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County basketball tourney concludes tomorrow


The Hayden Wildcats will appear in all three county championship games tomorrow night. In JV boys action, No. 1 seed Hayden faces J.B. Pennington at 3 p.m. at J.B. Pennington. The varsity girls championship will be determined between No. 1 Susan Moore and Hayden at 5 p.m. at Cleveland. The varsity boys championship pits No. 1 Hayden against No. 2 […]

‘Looking toward the future’


The ending of this month’s Blount County Commission meeting came as a shock to attendees when Commission Chairman and Probate Judge Chris Green announced his plans to retire from public service at the end of April. Green stepped into public service Jan. 8, 2001, and has served continuously for 20 years. The first 10 of those years were served as […]

Mayola parole hearing tomorrow


For many Blount Countians, the mention of the name Michael Anthony Mayola takes them back to the hot August days of 1962 and a crime that shattered the innocence of a small, rural Alabama town. The people of Oneonta knew him as George Workman, the barber, who had moved to town some 16 months earlier. As the events of that […]

Safe Exchange Zone

The City of Oneonta has created three “Safe Exchange Zone” spaces located in the parking lot of The Little Brick Church. The spaces, indicated by green striping and signage, are exclusively dedicated for individuals who are either exchanging children pursuant to a custody order or those exchanging property from an online sale. It’s also under 24-hour surveillance, so it provides […]

Battling the volunteer firefighter dilemma – part 3


“We are always looking for volunteer firefighters.” Fire officials, including Blountsville fire chief Sam Johnson and West Blount fire captain Zach Williams, are echoing these words across the county. With each department juggling more and more calls each year, the need for first responders increases. Johnson, a 36-year fire service veteran, finds the job very rewarding and encourages anyone who […]

DAR Good Citizens

Appalachian senior named county winner

The Warrior Rivers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored eight Blount County high school seniors as Good Citizens Jan. 12 during an online recognition ceremony. A DAR Good Citizen must exhibit qualities of dependability, service, patriotism, and leadership. Jane Longshore, DAR Good Citizen chairperson, said, “They are great role models for all students with their positive attitude […]

Battling the volunteer firefighter dilemma – part 2


After checking in with Locust Fork fire chief Jeff Coleman earlier this week, it is clear that volunteer firefighters are desperately needed. Over the past several years, the calls handled by Locust Fork Fire & Rescue have continued to increase by approximately 50 more per year, yet the number of volunteers has not increased. Coleman said that in 2020, Locust […]

Vision and dedication


When Ed Lowe joined the City of Oneonta in 1997, city officials were gearing up for the June opening of the city’s new aquatics center and transforming the former Worship Center building into the city’s new public library. While Oneonta was seeing a surge in population, the city’s historic downtown was becoming more sparse with empty storefronts dotting the landscape. […]

Volunteer firefighter dilemma


You smell smoke or your home is engulfed in flames. A loved one is stricken with chest pains. An elderly person has fallen and can’t get up. There has been an automobile accident with injuries. What do you do? Who do you call? What if help isn’t available? These scenarios are just a few of the calls firefighters across the […]

COVID-19 provisions extended

Blount County Board of Education

Blount County Schools superintendent Rodney Green opened his report during Monday’s board meeting sharing a thank you note from Ashley Carr, one of the system’s nurses. Carr thanked the board for their support throughout the first half of the school year as well as the $500 supplement given to each full-time employee. Green told the board that Carr’s note was […]


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