2021-04-14 E-Edition

OFD’s newest fleet member

If you ride by Oneonta Fire Department, you’ll likely get a glimpse of their brand new 75-foot ladder truck. The 2021 Sutphen SL75 arrived recently at the department after months of being designed and built at the Sutphen facility in Columbus, Ohio. Sutphen built the truck from the ground up and worked closely with Chief Kenneth Booth to ensure it […]

Mayor: ‘I expect to be exonerated’

Town of Cleveland

Cleveland mayor Jerry Jones opened last Thursday’s council meeting with a statement addressing the grand jury indictment charging him with two ethics violations. “I intend to make this one statement about the two ethics charges that have been filed against me,” Jones said. “I intend to vigorously defend myself against these charges. I have confidence in the legal system and […]

Green postpones retirement

Blount County Commission

Last Thursday during the Blount County Commission work session, Chairman Chris Green closed the meeting with the announcement he was postponing his early retirement. “In the last few weeks there have been several developments,” he said. “One is the knowledge of our federal funding that will be coming down and the potential impact those funds can have. “The jail project […]

‘Aladdin Jr.’

Looking for something to do this weekend? Join Aladdin, Jasmine, and the fast-talking, wisecracking Genie as they discover mystical caves, take magic carpet rides, and outwit the evil sorcerer, Jafar. With new, colorful characters and nonstop adventure, “Aladdin Jr.” is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages! “I could not be more excited about putting this production on the […]


PALS SPRING CLEANUP will be Friday, April 16, through Monday, April 26.Republic Services has donated five dumpsters for roadside and river clean up (not for cleaning out closets and garages). This is a great time for organizations and groups to make Blount County beautiful again. Each district has boxes of garbage bags to distribute to assist in cleanups. A representative […]


Only seven more weeks Recently I read an article on Facebook called “Only Seven More Weeks.” It highlighted different perspectives of teachers as they consider the last seven weeks of school. One teacher reflected on the short amount of time left with so much more she wants to teach the students. Another teacher was reflecting on the last seven weeks […]

Out and About

Every litter bit hurts

People Against a Littered State (PALS) kicked off their statewide 2021 Spring Cleanup on April 1st. Blount County already has neighbors organizing themselves to pick up the trash on the roads bordering their properties. A group including children in Locust Fork organized a cleanup at the Calvert Prong River crossing on County Highway 33. It was mamas and papas setting […]

Preconditioning systems and management practices for beef calves – part 1

County Agent’s Corner

Learn about preconditioning systems and how they can add value to the calves you produce and sell. Producers have many marketing options, such as selling calves immediately after weaning, but value can be added by putting calves through a preconditioning program to prepare them for the transition to later stages of production. Preconditioning typically consists of weaning calves, acclimating calves […]

Lock down at St. Vincent’s Blount

A Friday afternoon incident at St. Vincent’s Blount caused the hospital to go into full lock down when a man with a stolen gun was believed to be in the hospital parking lot. Code Silver was activated, which is the response initiated when assistance is needed, there is a combative person out of control, or an individual is wielding/firing a […]