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Saluting our seniors… Class of 2020

To the Class of 2020: So much has been written and said over the past few weeks as you, your families, teachers, and communities have mourned the loss of traditions, time, and normalcy. But, while we continue to struggle, you’ve done what you’ve always done – persevere. You came into a world full of chaos 18 years ago. As the […]


Imagine biting into a juicy, ripe peach. Now’s the time! Local farmers are out picking peaches. Allman Farms and Orchard, Hazelrig Orchards, Whited Farm, and J&D Nursery (Witt Farms) all report fresh peaches available for purchase. With favorable weather, farmers are beginning to have fresh local produce available. Whited Farm currently has onions, cabbage, squash, and zucchini. J&D Nursery in […]

Chamber teachers of the year

While COVID-19 may have shortened the physical school year, it did not dampen the hearts and souls of the amazing Blount County and Oneonta City schools’ teachers. As we continue to highlight the 2020 Chamber award winners, this week we focus on five deserving teachers who do an exceptional job helping students prepare for the future. Blount County SchoolsLauren Durrett […]

Remembering those who paid the ultimate price

Last Friday, a beautiful wreath was placed at the base of the Blount County Veteran’s Memorial to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Usually there is a large gathering and a speaker. Each name etched on the marker at the courthouse is read aloud during the memorial service. But just like many things, COVID-19 altered this […]

Chamber awards – part two

As recognition continues in part two of a four-part series of the 2020 Chamber of Commerce award winners, this week will highlight the community service organization, emerging business, business, and industry of the year. Blount County is fortunate to have remarkable businesses and organizations that help make it the wonderful place it is. Excellence in Community Service The Eldridge Bynum […]

Wallace State offers camps for young farmers

Wallace State Community College is offering two Young Farmer Entrepreneur classes in June for those ages 16 and above. Camp will be held on the Hanceville campus June 1-3. The second camp will be June 15-17 at the Oneonta campus. The camps will be limited to eight participants each in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Topics for the […]

DA urges city to address downtown parking issues

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey came before the May 12 Oneonta City Council meeting to request action on a parking issue that resulted in an accident in which she was involved. Casey presented photos of the accident to the council that showed a delivery truck parked in the roadway beside a local business. She asked the council to resolve […]

Perseverance and tenacity

The 2019-2020 academic school year is coming to a close. It is safe to say that when the year began, no school administrator, teacher, student, or parent ever expected it to end the way it did. Even as late as the beginning of March, everything was progressing as scheduled. Then entered COVID-19, a pandemic unlike anything seen since, well, since […]

Chamber awards

Each spring, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce celebrates Blount County’s outstanding people, businesses, teachers, and students at its annual banquet. As COVID-19 continued to spread, the chamber was left with no choice but to cancel this year’s event. Since the chamber didn’t have the opportunity to publicly recognize their 2020 award winners, The Blount Countian is proud to partner with […]

Commission authorizes Agri-Business Center sale/relocation

Blount County Commission

Promising a brief executive session with no further official action likely, the quorum of three Blount County commissioners and the chairman met with county attorneys, returned an hour later, and passed two blockbuster motions: the first authorizing the chairman to negotiate with the City of Oneonta (co-owner) to sell the current Agri-Business Center property, and the second authorizing him to […]

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