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Preacher, teacher views life as graduations


Jimmy Wadsworth says he has viewed life as a series of graduations. Noting he made “A’s” throughout his lengthy school career, the retired Blount County educator and minister evidently aspires to continue that record. Wadsworth’s son Gregg reveals that during 2016 his dad’s health had so deteriorated that the family feared he was nearing a final graduation. Tragically, during that […]

Requiem for a wandering bear

A wandering bear – probably a migrant from northwest Alabama – was killed on U.S. 278 Sunday night about 11:30 p.m., according to officer Deric Raney of the Snead Police Department, who was called to the scene to assist with traffic safety. The bear was still alive when Raney arrived, struggling along the edge of the highway. “He was on […]

OFFER Capital Campaign underway


The Oneonta Foundation for Education Resources (OFFER) recently kicked off the OFFER Capital Campaign in an effort to raise more than $100,000. The money will be matched dollar for dollar if they are awarded an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant that was applied for earlier this year. Because of the requirements of the ARC grant, the application has to define […]

Angels in Oneonta


Wanting to add even more beauty to this great county, the Oneonta Business Association teamed up with artist Tara Murphree (pictured above) to put an angel wing mural in motion. Located on Railroad Boulevard, and adjacent to the city’s gazebo and the utilities board, Murphree has spent more than 40 volunteer hours to make this concept a reality. While the […]

Two councilors for workshop but no regular meeting quorum


Snead councilmen Tim Kent and Dale Snead attended the Monday, Nov. 26, scheduled 6:30 p.m. budget workshop, as town clerk Rae Ware advised them that increasing town expenses without securing additional revenues makes balancing the budget difficult. Police chief Stephen Gunn, utilities head Jeff Whited, and volunteer fire chief Lee Netherton, at times, huddled with the three as Ware detailed […]

Blount County to Uganda


On Jan. 17, 2019, three Blount County Christians who have been called to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), will depart for Uganda on a 13-day mission trip. Their undertaking is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people located on the islands of Lake Victoria, Uganda. Mandy Cox, Kayla […]

TLC opens new short-term rehab wing

TLC Nursing Center held a grand opening last week for its elegant, new, short-term rehabilitation wing, a 1,200 sq. ft. addition to the TLC facility. Celebrating the ribbon-cutting are from right: Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris, TLC partner William Lemley, District 34 Rep. David Standridge, Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe, TLC partner Mark Sims, TLC administrator Pam Vogt, TLC medical director […]

Children’s Center receives grant

The Blount County Children’s Center (BCCC) recently received a donation from Greg Long on behalf of Matthews Children’s Foundation (MCF). Long, who owns Long Family Funeral Homes, presented representatives of BCCC with a check for $1,000 (pictured at right). “The Children’s Center does a lot of good work in our area and we are pleased to be able to present […]

Snead awaits Susan Moore on $300K grant


Jeff Whited, director of the Snead utility department, says his agency now awaits action from Susan Moore to proceed on a $300,000 water improvement grant. Updating Snead councilors in their regular meeting last week, Whited detailed how his department will cover the additional matching costs required when bids came in over budget. The low bid on the anticipated $250,000 project […]

B & B Tire Landfill hearing draws overflow crowd


The Blount County Commission board room was filled to capacity last week, as was the anteroom to the chamber, for the public hearing on B & B Tire Landfill’s application to open a new landfill in the Cleveland area. Ten of the 12 citizens who spoke in the public hearing solidly opposed the application, though several of the speakers acknowledged […]


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