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Blount County man sentenced for the murder of his parents

By The Blount Countian | January 20, 2021

Leo Santiago Chavez received two consecutive life sentences plus 10 years for the capital murder of his mother and father and abuse of their corpses. He was convicted of three counts of capital murder for the deaths of Adalberta Chavez Ruis and Ricardo Santiago Gonzalez as well as two counts of abuse of a corpse and theft of property on […]

Games set for 2021 Blount County Basketball Tournament

By The Blount Countian | January 13, 2021

School officials finalized the brackets for the 2021 Blount County Basketball Tournament just after noon today. The tournament begins Saturday with the varsity boys playing at J.B. Pennington High School and varsity girls at Cleveland High School. The JV boys will play games at both schools. Each school will be allotted 100 tickets for each game they are participating. Those […]

Chris Green announces retirement

By The Blount Countian | January 12, 2021

Before the January Blount County Commission meeting concluded, Probate Judge and County Commission Chairman shocked those in attendance as well as those following via Facebook live with the announcement that he will retire from public service at the end of April. Green stepped into public service Jan. 8, 2001. Last Friday marked 20 years. He served 10 as the Blount […]

2021 Blount County Basketball Tournament starts today for the junior high teams

By The Blount Countian | January 09, 2021

Appalachian and Southeastern tip off at 11 a.m. to get the boys tournament underway. Cleveland and Locust Fork follow a few hours later at 2 p.m. while Susan Moore faces J.B. Pennington at 5 p.m. Hayden has a bye. J.B. Pennington is hosting the boys. Just a few miles down the road at Cleveland High School, the Lady Panthers and […]

Reflecting on 2020

By The Blount Countian | December 30, 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on what has happened during this long, arduous year. The year began as most do; families joined around their tables to celebrate the New Year with a spread of peas, greens, and pork — all Southern traditions to bring in a new year full of good luck and prosperity — […]

Finding contentment in the chaos

By The Blount Countian | December 30, 2020

My knee jerk reaction to the end of 2020 is good riddance to this dumpster fire of a year. But when I actually reflect on it, I may have to rethink. I am an introvert, but I manage it well and just roll with it, whatever is happening. Waaaay back in March when it was suggested that we quarantine and […]

I leave you with this…

By The Blount Countian | December 30, 2020

The year of 2020 will go down in history like no other. I could write a book on the harsh realities of the topic, but no one really wants to hash and rehash 2020 and COVID-19. So, I will leave you with this. It just seems more appropriate to leave 2020 with something lighthearted and fun. I am 55 years […]

Goodbye 2020

By The Blount Countian | December 30, 2020

I think we can all agree that 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year ever. Everyone has their list of things gone wrong this year. My list includes many things, but I only have space to list a few. Most recently I went through a health scare which required several tests and trips to several specialists. It caused me much […]

The good, the bad, the ugly… but hope

By The Blount Countian | December 30, 2020

2020 has definitely been one hell of a wild roller coaster ride. I’ve always thought of myself as a “glass half full” kind of gal, but 2020 put the whole “there’s always a silver lining” to the test. There have been days so dark and bleak and void of hope; yet, other days are full of laughter, joy, and promise. […]

‘Our teachers deserve this’

By The Blount Countian | December 18, 2020

Today, in a special called meeting, the Blount County Board of Education approved a one-time supplement of $500 for each current BCBOE employee who is an active full-time employee as of Dec. 18, and who is currently scheduled to work and perform additional duties beyond the normal job requirements related to teaching and serving students during the Covid-19 pandemic for […]