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Helping the community


Brothers Jacob and Isaac Buettner of Hayden have started Hayden’s Free Food Pantry. Isaac gives Jacob credit for the idea; however, they are both passionate about finding ways to help others and encourage others to do the same if they can. Recently, they were able to tag along with their uncle and his friend to pass out items to homeless […]

Maintenance man charged with rape


According to court records, on Jan. 10, Kip David Ferrell, 52, a maintenance man at McCay’s Landing, was booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility under a $60,000 bond for the rape of a 72-year-old resident who has been diagnosed with dementia and memory dysfunction. Evidence provided in the case indicated the victim is believed to be incapacitated. The alleged […]

A day on, not a day off


“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” These words, spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have had a huge impact on promoting volunteerism and […]

Commission votes to purchase property for economic development

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission voted unanimously Monday, following an executive session to discuss economic development issues, to purchase four small, contiguous parcels of property in the Rainbow Crossing area from Blue Smash Investments for future economic development and to supply chert for county road improvement operations. The purchase price for the tract was $124,100. The property purchased is the tract […]

Storms sweep through county


As predicted by the National Weather Service for more than a week prior, high winds and torrential rain swept across Blount County on Saturday, Jan. 11. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, but the system did leave widespread damage throughout the county. Blount County Emergency Management Agency director Don Roybal confirmed there were numerous reports of trees and power lines […]

Bulls, Broncs, and Barrels


Celebrating an American tradition, the Lone Star Rodeo Company will once again bring its Bulls, Broncs, and Barrels tour to the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center for two nights of thrilling competition.Beginning at 7:30 p.m.each night, this exciting event will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 11. As in past years, the competition is fierce. Bareback bronc riding, […]

‘Elvis Has Left the Building’


Has anyone seen Elvis? This is the burning question that the Covered Bridge Players will attempt to figure out in the upcoming production of “Elvis Has Left the Building.” Written by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger, the show’s synopsis goes like this… “It’s Dec. 20, 1970 and Elvis Presley has disappeared. No one, not even his wily manager, The Colonel, […]

Taylor charged with assault, abuse of two children


An Oneonta man was booked into the Blount County jail early Thursday morning charged with assault and abuse of two of his children, one 15 months old and the other only 4 weeks of age. Calvin Taylor, 31, is charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of chemical endangerment to a child, and one count each of […]

2019: year in review


The following is a roughly chronological review of major public affairs news stories of 2019. Most represent county matters that were reported initially as breaking news and followed up with subsequent articles.A few are stand-alone stories on major news developments. The list is subjective, but represents an attempt to summarize the major news affecting citizens of Blount County last year. […]

Tiger Trivia


Blountsville Elementary School hosted its annual tiger trivia competition recently. Students in grades four through six were selected to be on one of the six tiger trivia teams based on being in the top 12 of their grade in state assessments and class averages. This year’s competion was one of the best they have ever had. (The winning trivia team […]


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