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Council approves sales contract

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council approved the contract for the sale of the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-business Center at its regular council meeting on June 23. The council had previously voted to accept a $900,000 offer from the Blount County Commission to buy out its share of ownership in the aging facility. During the brief council session, they also approved a resolution […]

Council considers supplemental pay

Town of Snead

Tabling action until a later date, the Snead Town Council discussed supplemental pay for police and firemen during the COVID-19 shutdown. Assistant police chief Ron Kiker presented a proposed pay schedule, which would give policemen a $500 one-time payment and firemen up to $500. Attorney David Dobson told the council that it can give “hazard pay” to officers and firemen. […]

Oneonta Quick Stop

On June 29, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce was on hand to help celebrate the grand opening of Oneonta Quick Stop located on Ala 75 across from Walmart. Hours of operation for the gas station and mini-mart will be 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There is also a […]

June Beautification Board awards

The Oneonta Beautification Board announced its June awards for residential and business properties. Beautiful Heart Day Spa located in Oneonta’s historic Tin Town district nabbed the business award. Located at 323 1st Avenue East, the recently remodeled building with its original art work (above) by Erica Whited of Just Plain-A-Door-Able has brightened up that end of town. The residential award […]

Snead Police Department awarded grant


Snead Police Department was recently awarded the Edward Byrne Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant in the amount of $23,490. The annual need-based grant helps small agencies obtain necessary equipment as they protect and serve the community. Assistant chief Ron Kiker, who submitted the grant, said it has allowed Snead Police to purchase better equipment and update software necessary for officers […]

Board hears CARES Act budget plan, OKs personnel and other recommendations


The Blount County Board of Education received a summary report from Blount County Schools’ federal programs coordinator Craig Sosebee on a school system task force’s budget recommendations in connection with a federal CARES Act allocation of nearly $1.5 million. It is anticipated that the allocation from the state department of education will cover the next two years. The Coronavirus Aid, […]

Council handles routine business

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met Monday, June 15. In attendance were Mayor Michael Glass and council members Dennis Beavers, Bob Cornelius, Cathy Irvin, Ken Mullins, and Barry Smith. The council approved: • appointment of O.K. Alexander as the town’s representative to the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce board of directors. • donation of $1,000 toward Spring Valley Beach’s upcoming fireworks […]

Chamber announces anti-litter slogan contest


The Blount-Oneonta Chamber announces its Anti-Litter Slogan Contest. The contest closes Monday, July 6. The purpose of the contest is to select a Blount County anti-litter slogan for use to encourage people to keep Blount County clean and free of debris. Chamber director Barbara Andersen had this to say about keeping Blount County clean: “There are very few counties in […]

An abundance of Blount County produce


Local produce available this week includes: • Witt Farms in Nectar: green house tomatoes, peaches, squash, cucumbers, Vidalia onions, plums, nectarines, blackberries, homemade peanut brittle. Field tomatoes will be ready in a few days. •McCray’s Old Field Farm: yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, and butternut squash. • Hazelrig Orchard: Red Haven and Eight Ball peaches, plums, nectarines, yellow squash, […]

Courthouse air-conditioning repair triggers exploration of broader financial options

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission met in emergency session last Thursday to discuss long-range solutions to an immediate air-conditioning problem in light of other needed courthouse renovations awaiting attention, as well as other substantial projects the commission now has in progress or under active consideration. The commission authorized county administrator John Bullard to research financing options for remaining courthouse renovations and […]


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