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‘A very good budget’

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council unanimously approved its FY 2020/2021 budget at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22. With projected revenue budgeted at $9,111,300 and projected expenses budgeted at $8,959,750, the city has a cushion of approximately $152,000. Budget highlights include a 2 percent cost of living increase for all city employees. This is in addition to the recent approval […]

New clinic in town


The Blountsville Town Council met Sept. 21. Beverly Harper from Premier Family Care announced a new medical facility will open Nov. 16. Dr. Melanie Gardner and Nurse Practitioner Alaina Shockley will provide services. The office will be located at 68278 Main Street. The council also heard from fire commissioner Sam Johnson about the need for an additional station to reach […]

Four days a week


The Oneonta City Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon. As the system approaches the end of its first nine-week grading period, the board discussed transitioning from the current hybrid plan to a traditional learning plan. In his remarks to the board, faculty, and parents present at the meeting, superintendent Daniel Smith said, “I feel like […]

County Commission Budget

“The process of negotiating, preparing, and finally adopting a county budget is one of the most challenging responsibilities of the Blount County Commission,” said commission chairman Chris Green in his remarks upon the passage of the budget. After weeks of discussion, the commission passed the fiscal year 2021 budget last Thursday . Revenue for FY2021 is projected to be $21,426,646. […]

Battling an epidemic (and beyond)


In life, regardless of how hard we try, everyone makes bad choices. Some choices are labeled worse than others in society’s eyes. Those who have chosen a life of drug abuse fall into that category. Some conquer their addiction, while others never do. Addicts, regardless of where they are in recovery, often have a label placed on them that can […]

FLFR 2020 Art & Photo Contest

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Agape Medicine


Having a love for Jesus, a love for people, and a love of medicine, Matthew Fallin PA-C and Dr. Angela Clifton officially opened a new medical facility on Aug. 17. The name, Agape Medicine, came about as the Greek word “agape” is often translated as love in the New Testament of the Bible. The two medical professionals felt their love […]

Snead slowly reopening


“I think we are the only one that hasn’t got town hall back up,” said Snead council member Tim Kent as he urged the council to consider reopening town hall to a pre-COVID level. Kent noted that staff doesn’t always have a mask on since they are typically in their own office space with no visitors. As they work towards […]

Blount County’s information desk


Two years ago, Barbara Andersen stepped into the role of executive director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and has moved full-steam ahead ever since. The Chamber has seen substantial growth under her leadership as she continues to seamlessly blend longtime traditions with new ideas building a strong foundation for the future of both the chamber and Blount County. […]

Lady Lakers thank first responders and volunteers


To recognize and thank first responders and volunteers, the Lady Lakers of Highland Lake provided a delicious lunch Friday, Sept. 11, for those who serve the Straight Mountain community. The Sept. 11 date was chosen to let the first responders know that neither they nor the tragic events of that day in 2001 have been forgotten. When the Lady Lakers […]


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