2021-11-17 E-Edition

Awesome by Nature

Fall colors are just one of the factors that make Blount County beautiful. This photo was taken at Inland Lake. Get out and enjoy the colors before they are gone.

Spring Valley Beach earns national award

While passing Spring Valley Beach in Blountsville, many have seen the magnificent flag blowing in the wind on the hill above the park. When visiting the park, it overlooks the pools as children and adults enjoy the large pool and water slides at the park. It is illuminated during their annual fireworks show celebrating the Fourth of July and can […]

Property tax renewal passes

Last Tuesday, Blount Countians overwhelmingly approved the renewal of 9 mills of property tax designated for both the Blount County and Oneonta City school systems. These 9 mills have been collected since 1937 and form the foundational support for both systems. All property taxes up for renewal in both districts passed with 87 percent voting in support of the renewal […]

Responsibilities grow with the city

City of Oneonta

“As our city continues to grow, so do our responsibilities,” remarked Oneonta Public Works director Roland McCoy at last Tuesday’s Oneonta City Council meeting. He recommended Jesse Tidwell to fill the open position of full-time maintenance employee, a hire which is accounted for in the 2022 city budget. With so many projects going on throughout the community, McCoy emphasized that […]


WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., at Hayden Community Center.The seventh annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served, first responders will be recognized, poster contest winners will be announced, and 2021 Citizen and Business of the Year awards will be presented. All chamber meetings are open to the public. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is […]

Church Briefs

PARK AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH will have a youth ministry yard and bake sale Saturday, Nov. 20, beginning at 8 a.m. The church will have an outdoor live Nativity Sunday, Nov. 28, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the Zbinden Family Life Center. The church has an upright wooden piano and bench free to a good […]

Out and About

Why not eco-tourism?

A scheduled monthly task I have as a member of the Friends of the Locust Fork River is picking up trash at Swann Covered Bridge. Since that covered bridge is an attraction in Blount County, I often cross paths with “tourists.” I recently spoke with a group from Georgia that was in Alabama primarily to explore the state’s covered bridges. […]

Precious memories

Sean of the South

This Thanksgiving season I’m thankful for good memories. First and foremost. Memories I have made with my wife, with my family, with my fishing rod. Memories of happy childhood days, memories of minor triumphs, of people who loved me, and memories involving beer. Yes. I am infinitely grateful for pleasant memories. Because nothing in this world stays the same, everything […]

Blountsville council celebrates year one

In November, Blountsville Mayor Danny Baker; council members Ray Baxley, David Blaxton, Tyler Cantrell, Shannon Elkins, and Debra Sorrell; town clerk Taylor Phillips; and court magistrate Geneva Castillo celebrate serving the first full year of their first term. They have been busy learning and serving in many different ways while striving to improve their abilities in order to better benefit […]