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“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 […]


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