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New Neely open house, ribbon cutting signifies new name, new thrust, new life


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County commission to barricade Sugarland causeway


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Contracts, personnel matters dominate board approvals

Blount County Board of Education

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‘Scenic wonder’ mystery explained

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Wallace State academic building coming right along

Downtown update

Last week, workers were completing installation of the sub-roofing for the Wallace State academic building, in preparation for the metal roof that will complete that stage of construction. Next step: work on the exterior walls will begin as they will get their brick or stone finish. City manager Ed Lowe said much of the early effort went toward construction of […]

B Street, First Avenue extensions to be paved this fall

Subgrade work on the extension of First Avenue has been completed, with only a limestone layer remaining to be spread before the new block of First Avenue can be left to cure in the weather for a time before paving later this fall. The B Street extension, completed earlier, will be paved at the same time. Visible to the right […]

‘For God alone my soul waits in silence’


While Christians may profess the Lord’s work never ends, spring and summer frequently provide a greater emphasis for missionary endeavors. Realistically, that becomes particularly true for school-aged youth. This year, Blount County churches have seen many young people sharing their faith throughout the nation and on other continents. For most of these, their experiences have certain commonalities. These “short-term missionaries” […]

Officers respond to life-threatening event


Just after 9 p.m. on July 19, Snead dispatch received a third-party call of a resident in distress. The man, whose name was not released by Snead police, had suffered a head injury after the bulldozer he was using to clear land off Hopewell Road had gone into a ravine. Reportedly legally blind in one eye, bleeding profusely from his […]

Spring Valley Beach

46 years later

Soon after relocating to Blount County in 1972, the Gilliland family bought what is now known as Spring Valley Beach. Owner Allen “Big Al” Gilliland, when asked how he acquired Spring Valley Beach replied, “I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time.” When he bought the venue it was known as Burgess Spring Lake and […]


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