From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 29, 1983

Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce a reality

Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, Inc., will become an official entity July 1, 1983.

A fulltime executive director and a secretary have been hired to guide the new organization. Offices will be located above Oneonta Public Library – the space is being provided at no charge to the organization by Oneonta City Council.

The organizational committee unanimously approved June 21 the hiring of Aliceville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Phil Otto as executive director of the new organization and Oneonta Chamber of Commerce secretary Regina McCay as fulltime secretary.

The committee also designated acting executive director Robert Bynum as the organization’s first president. Bynum has asked that Blountsville chamber president Harland Blocker and Oneonta chamber president Larry Dixon serve as vice-presidents.

Concern expressed over railroad situation

Blount County industry executives are worried about Seaboard Railroad’s proposal to abandon railroad lines serving this area and have begun plans aimed at convincing the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) of the need for continued rail service here.

At the June 21 industrial breakfast held at Roundthe Clock Restaurant, Bob Pruett of Cheney Lime reported the railroad has set Jan. 1, 1984, as a firm date for post notice of abandonment and the railroad could abandon the line on June 1, 1984.

On a brighter note, Oneonta Chamber of Commerce member Tommy Lowry reported that the annual Blount County Fair will be held Tuesday – Saturday, Sept. 6 – 10. For the first time, the fair will be held at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri Business Center.