2021-03-17 E-Edition

Hayden courthouse annex now open

At 8 a.m. Monday, March 15, the Blount County Courthouse Annex in Hayden was open for business once again. The annex closed last March when the statewide shutdown began. While other government buildings reopened, the commission took advantage of the shutdown to begin renovations of the facility. It’s taken almost one full year, but the facility is open and they’ve […]

St. Patrick’s Day history, traditions, and fun facts

With today being St. Patrick’s Day, people often think of leprechauns, shamrocks, corned beef and cabbage, and a plethora of green drinks. From non-alcoholic shamrock shakes, St. Patrick’s Day punch, green cocktails, and green beer, to church services and parades, or eating traditional Irish cuisine, it is a day of global celebration of Irish culture. But what is the origin […]

Tabitha Craig

Blount County’s Renaissance woman

The Holly Springs community on Straight Mountain and the Blount Highland community on Pine Mountain both lay claim to this bygone female legend of Blount County. Considering the close proximity of the two communities, both perhaps have equal claim to Tabitha Craig. Her lifetime spans two centuries, with her being born in the 1780s and dying at 101 years (some […]


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