneonta Fire & Rescue and volunteer departments from Nectar, Rosa, and Locust Fork  worked together with Cleveland to put […]

2020-10-07 E-Edition

‘The people have the power’

When walking onto the courthouse grounds this past Saturday, one could easily hum the lyrics to Patti Smith’s “The People Have the Power” because in Blount County, they do. Armed with signs and black t-shirts that simply read “END RACISM,” people from all walks of life, both political parties, and those who “Backed the Blue” and believe “Black Lives Matter” […]

Calvert has ‘no intentions of resigning’

Embattled District 3 county commissioner Dean Calvert took to Facebook last week and made defiant posts asserting that “I have at this time no intentions of resigning, unless my district speaks.” Calvert is now into a weeks-long campaign to try and stay in office after a dash cam video surfaced that recorded Calvert in a telephone conversation making a racial […]


Oneonta municipal runoff election results will be posted on our website. BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Oct. 8, and Thursdays, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, Oct. 10, beginning at 9 a.m., at five locations. […]

Church Briefs

BETHLEHEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH presents the monthly community prayer vigil Sunday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m., at the Oneonta Depot. Music will be provided by Bethlehem UMC choir and Redeemed Ministries praise team. Heath Kyle is guest speaker. Bring a chair or blanket. FAITH CHURCH WALNUT GROVE hosts Ignite Youth Revival: Fueling the Next Generation Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at […]

Troy Edwin Bellew Sr.

TROY EDWIN BELLEW SR., 86, Straight Mountain, died Oct. 2, 2020. He was a graduate of Blount County High School and served as deacon at Union Hill Baptist Church and Lakeview Baptist Church. He was a member of Straight Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years and served as a trustee and volunteered in the reserves for Blount County Sheriff’s […]

Charles Emmitt Blackwood

CHARLES EMMITT BLACKWOOD, 80, Cleveland, died Sept. 28, 2020. Born Oct. 16, 1939, in Cleveland, he graduated from Cleveland High School in 1958. Much of his career was spent at Lamson & Sessions in Birmingham and co-owning two assisted living facilities. He loved Alabama football, farming, gardening, and deer hunting. Predeceasing him were parents Coy and Theresa Lochamy Blackwood and […]

Ruby Green Doran

RUBY GREEN DORAN, 90, Warrior, died Oct. 1, 2020, at a Birmingham hospital. The family has chosen cremation and no arrangements are listed at this time. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Shirley Fay Campbell Mann

SHIRLEY FAY CAMPBELL MANN, 79, Dallas, Ga., died Oct. 1, 2020. Randy Cater officiated the 2 p.m. graveside service held Oct. 4 at Pine Bluff Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home directed.