Billy Hugh McClellan

BILLY HUGH MCCLELLAN, 87, Hayden, died Sept. 18, 2020. He was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He learned to farm at the age of 12, planting and raising vegetables, using a mule and tending livestock. He worked at Southeastern Metal Co. for several years before moving to […]

Gregory Evans Moorer

GREGORY EVANS MOORER, 58, Oneonta, died Sept. 27, 2020. Bob Bryant and Pat Bryant officiated the 11 a.m. service held Sept. 30 at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Virginia Francis Thomas

VIRGINIA FRANCIS THOMAS, 76, Altoona, died Sept. 26, 2020. Graveside service was held Oct. 2, at 2 p.m., at High Rock Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home directed.

Reader Writes

Some of the homeowners on Sugarland Lake paid to have speed bumps put down hoping to slow down cars. It didn’t work. Since the spillway is closed, Putman and Sheffield are getting more traffic. Our concern is for the safety of our kids and animals. Lyn Williams, Oneonta


A reader from Straight Mountain called last week to alert us to a scam call he received. The scammer posed as a Verizon representative. The gentleman was thankfully not fooled. The Snead Police Department posted the following information on Facebook last week. We reprint it here because it’s good information for all Blount Countians. Scam Alert We have seen an […]

“America Needs Journalists”

That’s the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week. For 80 years the first week of October has been set aside as a time to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees. Newspapers take you inside the heart and soul of the communities they serve. Newspapers across the nation continue to be the leading source of reliable information in […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Love and Respect:The Love She Most Desires;The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs The young woman holds out a hand to reveal her shiny, new wedding ring. “We just got married. Life is perfect. He is perfect. When we hang up the phone, we have to have a play argument about who loves the other more. I am the […]

Preparing fruit for freezing

County Agent’s Corner

Freezing is a great way to preserve seasonal fruits. Peeled peaches, apples, and pears turn brown due to oxidation. The following are optional methods to help prevent fruit from darkening. 1. To one gallon of water add two tablespoons salt and two tablespoons distilled (clear) vinegar. Don’t soak more than 15 or 20 minutes. The fruit may absorb the salt […]

City grants Tier I retirement status to employees

City of Oneonta

A vote by Oneonta city officials to adopt a resolution to allow all Tier II status employees to gain Tier I status regarding retirement was recently approved. Adoption of this resolution will enable the city to improve benefits for current employees, as well as be a major selling point for any new hirees. Legislation that went into effect Oct. 1, […]

BCCTC awarded $100,000 grant

Blount County Board of Education

In the regularly scheduled meeting of the Blount County Board of Education Monday afternoon, superintendent Rodney Green and DeWon Farmer, director of the Blount County Career Technical Center, announced that the center had been awarded a $100,000 grant. Through the Electrical and Welding Craft Training grant, BCCTC will be able to provide adult education classes in the evenings for those […]