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911 Board approves budget


Blount County 911 Director Neal Brooks presented a 2020 budget of $1,538,252 to the Blount County 911 board, which was approved at their last scheduled meeting. Brooks explained that the budget, while projecting larger expenses, does show a net positive for the year. He said repair/maintenance, signage, and $85,000 in capital projects pushed the budget up. Also included is a […]

Snead council discusses sewer expansions


Snead Town Council briefly discussed the topic of sewer expansions during their last meeting as utility operator Jeff Whited urged the group to consider price increases for new business hook-ups. Whited suggested new business customers should be charged from $3,000 to $4,000 to hook up to the sewer expansions since the city will be doing their own financing with no […]

Oneonta Council approves budget


The Oneonta City Council unanimously approved its 2020 fiscal year budget. The budget projects revenue from local taxes and services of $6,384,700, ad valorem tax of $450,00, and local taxes and services of $2,489,576. Total revenue is projected to be $9,324,276, down from last year’s $9,438.373. General government expenditures are expected to be $1,274,250, up slightly from last year’s $1,139,250. […]

$ 524,951.49

Last week the Blount County Education Foundation held its annual Radiothon bringing in a total of $524,951.49. “We are so grateful to all who gave,” said Mitchie Neel, executive director of the foundation. “It was an awesome day! We express gratitude to all who gave and made this record setting day possible. Largest. Total. Ever.” Students from every school in […]

Special meeting majors on contracts, Blountsville baseball field agreement

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education approved a 99-year lease agreement with Blountsville in its Sept. 27 special meeting. The agreement had been under discussion for several months and covers the high school baseball field and surrounding areas for the period Oct. 1, 2019, until Sept. 30, 2118. The board also approved operating recommendations of Superintendent Rodney Green. It approved: […]

Motorcycle accident claims life of Hayden man


A motorcycle accident early Friday morning claimed the life of a Hayden man. The 4:30 a.m., single-vehicle crash, happened when a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Robert Lynn Dennis, 34, struck a tree that had fallen across the road. According to the State Trooper’s report, the accident occurred five miles northwest of Warrior on Arkadelphia Road. Dennis was pronounced […]

‘I want healing in Blount County’


As many local people may know, Blount County has had a couple of horrific crimes within the past month. With crimes such as a horrendous homicide and a child abuse incident leading to the death of a young child, along with a rash of suicides, overdoses, and shootings, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and family members of victims have been […]

Global Climate Vigil


The Blount County courthouse in Oneonta was the scene Friday of a vigil held by some environmentally conscious residents taking part in the Global Climate Strike. CBS News and other outlets reported that millions took to the street worldwide to raise awareness of what many call an existential threat to the human race. The movement was inspired by a 16-year-old […]

FY2020 budgets approved

Town of Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council met in a special called meeting on Sept. 12 to review the proposed FY2020 budgets for the general fund and the water/ sewer department. Mayor Jerry Jones went over each line item, answering questions from the council as necessary. Nothing in the budgets sparked controversy and no changes were made to the proposals. The general fund […]

Council discusses community involvement

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met Monday, Sept. 16. One of the topics on the agenda was community involvement regarding unity in the Blount County area after recent tragedies and horrific events. Tyler Cantrell (youth director) and Alex Beaube (pastor) from Blountsville United Methodist Church addressed the council, interested in finding solutions with help from local communities and churches regarding recent […]


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