2020-11-11 E-Edition

Vets share memories of the two Queens

In the history of the world no greater human carry and care story has ever been told than that of the two Queens. It has been said that “a ship is like a world standing all alone on it’s own. It will provide the protection needed for its crew and passengers as long as they remain in the ship and […]

A visit to Rainbow Gin Co.

If you travel U.S. 278 to Rainbow Crossing, you will find a quaint little cotton gin called Rainbow Gin Co. Inc. It is not a fancy building, but it’s one that is vital to cotton farmers in and around the Blount County area. Being local, cotton farmers have the convenience of the gin right at their back door, thus saving […]

Christmas parade canceled

Last Friday, the leadership of the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce made the final call on the fate of this year’s Blount County Christmas Parade. With COVID-19 cases escalating at an alarming rate, chamber executive director Barbara Andersen announced that this year’s parade unfortunately would not take place. The Chamber’s Facebook feed was soon filled with angry posts full of mean, […]

Between the Lines

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a coming-of-age series at church known as “Discovery.” It’s a yearly weekend event where incoming sixth graders are introduced to the youth program and welcomed in by the older students. I know we give this younger generation a hard time for being “digitally superficial,” “overly sensitive,” and “socially disconnected.” Now these […]


FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP for all first through sixth grade boys and girls will be today, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. (lunch provided), and Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Registration fee is $25 per child. Find more information and registration information on the Sports For Christ and Cleveland First Baptist Church Facebook pages or […]

Readers Write

My name is Brice Marsh. I was born and raised in Blount County; and until recently was a property owner and taxpayer there. I still have many friends and relatives in Blount County and I feel like it’s “home” even though I no longer live there. In other words, I love Blount County! Now, about Dean Calvert. I don’t know […]

Readers Write

Give me a break. Numerous people have made the claim that since the infamous Calvert/Glenn tape was a private conversation that was never meant to be heard by the public that we should just forget about it and move on. They claim that Dean Calvert has never shown any bias in his work ethic. Those same people like to add […]

Cyberbullying on the rise

County Agent’s Corner

COVID-19 continues to sweep through the nation, resulting in the closing of many schools, including pre-K all the way through college. What was once a normal day in a school building suddenly became an at-home learning environment. Much of this at-home-learning means students are spending an increased amount of time online. In this environment, its been found that students who […]

Recipe Corner

S’mores Dip 1 bag of marshmallows 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ cup heavy cream, warmed Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread the chocolate chips in the bottom of a 9-inch baking dish or pie dish and pour the warmed heavy cream on top. Cover completely with a single layer of marshmallows. Bake until chocolate has melted and the marshmallows […]