Reader Writes

Blount County has many things to offer, as I found out in the Blount County Education Foundation scavenger hunt. They had clues every Tuesday and Thursday with a special guest each time. You would have to figure out the place, then go to visit it. It came to the day for us to visit the different locations. We went to […]

Test that stands the test of time

In 1932, Herbert J. Taylor took charge of Club Aluminum Products with the assignment of rescuing the failing company from the brink of bankruptcy. He looked at everything from the quality of their products to their branding in an attempt to find a way to turn the tide. At the time, Taylor said, “With tremendous obstacles and handicaps facing us, […]

Canaan Acres ribbon cutting

On Friday, July 23, Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony (above) to welcome Canaan Acres wedding/event venue to Blount County. This serene venue, just off Highway 27 near Oneonta, is open for business and can host small or large events such as weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, Christmas parties, and corporate events, as well as provide a […]

‘Safely returning… is a priority’

Oneonta City Board of Education

The school board of Oneonta City Schools held a work session last Wednesday followed by a special called meeting yesterday morning. During the work session, Superintendent Daniel Smith reported on the status of several capital improvement projects currently underway. Heavy rains throughout July have delayed most projects. He reported that prep work has begun on the campus repaving project and […]

Post full-time police positions, pay raise for part-time

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met July 19 and during opening prayer remembered families in Blountsville who experienced loss recently. “We love y’all and we’re thinking about all our folks who are hurting this week,” council member Tyler Cantrell said. The council had an executive session regarding resolution 21-0719-01 concerning property located at 69644 Main Street. There were no votes or […]

Commission to consider multiple requests for ARPA funds

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission called a special meeting July 22 to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and review the requests received. The county will receive $11.2 million. Half of that amount has already been received. The remaining half will come in 2022. “I feel like we have a responsibility to use these funds in a way that benefits […]

Produce report

Allman Farm and Orchard*6866 County Highway 29,Oneonta205-274-8448Eggplant; tomatoes; grape tomatoes; cantaloupes;canary melons; hot and sweet peppers; corn; Alabamared potatoes; peaches; squash; cucumbers; green beans;local honey; local beef Baswell Farms2174 County Highway 12,Oneonta205-368-2109Squash; pickling cucumbers (box or basket); bell,jalapeño, banana, and poblano peppers; heirloomCherokee Purple tomatoes (box or basket) Blount County Farmers Market*500 New Street, OneontaVariety of tomatoes; squash; new potatoes; […]

Mayor, council act on financial matters

Town of Snead

During its first meeting of the month, the Snead Town Council addressed several areas of need within town hall. They also discussed the need for continued training for the town clerk. Heather Lindsay expressed that she felt additional training on certain areas of her job would be beneficial to both her and the town. While council member Teresa Lindsay said […]

Board passes resolutions for ad valorem tax renewal

Blount County Board of Education

Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green shared with the board that a 9-mill ad valorem tax must be renewed this year. The first step for renewal was the passage of two resolutions — the District Tax Resolution and the Public Purpose Resolution (see Ad Valorem page A1). “The taxes up for renewal are common between the Blount County Board of […]

Commission addresses broadband unavailability

Blount County Commission

Internet connection — or, more accurately, the lack thereof — continues to create problems in our community. COVID-19 has only made these problems more prominent. For families that have very poor, or possibly no internet at all, virtual learning has been a nightmare. This is also true for residents working from home or those living in rural areas. “Throughout this […]

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