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Swann Bridge Park


As Spring approaches, residents of Blount County are looking forward to a more promising one than 2020. Although COVID-19 remains a threat a year later, social distancing guidelines and vaccinations have made it safer for people to venture out and enjoy themselves. Outdoor activities are still ideal for a safer experience. The Blount County Commission just added a new outdoor […]

BamaCarry donates to BCSO

Kevin Snelson (left), leader of Blount County’s BamaCarry chapter, recently surprised Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon with a $1,025 check. The chapter just wrapped up its annual fundraiser and donated funds to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office for the second year. Snelson said this year’s total is short of last year’s pre-COVID funds. BamaCarry is a 501(c)3 organization with chapters […]

Stephen’s Diner back in business


On Monday, Feb 8, The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce joined Stephen Hill and the rest of his crew to celebrate the grand reopening of Stephen’s Diner. Since closing March 14, 2020, when the COVID-19 lockdown first began, Hill opened his doors and welcomed patrons once again. “We have missed seeing our regular customers. That has been the hardest thing,” Hill […]

Stock up on emergency supplies this weekend


From Friday, Feb. 26, to Sunday, Feb. 28, Alabama will observe the state’s 10th annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The three-day tax holiday gives Alabamians an opportunity to restock emergency supplies in their homes, workplaces, and vehicles. Certain emergency preparedness items will be exempt from the state’s 4 percent state sales tax, and in some cities and counties, […]

TLC receives five-star rating


With only 10 percent of skilled nursing home facilities receiving a five-star designation from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for quality measures and overall performance, TLC Nursing Center recently achieved this unprecedented rating for their efforts to provide quality services for their patients and residents. This rating is a culmination of a years-long effort to enhance the quality […]

Council moves forward with park and rec bond

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council held its regularly scheduled work session and council meeting Feb. 9. Mayor Richard Phillips announced that rates are better than expected for the bond issuance the city is undertaking to revitalize the park and recreation facilities. The debt service has decreased by $55,000 per year with an extra $100,000 being refunded from the 2018 bonds. Following […]

Council increases pay, makes appointments

Town of Cleveland

Following action by the Cleveland Town Council this month, employees will see a 3 percent pay increase. On a motion made by councilman Tommy Swindle, the council approved the raise. In other action, the council discussed the Swann Bridge Park, as well as the town park. Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones reported that work on a new county park at Swann […]

Council considers use of inmates for cleanup


Last week the Snead Town Council listened to a presentation by Lt. Jeremy Rudy with the Blount County Jail as he described a “trash detail” the county offers to municipalities to help them clean up streets and town properties. “We supply inmates within town limits,” Rudy explained. The cost to the town would be minimal: $20 per hour for an […]

About People

Wallace State honors Wallace State Community college announces its Fall 2020 Semester President’s and Dean’s Lists. To qualify for the President’s List, students must maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester while taking a course load of 12 or more hours. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA while taking a minimum […]

Hanceville man fatally injured in Blount County wreck


On Feb. 9 at around 6:20 p.m. Byron Holland Smith, 34, Hanceville, was fatally injured in a wreck approximately seven miles northeast of Blountsville on U.S. 278 near Hipp Road. According to Alabama State Trooper’s Office, the accident occurred when the 2016 Ford Escape Smith was driving crossed the centerline and collided with a 2020 Mack tractor-trailer. Smith was pronounced […]


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