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Welcome 2022


At the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, people celebrate the upcoming new year by spending time with friends and family, breaking out into a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne,” making a toast to the new year, and proclaiming resolutions that will most likely be broken sooner than people want to admit. It is time to kiss the one you […]

Become a foster parent


What goals are you setting for the New Year? Do any of those goals involve helping children in your community? If so, Blount County DHR has several opportunities to help you accomplish such an important goal. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 11, they will offer foster parent classes at their office located at 55 DHR Lane in Oneonta. Classes will be held […]

Merry Christmas!

Michael Helton strolls with Santa among the Oneonta Business Association’s Festival of Lights tree display at the Gazebo. He is the son of Trey and Lauren Helton, brother of Ivy, and grandson of Buddy and Cheryl Helton of Straight Mountain.

Oneonta small businesses


There’s no doubt Oneonta has flourished over the past few years. With the openings of many small businesses, there is plenty for which to be grateful. New restaurants and shops have encouraged people from outside of the county to travel to and learn more about the city. With Christmas just a few days away, residents are encouraged to shop around […]

Best of Show


At its annual Blount County Visual Arts Exhibition earlier this month, Blount County Schools and the Blount County Education Foundation recognized its 20 finalists for the State Superintendent’s exhibition as well as its own Best of Show. A total of 192 entries from 152 students were submitted this year. There were 73 medalists including 20 state finalists and best of […]

Parade of Lights


It was a beautiful night for the Blount County Christmas Parade sponsored by MainStreet Family Care of Oneonta. We appreciate the City of Oneonta, the chamber board of directors, the Oneonta Police Department, the Blount County Sheriff’s Department, Oneonta Fire and Rescue, and the many other fire departments and law enforcement agencies that worked together to make this a safe, […]

Hayden Christmas parade tragedy averted


While excited children and children-at-heart lined the streets of Ala 160 in anticipation of the Hayden Christmas parade, little did they know what was about to happen that could have severely injured or killed parade participants and onlookers. About 15 minutes after the parade had begun and made its way about one-quarter of a mile down the parade route near […]

Arrest made in FedEx dumping case


On Monday, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in the FedEx dumping case that made national news over the Thanksgiving holiday. Deandre Charleston, 22, of Adamsville, turned himself in and was booked into the Blount County Detention Facility at 10:25 a.m. Charleston was charged with five counts of cargo theft. His bond was set at $12,500. Last Friday, […]

Davis is state 500 freestyle champ


Appalachian Junior Elizabeth Davis swam for gold Saturday becoming Appalachian’s first state champion in any sport.Davis won the 500 freestyle to become the county’s first swimmer to win gold in the AHSAA 1-5A State Championship. “I felt really confident in my swimming going into the meet,” Elizabeth said. “So I knew I had a real chance to get the gold. […]

Panthers, Redskins fall short in championship games


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