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Church to collect love offering for honor flight


Locust Fork Baptist Church has held a patriotic service the Sunday before the Fourth of July for a number of years. Pastor Randy Cater said the service honors military veterans with the presentation of the colors and patriotic songs, including the National Anthem and choral renditions of the songs for each branch of service. The church also hosts “Fireworks in […]

Summer camps return

despite COVID-19 challenges

Even though there has been a delay in the return of summer camps, the Blount County Education Foundation is excited to announce three programs for summer learning. Several schools will offer one-week library/literacy camps. There will be a three-week Dreamcatchers camp at Susan Moore, and the third program will include a series of virtual camps designed to inspire and engage […]

Council awards park restroom bid

Town of Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council met for its regular monthly meeting on June 11. Mayor Jerry Jones announced the sealed bids for construction of restroom facilities at the new park had been opened earlier in the day. Two bids were received, one from Adams Building Company for $70,800 and the other from Jerry Tidwell Construction for $81,964. The council unanimously voted […]

More and more local produce available


As I began writing today’s Blount County farm and produce report, my mind wandered off in another direction, and I soon found myself thinking about all of the work that goes into farming.Produce doesn’t just magically appear overnight ready for consumption. From spring to late fall, Blount County farmers are wide open. There are fields to turn and prep, plastic […]

Wreck claims life of Remlap woman


A Friday, June 12, wreck claimed the life of a Remlap woman. Dawn Trucks, 42, was killed when the 2008 Suzuki SUV she was driving collided with a 2018 Honda Odyssey six miles south of Oneonta at the intersection of Ala 75 and Pine Mountain Road. Trucks, who was not wearing a seatbelt when the 3:48 p.m. accident occurred, was […]

Black lives matter


Oneonta was the scene of a peaceful protest Monday afternoon when about 300 people gathered at The Little Brick Church demonstrating against cases of unnecessary killing of African-Americans by police.The protest, like many more across the country, was sparked after a black man, George Floyd, died during his arrest in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 25. One officer involved has been […]

Locust Fork Park installs wheelchair accessible swing


On June 3, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce was on hand at Locust Fork Community Park to help celebrate the latest addition to the recently upgraded children’s playground, a wheelchair accessible swing. Eleven-year-old Molly McNutt was the first to try out the new swing; and Molly’s mother, Janie McNutt, said that she is, “glad that everyone is thinking about people […]

Bloom-N-Pie Days


This Saturday, one of the state’s most delightful and colorful festivals kicks off right in our own backyard. Close to a thousand varieties of gorgeous, brilliantly colored daylilies will be on full display – and for sale! That’s the concept behind Bloom-N-Pie Days – more daylily varieties than you’ve ever seen presented for your enjoyment amongst an acre or so […]

One van, no plan


On March 20, Oneonta’s Cody Hunt and his wife Elena set out on an adventure that many would love, but for various reasons, can’t. With one van and no plan, the Hunt’s set out to visit and explore all 50 states. While they have a tentative date of accomplishing this feat by the end of March 2021, that date is […]

Ambassadors of the Year

Chamber awards

In this final segment of the 2020 Chamber awards, it will highlight some of the county’s most uplifting and inspiring students. One ambassador from each school was chosen for their leadership, willingness to help, and positive attitude, which gave them the honor of being Ambassador of the Year. Josie Latta – Appalachian Always having a great attitude and being a […]


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