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Two arrested for Straight Mountain burglary


Two suspects are in jail for a burglary that occurred on Feb. 5 at a Straight Mountain residence, according the Blount County Chief Deputy Brian Whitt. Kassi Lynn Vaughn, 24, and Jamie Ray Waters, 35, were charged following an investigation where the BCSO posted surveillance photos on the department’s Facebook page and received tips about the pair’s identity. The U.S. […]

Silver indicted


Amy Reeves Silver, 43, Oneonta, was indicted last week in Shelby County on charges stemming from a July 2018 traffic accident in which Silver’s 4-year-old daughter, Sharon Smith, was killed. Silver is charged with reckless murder, DUI, second degree possession of marijuana, and failure to stop at a railroad crossing. Authorities allege that on the night of July 30, 2018, […]

DAR Good Citizen winners


Warrior Rivers DAR Good Citizen winners were recently announced. The Warrior Rivers Chapter presented awards at the Jan. 24 meeting and recognition reception at Lester Memorial UMC fellowship hall. The annual event is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship and is open to all senior class students. The Good Citizen Award is given to a selected […]

Oneonta firefighter battling brain tumor


Oneonta firefighter Rex Allred began his shift on Jan. 22 just as he has since beginning his firefighting career in 2000. While on duty, he began to exhibit extreme confusion. Oneonta fire chief Kenneth Booth said they became alarmed when he displayed signs of confusion and missing pieces of information he knew. That, along with a headache that got progressively […]

Step right up

Get ready to share the magic of the circus as Loomis Bros. Circus returns to the Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center this weekend. Their all new “Circus Traditions Tour” kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with performances Saturday (1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children […]

Naming the new Lions club


A small group of aspiring Lions met in an organizational session at One Way Outreach Ministries (Church) in Cleveland last week. First order of business: designate a name for the club as one of the requirements to apply for a charter. The club will serve the Locust Fork/Cleveland/ Nectar area. Last three names standing in the voting were Central Blount […]

World record holder at age 10


Most 10-year-olds spend their day focusing on friends, video games, or organized sports; however, Gabe Henry is not your typical 10-year-old. Henry, who began the sport of bow fishing in May 2018, has already set three state records, one world record, and has his sights set on more records. Henry’s passion for the sport started just eight months ago when […]

Heritage homeowners’ questions

Oneonta City Council

City manager/economic developer Ed Lowe, city attorney Alex Smith, Mayor Ross Norris, and some city council members addressed homeowner questions in a public hearing related to the City of Oneonta’s acquisition of the Heritage Golf Course and clubhouse. Speaking for the homeowners association, its secretary Debbie Clowdus presented three written, previously submitted questions association members prepared following a January 17 […]

Community Arts Council to perform Deathtrap


Offering five shows spanning a two-weekend period, the Community Arts Council of Blount County will perform Deathtrap, a thriller in two acts, in February. This 1978 Ira Levin masterpiece is presented on one set with only five characters. It is performed in two acts, with five scenes, and is described as a play with many plot twists. Director Michael Hollingsworth […]

A service dog for Maddie


In an effort to keep Madison Roy safe from the seizures triggered by a rare form of epilepsy called Jeavon’s Syndrome, the family is on a mission to secure a service dog for her. Since her birth, she has excelled in everything she attempts. She has been a straight “A” student until this year despite having dysgraphia, a learning disability […]


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