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From The Southern Democrat, October 24, 1984


Susan Moore may get public housing

A police department, recreational park, highway turn lane, and now a public housing are developing for Susan Moore because of the determination and tenacity of its town council and other residents.

“Anything that will help our growth, we need it…and I’m for it,” Joel Ballard said at the regular meeting Oct. 15.

Mayor T.R. Jackson told the council that Oneonta Housing Authority has agreed to operate housing units in Susan Moore when such are funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Blount County Court of Commissioners has voted assistance. Mayor Jackson was told that Susan Moore would be first on the list because its site is ready for building.

Board nominates Harmon

Oneonta City Board of Education nominated Jack Harmon to fill a spot on the board left vacant by the August resignation of Anne Payton. Oneonta City Council was to have considered the nomination at its regularly scheduled meeting last night.

The board had nominated former teacher Jane McPherson at its Sept. 24 meeting and had received phone confirmation of her acceptance; but before the council had time to act on the matter, McPherson had, by letter, withdrawn her name from consideration.

Says Bynum, Festival went well, could have been better coordinated

The recent Covered Bridge Festival was the main topic of discussion at Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce’s regular meeting Oct. 9, at Campbell’s Restaurant in Blountsville.

The festival, held Oct. 6 and 7, was the chamber’s first effort to promote Oneonta’s annual arts and crafts show and Blountsville’s harvest festival as parts of a two-day event centered around Blount County’s covered bridges.

“Many things we did extremely well,” reported Bob Bynum, chamber president. But, Bynum went on to say, “We did not coordinate things as well as we might have.”