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Newly sworn in council votes on sales tax ordinances

Town of Highland Lake

Highland Lake swore in their council Nov. 10 and proceeded to adopt three sales tax ordinances. Taking oaths of office were Chase Moore, roads committee chair; Greg Posey, finance and ordinances; Carl Randall, buildings and grounds; Sid Nelson, lake committee chair; Ramzi Malek, dredging committee chair; and mayor Donna Hanby. Immediately after taking their oaths of office, the council took […]

Blountsville welcomes Premier Family Care


Blountsville mayor Danny Baker and council members David Blaxton, Tyler Cantrell, and Ray Baxley, along with the staff of Premier Family Care, took part in a grand opening ribbon cutting (above) on Nov. 2. Baker told those in attendance, “The citizens have been talking about y’all coming. We are excited to have a new doctor in town.” The Blountsville office […]

Beautiful Heart celebrates in style


It was a festive occasion at Beautiful Heart Day Spa as the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce helped them celebrate their grand opening. Located at 323 First Avenue East in downtown Oneonta, they offer a wide array of hair services, facials, makeup, manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing, brow and lash enhancements, and more. According to owner Deanna Whited, all of these services […]

New council takes first actions

Town of Snead

New council members took their seats last week in Snead and took their first actions since being elected. Council members are Ray Thomas, Teresa Lindsay, Dale Snead, Greg Ogles, and Phillip McHan. Tim Kent serves as mayor. Department positions were approved with Snead heading the police department, Lindsay over utilities, Ogles with park and recreation, Thomas over streets and roads, […]

Missing Locust Fork woman found dead


On Friday, Nov. 13, Pamela Nugent Hogland left Dollar General in Locust Fork at approximately 10:15 p.m. That is believed to be the last time she was seen alive. According to Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon, a missing person’s report was filed with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office at 11:25 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 14. Earlier Saturday morning, family and […]

New mayor, council get down to business

City of Oneonta

In their first meeting since being sworn in, Oneonta’s new mayor and council wasted no time in getting down to business. They convened Nov. 10 for a work session. Much of the discussion focused on a request from SwampTails LLC to amend their 772 tax abatement established in May 2017. The initial non-educational sales tax abatement was for $150,000 or […]

Quilts of Valor awarded to 13 veterans


The Blount County Quilters Guild made 13 Quilts of Valor for military veterans from the Blount County area and awarded them individually during Veterans Week in the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park and at the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Quilts of Valor are made by quilters around the country “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with […]

Christmas parade canceled


Last Friday, the leadership of the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce made the final call on the fate of this year’s Blount County Christmas Parade. With COVID-19 cases escalating at an alarming rate, chamber executive director Barbara Andersen announced that this year’s parade unfortunately would not take place. The Chamber’s Facebook feed was soon filled with angry posts full of mean, […]

Between the Lines


This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a coming-of-age series at church known as “Discovery.” It’s a yearly weekend event where incoming sixth graders are introduced to the youth program and welcomed in by the older students. I know we give this younger generation a hard time for being “digitally superficial,” “overly sensitive,” and “socially disconnected.” Now these […]

COVID-19 impacts

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education’s Nov. 2 meeting highlighted several accomplishments as well as an update on COVID-19 impacts across the system. Superintendent Rodney Green reported that the system will continue its blended learning model despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases in several schools. Last Monday, Green reported that four schools have experienced interruptions thus far: Susan Moore […]


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