Commission rescinds Jan. 23 unit-system resolution; passes again with changes

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In last week’s article “Hometown folks on TV,” Chris Whited’s high school graduation year was incorrect. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1998, not 1995.

Board names interim principal, gets news on report card results, approves capital projects

Oneonta City Board of Education

At its regular business meeting last week, the Oneonta City school board named former interim Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Tim Nabors middle school principal in the interim pending a permanent replacement for former middle school principal Brad Newton, who resigned to take another job. The board also heard a report from academic accountability coordinator Lauren Wilson on the school system’s […]

Prepares for accreditation visit, buys new buses, hires new coach

Blount County Board of Education

Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green highlighted several items in his report to the Blount County Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday, among them (1) the impending visit of the AdvancEd accreditation team to the district Feb. 10 through Feb. 13, (2) the purchase of 48 new school buses at a cost of $3,716,000 through an agreement with […]

TLC residents earn awards

TLC residents Floyd Earl, 86, and John Mitchell, 73, (pictured above) are motivators and givers. The two have collectively logged more than 4,500 hours of volunteer work with the Positive Maturity/RSVP program. Earl, with more than 4,000 volunteer hours since the early 1990s, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mitchell, with more than 500 hours over the past two-and-a-half years, […]

‘Senior Olympian’ reconnects with hometown Oneonta

Alamogordo, N.M., resident Monroe Ratchford telephoned The Blount Countian a while back to check on some concerns, only to have newspaper staffers update him and pursue his own story. Under prodding, the near nonagenarian revealed his past success as a gold and silver medal “Senior Olympian.” His parents, Monroe and Emma Pitts Ratchford, died comparatively young in 1942 and 1939, […]

‘Symbiotic relationship’

Blount County EDC

The Blount County Economic Development Council met last Thursday with supporters and stakeholders to deliver its 2018 annual growth report. BCEDC’s executive director, Don Mitchell, and development coordinator, Lisa Baker, explained the organization provides services and acts as a conduit between local government and the business community. BCEDC staff work to attract new businesses and to foster expansion of those […]

Extrication equipment purchased with grant

On Monday, Jan. 21, members of Susan Moore Fire and Rescue received training on the new air bag lifting system (pictured in action at left) the department purchased with a $5,000 grant from Cawaco RC&D. According to Chief Jonathan Ledbetter, the Vetter Air Bag Rescue System equipment will assist firefighters in saving individuals who are trapped and need technical rescue […]

Day of Service

Approximately two dozen volunteers celebrated the Day of Service at the Oneonta Public Library. Comprised of members from various county non-profits and other dedicated individuals, the workers covered a wide range of ages and skills. Braving initially frigid temperatures, the crew cleared cobwebs, raked and placed pine straw, trimmed shrubbery, constructed a stone pathway, picked up trash, and placed two […]

Students showcase talent

Giving students the opportunity to showcase their talents, the Blount County Education Foundation held the 2018 Blount County Visual Art Exhibition. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, medalists gathered at Locust Fork Baptist Church for the awards presentation. In all, Blount County students submitted 151 works of art, with entries from each school in the district. During the show, students displayed their […]

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