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World record holder at age 10

Most 10-year-olds spend their day focusing on friends, video games, or organized sports; however, Gabe Henry is not your typical 10-year-old. Henry, who began the sport of bow fishing in May 2018, has already set three state records, one world record, and has his sights set on more records. Henry’s passion for the sport started just eight months ago when […]

Heritage homeowners’ questions

Oneonta City Council

City manager/economic developer Ed Lowe, city attorney Alex Smith, Mayor Ross Norris, and some city council members addressed homeowner questions in a public hearing related to the City of Oneonta’s acquisition of the Heritage Golf Course and clubhouse. Speaking for the homeowners association, its secretary Debbie Clowdus presented three written, previously submitted questions association members prepared following a January 17 […]

Community Arts Council to perform Deathtrap

Offering five shows spanning a two-weekend period, the Community Arts Council of Blount County will perform Deathtrap, a thriller in two acts, in February. This 1978 Ira Levin masterpiece is presented on one set with only five characters. It is performed in two acts, with five scenes, and is described as a play with many plot twists. Director Michael Hollingsworth […]

A service dog for Maddie

In an effort to keep Madison Roy safe from the seizures triggered by a rare form of epilepsy called Jeavon’s Syndrome, the family is on a mission to secure a service dog for her. Since her birth, she has excelled in everything she attempts. She has been a straight “A” student until this year despite having dysgraphia, a learning disability […]


The inmate who escaped the custody of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday while on work release at the county’s landfill was captured Tuesday afternoon. Steven Randolph Hall, 32, had been in jail for less than a month after being indicted by a Blount County grand jury for two felony burglary charges and two felony charges of theft of […]

Snead approves new Douglas water contract

The Snead Town Council voted to accept a new water contract proposal from Douglas Water Authority. The 10-year contract commits Snead to monthly purchases at a minimum of eight million gallons. That figure exceeds the prior contract minimum, but remains below regular monthly purchases over recent years. Town attorney Brett King asked the council to table until the meeting’s end […]

New Lions Club starts up with important service project

The newly-forming Lions Club covering central Blount County has gotten off to an auspicious start with the donation of the low-vision magnification machine (shown at left) to the Multi-Needs Center, made on the new club’s behalf by the Hayden Lions Club. The machine allows a student to read from standard textbooks rather than special print books costing as much as […]

‘There wasn’t a dry eye in the room’

On Friday, Jan. 11, the coordinated efforts of several agencies helped make a retired firefighter’s wish come true. According to Olive Home Memory Care Assisted Living administrator Melissa Gilliland, “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room” when Oneonta Fire and Rescue came to grant resident J.D. Stokes’ family a wish for their loved one. Stokes, 76, suffers from late […]

Unit system would manage county as a single entity instead of four separate ones

Background summary of proposed act

The Blount County Efficiency in Government Act is a draft legislative act to authorize a referendum on converting Blount County to the unit system of government. It specifies organizational details of the unit system. The summary generally follows the paragraph order of the proposed act. Content is condensed for brevity; language of the act is quoted directly from time to […]

A new sheriff in town

There is a new sheriff in town, literally. Mark Moon was inaugurated as Blount County Sheriff before a standing room only crowd Sunday afternoon. The oath of office was administered by Moon’s father, Delane Moon. The elder Moon had served as a law enforcement officer in Blount County and was Cleveland’s chief of police for a number of years. Moon […]

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