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Palisades Park has extensive storm damage


When the Easter storms reared their ugly heads and caused extensive storm damage across Blount County, Palisades Park was no exception. Numerous trees, a pavilion, and the gazebo were destroyed as mighty winds blew through the area. Fortunately, the park was closed, and there were no injuries. After assessing the devastation last week, it is estimated that 30 trees were […]

Child abuse hurts Blount County kids


Even though life as we know it has slowed down the past few weeks, some things have continued. Sadly, child abuse is one. While most children are spending time with a loving family, some children are not that fortunate. With schools and churches being closed at the present time, many children are now forced to constantly live in a world […]

Fair housing proclamation, hazardous duty pay for employees

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission in its Monday meeting passed a proclamation urging Blount County citizens “to obey the letter and the spirit of the Fair Housing Law as an expression of the individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.” April 11 marked the 52nd anniversary of the passage of the United States Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the […]

Storms to boot…

As if dealing with a pandemic wasn’t enough to keep everyone busy, tornadoes and strong winds blew through Blount County Easter afternoon leaving destruction behind.

Though work crews had been out all night, as soon as light began to filter over Blount County Monday morning, people were out and about assessing their property and looking for any damage from several bands of torrential rain, violent winds, and tornadoes that swept through the county Sunday afternoon and into the night. Some found little to no damage, […]

Springing forward

It was a beautiful Monday, a perfect day for tennis. The boys’ team won. Rece (my son) and Evan won doubles. Rhett (also my son) and Christian won. Rece outlasted his opponent and won singles. It was a perfect ending. That was March 9. Just a few days later, everything changed. COVID-19 was here. Schools extended spring break. Maybe things […]

Collum finishes ‘The Biggest Loser’ as runner-up


On March 31, “The Biggest Loser” aired its finale for the 2020 season.Still in the running for the $25,000 grand prize was Blount County’s own Micah Collum (pictured at right). Collum grew up in the Straight Mountain and Cleveland communities. He attended Appalachian High School before transferring to and graduating from Cleveland High School in 2014 where he played varsity […]

FLFR 2020 Art & Photo Contest


The Friends of the Locust Fork River suggests now is a good time to take part in the group’s 2020 Art & Photo Contest while enjoying the bountiful beauty of Blount County. FLFR and The Blount Countian urge everyone to adhere to the state’s mandates regarding the ongoing pandemic (it’s the law); however, in this stay-at-home period, people can still […]


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