2021-08-18 E-Edition

Football season underway

Hayden quarterback Will Vines (11) hands off to Taylor McAdams (24) during the Wildcats’ jamboree game against Mortimer Jordan. See page A4.

Blount County, Oneonta schools COVID-19 policies

Last week, the Alabama Department of Public Health outlined several responsibilities and recommendations for the state’s K-12 schools. Blount County Schools’ current policy closely aligns with the department’s recommendations, while Oneonta City Schools has elected to follow a different path. According to the ADPH K-12 school guidance, the top priority is to isolate and report suspected or diagnosed cases. For […]

Police chase ends without injuries

On the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 10, Hayden Police Chief James Chapman reported several crimes were committed, including the theft of a vehicle in Warrior. After collecting video evidence, that same vehicle was later involved in a robbery at a local business near I-65 in Hayden. Around 1:30 p.m., Blount County Deputy Brady Wells observed the stolen vehicle on Hays […]


ADEM ASKING FOR INPUT ABOUT LOCUST FORK RIVER The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is asking for input about upgrading the Locust Fork River designation to Swimming and Other Whole Body Water-Contact Sports. Let them know you get wet every time you swim, float, and fish the river. Written submissions, photos, and other inquiries should be sent to hearing.officer@adem.alabama.gov. Comments […]

Reader Writes

I often celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we’re free to speak out and petition our government for change. But I’m saddened by how often we need to. In the course of the permit renewal process for the Tyson plant, we learned that the Locust Fork River and its tributaries were not classified for swimming, and, […]

Out and About

Civil rights?

Have you ever listened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” delivered in August 1963 in Washington, D.C.? I have heard and read excerpts of the incredible public address, but never heard or read the entire speech until recently. I changed from just being an acquaintance of the speech to being totally mesmerized by the powerful commitment to […]

Blount EMS answers the call

The recent rise in COVID-19 cases has yet again caused a spike in hospitalizations and emergency calls throughout the state. Blount EMS director Weslie Powell spoke candidly about the situation his crew has been facing. With emergency call volume nearly double for his staff and increasing transports, he has a sincere message to the public. “COVID-19 is real. It doesn’t […]

Smoke Rise woman dies in house fire Tuesday

A house fire early Tuesday morning on Bryan Lane in Smoke Rise remains under investigation. According to Fire Marshal Fred Cochran, a woman was killed in the fire. Two others were inside the home when the fire started but were able to escape. West Blount Fire Department responded to the call. Officials said the fire was fully involved when they […]

Tammy Montgomery, owner of Seafood Queens, delivers school supplies to Oneonta Middle School. -Seafood Queens

Seafood Queens gives back

In a world full of fear and confusion, so many businesses have risen to the challenge of giving back to their community. One of Oneonta’s newest “businesses” perfectly exemplifies this. Seafood Queens, however, isn’t your typical brick-and-mortar business; Seafood Queens comes to Oneonta from Ashville via food truck, and they’ve made the Pop Up Park their home away from home […]