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Mayor and council appoint seven to industrial board

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met Monday, Dec. 21, for its final meeting of 2020. In attendance were Mayor Danny Baker and council members Ray Baxley, David Blaxton, Tyler Cantrell, Shannon Elkins, and Debra Sorrell. Since taking office, the mayor and council have talked of reestablishing its industrial board. They took the first step last week as they discussed nominees and […]

Merry Christmas!

Santa helped deliver presents to Blount County Children with Blount County first responders. Wonder what little Gabriella Greer is asking him to bring her? See story page A12.

Goode is first female county administrator

Jacki Goode’s first encounter with the Blount County Commission office came in 1986. She was dating Jeff Goode whose mother, Virginia Goode, was assistant administrator. “Virginia was learning to use a personal computer the year I met her,” Goode said. “We shared strategies on the new-fangled technology.” Nine years later on Nov. 15, 1995, Goode began her own journey in […]

Road rage suspect in custody

“I am happy to report that as of lunch, we have a suspect in custody for the shooting death of Dakota Nunley,” Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon said as he opened his press conference last Thursday. The following day, Dec. 18, Moon released the name of the suspect as well as formal charges. Michael Harris, 59, is charged with first-degree […]

Trouble brewing at Cleveland Town Hall

In a special called meeting on Dec. 17, the mayor and council of the Town of Cleveland were addressed by former employee Alissa Haynes and her attorney Lance Bell regarding what Bell described as Haynes’ unfair termination.All council members were present, as was Mayor Jerry Jones, town clerk Michele Hicks, and town attorney Alex Smith. Throughout the meeting, which was […]

Shop with a Hero provides gifts for several children

First responders from Blount County 911, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Oneonta Fire & Rescue, Snead Police, and Blount EMS, just to name a few, teamed up with local students to go Christmas shopping for a few Blount County families during the second annual Shop with a Hero. This year, they received $2,500 in donations to go towards buying Christmas presents […]

Model citizen

COVID-19 has left many of us stranded at home. What better time to find a new hobby to keep our minds occupied? However, there are some who have stayed dedicated to a hobby a bit longer. For 58 years, James Barnett of Pinson (above) has built and curated an extensive collection of model war planes. Now his collection is on […]

The chaos of COVID

Ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, things are looking graver than ever despite the promise of the release of a vaccine. Experts believe it will take months to vaccinate enough of the population to see a significant change. With more than 300,000 deaths nationally, and daily totals exceeding 3,000 deaths at times, healthcare workers and facilities are desperate for relief. […]

Parks and recreation redevelopment on the horizon

City of Oneonta

On Dec. 8, the Oneonta City Council met for its regular work session to discuss the agenda for its business meeting. Included on the agenda was the city’s parks and recreation redevelopment and expansion. Packets of proposed plans were distributed, viewed, and discussed by the council. Once all the agenda items were discussed in detail, Mayor Richard Phillips adjourned the […]

Big drug bust

Last Thursday, Blount County law enforcement authorities arrested 16 people as part of a joint operation focused on drug-related crimes. According to officials, charges range from drug trafficking and distribution of controlled substances to possession of controlled substances and receiving stolen property. There were also a variety of outstanding arrest warrants. Authorities confiscated approximately six pounds of marijuana, one pound […]

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