From the Archives

The Southern Democrat April 5, 1978

Track dream coming true By summer, L&N officials expect to be using team tracks in Oneonta’s industrial park and Mayor Jack Fendley says, “We intend for the area where tracks now exist (in the downtown area) to be a beauty spot.” Oneonta councilman Cliff Battles adds, “The area will be paved and landscaped so that merchants and townspeople will be proud of it.” The city is paying for installation of new team tracks in exchange for the downtown property. City officials hope to install tracks for between $15,000 and $20,000. Though the project would ordinarily cost much more, utilization whenever possible of existing materials and of city labor is expected to hold down cost.

Auditorium nearing construction Action taken Monday will make it possible for the auditorium for the new school to be built much sooner than had earlier been anticipated. Meeting Monday in special session with city school superintendent Bill Burdette and Ollen Ratliff, board chairman, Mayor Jack Fendley and city councilmen unanimously passed a resolution to add to the school construction bond, whose final financing is expected shortly. The city will take bids within the next two weeks on a $3,000,000 bond, this to include $400,000 for the auditorium.

Fire rages “When one fire starts, it seems like it just encourages these arsonists to go to work,” Sheriff J.C. Carr said earlier this week as reports of forest fires mounted. Dry April weather has provided perfect conditions for feeding fast-spreading fires damaging woodlands across the county. Authorities say all information leading to arrests of suspected arsonists will be confidential. All Blount Countians are urged to watch for early fire signs and to be on the alert for signs of arson.