2020-12-23 E-Edition

Merry Christmas!

Santa helped deliver presents to Blount County Children with Blount County first responders. Wonder what little Gabriella Greer is asking him to bring her? See story page A12.

Goode is first female county administrator

Jacki Goode’s first encounter with the Blount County Commission office came in 1986. She was dating Jeff Goode whose mother, Virginia Goode, was assistant administrator. “Virginia was learning to use a personal computer the year I met her,” Goode said. “We shared strategies on the new-fangled technology.” Nine years later on Nov. 15, 1995, Goode began her own journey in […]


DR. SAHAWNEH MEMORIAL Pinebrook and Cross Creek subdivisions in Oneonta (Scenic Trail, Twin Oaks Drive, and Deer Trace) will have a drive-thru white Christmas memorial celebration in memory of Dr.Tom Sahawneh today, Dec. 23, through Saturday, Dec. 26. BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 and provide recovery and quarantine time to staff, the courthouse […]

News Briefs

20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK is open through Thursday, Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day). The exhibit is free, but donations are appreciated. Phone the park at 205-274-0017 for information. Best of Show winner is Pine Bluff Baptist Church. Business winners are: Moe’s Auto Repair (first), Liberty National (second), Country Dental Lab (third), Cindy Massey (honorable […]

Smith inducted into hall of fame

Geoff Smith, owner of Oil Equipment Company, Inc., was recently inducted into the 2020 class of the Alabama Petroleum and Convenience Marketing Hall of Fame. Established in 2012, the hall of fame recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding service to the Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama, their local communities, and the petroleum marketing and convenience store […]

Berea College honors

Erick Vargas Pineda of Oneonta was named to the Fall 2020 Dean’s List at Berea College. To qualify, students must achieve a 3.4 or higher GPA while passing at least four total credits (equivalent to 16 semester hours).

American Legion donations

The Oneonta American Legion Post 72 presented $500 to the Blount County DHR Children’s Fund (top right). Post 72 Commander Gary Clements and members of the Post presented the check to Carrie Morrison, DHR Director Catherine Denard, and other DHR representatives. Post 72 also presented $350 to Oneonta National Guard Veterans Christmas food basket fund (bottom right). Post 72 Commander […]

Dear Santa,

I apologize for getting this to you so late, but things have been a little difficult this year. Everyone has struggled in so many different ways in 2020, but we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines that just became available. Although this is wonderful news to boost our spirits, we could still […]

Road rage suspect in custody

“I am happy to report that as of lunch, we have a suspect in custody for the shooting death of Dakota Nunley,” Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon said as he opened his press conference last Thursday. The following day, Dec. 18, Moon released the name of the suspect as well as formal charges. Michael Harris, 59, is charged with first-degree […]