Board to explore bond financing; approves routine recommendations

Oneonta City Board of Education

Oneonta City Board of Education president Don Maples reported that contacts have been made with investment banks to request proposals for bond financing on behalf of the board for the city school system. He said responses will be evaluated when received and provided to the board. In other business, the board approved district operating recommendations of Superintendent Daniel Smith. It […]

Otelco upgrades

Last week Otelco announced its plans to invest $5 million to expand fiber and improve broadband connectivity across its service area in Alabama including its customers in Blount, Marshall, and Etowah counties. “This year, Otelco began a major initiative to rethink our broadband deployment strategy in an effort to deliver the greatest improvements to the largest number of our customers […]

New doctor in Blountsville

Officials with the Town of Blountsville, along with family, friends, and local residents, gathered last Thursday to welcome Dr. David Case (above holding bow). Case will be opening a primary care practice on Monday, June 17. Mayor Michael Glass (wielding scissors) and some long-time residents of the town came to the conclusion that it had been at least five or […]

Four Oneonta police receive promotion badges

Recognizing previous actions, Oneonta police chief Charles Clifton presented badges to four officers signifying their department promotions at the latest city council meeting. Shifting into the numerically limited slots, Keith Atkinson moves from sergeant to lieutenant while Steven Adamson, Jimmy Baldwin, and Wes Buchanan rise from corporal to sergeant. The presentations highlighted an otherwise almost uneventful session. The council did […]

Snead mayor redirects criticisms

Snead Mayor La’Shone Price proclaimed his and his town council’s innocence over turn lane construction at the main Snead crossroads. Speaking at the latest council meeting, Price professed the state transportation department made the decision to add the turn lanes following his request for a traffic signal. At times of heaviest traffic, vehicles extend a considerable distance along the US […]

Unit system legislation fails passage out of committee

Legislation proposing a vote of county citizens in the 2020 election to convert Blount County government from the district system to the unit system failed to pass out of a House of Representatives committee for a vote of the full House as the 2019 legislative session neared its end. Probate Judge Chris Green said a unanimous recommendation of the Blount […]

Sixth annual Singing Showdown winners

Board meets new hires, gets legislative update, approves items

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education, at its regular meeting Monday, met a contingent of about a dozen new hires for the 2019-2020 school year beginning in August. Many are former graduates of the county system returning home to teach, some after lengthy careers elsewhere. Susan West, who has taught various grades at Southeastern School for her entire career, was […]

R.O.S.S adds new support service

In an effort to enhance their mission to advocate, empower, and collaborate for any individual seeking recovery, R.O.S.S. (Recovery Organization of Support Specialist) will add Recovery Support Group Meetings at Cleveland First Baptist Church every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., beginning June 11. The support group is designed to help people in recovery make a better life. The free service will […]


In the May 15 article “Boys and Girls State” the email for information about supporting attendees was incorrect. The correct address is

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