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King’s Bend goes solar

King’s Bend Overlook Park – with its scenic vista, grand staircase leading to the beautiful Locust Fork, and abundance of blooming native plants – now has lights. These solar lights were made right here in Blount County by Sun Charge Systems. The park features river access for those wanting to kayak or canoe, as well as the bridge complete with […]

Quality of life projects take center stage


With the sale of Oneonta’s portion of the Agri-business Center complete, the $900,000 allocated to Parks and Recreation will surely garner some exciting and much-needed improvements to the city. According to Oneonta City Manager Ed Lowe, the use of the Agri-business Center has declined over the years with annual usage averaging 30 events. He further explained that the funds acquired […]

Fall sports to start as planned

MONTGOMERY – In a press conference last Thursday, AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese, outlined the association’s “Best Practices to Return to Play.” The recommended guidelines were approved by AHSAA’s central board of control the previous day. The association’s decision to move forward with its fall sports schedule came as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. “Our board has […]

Roger’s Ramblings


I used to think that since the end of the military draft in the 1970s there were only three patriotic duties all citizens should be willing to perform if asked: voting in every election, jury duty, and acting as a poll worker. I’ve come to discover there is at least one more. If the top health officials in the nation […]

Be the early bird


“The early bird gets the worm” is a phrase I have heard all my life. The message is simple. Those who get there first, whatever their mission, get the best choices. Any delay may result in getting leftovers or nothing at all. Recently, a customer at the Blount County Farmers Market made the following statement to a vendor: “Well, if […]

Getting a head start


Like all other school and preschool programs across the state, Blount County’s Ratchford Child Development Center in Oneonta closed in March to protect its children from the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Nail, the center’s assistant director and health resource specialist, knew the extended time off would make the transition to kindergarten much harder for their 4 and 5 year olds […]

Sheriff will not enforce mask ordinance


Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris announced last week that the wearing of masks/face coverings is now mandatory in public. At the time of her announcement, Ivey acknowledged the enforcement of the mandate would be difficult and called on everyone to support it through personal responsibility. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield says […]

Discussion continues on potential conversion of Agri-business Center into courthouse complex

Blount County Commission

On Monday, the Blount County Commission convened for an emergency meeting. Chris Green, county commission chairman, opened the meeting by thanking everyone for their compliance with Gov. Ivey’s mandate to wear masks to keep the visitors who are vulnerable to COVID-19 safe. The roll was called and a quorum was established with commissioners Allen Armstrong, Mike Painter, Dean Calvert, and […]

‘Farm life is good’


“Farm life is good. We are just trying to keep up,” said Haley Powell. These words by Powell from Whited Farms describe most of the farmers’ lives this year. All around the county, farmers are reporting exceptionally high numbers of customers buying local produce this year, and farmers are doing everything they can to keep up with the demand. Is […]

Backroad Adventures


Are you looking for some adventure? Would you like to enjoy meeting people who want to have fun? Would you like to be a part of a community-oriented group? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Blount County Backroad Adventures may just be your answer. In late May, a group of locals organized as a Facebook group […]


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