2021-03-31 E-Edition

SHP builds 40 beds in memory of Bro. Bill

On Saturday, around 80 people gathered at the Blount County Agribusiness Center for a very special Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build. The 80 individuals of all different ages and different faiths came together to honor the memory and legacy of Bro. Bill Barnett who passed away last fall from complications of COVID-19. Barnett was the pastor of Union Hill […]

Sudie Cowden Hicks

A lasting legacy

Sometimes a teacher not only influences students for life, but also the community and a county. Such is the late Sudie Cowden Hicks of Remlap. A proud descendant of Blount County’s pioneer Cowden family, she never forgot her heritage or her commitment to make Blount County a better place. Born in 1895, this venerable woman had a deep respect for […]

Woodland Scout Park project moving forward

City of Oneonta

Last week, the Oneonta City Council addressed several issues in their final meeting of the month. The council addressed the city’s sign ordinance. No changes were made to the ordinance, which was amended by the previous council last fall. City administrator Allie Allcorn explained that certain language should have been removed from the ordinance, but was overlooked. The action taken […]


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is opening to the public tomorrow, April 1. Max capacity will be limited to 25 people at a time. While it is not required, we request that patrons continue to wear masks indoors and maintain social distancing recommendations. Masks will be available at the front counter. Library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. […]

Reader Writes

A few days ago, I was walking through Oneonta. As I waited at the Ace Hardware intersection to cross Highway 75, the light turned yellow. A young mother hit the brakes. Her toddler was standing in the front passenger seat and was hurled forward into the dash. As I stood watching, the mother pulled the child from the floorboard, turned […]

Native azaleas

County Agent’s Corner

Q: I am looking to add some native plants to a natural area in my landscape. A friend mentioned planting some native azaleas, but I know relatively nothing about this group of plants. Can you help? A: First, you get a big pat on the back for choosing to add natives to your existing landscape. As a general rule, native […]

Compassion of the people

“Blount County is just like one big family. We are truly blessed. We have the most kind and compassionate people I have ever dealt with. To me, that is one of the greatest blessings Blount County has to offer.” These words of Hope House director Bud Jones were repeated over and over as he wanted to thank citizens, law enforcement, […]

Recipe Corner

I love a good pasta salad. I don’t like cucumbers or olives so I leave them out. This is another one you can make a meal by adding rotisserie chicken. -Jenna Wood Spring Greek Pasta Salad 4 cups veggie rotini, cooked anddrained3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped1 small cucumber, seeded andchopped1 small zucchini, chopped1 small […]

Supporting the endometriosis patient in your life

I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008 at age 26, and I’ve spent a large amount of time educating myself and the public through my writing on different platforms. I am also currently a Ph.D. student in the Educational Studies in Diverse Populations program with an emphasis on Community Health Education. My research focus has largely been related to endometriosis […]