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‘Shop with a Hero’


“Shop with a Hero” is a great way to help your community. First responders from Blount County 911, Blount County Sheriff’s office, Oneonta Fire & Rescue, Snead Police Department, and Blount EMS will be among the shoppers for this year’s event. They will be paired with local students to shop for Christmas gifts for families in need throughout Blount County. […]

Legal questions raised during meeting

Town of Snead

What started as several questions raised by senior center director Jane Childers developed into a wider-ranging discussion of what current council member and mayor-elect Tim Kent termed as harassment as well as a series of unusual activities conducted by someone with the ability to enter Town Hall. “I ran on one thing,” Kent said, “and that is to sweep the […]

Historical correction


In September 2019, The Blount Countian reported on the placement of a historical marker established to recognize the location of the Holly Springs School near the intersections of County Highways 27 and 24. Blount County Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy researched the school through the county’s board of education and sought to have the location memorialized with a marker. The […]

‘You have cancer’


Three words, “You have cancer.” Thirteen letters from the alphabet form the words. Across Blount County, many folks have heard this statement. We believe we understand the impact it has on those who receive these words. Until it happens to you though, you don’t understand. Being born in Blount County, I feel honored to share this journey with other individuals […]

What breast cancer patients want you to know


When a friend or loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer, there are so many unanswered questions for the patient and their loved ones. Why? What kind? What’s the prognosis? These are usually some of the first thoughts the patient, family, and friends have immediately after the diagnosis. It is important to remember that questions can be tough to answer […]

Breast cancer care packages


When a person is diagnosed with breast cancer and begins that long road of worry, treatment, and endless doctor visits, friends and family often want to help by sending care packages as a gesture of their love for the cancer patient. Their intent is to make their loved one as comfortable as possible by sending thoughtful gifts. So, what is […]

Areola restoration


When a person has undergone a mastectomy or other breast surgery, they most likely will have total or inconsistent nipple and areola loss. This may sound insignificant, but for many, the loss can add to one’s already low confidence level. Thankfully, for those who choose, a procedure called areola restoration is available at a minimal cost. Areola restoration is a […]

Mastectomy tattoos


As if having breast cancer isn’t enough, the visible scars are never ending reminders after having a mastectomy. Some people learn to live with them as just a part of life, while others choose to have a decorative tattoo to help conceal the scars. While this may be a different perspective to contemplate, people consider having tattoos for a variety […]

People of Blount County

Jodi Cone

Whether you have or have not been following the Epidemic (and Beyond) series in the newspaper over the last several weeks, drug addiction is real, and it is destroying lives on a daily basis right here in Blount County. For those who want to turn their life around and live a drug-free life, it is possible. It is a minute-by-minute […]

Between the Lines

One day last week I woke up very late. In my rush to get out of the house, I left my paperwork for the day on my kitchen table. Halfway to get my cup of coffee I realized it, but decided to go on to get my coffee, then circle back. As I was walking in to order my cup […]


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