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Lady Bulldogs earn a spot in the Sweet 16

After area tournaments wrapped up last Wednesday, six volleyball teams from across the county earned a spot in a sub-regional match. Susan Moore, Hayden, and Southeastern breezed through their brackets winning their respective area championship, as well as securing a home game for the opening round. Appalachian, Cleveland, and Oneonta took second place in their area tournaments, which kept their […]

Commission seeks public input, opinion

Blount County Commission

Monday’s meeting of the Blount County Commission covered a variety of issues ranging from typical administrative items to serious discussions on the best way to move forward with the building that serves as the heart of the county. The problems with the current Blount County Courthouse are well documented. Every square inch is utilized with nowhere to grow. The heating […]

Green, Moon work to mend fences


Calls for the resignation of Blount County District 3 commissioner Dean Calvert continue because of Calvert’s racially derogatory and misogynistic comments captured on a dash cam recording. They can be seen and heard on social media, in letters to the editor in The Blount Countian, from speakers at commission meetings, and from the statements of multiple elected officials in the […]

The power of pink


“I believe in pink. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” -Audrey Hepburn Pink is the quintessential female color. In color psychology, the profile on pink is affectionate, thoughtful, and insightful. It’s also playful, […]

‘You have cancer’


Three words, “You have cancer.” Thirteen letters from the alphabet form the words. Across Blount County, many folks have heard this statement. We believe we understand the impact it has on those who receive these words. Until it happens to you though, you don’t understand. Being born in Blount County, I feel honored to share this journey with other individuals […]

Mastectomy tattoos


As if having breast cancer isn’t enough, the visible scars are never ending reminders after having a mastectomy. Some people learn to live with them as just a part of life, while others choose to have a decorative tattoo to help conceal the scars. While this may be a different perspective to contemplate, people consider having tattoos for a variety […]

S&S destroyed by fire


The S&S Foods grocery store in Cleveland was completely destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steve Pass said the state fire marshal ruled the fire “accidental.” The fire began in the rear of the store where cardboard boxes are broken down. Owner Donald Estes said the insurance investigator confirmed the cause was “accidental […]

The Bible and the mailman


Whether you call it divine intervention, luck, or being at the right place at the right time, a Hayden man is alive today because of the quick actions of his postman. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Bert Swann was at home alone and working on his tractor in the shop. His wife Rhonda had left to pick up their granddaughter from […]

Lowe selected as Appalachian Leadership Institute fellow

Earlier this month, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced the 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows. Ed Lowe (above), Oneonta city manager, was among those selected. The 40 Fellows represent a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and will participate in the second class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. The class includes professionals who live and/or work in the region in civil service, […]

‘The people have the power’


When walking onto the courthouse grounds this past Saturday, one could easily hum the lyrics to Patti Smith’s “The People Have the Power” because in Blount County, they do. Armed with signs and black t-shirts that simply read “END RACISM,” people from all walks of life, both political parties, and those who “Backed the Blue” and believe “Black Lives Matter” […]


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