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After a series of life events, marriage, divorce, finding love again, a miscarriage, the birth of three children, and leaving a job she loved to become a stay-at-home mom for her three children – including her oldest son who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum – Melinda Bowens (pictured at right) wanted to create a company whose […]

In all its glory

Last week as most of Blount County was still and quiet, I set out on an early morning adventure to deliver papers with Rickey. It just happened to be the first day of spring, and I’m so happy that I got to enjoy nature’s beauty at its finest. The full moon was still high in the sky when we started […]

Resignations cite “hostile work environment”

Snead Town Council

Twenty-four year Snead employee and town clerk Rae Ware tendered her resignation at the town’s Monday night council meeting. Following Ware’s prepared brief remarks, Mayor La’Shone Price read a letter of resignation from Kay Whitman, another office employee. Among other matters, the statements referred to “hostile work environment” as a determining factor. Statements made during the meeting and after alleged […]

Council approves pay increase, routine business

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland Town Council met Thursday to make up for the regular monthly meeting that was to be held March 14, but was postponed due to threatening weather. Prior to the council meeting, a public hearing was held to discuss an alcohol application for the Cleveland Citgo convenience store, which is owned by FFRZM, Inc. According to town attorney Alex […]

Miller pleads guilty


Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced Monday the guilty pleas of Melissa Ann Miller for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse. Miller, 25, was arrested in Sept. 2016 following an investigation of “life-threatening” injuries to her children who were 1 and 2 at the time. Casey said Miller at first claimed the injuries […]

Weaver arrested


Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon issued a statement Friday afternoon announcing the arrest of a 74-year-old substitute teacher at Blountsville Elementary School earlier that day. Henry Rex Weaver was taken into custody after allegedly a firearm he was carrying in his pocket accidently discharged in a classroom of first graders. Moon said one child received a minor injury. Rodney Green, […]


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